Be a Leader at IDEA
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We believe passionate, compassionate leaders make all the different in the success of our students.
At IDEA, we want to invest in you. Our leadership fellowships and opportunities will allow you to chart your own path.
We're looking for leaders from all backgrounds and experience levels. Varied perspectives will allow us to stay innovative and push us to become even better.
Here's what current IDEA team members have to say:
“I learned an incredible amount under my mentor principal and the PIR Program that I was more than ready to launch my school, IDEA Judson Academy.”
Founding Principal, IDEA Judson Academy
“When I learned IDEA was opening in my hometown of Rio Grande City, I knew I wanted to take our high-quality program there. I applied for our PIR program and am now preparing to lead where I grew up.”
Founding Principal, IDEA Rio Grande City Academy
“As the APO of IDEA San Juan College Prep, it’s my responsibility to ensure smooth operations so that my principals can focus on what matters the most--instruction.”
Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA College Prep San Juan
Principal in Residence (PIR) Program
Lead Your Own School.
Join IDEA’s Principal-in-Residence Program. Become a school leader and change the educational landscape for thousands of children in low-income communities.
IDEA’s exemplary Principal-in-Residence Program provides a unique opportunity to prepare educators interested in leading their own IDEA school.Learn More
Principals oversee all elements of their campus, manage the lead team and a small portfolio of teachers, and lead campus professional development.
Principals in Residence
Principals-in-Residence work alongside mentor principals managing teachers and campus operations, preparing to lead an IDEA campus in 1-3 years.
Assistant Principal of Instruction
Assistant Principals of Instruction manage a large portfolio of campus teachers and help lead professional development.
Assistant Principal of Operations
Assistant Principal of Operations manage campus operations and logistics, as well as a team of auxiliary staff members.
Director of College Counseling
Directors of College Counseling manage the college process for students at the high school level, and manage college counselors.
College Counselors guide a portfolio of juniors and seniors on the Road to College.
Academic Counselors manage testing, accountability, and student culture and retention.
Do I need to have taught in order to be considered for a campus lead team position?
It depends on the role – but previous teaching experience is always highly preferred, and required for any roles involving the management of teachers or instruction.
Are relocation packages ever offered?
For certain roles, yes.
Who will I manage?
Assistant Principals of Instruction and PIRs manage teachers. Principals manage the campus lead team, as well as a few teachers. APOs manage the majority of the campus operations team.
Is a master’s degree required?
No, but we welcome your inclusion of any post-grad studies in your application.
Do I need to have my principal’s certification to apply?