At Apps for Good we have a lot to celebrate: our hundreds of dedicated Education Partners, thousands of inspiring students and our growing community of Expert volunteers. However none of these successes would be possible without the enthusiasm and passion that the Apps for Good team bring to the organisation.
What it’s like to work here
We’re a small but growing organisation of 17 divided into five teams: Business Development, Communications & Communities, Course Content, Finance & Operations and Online Platform. Team members have experience in a wide range of fields including teaching, public policy, technology and the voluntary sector and hail from all across the world: from Rio to Romania and Toronto to Texas – we have a real international group!
We aren’t tied to teams or hierarchy at Apps for Good: everyone has the chance to lead projects and work across the organisation and are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions on how to improve the way we do things.
Our work spreads across the technology and voluntary sectors. This provides the perfect springboard to learn about the expanding start-up scene, as well as the latest in technology, education and the third sector.
Apps for Good is a charity with a start-up mind-set. Based in the centre of London’s tech scene, we don’t have a dress code so no sweaty Tube journeys, we have flexible working hours and you even get your birthday off so you don’t need to share that cake with everyone. We have an in-house tech team and our platform forms the backbone for everything we do. As we teach our students, we think about projects in terms of MVP and are always ready to pivot. We take risks and, well, sometimes make mistakes, but we always try to learn from these.
Problems you’ll solve
Since our launch in 2010, we have grown from working in just two centres in London to working with over 450 schools across the UK, from 50 students to 23,000 this year – and growing internationally this year. This is not only a massive opportunity for the organisation, but also a challenge to ensure that we’re growing in a way that doesn’t compromise the quality or impact of our work.
We never sit still as an organisation. We set ambitious targets, while working within charity-sized budgets, and always look to technology to help deliver these. The ed tech space is moving at a rapid pace, so we must ensure we’re always meeting the needs of our teachers and identifying what makes us unique. At the same time, we pride ourselves on building partnerships rather than creating rivals.
We work with diverse audiences – from teachers and students to some of the biggest tech companies in the world. This means everything we do has to take into consideration their different interests and priorities, while also acting as a bridge to bring these communities together, which is where our impact is the greatest.
What makes us great
At Apps for Good, our mission is to change technology education, forever – that’s what drives our team forward and helps us achieve our ambitious targets. While we can’t offer jolly weekends in far-flung locations, we can give you the satisfaction of making a difference and facing challenges every day.
As part of a truly UK-wide organisation, we work with schools from as far north as the Orkney Islands all the way to Bude in Cornwall, so it’s little surprise we get a wide range of accents at the end of our phone every day! Even more exciting are our plans to work overseas, making us an international movement.
We aim to be a career-defining organisation. Staff can develop their own path within Apps for Good, leading the growth of their role by building skills and increasing capacity in a way that is interesting to them and helps with their day-to-day role.
From small, exciting start-ups to some of the world’s most established companies, at Apps for Good you work alongside some of the most creative and well-respected people in the technology and education spheres. Our current partners include Samsung, Google and Facebook, and we are proud and humbled of our list of Board members, advisers and Expert volunteers.
Who we look for
We teach our Apps for Good students to be problem-solvers, to be inquisitive and to always be ready to pivot. We value the same qualities within our team. We believe in a ‘can do’ approach, solving problems as a team and having a work/life balance. The result is an organisation that exceeds targets and achieves incredible growth whilst still socialising together at work or having a drink on a Friday evening.
We look for people who are passionate about the power of technology and education, who relish a challenge and who love working in a fast-moving environment. You don’t always need you to have direct experience in these fields, but you do need to have real enthusiasm for the Apps for Good mission.
There are currently several opportunities to join our growing team – click here and help us change technology education, forever.