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WEBSITE: breakthroughgreaterboston.org


Breakthrough Greater Boston prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using a unique Students Teaching Students model. 

Through our six-year program, students gain a passion for learning and the perseverance and tools to succeed in college and beyond. Teaching Fellows gain intensive in-classroom experience, expert training and 1:1 coaching.

Through six years of intensive, tuition-free, out of school time programming, we change students’ academic trajectories and support them along the path to college. We are building the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers.

In recent years, 94% of our graduating seniors have matriculated to college and 82% are persisting, putting Breakthrough students on a track to far exceed the national college graduation rate of 14% for low-income students. Our Teacher Training Program also inspires  careers in teaching. On average, 75% of alumni continue in the field of education.

The FAO Schwarz Fellows at Breakthrough Greater Boston


Breakthrough Greater Boston is hosting two FAO Schwarz Fellows—one (the College Success & Alumni Support Fellow) will be focused on college success and alumni support and the other (High School Support & Marketing/Communications Fellow) will be focused on high school support and marketing/communications.

Please indicate your interest in one or both of these Fellowships in your cover letter.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will focus on College Success & Alumni Support  and play a key role in Breakthrough’s College Success programming. The Fellow will: 

Build  meaningful relationships with a caseload of Breakthrough high school graduates via phone, social media, email, and individual/group meetings.

Support collegians with enrollment, financial aid issues, scholarship support, the college transfer process, and any other support needed.

Deliver and refine our college transition and success curriculum.

Collect, record, and analyze college persistence data to determine enrollment trends, barriers, and student needs.

Research and inform staff of state and national data, new information, and effective practices in college access and persistence.

 Assist in compiling  enrollment rates and projected graduation data for organizational reports.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will focus on College Success & Alumni Support and support over 2,500 student and teacher alumni. The Fellow will:

Create and implement an annual alumni engagement calendar and communication plan.

Engage the Alumni Committee by hosting monthly meetings and regularly calling individual committee members.

Develop and support three subcommittees of the Alumni Committee focusing on (1) Student and Teacher Engagement; (2) Communications and Fundraising; (3) Student Support.

Track goals for alumni initiatives to include participation rates, number and frequency of touch points, and number of alums involved in volunteering.

Manage an alumni database that tracks contact information, outreach to, and involvement of alumni

Conduct an annual survey of alumni to guide future alumni programming.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will focus on High School Support & Marketing/Communications and  provide academic services to high school students. The Fellow will:

Provide small group support during BTGB’s After School Prgram for 9th and 10th grade students.

Support a cohort of students through the college and scholarship application processes.

Play a lead role in individualized academic support efforts.

Research and plan academic, college, and career-related enrichment opportunities for high school students.

Collaborate with summer directors to plan and implement Leadership Academy, Breakthrough’s 9th grade summer programming.

Train, supervise, and coach high school summer interns.

Help  plan and lead Friday special summer activities such as Math Olympics and College Challenge Day 


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will focus on High School Support & Marketing/Communications and implement a social media and broader communications strategy. The Fellow will:

Assist with the development and implementation of a social media strategy that complements existing organizational communications efforts.

Leverage BTGB’s use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube to drive user engagement and broaden BTGB’s audience.

Analyze BTGB’s current audience across its social media platforms, identify demographics, and integrate findings into an outreach strategy.

Assist in creating content for and manage  the production of BTGB’s tri-annual newsletter.

Support the creation of regular marketing emails sharing organizational news and highlights.

Help in the production and management of event-related print and electronic materials.

Update and maintain the Breakthrough Greater Boston website.


Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship. For more about what we are seeking, please see “What We’re Looking For.” 

Please visit our website and send a resume and a cover letter to jobs@btgbmail.org.

by February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST), expressing your interest in working at Breakthrough Greater Boston and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. To be considered, please include FAO Schwarz Fellow within the subject line of your email. 

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Please tell us how you learned about this opportunity and about your interest in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. 

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

After carefully reviewing each application, we will interview promising candidates. We will select our Fellow by April 30th. Resumes and cover letters are also shared with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Thanks for your interest.