The Broad Residency In Urban Education

The Broad Residency in Urban Education, a nationwide leadership development program, places participants in full-time managerial positions in education organizations while providing professional development and networking opportunities.

Leadership Development Program Highlights

  • Job Placement with an Urban School District, Charter Management Organization (CMO), or Federal/State Department of Education. Residents work as managers reporting to the superintendent or a senior manager. Opportunities in general management as well as functional areas (strategy, finance, operations, human capital, etc.) are available nationwide.

  • $90,000 – $100,000 Salary. Residents are full-time employees of the hiring organization receiving full benefits and annual salaries between $90,000 – $100,000.

  • Networking Opportunities. Residents regularly meet and confer with other Residents, Alumni, Broad Center staff, as well as leaders in the private and social sector.

  • M.Ed. All Residents who successfully complete the program earn a master’s degree in educational leadership.

  • Not just a job, a career. Residents make immediate contributions to improving student achievement and operational excellence in their districts as they work their way to senior leadership posts in their district.

What Residents Receive

  • Professional Development Sessions. Residents participate in eight professional development sessions at locations across the country. The sessions allow residents to develop their leadership competencies and their knowledge of urban education. The curriculum includes cases, site visits, lectures, expert panels, and interactive projects are utilized to ensure Residents understand the context of urban education as well as best practices in the private and public sectors.

  • Executive Coaching. Participants receive one-on-one executive coaching, 360 feedback and resident alumni advisor support. In addition, residents join a team of 4-5 peers to share best practices and provide support.

  • Alumni Services. To date, more than ninety percent of Broad Residency alumni have stayed in the education field. Residency graduates continue to receive career support and development opportunities from The Broad Residency alumni services team.

Selection Criteria

The Broad Residency considers candidates who have:

  • A graduate degree*
  • A minimum of four years of work experience, exhibiting a track record of leadership and/or management
  • Knowledge of one or more functional business areas (e.g., finance, operations, marketing, strategy, etc)
  • 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 a change agent in a demanding organization
  • Superb analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for improving urban public education and a long-term commitment to the K-12 education \

*The Broad Residency also considers candidates already working in qualifying school-operating organizations as Associate Residents. Graduate degrees are not required for candidates applying as Associate Residents. For information about The Associate Residency, visit

The Broad Residency 2017-19 Selection Process Details and Timeline

Step 1:
Submit Resume Online

  • Submit resume online beginning August 1, 2016. Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis through January 20, 2017.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit early. Selected candidates are advanced to the application stage.

Step 2:
Submit an Application

  • Applications are due on a rolling basis depending on resume submission date through February 2017. Selected candidates are advanced to the 1st Round Interviews.

Step 3:
1st Round Interview

  • Candidates participate in 1st Round interviews over the phone on a rolling basis.  Selected candidates are advanced to the 2nd Round interview. 

Step 4:
2nd Round Interview

  • Candidates attend one full day of interviews with The Broad Residency staff and alumni. The Broad Residency provides all travel and lodging. These interviews will occur December – April, 2017.

Step 5:
Final Interview

  • The final interview is conducted by the hiring organization. It is an opportunity for candidates to meet with the organization to mutually assess fit. In select cases, these interviews can occur as early as December 2016, but the majority of these interviews occur in April and May, 2017.

Step 6:
Join The Broad Residency

  • In July, Broad Residents gather for the first session (Orientation) and meet and network with their Residency class.
    Exact start dates are determined by the hiring organization, but generally occur July – August, 2017.

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See Inside the Office of The Broad Residency in Urban Education

The Broad Residency is a national leadership development program that places participants into managerial positions in public school systems. By taking on roles within the system, participants lead transformation efforts to improve public education for all children. Concurrent with the role, Residents participate in two years of cohort-based professional development.

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