Jan 24, 2023

New Mexico Future Schools Fellow

  • Excellent Schools New Mexico
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
Full-time Other

Job Description

Do you want to change the game for students in New Mexico? Are you a leader with the fortitude to develop and launch an exceptional school? Become a New Mexico Future Schools Fellow. This unique, two-year fellowship program provides you with individualized training and support to design and launch a public charter school in New Mexico.

Fellowship Overview

Year 1: Training. A rigorous, in-depth learning experience to facilitate school design and charter application writing focused on:

  • Delivering high-quality curriculum and instruction

  • Creating a mission-driven culture

  • Hiring and developing great educators

  • Building a high-functioning board

  • Engaging families and communities

  • Learning from high-performing schools and education organizations

  • Earning authorization to operate your charter school

  • In-state and out-of-state excellent school visits

  • A month-long leadership residency experience

Year 2: Planning. Following charter authorization, individualized coaching and local support for:

  • Developing as a results-driven leader

  • Building and training your team

  • Recruiting students

  • Securing a school building

  • Setting up strong systems for operations, governance, finance, legal, and compliance functions

  • Preparing to open your school

Candidate Profile

  • Unequivocal belief that all students can achieve at high levels regardless of their backgrounds

  • Demonstrated track record of achieving ambitious outcomes in education or another sector

  • School-based and/or non-profit leadership experience (instructional coach, dean, AP, principal, program director, executive director, etc.) People management experience prioritized

  • A clear vision and compelling rationale for wanting to launch a charter school and the ability inspire others to invest in their vision

  • Desire to launch and lead an academically-focused school that will prepare all students to attend college if they so choose (acknowledging there are many school models that prepare students for college access and success)

  • Clear commitment to a New Mexico community and a demonstrated willingness and capacity to build relationships with families and local partners

Fellowship Details

  • Fellowship begins August 2023

  • Year 1 Stipend of $95,000

  • Startup funding and coaching support for Year 2 and the school launch year following charter authorization

Selection Process

Applications accepted here on a rolling basis through March 15, 2023.

Step 1 – Initial Application form + resume and letter of purpose

Step 2 – Phone screen

Step 3 – Additional materials:  school design overview, case studies

Step 4 – In-person or zoom interview

Step 5 – References


For more information and to apply, visit www.futureschoolsnm.org


This fellowship is being supported through the generosity of Excellent Schools New Mexico, a nonprofit organization devoted to ensuring that all New Mexico children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and lead healthy, meaningful lives. We make high-impact grants to our state’s best schools and educators so that more New Mexico children can receive a quality public school education.


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