Resident Roles

Resident Roles

Broad Residents apply management experience developed in the public and private sectors to strengthen urban public schools and help change the trajectory of young lives.

During the two years in The Broad Residency, Residents gain valuable experience within school districts, charter management organizations and departments of education. They bring their skills and experiences to add value to their organizations, putting conditions in place that allow good teachers to do great work and ensure that students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to learn and thrive. During the Residency, their projects focus on one or more of the following:

  • Ensuring that adequate funding and resources reach the classroom through efficient operations
  • Empowering teachers with the tools and support that they need to meet the needs of every child
  • Engaging with and collaborating with the community
  • Creating data driven systems that enable the entire organization to continuously improve

Read the Day in the Life Journals of current Residents to learn more about their work.

Upon completion of the program, Residents will:  

  • Understand and respect the work, perspective and experiences of those working in schools
  • Understand how urban school systems work and can be improved
  • Apply management and leadership skills to execute high-impact change initiatives
  • Become part of a thriving network of leaders in public education
  • Leverage their knowledge, experiences and network to continue on your career path in urban public education

Read our Featured Profiles to learn more about Residents' work after The Broad Residency.

Residents’ projects vary depending on the organization, its structure, its focus on improvement efforts and its strategic plan. In general, the work follows a cycle in which the first few months are used to learn the landscape and improve processes. For the remainder of the first year, and into the second year, Residents immerse themselves in one or several projects focused on a particular area. During the second year, Residents generally begin the process of transitioning into a permanent role best suited for them.


 First Year

 Getting up to Speed  
 0-3 months

  • Understand the environment
  • Establish credibility
  • Explore stakeholders’ points of view
  • Build relationships with supervisors and colleagues

 Immerse Yourself  
 4-12 months 

  • Transition from support to leadership/management responsibilities
  • Increase impact of projects
  • Navigate the system
  • Expand internal relationships

 Second Year

 Tackling the Challenge 
 12-18 months

  • Assume a leadership preparation role leading a high-priority initiative
  • Dedicate 50 percent of time to one project
  • Expand relationships with senior leaders
  • Build leadership development skills

 Prepare for Leadership Position
 18-24 months

  • Address remaining areas of knowledge, leadership skills, experiences and relationships needed to take on a director-level role


Sample Job Summaries

Finance role at a charter management organization

Finance roles in charter management organizations are critical for current and continued fiscal strength and future growth as well as, ultimately, the impact CMOs can have on student achievement. In addition, CMO finance roles often present opportunities to create, build and implement budgeting and purchasing systems and processes.


Human capital role at a charter management organization

Ensuring that the right leaders and strongest educators are in place is vital for a charter management organization and its students to thrive. In addition, CMOs tend to be very lean organizations. As a result, retaining the best people and developing high-quality talent pipelines are key for a CMO’s long-term success. 


Operations role at a charter management organizations

With more freedom to operate as they see fit, but often doing so with less public funding than traditional district schools, charter management organizations have little room for error. Working in CMO operations promises fast-paced, demanding work, as well as an opportunity to help develop and execute growth plans to shape the future of the organization.


Academic role at a school district or state department of education

The bottom line for all school districts is to boost student learning. Working on the academic side of school district operations offers complex, high-impact work that reaches every school and every classroom. District instructional work ensures the appropriate design, development, implementation and evaluation of districtwide educational initiatives.


Finance role at a school district

Fiscal health is integral to a district’s academic success. Districts must be able to operate efficiently and effectively, even when facing challenges like budget cuts. Working in the financial hub of a school district promises engaging, challenging, important work that is vital to each student’s success.


Human capital role at a school district or state department of education

Districts recognize that strong teachers and administrators are vital for student success. As a result, many are implementing initiatives to transform their human resources departments. As one district official said of this work, it is “of the most enduring impact, of greatest challenge and of best opportunity to positively change outcomes for the students.”  


Operations role at a school district

Running a school district involves complex, multi-departmental, multi-functional work, and Broad Residents who work in operations work in the district’s hub. District operations positions often report to and work side-by-side with members of the superintendent’s cabinet, and the projects are often highly visible in the community.  


Performance management role at a school district or state department of education

Many districts are implementing performance management systems to ensure that central offices and schools operate effectively and efficiently and that all work is aligned with the organization’s goals. Working in performance management offers an opportunity to impact outcomes at the central office and school levels and benefit all district students.


Project management role at a school district or state department of education

Some school systems create an introductory, rotational system to introduce new Broad Residents to various departments, leaders and initiatives. Often, these projects — usually three or four months in length — are the highest priority initiatives in the district and offer exciting opportunities to learn about transformational work happening system-wide and work directly with members of the leadership team. 


The Broad Residency is a unique opportunity for you to immediately impact the education of America’s students. Submit your resume today.