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The success of Achievement First’s schools has proven that “demographics aren’t destiny," and you can help them achieve their mission of improving education.

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I have a good friend from Cornell who has been working in the world of education since he graduated with me in 2006. He often sends me recommendations of companies that I should feature, and I’ve actually covered quite a few of them. Earlier this week he sent me a note about Achievement First, a New Haven, CT based non-profit organization that manages charter schools across Connecticut and New York. (Sidenote: Having a friend like mine who is super-connected and aware in a particular industry or area can be huge for your job search.) Achievement First got its start in 1998 when a group of founders got together with the goal of creating a public charter school. They succeeded, and the result was Amistad Academy—and it’s been an amazing result. Over the past 7 years, Amistad Academy students have beat state averages in reading and math on the Connecticut Mastery Tests. In 2003 they built on this success by making Achievement First a separate entity to take the lessons learned from Amistad Academy and spread them throughout the region. Since then Achievement First “has grown into a network that includes 17 academies under nine charters in four cities.”

What Can You Achieve?

The success of Achievement First’s schools has proven that “demographics aren’t destiny.” Urban students can achieve at the same levels as affluent suburban students given the right environment. Achievement First is all about providing these environments. I think that the results speak for themselves. If you’re passionate about education and want to be a part of what Achievement First is doing, then you need to check out their Jobs page. They have a ton of opportunities available, and they make a really nice case for why you should join their team. Current openings that might be suitable for new or recent grads include IT Associate (New Haven), Leadership Development Team Assistant (Brooklyn), Recruitment Assistant (Brooklyn), Assistant to the COO (Brooklyn), Office Coordinator (Brooklyn or New Haven), Operations Associate (Brooklyn), and Operations Associate (New Haven). Additionally, Achievement First also lists jobs at all of their schools, so there are even more options to browse through if you’re so inclined.

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  1. Maya says:

    Thanks for this post! I’m wondering if anyone knows whether organizations like Achievement First and/or the charter schools they manage will sponsor non-citizens–do they follow the same rules as public schools, which only hires current U.S. citizens or permanent residents?

    P.S. I really appreciated your helpful post geared towards international students, too.

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