Department: Principal Fellow
School Year: 2022-23
As a Principal Fellow at Achievement First, you will be at the center of this work— leading at one of our schools, achieving breakthrough results for the students we serve, and building your own vision and skill to lead an extraordinary Achievement First school in the future. Here, you will be the driver of high-quality coaching instruction that enables teachers to develop strong classroom cultures, deliver strong content and to instill a lifelong love of learning in our scholars. You will work with teachers to be your students’ champion because you believe all students are capable of greatness and achievement far beyond what society has been conditioned to accept. You will come to demand excellence for yourself, your teachers and your students, and accept nothing less than students’ best and most thoughtful work.
At Achievement First, you will grow as a passionate and constant leader who thrives on feedback, enjoys regular one-on-one coaching with your principal and Regional Superintendent, and nurtures a voracious appetite for professional development and consistent improvement. You will cultivate school wide classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. Every day, you will contribute to the education of children who will go on to college and return to our communities as the next generation of game-changers, such that one day, you are leading your own school that does the same.
Overview of the Achievement First Principal Fellowship
The Principal Fellowship is typically an 18-month program, beginning each July, that supports future school leaders in their development as they prepare to become a principal. Principal Fellows have leader positions at AF schools where they learn from talented mentor principals, and also participate in a network-wide professional development program including skill-building, excellent school visits, and best practice sharing throughout the year.
The program is grounded in several core beliefs:
Achievement First typically interviews and selects principals in early Winter. Principal Fellows may apply for a principal position in their first or second year in the program. When a Principal Fellow is selected for a particular principal position, they receive additional coaching and support from their Regional Superintendent as well as through professional development with other new principals.
This development is focused on the following:
Skills and Characteristics
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package. Teachers receive funds for supplies and materials as well as a laptop computer.
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://achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/