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School Leadership at Achievement First

At Achievement First, we know a dynamic school leadership team is vital when it comes to fulfilling our mission of providing and excellent and equitable education to all of our scholars. We are looking for school leaders with proven track-records of inspiring teachers and scholars to exceptional outcomes to join our team and family. Read on to learn more.

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Application Deadlines for the 2016-17 School Year

We have four application deadlines for all school leader positions throughout the year. See the table below for the interview and hiring timeline for each deadline. You can also learn more about the application process by clicking here.

• First Deadline – November 3, 2015
• Second Deadline – January 12, 2016
• Third Deadline – March 1, 2016
• Fourth Deadline – May 3, 2016

Read more about the application process by clicking here or go ahead and start your application here!

Professional Development Opportunity: Authentic People Leadership with Achievement First 

WHAT: Spots are filling up quickly for this half-day professional development event for teacher leaders and aspiring and current school leaders interested in exploring the skills of authentic people leadership. Join us for a half-day of skill development and fellowship as we participate in Achievement First’s highest-rated professional development courses led by some of our most dynamic and successful leaders.

Read more by clicking here!

In addition to attending our highest rated professional development related to people leadership, participants can expect to:

• Meet and work with fellow leaders fighting for educational equity 

• Gain an insider’s perspective on school leadership at Achievement First 

• Become equipped with valuable resources and skills to take back to their own schools and scholars 

• Leave re-energized to undertake the critical work ahead

WHO: All teacher leaders and school leaders interested in growing their leadership skills and deepening their understanding of school leadership. 

WHERE: AF Brooklyn High 1485 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11216 

WHEN: Saturday, January 9th 2016 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. with an optional lunch from 12:30-1:30 

Click here to learn more and register. 

Hurry! Seats are limited. If you have any additional questions, reach out to School Leader Recruiter, Michelle Ritchie at

Leading with Achievement First

We believe that behind every excellent and equitable school is a team of dynamic leaders supporting their teachers, students, and community. For this reason, each fully scaled Achievement First school has a robust team consisting of a Principal, at least one Academic Dean, at least one Dean of School Culture and a Director of Special Services. Our leaders, together with teachers and families, ensure that all students show dramatic student achievement gains and develop strong character skills necessary for success in college and beyond. While each Achievement First school offers the leadership positions listed above, exact responsibilities vary based on the talent, experiences and interests of individual team members.

Do you want to hear from a few school leaders about their personal experiences with school leadership at Achievement First? Click here!

Click here to learn about our Principals


    • Principals are responsible for the overall vision and management of their schools. They are charged with leading academic initiatives and programs related to school culture that will lead to student achievement and a strong school culture. Principals also oversee the professional development of all instructional staff and coach a portfolio of teachers and deans. If you’re interested in becoming a principal with Achievement First, read about our Principal-in-Residence program below.


Click here to learn about our Principals-in-Residence


    • 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. Click here to learn more. We will post openings on our careers page as soon as they become available.


Click here to learn about our Academic Deans

Click here to learn about our Deans of College


    • Deans of College, found only at our high schools, lead the school-based college team to ensure 100 percent college acceptance and matriculation. Using the six levers of our college access and success program, they manage the college counselor(s) and alumni counselor(s), coach a portfolio of teachers, and manage the major programmatic components of "AF High School Through College Completion." Visit our job postings to see if there are any openings for this role at this time.


Click here to learn about our Deans of School Culture


    • The Deans of School Culture lead schoolwide efforts to build and maintain a strong, positive, achievement-oriented school culture where scholars grow in a warm and joyful environment. They coach a portfolio of teachers and frequently assumes ownership of a particular subject or grade level. View the full job description or start your application here!


Click here to learn about our Deans of Special Services


    • Deans of Special Services drive ambitious student achievement by overseeing the IEP process and special services delivery, serving as a liaison to the local special education authority and managing the learning specialists, interventionists and special education teachers at the school and reports to the school-site principal. View the full job description or start your application here 


Click here to learn about our Directors of School Operations


    • 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. Click here to learn more and start your application by clicking here. DSO applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and do not follow the leader application deadlines.


Diversity & Inclusiveness

At Achievement First, we believe that achieving educational equity in our country is an economic and moral imperative. Achievement First is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team of individuals who, through their talent, experiences, commitment and understanding of both student needs and effective teaching, can ensure all of our students receive the excellent education they deserve.

Hear from members of the Achievement First Team and Family about why diversity and inclusiveness is one of our top priorities as a network by clicking here.

Stay in Touch

If you have any additional questions about school leadership at Achievement First or the application process, don’t hesitate to reach out to School Leader Recruiter, Michelle Ritchie, at

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