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Location: New York
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Year founded: 1993
Number of employees: 114

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

Jumpstart recruits and trains college student volunteers to deliver high-quality programming to and provide meaningful relationships with a consistent group of preschool children from low-income families.

Since its founding, Jumpstart has engaged 47,500 Jumpstart volunteers and served 110,000 children. Jumpstart currently operates in 71 universities across the country.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will serve, coordinate and deliver Jumpstart community events throughout New York City. The Fellow will also be engaged in organizational policy initiatives and planning.

  • Coordinate and lead monthly literacy celebrations, growing the number of children and families Jumpstart serves.
  • Coordinate and lead Family Workshops, modeling educational reading activities.
  • Coordinate and co-lead large-scale 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 these neighborhoods.
  • Track and research relevant policy developments in New York City and at the state and national levels
  • In partnership with local staff, build and maintain relationships with New York area elected and appointed officials and other advocacy organization partners in order to advance the department’s policy and public funding objectives
  • Develop and execute strategies to engage Jumpstart alumni in advocacy activities
  • Make links between the direct service community work and policy, including inviting elected officials to events
  • Contribute to internal and external communications describing policy developments and the impact of the Policy and Government Relations department
  • 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
  • Other duties as warranted by the Policy and Government Relations department

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 send a resume and a cover letter to mathew.moura@jstart.org by February 15, 2019 expressing your interest in working at Jumpstart and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship.

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

Question 1: Why are you interested in being apart of 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?

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