|Overview of the Achievement First Principal-in-Residence Program:
The principal-in-residence program is a 1-2 year-long residency for future school leaders to grow, plan and learn as they prepare to become a principal. Principals-in-residence are part of a cohort, which provides many opportunities to share, learn, and swap best practices throughout the year.
The program is grounded in several core beliefs:
- School leaders learn best by doing the work of leading schools. For most of the residency year, the principal-in-residence works as an essential member of the leadership team in a host Achievement First school. The principal-in-residence has clear and significant responsibilities for both instructional and school culture leadership in their host school.
- School leaders learn best through mentoring and feedback in the context of their everyday work. The principal of the host school mentors the principal-in-residence throughout the year and the residency centers around this relationship. Principals regularly share their thinking and reflection with the principal-in-residence as they navigate the many challenges of leading a school. Principals-in-residence receive intense individualized attention from their host principals through coaching and real-time feedback.
- School leaders learn best when they apply the lessons from leadership development workshops to their work in schools. The principal-in-residence program links the skill-building of session workshops to principal-in-residence’s everyday work as school leaders. For example, if there is a cohort workshop focused on facilitating high-impact professional development, principals-in-residence will be asked to plan, facilitate and reflect on a professional development session in their school.
- School leaders will be prepared for running a school when they invest significant time in the details of getting their school ready. The residency provides intensive cohort and individual support to principals-in-residence for getting their school ready. Most principals-in-residence will spend May and June preparing for their school to be ready for the upcoming school year.
Phases of the Principal-in-Residence Program:
Phase One: July – August
- Attend new staff training and new dean orientation.
- Participate in a 360 feedback process and reflection.
- Discuss your goals for the year with your host Principal, Assistant Superintendent and the Director of Leadership Development.
- Create an individualized learning plan.
Phase Two: August – April
- Work as an essential member of a school leadership team.
- With the Principal-in-Residence cohort, visit excellent schools and learning from successful school leaders.
- Build your skills in leadership development workshops and apply skills to work in school.
- Execute on your Individualized Learning Plan: seek out growth opportunities, feedback and readings that target your areas for growth.
Phase Three: April – August
- Work with Team Recruit to recruit a top-notch team of deans and teachers.
- Work with your Assistant Superintendent to create and execute on a comprehensive school readiness plan.
- Build the systems to support a stellar school.
- Lead school events such as family chats and orientations.
- Continue to support your host school.
Skills and characteristics
- Strong instructional, classroom management and discipline skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven track record of meeting extremely high standards for student achievement
- Relentlessness and willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure success
- Team player
- Willingness to aggressively seek administrative certification
- Belief in the Achievement First mission and educational model
- Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
Educational background and work experience
- A bachelor’s degree from a competitive university is required, a Master’s Degree is preferred
- Successful experience leading adults
- 4 years of urban teaching experience with a track record of high student achievement
- 2 years of leadership experience; managing and coaching a team of adults with a track record of results.
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package.
Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/.