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School Leadership at Achievement First

The leaders of Achievement First are part of a powerful and resourceful team—a team of indomitable educators, families and students—who all work hard every day to improve ourselves and our world.

Our leaders bring dedication, passion, high expectations, affirmation and caring to school every day as our kids grow from kindergarten through high school graduation. Our leaders don't want to simply be part of a charter network, but want to join a committed team that chooses to row together, care for one another and amplify their collective impact. 

Leading with Achievement First

At Achievement First, we know a dynamic school leadership team is vital when it comes to fulfilling our mission of providing an excellent and equitable education to all of our scholars. We're looking for school leaders with proven track-records of inspiring teachers and scholars to exceptional outcomes. Because we think that caring about your people means investing in their growth and future.

Click below to read about our leadership roles.


  • Principals are responsible for the overall vision and management of their schools. They are charged with leading academic initiatives and programs related to school culture that will lead to student achievement and a strong school environment. Principals also oversee the professional development of all instructional staff and coach a portfolio of teachers and deans. View the full job description or start your application here.


  • The principal-in-residence program is a two-year residency for future principals to grow, plan and learn as they prepare to lead an Achievement First school. Principals-in-residence are part of a cohort that provides many opportunities to collaborate, learn and exchange best practices throughout the two years. Click here to learn more.

Academic Deans

Deans of School Culture

  • The Dean of School Culture leads school-wide efforts to build and maintain a strong, positive, achievement-oriented school where scholars grow in a warm and joyful environment. They coach a portfolio of teachers and frequently assumes ownership of a particular subject or grade level. View the full job description or start your application here.

Deans of Special Services

  • The Dean of Special Services drives ambitious student achievement by overseeing the IEP process and special services, serving as a liaison to the local special education authority and managing the learning specialists, interventionists and special education teachers at the school and reports to the principal. View the full job description or start your application here.

Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island are accepting applications.

Learn More

For a glimpse into life at AF, visit the Achievement First Blog for stories from our teachers, students and parents.

Stay in Touch

If you have any additional questions about school leadership at Achievement First or the application process, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of School Leader Recruitment, Hallie Slamowitz, at