Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Selection

I currently work in a managerial position in a school district/charter management organization/state department of education. Would I be a strong candidate?
How many Broad Residents will be selected for the 2018-2020 Broad Residency program?
Do I need work experience after graduate school?
Do you only accept applicants from “top 10” business schools?
When will my application be due?
Do I need to be nominated or referred to apply?
I applied last year but wasn’t accepted. Do I have to submit a new application?

The Work

What type of position can I expect to be offered by a partner organization?
What is the salary?
What school systems participate in The Broad Residency?
How does The Broad Residency select partner organizations?
How does The Broad Residency match Residents with partner organizations?
I cannot relocate from my current city of residence. Is this a problem?
Do participating organizations sponsor work visas?

The Program

What is the time commitment required?
What program costs can I incur?
What kind of continued support will The Broad Center provide once I complete The Broad Residency?
What happens at the end of the two-year program?

Contact Us

Who do I contact for more information?

 

Selection

I currently work in a managerial position in a school district/charter management organization/federal or state department of education. Would I be a strong candidate?
Candidates who began working in an urban school district, public charter school network or state department of education within the past three years and who meet our academic degree and work experience requirements may apply to be an Associate Resident. Associate Residents remain in their current positions, but they receive all the same training, supports and benefits of Broad Residents matched with partner organizations, including access to The Broad Center staff and network, professional development sessions, 360-degree feedback, etc.

How many Broad Residents will be selected for the 2018-2020 Broad Residency program?
Approximately 80 Residents will join the program this year.

Do I need work experience after graduate school?  I’ve noticed that many of the current Residents have several years of professional experience beyond their graduate school work. Is this a requirement?
Candidates need at least four years of full-time professional work experience either before or after graduate school. Participating organizations place Residents in positions that generally would take more than four years to attain through traditional routes. Therefore, they seek to hire individuals with work experience that enables them to manage or work with more senior colleagues. Current Broad Residents have a range of four to 19 years of work experience.

Do you only accept applicants from “top 10” business schools?
No. Strong work experience is the main criteria. The Broad Residency recruiting team is small and primarily visits business schools because their graduates tend to have strong management training but aren’t necessarily aware of career opportunities in public education. The Broad Residency does not, however, turn away any candidate because of a school ranking.

When will my application be due?
Application deadlines are determined on a rolling basis and a candidate typically has four weeks from the time s/he receives the application. Candidates who submit resumes later in the season will have a shorter timeframe. The deadline to submit a resume is January 12, 2018.

Do I need to be nominated or referred to apply? 
No, candidates do not need to be nominated to apply. The nomination option gives people who know strong candidates the ability to recommend those individuals they think would be good fits for the program.

I applied last year but wasn’t accepted. Do I have to submit a new application?
Yes. Candidates who have applied in the past and were not accepted must submit a new application with updated contact information and work experience. These candidates may choose to submit the same responses to the essay questions, although The Broad Residency encourages candidates to focus responses on new experiences gained and new skills developed since the last application.

The Work

What type of position can I expect to take within a partner organization?
Associate Residents already have positions with their organizations and remain in those positions. Broad Residents who go through the program’s matching process assume managerial positions in the central operations of partner organizations and report to senior leaders. Residency roles must impact entire organizations rather than serving individual schools. The positions, however, are determined by the hiring organizations based on their unique needs. Current Residents use their prior knowledge and skills to support organizational efforts, primarily in the following areas: operations, finance, human resources, information technology and strategy. Residents become full-time employees of the partner organizations, not of The Broad Center or The Broad Residency.  

What is the salary?
A Broad Resident earns a base salary of $90,000 to $100,000 per year, plus benefits and reimbursement for up to $3,000 in relocation expenses. The exact salary is set and paid by the partner organization because the Resident becomes an employee of the organization, not of The Broad Center. Some cities may also have signing bonuses. We do not determine the salaries for Associate Residents because they already work for their organizations upon joining our program.

What school systems participate in The Broad Residency?
We partner with large urban school districts, public charter school network and state departments of education. The list of partners changes from year to year and current partner organizations may be found online. Organizations that will participate in the 2018-2020 Broad Residency will be finalized in March.

