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Executive Assistant To CEO

ABOUT is a Chicago-based company passionately committed to improving the quality of K-12 education on scale. We are on a mission to set every student up for real-world success. The ability to synthesize information and communicate ideas effectively is key to college and career readiness. We help educators teach these critical thinking skills through argumentative writing across subjects. With students and teachers using our platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, we have partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and have been featured by The Atlantic and EdSurge. A 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution and Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution categories, ThinkCERCA was also named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense’s Graphite. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator.



ThinkCERCA is looking for a competent executive assistant to support ThinkCERCA's Chief Executive Officer, Eileen Murphy, in curriculum and instruction and in sales. You will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to Ms. Murphy’s working life and communication. We are looking for someone who is extremely organized, has strong interpersonal skills, and is dedicated to working at a social impact startup that supports schools and districts. Lastly, any previous education experience is extremely valuable.



  • Work directly with ThinkCERCA’s CEO and Founder, Eileen Murphy, and collaborate with the Marketing, Sales, Success, and Product teams.
  • Support Ms. Murphy’s business development efforts through lead generation and follow-up to the top 100 school districts.
  • Support CEO’s schedule by coordinating meetings, keeping track of Ms. Murphy’s calendar, providing reminders of upcoming meetings, and booking travel.
  • Manage CEO’s communication and review documents before outreach to team members, customers, potential customers, and investors.
  • Take notes from Ms. Murphy’s meetings with potential customers and accurately enter data
  • Research to stay abreast of the top 100 district's’ needs and initiatives.
  • Expense reports for Eileen.


  • Ability to work 40 hours a week in our River North, Chicago offices
  • Sales experience or willingness to learn sales
  • Exemplary planning, organization, and time management skills
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills
  • Protects operations by keeping information confidential
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize daily workload, and work under strict deadlines
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and general computer skills
  • Education experience is a huge bonus
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Eager to work at a young startup that's having an impact in schools throughout America.
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