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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/.


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