While Achievement First recognizes that the number one factor impacting student achievement is teacher quality, we also know that teacher effectiveness and satisfaction are heavily influenced by the quality of school leaders.
The Achievement First School Leader Immersion program (SLI) is an exclusive opportunity for aspiring school leaders to develop the skills and mindset necessary to lead at a high-performing charter school. SLI participants will join a cohort of rising school leaders from around the country in an intensive clinic, featuring professional development, observation and coaching led by Achievement First staff members. The selected group of exceptional educators will engage deeply in every aspect of a school leader's work and leave with an "insider’s perspective" on school leadership at Achievement First. Participants will also have the opportunity to fast track their application.
Each scaled Achievement First school has a principal, an academic dean, a dean of students/culture and a director of school operations. These leaders work together to ensure that all students show dramatic student achievement gains and develop strong character skills necessary for success in college. While each Achievement First school offers the following leadership positions, exact responsibilities vary based on the talent, experiences and interests of individual team members.
The principal is responsible for the overall management of their school while leading academic initiatives and programs related to school culture. She or he also oversees the professional development of all instructional staff and coaches a portfolio of teachers and deans.
• Principal Job Description
The academic dean works to ensure that every student reaches ambitious achievement goals for school-wide levels of mastery. She or he coaches a portfolio of teachers and frequently assumes ownership of a particular subject or grade level.
• Academic Dean Job Description
The dean of college, found only at our high schools, leads the school-based college team to ensure 100 percent college acceptance and matriculation. Using the six levers of our college access and success program, she or he manages the college counselor(s) and alumni counselor(s), coaches a portfolio of teachers, and manages the major programmatic components of "AF High School Through College Completion."
• Dean of College Job Description
The dean of school culture leads school-wide efforts to build and maintain a strong, positive, achievement-oriented school culture where students grow in a warm and joyful environment. She or he coaches a portfolio of teachers and frequently assumes ownership of a particular subject or grade level.
• Dean of School Culture Job Description
The principal-in-residence program is a two-year residency for future principals to grow, plan and learn as they prepare to lead an Achievement First school. Principals-in-residence are part of a cohort that provides many opportunities to collaborate, learn and exchange best practices throughout the two years.
• Principal-in-Residence Job Description
The director of school operations designs and maintains smooth and efficient school-based systems and is responsible for all non-instructional services required to run the school. For example, she or he manages the day-to-day school financial operations, prepares the school campus for its launch year and each subsequent year, and administers critical data systems.
• Director of School Operations Job Description (Connecticut)
• Director of School Operations Job Description (New York)
• Director of School Operations Job Description (Rhode Island)
At Achievement First, we believe that closing the achievement gap is an economic and moral imperative. It is the civil rights issue of our time. In carrying out our mission, Achievement First must ensure that our team is composed of individuals who, through their talent, commitment and understanding of both student needs and effective teaching, can ensure all of our students succeed in accomplishing these big dreams. Diversity and inclusiveness are critical to our mission.
Read why Achievement First considers diversity and inclusiveness one of our top priorities as a "Team & Family."
If you have any questions about applying to Achievement First, please contact us at recruitment[at]achievementfirst[dot]org. If you are interested in instructional roles at the network level,
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