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WEBSITE: jstart.org
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 40 in Boston, 102 Nationally

Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all.

Every year, Jumpstart recruits and trains roughly 4,000 college student volunteers, known as Jumpstart Corps Members, to deliver our research-backed language, literacy, and social-emotional curriculum to over 11,000 preschool-age children from underserved communities. Jumpstart seeks to drive systemic change in the early education sector through direct service and by cultivating a high-quality early education workforce and advocating for policies that support the early education sector.

With COVID-19, the organization has provided free activities and resources to families and has played an active role on the policy front. Jumpstart has been providing virtual programming and has plans for both virtual and in-person programming for the coming year (s). 

Since its founding, Jumpstart has engaged 55,000 Jumpstart volunteers and served 124,500 children. Jumpstart currently operates in 71 universities across the country.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow at Jumpstart Boston


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will serve, coordinate and deliver Jumpstart programming and events. The Fellow will also be engaged in policy advocacy initiatives and planning.

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment that pays $30,000/year plus a $2,000 bonus at the end of the second year. Benefits include professional development, health insurance and annual subway passes.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with Corps Members and other community volunteers to engage in readings and related activities with children, along with modeling activities for the families to demonstrate effective strategies for building reading skills at home either through online platforms during COVID-19 or through a traditional in-person approach.

Work directly with Corps Members to implement delivery of Jumpstart’s in-person and/or online curriculum to local children.

Coordinate and lead literacy celebrations related to Jumpstart’s annual literacy campaign, Read for the Record.

Coordinate and lead family engagement workshops, modeling educational reading activities.

Coordinate and co-lead community events, hosting tables and activity centers at which children and families can participate.

Identify new opportunities for community partnerships and pilot community events in the city.

Note:  If the Fellow needs to complete their direct service virtually, activities would include:

Participate in online and virtual live Corps Member trainings in the Fall.

Work with a team of Corps Members to implement virtual programming, including pre-recorded readings and live online readings and activities through social media.

Conduct live, two-way learning opportunities with children and families through secured messaging platforms.

Prepare and distribute literacy kits with books and related activities to local program partners and families.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will be involved in policy advocacy work – virtually or in-person – to advance early education, higher education, national service and public funding objectives.

Track and research relevant policy developments in Boston, at the MA state government level, and sometimes the federal level.

In partnership with staff, build and maintain relationships with the government officials and advocacy partners in order to advance policy and public funding objectives.

Develop and execute strategies to engage Jumpstart Corps Member alumni in advocacy activities.

Make links between direct service community work and policy, including inviting elected officials to Jumpstart events.

Participate as a member of Jumpstart’s internal Policy Working Group, engaging collaboratively with individual staff members from around the country and from all Jumpstart departments.


Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities 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 for more information about Jumpstart.

To apply, send one PDF that includes a cover letter and your résumé to faoschwarz.fellowship@jstart.org.by February 10, 2021, 11:59 EST. You must title your document using this format:


In your letter, please describe your interest in working at Jumpstart. Include responses to the following questions:

Question 1: How did you learn about the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, and why are you interested in being an FAO Schwarz Fellow?

Question 2: Why are you interested in being the FAO Schwarz Fellow at Jumpstart? Why does their mission engage you?

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

We will review each application carefully and select our Fellow by April 30th. Thanks for your interest.

Jumpstart is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health choices, marital status, age, pregnancy, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.