Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

Rigorous requirements ensure our Residents can make a meaningful and long-lasting impact.




Advanced degree (e.g. Master’s, J.D., Ph.D.).

Many education organizations have difficulty attracting candidates with advanced degrees.

These individuals have the transferable and relevant experience and education necessary to make an impact.


Minimum of four years of full-time work experience (Internships not included).

  • On average, Residents have eight years of work experience.
  • The range is between four and 19 years (early to mid-career professionals)


Organizations partner with The Broad Residency specifically to find early to mid-career talent to step into emerging leadership roles. As a result, the leadership development offered is designed for early to mid-career professionals. 

Experience in one or more functional business areas (e.g., finance, operations, strategy, information technology, human resources, general management).

For candidates with an M.B.A., M.P.P. or M.P.A., at least two years of experience in a business or management role.

For candidates with other advanced degrees, at least four years of experience in a business or management role.  We also value candidates with experience as generalists and project managers.


These individuals can bring best practices into an industry that historically has been slow to adopt practices that improve operations. 


Additional Criteria

  • Track record of leadership and/or management.
  • Ability to manage complex political relationships and work well with a diverse set of communities, management styles and personalities.
  • High level of energy, determination, and perseverance to act as an agent of change.
  • Superb analytical, problem-solving and project management skills.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly.
  • Passion for improving urban public education and a long-term commitment to the K-12 education sector.


Candidates Currently Working in an Education Organization

A major focus of The Broad Residency’s professional development is to help participants transition into their new role during the critical early period of their career shift.  Therefore, candidates currently working in a district, charter management organization (CMO) or federal/state department of education can apply only if they have been in their organization for less than 18 months by the time they join the program (i.e. candidates for the 2015-2017 class cannot have been employed by their organization prior to January 2014).           


These candidates, if accepted, are called Associate Residents. They are held to the same standards and receive the same support, training and resources as Broad Residents. As these candidates enter the program with pre-existing positions, The Broad Residency plays no role in determining their salary or placement.


The Broad Residency Diversity Statement


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