Our Culture & Careers

Our culture

Our vibrant culture is built on our core values and original thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurialism, authenticity and fun.

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Collaborative, work hard play hard culture

Education First is a fantastic place to work. We strive to create a workplace that is positive, inclusive and equitable, and is worth going to every day. Our vibrant culture is built on our genuine care for the students we serve, our clients and each other.


A day in the life of Ed Firsters

We are, and always have been, a virtual firm with team members across the country. There is no typical day. Some days you work from your home office and other days you set up in a coffee shop or prepare for a client meeting during a cross-country flight. In a single day, you might draft a client deliverable, workshop a different product in a project team meeting, present to a client or tackle an internal project. Team members structure their work days to deliver high-quality work and collaborate with their colleagues. As our core value Follow Through Together says: We do what we say we will, when we say we will, to support one another and help realize our intended impact.

Staying connected

We build deep relationships with clients and colleagues, coach and support our teammates, voice our ideas and share our authentic selves. We have virtual Culture Club activities, coffee chats, all-staff calls, professional learning and more. Ed Firsters get together in-person at our annual All-Staff Retreat to engage in multi-day connection and learning, engaging in culture-building activities and celebrating our impact. When team members return to the field, we celebrate them as Ed First Alumni who continue to make a difference to improve public education.


The hiring process

The core values are at the heart of the Ed First hiring process. We seek to design a multi-step experience that allows candidates to highlight their experiences in alignment with a particular role.

Submit your resume and answer application questions
Recruiter screen
Connect with a recruiter and ask questions about the role and team
Hiring Manager screen
Meet the hiring manager and learn more about the team
Performance task
Demonstrate your skills in a simulation exercise
Final interview
Meet with folks you will likely collaborate with most in the role
Interview with managing partners
*Only executive level roles will have a final interview with managing parters

Career growth

As a team member, you’ll experience professional development that maximizes your contributions to our firm and clients. We understand what excellence looks like in our roles and we own our own growth. Professional learning and reflection are a top priority. Through our coaching system, competency model and individual goals, each team member is put on a path of professional growth by engaging in internal and external learning activities, RIDE development, learning communities and more.

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