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Be a Teacher. Be a Leader. Be You.

We’re looking for teachers and leaders. We’re looking for people who are “team” at their core. We’re looking for people who have incredibly high standards and who will do whatever it takes to work with amazing students in some of the best schools around, and to stop at nothing to help them achieve greatness.

Achievement First is a growing network of public charter schools in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. We know that all children deserve access to the great education they need to succeed, regardless of race, zip code or economic status. Every day, our students are proving what’s possible when potential meets opportunity.

AF is hiring across all of our geographies—Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Brooklyn, New York; and Providence, Rhode Island.

Do you know someone who would be a good fit for AF? Refer them here, and learn more about our referral program.

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Teacher, Teacher-in-Residence and School Leadership candidates can now email resumes directly to the recruitment team. In your email, tell us the subject you’re most interested in. We aren’t able to respond to every applicant, but we will contact you if your skills and experience are a strong match for an available position.

For Connecticut or Rhode Island:

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Interested in other instructional or operational positions? Use the links below to apply!

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The Top 10 Reasons to Join AF

  • Kids Work Hard and Love School

    In fact, chances are you can’t have one without the other. Our kids need engaging, joyful teachers who are warm and demanding. They also need to be structured and loving, and teach ideas and concepts that make them really think. Who are the teachers you remember most fondly? They aren’t the ones who let you slide. They’re the ones who pushed you forward, because they strongly believed in your capabilities beyond your own imagination. Be that teacher. We all are.

  • We're All About Your Success

    You’ll be surrounded by people who are just as invested in growing as you are. All of our people will help you become your best self in every iteration. When you look around a room here, you’re looking at the people who will have a transformative impact on you today and in years to come. You want to have smart people in your corner—and we have a ton of them. When you join AF, you are never in this work alone. You can lean on close to 1,500 teachers, leaders and support staff, and you’ll learn something about yourself and the work every day.

  • Opportunities Abound

    Do you want to be a Master Teacher? Is your biggest goal to become an expert equipped to impact change in our country’s education system? Do you want to grow in management? Is your dream to lead a school? We are invested in making sure you get those chances. There are opportunities for personal and professional growth for everyone across AF.

  • We're Constantly Improving

    We haven’t gotten to educational equity in this country. We’ve long accepted that this won’t happen overnight — but that doesn’t stop us from giving our best and then some every day. We’re angry that this problem is so prevalent in our communities, and we’re doing something about it. The hunger for getting better is in our DNA.

  • Diversity & Inclusiveness Matter

    We all came from different places and all of them led us here. We know it’s vital that our teachers and leaders share the backgrounds of our scholars (and you should ask us about our numbers!). But this is about more than that. It’s about mindsets, relationship building and trust. It’s about working toward a common goal with deep understanding, respect and admiration. It’s about fighting for social justice and antiracism and for the kind of world we want our kids to live in.

  • Your Impact will be Huge

    And it will not just be in your classroom. Or school. Or state. Here you’re helping kids across the country and world. We share what we learn not just with one school, one city, or one charter network. We share with everybody. We have a culture of giving and sharing what we learn, because it’s the right thing to do. When one child wins we all win, no matter where she goes to school.

  • All Means All

    We know we can’t push for real equitable change unless all kids means ALL kids. It’s not just a belief, we’re doing something about it. Every child deserves a great education — and we’re committed to being an organization that “walks the walk” to provide it.

  • We've Got Really Nice People

    Working with good people is crucial — and here at AF, we have some of the best. These are the kind of the people you’d love to hang out with at a friend’s wedding, or have over for breakfast, or go with to your first trapeze class. They will see your strengths, be there for you every day and tell you if there’s food stuck in your teeth (but they won’t call it out in public). These are the kind of friends you feel lucky to have in your circle.

  • Amazing Kids and Families

    We feel honored to be a part of our communities. We’re linking arms with parents and kids and across neighborhoods. We’re together at block parties, at walks to fight breast cancer, and at community resource fairs. We’re lucky to partner together to instigate real change.

  • We Live By Our Values

    We live by our values. Our Core Values don’t just sit on a wall or on our web page. They drive all that we do. Team & Family is for real. Everything with Integrity is the fabric of who we are. We do whatever it takes for kids and each other. (And we have lots of benefits too. We don’t advertise them broadly because it can get technical, but we have charts, graphs, facts, figures, and all the information you need to figure out the details.)