How does The Broad Residency select partner organizations?
Each year, we invite organizations around the country to apply to host Broad Residents. In general, we partner with large urban school districts that have strong leaders and clearly defined strategies for improving student achievement, senior-level administrators willing to supervise each Resident and appropriate job openings for Residents. We also partner with growing, nonprofit networks of public charter schools that serve high populations of low-income students and students of color and have strong management and promising academic results. We do not partner with for-profit school operators.

How does the Broad Residency match Residents with partner organizations?
The process for helping candidates find roles in public education organizations depends on the time of year that the candidates apply and whether they are actively interviewing for new jobs.

Candidates who advance beyond the second-round interview in December will follow one of two paths:

  • If the candidate is actively searching for a new role, The Broad Residency will help the candidate identify immediate interview opportunities. There are fewer of these opportunities, so the candidate should consider whether this timing will result in a job offer for a role s/he wants, in a city s/he wants and precisely when s/he wants it.
  • If the candidate can wait to transition, s/he will be matched to begin interviewing with partner organizations in April. This option provides more match opportunities because most partner organizations define their talent needs to the Residency team in February and March.

Candidates who advance beyond the second round in January, February and March will begin interviewing with partner organizations in April.

Most Residency roles commence in June and July. Details about these opportunities are made available to candidates who advance from the second-round interview. For each position, we provide a job description and additional information regarding salary, organizational/team leadership and the role's opportunity for impact. Candidates are responsible for synthesizing this material along with independently sourced information to determine their preferences. We then review candidates’ preferences and hiring organizations’ needs and cultures to determine which candidates will interview for which positions.

Candidates selected for interviews are informed of organizations participating in the program and asked to rank their preferences. At the in-person interview, candidates have the opportunity to talk with members of The Broad Residency staff about their geographic preferences and limitations. The Broad Residency does its best to match candidates with one of their top organization preferences. If we cannot match the candidate with one of his or her desired organizations, the Residency candidate has the opportunity to withdraw from the selection process and potentially defer to the following year. Learn more about the matching process.

I cannot relocate from my current city of residence. Is this a problem?
This may not be a problem for candidates who live in a region in which a school district, charter management organization or department of education partners with The Broad Residency. However, the inability to relocate may significantly limit a candidate’s Residency options and, depending on city of origin, may prevent the candidate from being accepted into the Residency. Geographic flexibility will allow a candidate to have multiple opportunities to find a role that is a good fit.

Do participating organizations sponsor work visas?
No.

The Program

What is the time commitment required?
The Broad Residency is a full-time, two-year commitment. In addition to a highly demanding job that is likely to require work over many evenings and weekends, Residents agree to participate in eight professional development sessions which typically span four business days each. Residents are expected to commit a significant amount of time between sessions to complete pre-reading and assignments related to their own professional development. On average, each session’s pre-readings and assignments require 12-16 hours of work.

What program costs can I incur?
The Broad Residency will cover tuition and travel costs. Residents are required to provide their own tablet computer, e.g., iPad, Android.

What kind of continued support will The Broad Center provide once I complete The Broad Residency?
The Broad Center is committed to identifying, preparing and supporting successful public education leaders over the course of their careers. Among other supports, Residency alumni have access to job placement assistance, executive coaching, 360-degree feedback and a range of in-person events from The Broad Center. In addition, alumni who continue in a high-level role in a district, charter management organization or federal or state department of education have access to industry experts through customized strategic support services such as study trips and strategy retreats.   

What happens at the end of the two-year Residency?
The majority of Residents remain employed with the organization for which they have been working. Upon completion of the Residency, more than 90 percent of Residents continue working in K-12 education and more than 70 percent do so within school districts, charter management organizations, or federal and state departments of education. The Broad Center provides support for Residents making position changes or transitions to other school-operating organizations.

Contact Us

Who do I contact for more information or to get a specific question answered?
For inquiries, please email Tommy Dierkes at tdierkes@broadcenter.org and attach your resume. Due to the high volume of applicants, we do not offer individual feedback on resumes. However, attaching your resume may help us to better respond to your inquiry. If you do not intend to apply, you do not need to attach a resume to your inquiry.