Join our team

We are a small team of researchers, designers, and educators—all committed to advancing the science and practice of character development. Our work makes schools better places for students to learn and flourish.

Excellence is a temporary achievement, not a status. We learn from our mistakes, depend on one another, leverage our diverse perspectives, take initiative, and give feedback early and often. Each day, we seek to exemplify the very character strengths that we promote.

Benefits and perks

All full-time positions offer competitive salaries and include full benefits with 100% employer-sponsored healthcare and 403(b) with employer match.


Character Lab has a "one-roof" policy, as we believe our best collaborations happen in one space together. Therefore, all positions are full-time in our Philadelphia office.


Character Lab is looking for an Editor to help create world-class, scientifically-based resources on character development for parents and teachers.

The ideal candidate for this role is an outstanding writer and editor who will be able to translate scientific insights into accessible, consumer-facing content for the Character Lab website, newsletters, podcast, and other channels. They should have experience translating science for educators, with the ability to take complex ideas and communicate them to a general audience while remaining true to the source material.

Finance & Operations Associate

Character Lab is looking for an Finance & Operations Associate. Reporting to the Director of Operations & Finance (Michael Pih), the Finance & Operations Associate will support the financial and operational needs of the organization.

They will have strong input into many of our financial processes, including the development of financial management systems, reporting schedules, and grants management. They will analyze our financial information on a regular basis to ensure that resources are allocated efficiently and effectively. This person will also manage key external relationships, for example, with our HR/accounting vendors. In close collaboration with the Director of Operations & Finance and COO, they will be encouraged to make recommendations for process improvements as necessary.

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant will report to and provide direct administrative support to the Founder/CEO (Angela Duckworth) and the COO (Sean Talamas). This person will also support the general operational needs of the organization, and help to improve process inefficiencies wherever noticed. The ideal candidate is an organizational pro and feels at ease in a fast-paced environment.

The Executive Assistant will have the opportunity to be involved with a high variety of administrative processes, such as managing executive calendars, organizing meetings, planning C-level travel, and updating our database of contacts. Beyond working with our CEO and COO, they will also get to support the Character Lab team as a whole, gaining exposure to a wide range of disciplines and projects