Seton Teaching Fellows (STF) is a paid year of professional missionary service that is radically evangelizing through urban education.
“The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness” - Benedict XVI
Locations: Bronx, NYC; Cincinnati, OH; The Rio Grande Valley, TX.
Salary and Benefits: No fundraising for our mission is required. Seton Teaching Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,200. Our program provides housing, utilities, and relocation assistance that creates a low cost of living. Fellows have access to loan forbearance, educational grants, and healthcare. Our network also provides opportunities for funded masters degrees.
Timeline: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, but spots are going quickly! Fellows will serve from July of 2024 (including onboarding and training) through June of 2025 (the close of our academic school year). We're hiring current seniors, graduates, and mission-aligned students seeking a gap year.
You might be a great fit for Seton Teaching Fellows if . . .
You desire to share the Catholic Faith and the Gospel message in our nation's underserved urban neighborhoods.
You're a faith-filled leader who believes that wonder, authentic catechism, and a charitable liberal arts education have the power to change lives.
You're a gritty individual who feels called to pick up your cross and serve.
You're looking for a bold and exciting adventure.
What We Offer
STF is a fully funded year of service that is making missionary catechesis and classroom education accessible for all. We provide . . .
A biweekly stipend—there's no fundraising for our mission!
Free, safe and quality housing with other Seton Teaching Fellows—we live in intentional and joyful communities of faith.
Participation in vibrant faith formation and a sacramental lifestyle.
Amazing professional development that equips and supports you to be a leader in education, ministry, non-profit work, and beyond.
Impressive opportunities for funded masters degrees, certification, and licensure in a variety of fields—we want our employees to flourish!
Opportunities for loan forbearance, health care, and educational grants.
Generous time-off and a calendar year with space for breaks, retreats, and rest.
What We Do
Seton Teaching Fellows will serve in our network schools across New York, Texas, and Ohio during the 2024-2025 school year (the Fellowship will run from mid-July to June of the following year).
Fellows joyfully live in the neighborhood where our schools are located, and serve at our schools, during school hours, Monday-Friday.
Fellows teach authentic and meaningful catechesis classes to students at all of our schools.
Fellows provide academic and administrative support to our offices and classrooms, which includes academic teaching, small group instruction, and operations work.
Fellows participate in and bring intentional community, sacramental faith life, and life-giving formation to the neighborhoods where we serve.
Who We Work With
All majors and levels of education — you don't have to posses a background or degree in education, and we have opportunities for students taking a gap year or a break from college. We also hire graduates who have already served in the professional work force or another mission.
Students and graduates from around the nation — we pay for relocation, travel, housing, and training. Don't stress about moving to a new city or finding a community to tap into—we'll take care of it for you.
Students who are eligible for work in the U.S. or OPT — If you are an international student, we might be able to accommodate your work situation!
Students and grads from various work experiences — While we work with children and young adults in underserved neighborhoods, you don't have to have professional experience working with children, schools, or a specific age group—you only need the call to serve!
Essential Skills and duties
We're a competitive and professional program that's placing our best and brightest at the forefront of the New Evangelization; candidates should meet the following criteria:
Basic proficiency in email and communication technology suites, professional verbal and written communication skills, a neat and professional demeanor, confidence in working with students and families at our schools.
A desire to share the fullness of the Catholic faith, and working catechetical knowledge.
The ability to socially and professionally connect with students, staff, and families from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Candidates should be able to reframe difficult situations, see the good in others, and possess a growth mindset.
Willingness to live and participate in a communal men's or women's household, receive faith formation, and pray with others.
Candidates must be willing and able to work and teach in schools and classrooms with Pre-K through 8th grade students, as well as to receive professional development and training pertaining to their professional role.
Core belief that all children can achieve both moral and academic excellence.
Shared Backgrounds and Experiences
We are building an organization in which talented individuals from all walks of life and past work experiences can join our team and make significant contributions. We are particularly committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences or backgrounds of the students we serve.
Questions or concerns? Reach out to recruitment manager Jacob Coonradt with any questions about our application at firstname.lastname@example.org.Access our simple, external application here.
About Seton Education Partners
Seton Teaching Fellows is a program of Seton Education Partners. Co-founded in 2009 by KIPP pioneer Scott W. Hamilton and Teach for America alumna Stephanie Saroki de García, Seton is a response to the dramatic decline of urban Catholic schools in America, which have served the economically disadvantaged well for decades.
Seton is working to take remarkable academic and catechetical achievements to scale by managing a network of schools and programs that ensure that thousands of underserved children whose Catholic schools close—and other local children—have access to an academically excellent, character-rich, and, for those who choose it, vibrantly Catholic education. This network is a national model for how other cities facing the shuttering of Catholic schools can continue to serve children and families with limited educational options. For more information on Seton Education Partners, please visit www.SetonPartners.org.
Learn more about our founding school model and exciting approach to education:
Co-founded in 2009 by KIPP pioneer Scott W. Hamilton and Teach for America alumna Stephanie Saroki de García, Seton Education Partners is a response to the dramatic decline of urban Catholic schools in America, which have served the economically disadvantaged so well for decades. In 2013, amidst the shuttering of 60+ urban Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York, Seton launched a network of tuition free schools with opportunities for Catholic catechesis in New York City, and which has since expanded to Ohio and Texas. In just one decade, over 250 children have been baptized through their participation in our Catechetical programming. Seton is working to take these remarkable achievements to scale by managing a network of schools and programs that ensure that thousands of underserved children whose Catholic schools close—and other local children—have access to an academically excellent, character-building, and, for those who choose it, faith-nurturing education. This network is a national model for how other cities facing the shuttering of Catholic schools can continue to serve children and families with limited educational options.
Seton Education Partners expands opportunities for parents in underserved communities to choose an academically excellent, character rich, and—for those who seek it—vibrantly Catholic education for their children.
As a national non-profit, Seton partners with (arch)dioceses and others across the country to implement innovative and sustainable models that bridge the best of Catholic education’s rich tradition of character formation and high academic achievement with new possibilities. The challenges are significant, to be sure, but with an entrepreneurial spirit that embraces innovation, much can and should be done for the benefit of thousands of children in America’s most underserved neighborhoods.
WHAT SETS US APART
Three things set Seton apart from other education organizations:
Whole-child Education: In all of Seton’s schools, we provide outstanding classical education that nurtures the mind, body, and soul while honoring the legitimate role of parents as the first educators.
Talent: Our diverse team is comprised of highly effective, principled people who lead with love.
Formation: We offer every family rich virtue formation and joyful Catholic evangelization for their children.