Moving to Los Angeles

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The Teach For America - Los Angeles Alumni Leadership & Engagement team is delighted at the prospect of your move to the Los Angeles area…sunshine awaits you! We tend to receive a large number of requests from prospective LA alumni to meet with a member of the Alumni team to discuss job opportunities in the area. While we welcome the chance to have a more robust conversation and help our alumni take full advantage of all the resources we have available, it is often best to first spend some time reviewing the resources below. Though many of the resources are more educationally focused, there are a number of resources for alumni pursuing various career paths. Vetting these resources will allow us to have a more productive conversation down the line. We look forward to meeting with you in the future and welcoming you to LA!

If you would like to set up a meeting with a member of the Alumni Leadership & Engagement team, email Luis.

Career and Leadership Center: A one-stop-shop for corps members and alumni which provides resources covering 11 leadership initiatives focusing on careers/opportunities in these chosen fields.
JOB Board – Post your resume so that others can get in touch with you regarding specific career/job interests.
Professional Support Network – Find a mentor who can answer your questions, help you revise your resume, and prep you for interviews
Resume Resources – Email your resume and the career field that interests you, and you’ll be paired with a resume coach who's a Teach For America alumnus.
Graduate School Resources – A suite of resources for researching graduate schools and various TFA partnerships.
Webinars – View a list of upcoming webinars. Use these resources to explore career paths that interest you, think about potential next steps, and sharpen your skills to become a competitive candidate.
People Finder – Locate and contact alumni by region, corps year, employer, profession, school, etc. This puts you in the “driver’s seat” to connect with alumni of interest in the LA area.

California’s premiere online job search site. Search for jobs in public education ranging from teaching to management to classified support vacancies. Search for jobs by district, region, or advanced criteria. Over 2,600 agencies use EDJOIN, and recruitment events are held in various cities.

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 
Prospective CA Educators – Provides information for the prospective educator or individuals prepared outside of California. Presents credential requirements, information on examinations, and approved educator preparation programs. You can also find application materials here.
Credential Requirements – Links to specific requirements for various permits, certificates, and credentials. For credentialing questions, email the credential staff, or call (888) 921-2682, Monday-Friday from 12:00pm - 4:45pm PST.
Examination Information – Information on CA Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), Single Subject and Multiple Subject Assessments, among others, are found here. Contact them if you have testing policy questions.

School Leadership Resume Collection
Email Marlin Padilla, Director of Alumni Leadership & Engagement for more information regarding upcoming resume collections for school leadership positions if you plan on obtaining and Assistant Principal, Principal, Dean, or coach role.

Traditional Schools and School Systems
Organizations which we currently partner with or have partnered with in the past.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Compton Unified School District
Lynwood Unified School District
Pasadena Unified School District
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Inglewood Unified School District
Long Beach Unified School District

Charter Management & Other Education Networks
Organizations in which we currently have alumni teaching and/or leading at school sites and that have expressed interest in hiring our alumni.
Aspire Public Schools
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Green Dot Public Schools
PUC Schools
ICEF Public Schools
KIPP LA Schools
Camino Nuevo Charter Academies
Bright Star Schools
Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Leadership for Educational Equity
Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a 501(c)4 organization whose free membership is open to current TFA corps members, alumni, and staff. LEE supports its members to pursue civic activism and public leadership. If you are interested in becoming more involved in and/or pursuing a career in policy, advocacy, or public office, spend some time perusing LEE’s website.

Teach For America Opportunities
Full-Time Staff – For four consecutive years, Teach For America was named by Forbes as one of the top 100 “best places to work”. Check here to explore current openings for regional and national staff roles.
Summer Institute – View descriptions of various roles at institute, including deadlines and application links.

Current Job Opportunities
View current job opportunities with our school and community partners here.