FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship, Boston, MA

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship - Boston, MA

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging over 25 years of experience serving over 150,000 children with the support of more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these three objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America. Learn more at www.jstart.org and join us in transforming the lives of young children!

Fellowship Overview

The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship will serve, coordinate and deliver Jumpstart programming and events. The Fellow will also be engaged in policy advocacy intiatives 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.

Specific Responsibilities


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 Member to implement delivery of Jumpstart’s in-person and/or online curriculum to local children.
  • Coordinate and read 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 though secured messaging platforms.
  • Prepare and distribute literacy kits with boos 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 relations 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, engagine 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.


Boston, MA

Salary and Benefits

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.

How to Apply

To apply, send one PDF that includes a cover letter and your resume to to FAOSchwarz.Fellowship@jstart.org by February 10, 2021, 11:59 pm 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 experience 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 30, 2021.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit all materials via email to FAOSchwarz.Fellowship@jstart.org using the format outlined above.

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.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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