Find answers to frequently asked questions about The Broad Residency here.
How many people will be selected for the 2018-2020 Broad Residency cohort?
Approximately 70 candidates will join the cohort.
I am currently employed by a public-school system. Do I qualify for The Broad Residency?
Management-level professionals serving for fewer than three years in traditional school districts, public charter school networks or state departments of education may apply to become Associate Residents, provided they meet other program requirements. As an Associate Resident, you would receive full Broad Residency program support while staying in your current position. Residency sessions and professional development offerings are the same for Matched Residents and Associate Residents. For a full list of qualifications required of Residency candidates, please refer to our selection process.
Many Residents have several years of professional experience beyond graduate school. Is work experience a requirement?
Yes. Our partner organizations hire Residents for management roles that require at least four years of full-time professional experience. Therefore, we seek candidates with similar levels of experience to set them up for success in the workplace. The majority of current Residents have four to 15 years of work experience before joining the Residency.
Do you only accept applicants who attended top-ranked programs, colleges and universities?
No. Institutional rank is not a requirement in our selection process.
I have a graduate degree, but it’s not an M.B.A. Are you open to candidates with educational backgrounds in other areas?
Yes. We look for a variety of academic, personal and professional experiences to make up each cohort.
Is there an application period?
You may submit a resume from August to mid-January of each year. Qualified candidates are then invited to complete the full Residency application. Once invited to apply, you typically have four weeks to complete the application. The later in the season you start the process, the shorter the amount of time you will have to get through the subsequent interview stages.
What is the application deadline?
Deadlines are determined on a rolling basis and depend on when you submit your resume. Once invited to apply, you typically have four weeks to complete the Residency application. Our team begins reviewing applications in earnest and conducting first-round interviews in the late summer. Second-round interviews are completed by the spring. If you submit your resume later in the season, you will have fewer than four weeks to complete the Residency application.
Do I need to be nominated?
No. You do not need to be nominated to apply for The Broad Residency.
I applied in the past, but I wasn’t accepted. Do I have to submit a new application if I want to be considered again?
Yes. Past candidates must submit fresh materials to be reconsidered. We encourage you to update essay responses to reflect experiences and skills you have gained since your last application.
Where will I work as a Broad Resident?
Partner organizations change from year to year. Learn more about our partner organizations here. They are large urban school districts, public charter school systems and state departments of education located throughout the U.S. Each year, The Broad Residency invites partners to share job descriptions with us for open positions they have that may be well-suited for Broad Residents. During the interview process, Residents go through those organizations’ standard hiring processes. Partner organizations, not The Broad Center, make the ultimate decisions to hire Residency candidates.
What type of role will I take on as a Broad Resident?
Exact positions are determined by the hiring organizations, based on their unique needs. In general, Broad Residents assume managerial positions reporting to senior leaders in public school systems. These roles are in central-office operations and impact entire organizations rather than individual schools. Current Residents work primarily in the areas of finance, human resources, information technology, operations and strategy.
If you apply to be an Associate Resident, you will stay in your current school-operating organization and position during the Residency.
To whom will I report?
Residents are full-time employees of our partner organizations. As such, you will report to your supervisor in that organization. Residents are not employees of The Broad Center or The Broad Residency.
What is the salary range for Residency roles?
The exact salary for each new Resident is set and paid by the partner organization. Base salaries typically range from $90,000 to $100,000 per year, plus benefits and reimbursement of up to $3,000 in relocation expenses. Associate Residents’ compensation packages do not change when they join the Residency.
How does The Broad Residency select partner organizations?
We seek partner organizations with clearly defined strategies for improving equity, opportunity and achievement for all students. They also must have strong leadership, senior-level administrators willing to supervise each Resident and job openings appropriate for Broad Residents. We do not partner with for-profit or private school operators.
When should I expect to interview with potential employers?
Interviewing with partner organizations is dependent upon when you apply and how quickly you want to start a new role. Most Residency roles commence in June and July, so most in-person interviews are held in April and May. Candidates who advance past the second-round interview in December will have the potential to interview for more immediate opportunities, if they are interested.
What information will I have about available roles before ranking my preferences?
All candidates entering the matching process will receive detailed information about available roles including title, organization, location, and job description. You will be given time to review these options and conduct additional research on your own.
What does the Residency team consider when making matches?
The Broad Residency considers the interests, skills and experience of the candidate, the needs of the organization, and the larger landscape of all candidates and opportunities. We use all available information to identify suitable matches for each candidate and role. No candidate will be matched with a role in which they did not express interest.
If I enter the matching process, am I guaranteed a role?
No. Depending on your flexibility and the roles that are available, you may not be matched with any roles. If you are matched with one or more opportunities, interview with those organization(s), but do not receive any job offers, you will not advance to become a Broad Resident. In either of these cases, you may defer and reenter the selection process at the 2nd round interview or matching stage the following two years.
When would I start my new role?
Most partner organization’s roles commence in June and July. A limited number of positions open at other times during the year. In those instances, candidates looking to begin at a different time will be considered for those roles, as appropriate. For more details on timing, please read our Matching Process page.
I am not able to relocate. Can I still be a Resident?
This may not be a problem if you live in a region where Residency partner organizations are located. However, inability to relocate may significantly limit the number of role options available, which can affect your acceptance in the Residency. Geographic flexibility provides more opportunity to find a role that is a good fit.
Do participating organizations sponsor work visas?
No. You must be able to work in the U.S. at the time you join 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 evening and weekend work, Residents agree to participate in eight professional development sessions, typically four business days each. As a Resident, you also must commit a significant amount of time between sessions — on average, 12-16 hours — to complete pre-reading and assignments related to your own professional development.
Are there any fees or costs involved with being a Resident?
Program costs and travel to and from in-person sessions are covered by The Broad Center. There is no additional tuition. You are only required to provide your own tablet computer, such as an iPad or Android, to complete assignments.
Is The Broad Residency an accredited academic program?
Yes, we are accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Broad Residents who successfully complete the two-year program earn a master’s degree in educational leadership. Read more about our accreditation here.
What happens after I graduate?
Most Residents remain employed with the organization for which they have been working. Upon completion of the Residency, nearly 90 percent of Residents continue working in K-12 education and more than 40 percent do so within urban school districts, public charter school networks or state education agencies.
The connections made during The Broad Residency last a lifetime. The Broad Center provides continued professional development and learning opportunities for Residency alumni through a variety of services, resources and events.
Who do I contact for more information or a specific question?
Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attaching your resume may help us to better respond to your inquiry. However, due to the high volume of applicants, we do not offer individual feedback on resumes.