Operations Associate

inquirED - Chicago, Illinois - Full time

inquirED was founded by teachers with the mission of bringing inquiry-based learning to every student. Inquiry Journeys, inquirED’s elementary social studies curriculum, is used in schools and districts in 30+ states to help students develop deep social studies content knowledge and build the inquiry skills that are essential for a thriving democracy. Beginning as a bootstrapped startup, inquirED has experienced tremendous growth and is seeking an Operations Associate to support this continued expansion.

We are looking for a highly organized, service-oriented team member with extreme attention to detail. The Operations Associate will be responsible for coordinating and managing various operational activities that support the smooth functioning of our business. This role will be based in our Ravenswood office. Primary responsibilities include managing company processes like travel, hiring, scheduling, and events, handling mail, phone, and administrative paperwork, arranging shipping, and helping with accounting tasks. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and possess excellent communication skills.



  • Own general administrative tasks like forwarding messages and mail, managing swag delivery, and helping coordinate activities around in-person company meetings
  • Coordinate event logistics to make sure our team and materials arrive on time
  • Manage our hiring process, keep track of open roles and applicants, and help to coordinate new hire onboarding and orientation
  • Handle administrative and compliance paperwork as necessary
  • Process bank deposits, communicate with customers about overdue balances, communicate with vendors with respect to timing of payments & delivery of services
  • Serve as administrative assistant to the CEO


  • Experience managing multiple priorities on different deadlines
  • Ability to organize data, organize workflows, communicate between teams
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to switch between tasks and reprioritize when needed
  • Growth mindset with a positive attitude - if something needs to get done, you’re eager to figure it out and complete it
  • Comfortable working with and following up with a variety of roles within the company


Why work for us

  • Mission driven organization
  • Small team, quick decisions
  • Flexible PTO

*Please note that because of high application volume, we are only able to respond to applicants moving forward in the process.

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Experience Level

Mid Level


inquirED is a growing mission driven startup, founded by educators to give teachers the tools to activate students’ natural curiosities and incorporate the lived and historical experiences of each student.
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