Be a Leader at IDEA

You'll have the time and space to focus on what matters most, our students and their learning.

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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:

“Our students deserve the best education possible. I work for IDEA because we are an organization that doesn’t stop until our students receive what they truly deserve.”

Bailey Prestridge
Assistant Principal of Instruction

“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.”

Fernando Salinas
Founding Principal, IDEA Rio Grande City Academy

“Working at IDEA makes it possible to live my favorite quote every day: ‘I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, because of you, I didn’t give up.’”

Yvette Guzman
Director of College Counseling

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.

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A few of our benefits include:

Competitive Salaries
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Paid Family Leave

Medical, Dental, Vision

Employee Purchase Discount Plan

Professional Development

Career Growth

Unbeatable Culture

Teacher Retirement System benefits

Open Positions

Please click below to view all current vacancies and for the 2020-21 school year. Within the application you can indicate if you want to be considered for the current school year as well. These positions will be updated weekly. We recommend reading each job description carefully to ensure you are applying for the role you are best suited for.


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

College Counselors guide a portfolio of juniors and seniors on the Road to College.

Academic Counselors

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?


Do you still have questions?

Our recruitment team has the answers.

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At IDEA we can make real change happen.

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