DSC_0064WITS is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on any grounds protected under federal, state or local law, including race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or disability.

Teaching Positions

WITS Writer +

WITS is looking for writers and educators who can teach the joy of creative writing to young people. Employment is part-time, typically a half-day of teaching one day a week from September–May. A yearlong commitment is required. The pay is $60 per teaching hour. In addition to teaching, the job duties include preparing lessons, responding to student work, and compiling anthologies of student writing at the end of the school year. We look for writers with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the written word in ways that are relevant for Houston area children. In particular, we are seeking bilingual writers, but others are encouraged to apply as well.

 

We accept applications year round, and we anticipate a new round of hiring in spring 2017 for our summer camps.


To apply, please complete our application.  In addition to the application, we require a cover letter, résumé with 3 references, and a 10-page writing sample. You may upload these documents via the application, email them to us at mail@witshouston.org, or mail them to WITS: 1523 W Main Street, Houston, TX, 77006.

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Staff Positions

Development Coordinator +

Writers in the Schools (WITS) seeks a Development Coordinator to play a key role in the Development/ Communications department. This position requires a thoughtful, dedicated individual with strong writing and communication skills.  WITS is seeking an experienced development professional, who takes initiative, can multi-task, meet multiple deadlines, conduct research, plan events, think creatively, connect with volunteers, manage contracts, and work both independently and as part of a team. This position will fuel educational change, bringing creativity and literacy to 36,000 children and teachers annually.  For a complete job description, see below.

Deadline to Apply
• Wednesday, August 31

Required Experience:
• 2-3 years development experience at a non-profit or equivalent.
• Outstanding writing and communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team to accomplish project goals.
• Proven success writing grants, reports, and work plans, including understanding project budgets.
• Experience planning special events and working with volunteers.
• Background in relationship management processes, including implementation of acknowledgements for grants and gifts received.

Education:
• Bachelor’s degree (required)

Essential Skills:
• Ability to effectively and efficiently use Microsoft Office and database applications, such as Salesforce (preferred) and/or Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.
• Ability to work independently and manage workload and deadlines with minimal guidance.
• Highly organized and energetic, passionate about creativity in education, and enthusiastic about taking on challenges.
• Ability to work as a highly cooperative team member.
• Flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to tell the WITS story in a meaningful and compelling way.
• Maintains strict confidentiality about requests and donor information.

Core Duties:
• Collaborate closely with WITS Executive Director, Development Director, WITS Board and Development Committee members to ensure the growth of funding potential and promote awareness for WITS.
• Write foundation grants, governmental grants, corporate sponsorships, and funder reports.
• Deliver successful fundraising events by working with staff, a high-profile host committee, the WITS Board Development Committee, and vendors to coordinate and implement an annual gala and auction as well as ongoing donor events.
• Manage projects with interns, board and corporate volunteers, and consultants.
• Prepare fundraising materials for all WITS campaigns, including annual fund and corporate solicitations.
• Conduct donor and prospect research.
• Maintain donor relations, external communications, and metrics-based reporting.
• Process donations, prepare timely acknowledgment letters, and maintain donor files, reconciling regularly with the Accounting Manager.
• Assists and supports staff and volunteers as required.

Application Process:
WITS offers a competitive compensation package with benefits, and a fast-paced, collaborative, and friendly work environment. Qualified applicants should respond to Development Director Kate Rybka Brennan, by submitting a resume and cover letter as well as a writing sample to give@witshouston.org or to 1523 W Main, Houston, TX 77006.

 

Paid Internships

Communications Intern +

Writers in the Schools (WITS) seeks a Communications Intern for fall 2017 to support the Development/ Communications department. This position requires a thoughtful, dedicated individual with strong writing and communication skills and a passion for nonprofit causes. This internship will provide experience in event planning and logistics, professional writing and communications, nonprofit marketing, and administrative support. A high school degree is required; some college is preferred. This internship is paid, part-time (~12 hours per week) and will end before the Thanksgiving break.

Ideal candidates will have the following skills:

  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office
  • Ability to manage deadlines
  • Organized and energetic, passionate about creativity in education, and enthusiastic about taking on challenges.
  • Ability to work as a cooperative team member.
  • Flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to tell the WITS story in a meaningful and compelling way.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Kate Rybka Brennan at give@witshouston.org, 1523 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006.