Social Media & Public Relations

Join our Volunteer Social Media & PR Team:

enScholar is a startup EdTech non-profit that creates free online career tools for high school students. Our vision is to help young people lead more meaningful, fulfilling lives by enabling better career decisions. We've helped students from over 20 countries find their paths, and we're looking to expand further. 

We've recently launched TryIt, a place for students to find STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning experiences. We find the best online resources (videos, workshops, tools) and local opportunities (volunteer jobs, events, conferences) related to a student’s interests and career prospects. We help teens make better decisions about college/careers – building their knowledge (and resumes) through gaining relevant experience. Our goal is to create a global community of students who are exploring, sharing, and engaging in the best resources and opportunities available to youth.  

An early release of TryIt (https://try.enscholar.com) has been built and is being beta tested with students in Metro Vancouver. We are now focussing on building up a database of high-quality experiences and are working with organizations such as NASA, FutureLearn, CreativeLive, Envato, and many others to feature micro-experiences. 

                       

 

About this Position: 

We're looking for dedicated, value-driven volunteers to work directly with our Communications Lead.

If you're a natural writer who's not shy about promoting our vision online and within the community, this role could be for you.

  1. You'll be in charge of writing content for our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and possibly for our blog, (including for guest blogs and press releases). You might, for example, conduct an interview with someone who's had an exciting career path, or write a newspaper article centred on current topics/trends in education and careers.
  2. We'll need you to do some editing and formatting on certain written pieces for our website, so an acute attention to detail (spelling and grammar) is an absolute must. 
  3. You'll also help reach out via social media to students, organizations, and influencers within education and technology. The goal is to build up our following and engage our user-base regularly. 

This role requires top-notch writing/editing skills, an acute attention to detail, and a 'wired' personality - you'll need to be constantly connected to keep on top of what's going on within our online community. 

We typically have at least one hour-long, online team meeting each week that we highly recommend attending. Team meetings are an important time for us to talk about our overall direction, updates, and new TryIt features; it's also a great chance to connect all of the volunteers. See the application (below) for current team meeting times. If you are unable to make these meetings, please indicate it on your application form. 

 

Time Commitment (Please specify on your application):

Half-time (20+ hours per week, minimum 3 months): You'll take on a real management role as part of our Core Team. You'll take responsibility for members of your group, building leadership capacity quickly by running meetings and training your group members (don't worry, we'll train you first). 

Part-time (4-6 hours per week, minimum 3 months): You'll be contributing to your group on a weekly basis and be responsible for meeting the goals set by you and your group leader.  

Short on time, but still want to contribute? Apply for an Ambassador position. 

 

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How will this role benefit you?

We look for people who are driven by our vision, and who are willing to work hard to achieve it.

If our mission resonates with you, everything else is icing on the cake. But since everyone likes a little icing, here are some additional benefits to volunteering with enScholar:

   ● You'll work with a values-oriented team that's committed to one thing: Helping students lead more fulfilling lives through making better career decisions.

   ● You'll be part of building an innovative technology nonprofit and learn the ins and outs of how a real startup organization operates.

   ● You'll have a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home and/or your favourite cafe (you'll be doing most of your work remotely).

   ● You'll gain experience and build your personal portfolio of work in a way that is highly visible to future employers. 

   ● We'll provide you with a reference letter to attest to your contribution after 12 weeks.  

   ● You'll build your network through volunteering with people from around the world who are interested in education, technology startups, and youth-development. 

 

Required Skills & Abilities: 

If you're a student or recent grad, we don't expect you to have a boatload of experience. What we do expect are the following:

● Alignment with our vision: We're a non-profit with a clear goal in mind. It's what drives us to do what we do. If you're genuinely excited about promoting our vision to others, we want to talk to you!

● Ability to write and edit professional-level work: If it wasn't clear already, you'll be doing a lot of writing. We're looking for someone who can generate post ideas and create high-quality content regularly. If you're the kind of person who won't rest until  everything is grammatically correct, you're who we're looking for.

  Highly active on social media: You don't have to be the type to post about what you had for breakfast, but we do look for people who will engage with our Facebook and Twitter pages on a regular basis and who won't be shy about promoting enScholar to their networks. 

● The drive to get things done: We're driven by our values and by achievement, not pride. We work hard and we play hard. Even though this is a volunteer role, we expect a lot from you, and hope that you'll expect a lot from us in return. If you're ready to push yourself, and get better in the process, let's chat.

 

...and last but not least,

 

● Have a great attitude: We can't stress this enough. We've got a 'no jerks' policy, so you're guaranteed to work with great people. You've got to be willing to learn, try new things, and take constructive criticism. We're not looking to accommodate seasoned pros, we're looking to develop future leaders.

Bonus: If you’ve got skills with design (Photoshop, Illustrator) or photography, videography, or audio recording, let us know!

Double Bonus: If you have contacts and connections with high school teachers, principals, school districts, businesses/organizations involved with youth, or experience with fundraising, please let us know.

 

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Interested? First, check out https://try.enscholar.com, and sign up for a free enScholar volunteer account at enScholar.com. Try our tools out for yourself. This is a great way for you to learn about what we've created, and for us to find out more about your personal interests, strengths, and values.

Ready to apply? Fill out our Volunteer Application Form. Please only submit one form and specify up to three preferred positions. We receive hundreds of applications, so please be patient as we review your information. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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