Founded with the generous support of illustrious investor and philanthropist, Julian Robertson, the Robertson Leadership Fellows Program offers exceptional candidates from non-education backgrounds the opportunity to swiftly advance their leadership and managerial skills while working at the forefront of education reform. The 24-month fellowship offers an accelerated, highly-competitive pathway to educational leadership, as principals-in-training at Success Academy.
This summer, we'll welcome our second class of Robertson Leadership Fellows: talented, early career leaders from across industries who want to help us chart the future of public education. Bring your professional skills and experience in service of a transformational mission and receive the training, rich experiential learning, and real-time coaching to build your capacity as a powerful leader and change-maker while learning the ins and outs of running outstanding schools.
Robertson Leadership Fellows are talented, creative professionals from non-education fields who are seeking a career change and the opportunity to make a big impact. As a Fellow, you'll be on the fast track, expanding your managerial capacity to lead a high-performing school and making a difference that lasts a lifetime.
Over 24 months, you’ll receive progressive training in instruction, curriculum, people management, and strategic leadership. With immersion in the groundbreaking educator development model that has allowed SA to scale to 47 schools with uniformly outstanding results, you’ll be challenged to study, practice, and master the skills essential to pioneering leadership in a high-performance organization.
As a Fellow, you'll join one of our 47 school communities across New York City, receiving mentorship and coaching in essential skills and applying them right away as a core member of a hard-driving instructional team. Deep, collaborative engagement with teachers and intensive, real-time support from leaders will propel you to swiftly hone your instructional lens and your capacity for substantive and immediate impact.
Throughout the program, you will benefit from one-on-one coaching, feedback, and mentorship from Success Academy leaders, including your principal, school superintendent, and, in the first year, assistant principal. You’ll also meet regularly with your fellows in the program, visiting and observing at their schools and sharing challenges, feedback, and reflections. Ultimately, you’ll forge a strong network of talented, mission-driven leaders that will last throughout your career.
As you develop on-the-ground expertise at your school, you’ll gain insight from top Success Academy leadership on driving toward operational and instructional excellence. From participation in projects to advance enterprise-wide priorities, to regular meetings with SA superintendents and visibility into organizational decision-making, you’ll accrue the systems-level perspective necessary for groundbreaking leadership in the education reform space.
Over the course of the 24-month program, fellows embed in a school community as a teacher and a leader, receive progressive training, coaching, and mentorship, and engage with enterprise-wide initiatives and top leadership. Fellows emerge with advanced skills in people management and instructional leadership and a firm command of high-performance school design, prepared to lead a Success Academy school or adapt the SA model to any school across the country.
Your Fellowship kicks off with a one-week boot camp introducing you to Success Academy’s school design, culture, and leadership vision. From there, you’ll join new teachers, in a summer intensive that immerses you in Success Academy’s curriculum and instructional model and prepares you for teaching in your first year.
You’ll build instructional expertise by working as a co-teacher in the classroom for ten months and participate in Success Academy’s teacher training. Simultaneously, you’ll hone your leadership lens through participation in school leadership meetings and close mentoring and coaching from your Assistant Principal. In the spring, fellows who meet qualifications will participate in leadership training alongside rising assistant principals from across Success Academy.
Year 2 begins with four weeks of the Leadership Training Institute, alongside SA senior leaders and assistant principals. Then it’s time to apply what you’ve learned: You’ll participate in New Teacher Training — this time as an instructor! Co-teaching with a veteran assistant principal, you’ll guide a class of new teachers through our introductory training, and support their growth in the skills and mindsets that will prepare them to thrive in the classroom.
In August, you’ll join your school as an assistant principal and active member of the leadership team. Supported by regular training alongside other assistant principals and coaching from your principal, you’ll lead a team of teachers to excellence and work to positively evolve the school’s culture. Fellows who meet qualifications participate in senior leader training in the spring and may be invited to lead a Success Academy school.
Throughout the fellowship, expect deep engagement with peers in the program, whom you’ll join for reflection, learning, and school observations. Through quarterly meetings with school superintendents and sessions focused on organizational challenges and priorities, you’ll gain insight into the innovations in system-level school management that inform and drive the work of Success Academy school leaders.
As an assistant principal, I am responsible for bringing our school’s vision of excellence to life each day and supporting my team to deliver on that vision. It’s intense but exhilarating — and I’m learning more about high-impact leadership than I could have imagined.”
-- Ethan Kessinger 2019 Robertson Leadership Fellow
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If your application meets qualifications for the Robertson Leadership Fellows program, one of our talent recruiters will reach out to schedule and conduct an initial screening interview.
Following the screening interview, selected candidates will be invited for a virtual “superday” with Success Academy leaders. Through a series of rigorous, structured interviews with representatives from school and enterprise leadership, you will be assessed across a range of key attributes and mindsets, including leadership, critical thinking, grit, and growth and excellence orientation.
If you are extended an offer, you will be notified of your acceptance and your placement school soon after. You will join your peers at The Robertson Center in midtown Manhattan for initial training in July and join your school community in August. In Year 2, you will receive placement at the same or different school.
COVID Update: SA schools will be back on campus for the 2021-22 school year!