Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Placement

What educational organizations participate in The Broad Residency?
How does The Broad Residency select organizations for placement?
How does The Broad Residency match Residents with organizations for placement?
I cannot relocate from my current city of residence. Is this a problem?
Do participating organizations sponsor work visas?

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?
How many Broad Residents will be selected for the 2015-2017 Broad Residency program?
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for the Residency?
Do I need work experience after graduate school?
Do you only accept applicants from “top 10” schools?
When will my application be due?
Do I need to be nominated (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 take within a partner organization?
What is the time commitment required?
What is the salary?
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 residency?

Contact Us

Who do I contact for more information?


Placement

What educational organizations participate in The Broad Residency?
Current district, CMO and federal/state department of education partners may be found online.  Organizations that will participate in the 2015-2017 Broad Residency will be finalized in winter 2014/2015.

How does The Broad Residency select organizations for placement?
School districts, charter management organizations, and federal and state departments of education apply to host Broad Residents. Districts must have at least 37,500 students and meet additional criteria based on their student demographics and urban environment. Each year, The Broad Residency evaluates applications from districts around the country to determine if the district will be a successful, challenging assignment for a Resident. In general, The Broad Residency partners with large urban school districts that have a strong superintendent and a clearly defined strategy for improving student achievement, a senior level administrator willing to supervise each Resident, and an appropriate role for each Resident.

The Broad Residency also seeks growing urban charter and education management organizations that have at least two schools, a strong academic track record serving high populations of low-income students, strong management and promising academic results. In addition, we give preference to organizations with stellar management teams, strong investor confidence, and those led by executive leaders committed to being effective Resident supervisors.

The tremendous resources the federal department of education is dedicating to education reform as well as the leadership provided by Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has created an environment in which Residents can help implement policies and programs on a national level that will have significant impact. The Race to the Top program is a federal program which provides funding to state departments of education and is creating opportunities for Residents to drive change from the state level as well.

How does The Broad Residency match Residents with organizations for placement?
Candidates selected for interviews are informed of organizations participating in the program and asked to rank their preferences. At the in-person interview day, candidates have the opportunity to talk with a member of The Broad Residency staff about their geographic preferences and limitations. The Broad Residency does its best to match Residents with one of their top organization preferences. If we cannot match the Resident with one of his or her desired organization, the Resident has the opportunity to withdraw from the selection process and potentially defer to the next 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 an area where a school district, CMO, or department of education is participating in The Broad Residency. However, not being able 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.

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, CMO, or the federal or state department of education within the past year 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 the other benefits of being a Broad Resident (e.g. access to The Broad Center staff and network, professional development sessions, 360-degree feedback, etc.).

How many Broad Residents will be selected for the 2015-2017 Broad Residency program?
We will place 40-45 Residents in urban school districts, charter management organizations, and federal/state departments of education nationwide.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for the Residency?
Please review the Selection Criteria and the About the Residency pages on our website for the selection criteria and to compare the backgrounds of current Residents to your own. The Broad Residency primarily seeks individuals with an advanced degree (e.g. master’s, juris doctorate), at least four years of work experience and a successful track record of leadership and/or management.  However, The Broad Residency prefers candidates who have private sector work experience and have managed projects or people because the roles filled often require the ability to lead projects and teams. The private sector experience is important because there are business best practices which can improve the way the education organizations are operated.

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 ten” schools?
No. Strong work experience is the main criteria. The Broad Residency recruiting team is small and can only visit a certain number of schools. In general, we visit the “top 25” campuses, which results in a higher awareness of the program on those campuses, as well as a higher number of applications from those campuses. The Broad Residency does not, however, turn away any candidates because of a school ranking.

When will my application be due?
Application deadlines are determined on a rolling basis and candidates typically have 4 weeks from the time they receive the application. Candidates who submit resumes later in the season will have a shorter timeframe. For all candidates who submit a resume after January 26, 2015 and are invited to apply, the application deadline will be February 13, 2015. 

Do I need to be nominated (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 nominate individuals they think would be a good fit for the role.

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 resume. 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?
Broad Residents assume managerial positions in the central operations of our partner organizations and report directly to the superintendent or a cabinet-level executive. Broad Resident positions must impact the entire organization, rather than serving an individual school.  Current Residents use their prior knowledge and skills to support organizational change primarily in the following areas: operations, finance, human resources, information technology, strategy and marketing. Residents become full-time employees of the partner organization, not of The Broad Residency or The Broad Center. 

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 that are sometimes held on Wednesdays through Fridays. In addition, Residents are expected to commit a significant amount of time between sessions to complete pre-reading and assignments related to their professional development.

What is the salary?
Broad Residents receive 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 by the organization. Some cities which have historically been difficult to place into may also have a signing bonus. 

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 education industry leaders over the course of their careers. Among other supports, Residency alumni have access to The Broad Center staff for job placement assistance, executive coaching, 360-degree feedback and in-person events.  In addition, alumni who continue in a high-level role in a district, CMO, or the federal or a 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 receive an offer to stay in the organization in which they have been working. Upon completion of the Residency, over 90 percent of Residents continue working in K-12 education and over 70 percent within school districts, CMOs, or federal/state departments of education. The Broad Center provides support for Residents making position changes or transitions to other education organizations.

Contact Us

Who do I contact for more information or to get a specific question answered?
For inquiries please email residency@broadcenter.org and attach your resume. Due to the high volume of applicants, we can not reply to all inquiries and do not give 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.