As a School Leadership Resident, you will engage in a yearlong experiential leadership development program that will prepare you to lead in a Bezos Academy with children ages three through five as part of a growing multi-state network of high quality, tuition-free, Montessori-inspired preschools in under-resourced communities. After initial onboarding, you will embark on an intensive training program on topics such as curriculum, finance, operations, and talent management to build essential knowledge and an understanding of the Montessori pedagogy to prepare you for an in-school placement.

You will be immersed in a single school for the majority of your residency and paired with a Head of School who will guide you and model day-to-day roles and responsibilities. This time includes observing, shadowing, and gradually executing leadership. During this unique job-embedded experience, you will also receive synchronous and asynchronous professional learning from Bezos Academy’s School Leadership Development team and learn from other school leaders in your region/state. The intentional structure and alignment between training sessions and application of learning throughout the year provides the opportunity to learn by doing as you gain experience essential for leading early childhood education and Montessori programs.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be ready to lead as an Assistant Head of School or Head of School in an operating Bezos Academy site. Should a vacancy not be immediately available you would be eligible to serve as a regional administrator for up to six additional months, adding capacity to various schools in your area, or to apply to other positions at Bezos Academy. Throughout the Residency, you will receive mentorship and experiential development that will prepare you to lead at a higher level in service of children for the rest of your career. You will report directly to the District School Leader.



This cohort of School Leadership Residents will join Bezos Academy in summer 2024 for this year long leadership development program. Residency commences on July 23, 2024 and ends in July 2025.

We anticipate hiring Residents in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area for placement at a local Bezos Academy. Specific host schools will be identified by the time of a job offer.



  • This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, salaried position. 
  • The salary for the Residency in Washington is $102,000 and is not negotiable.
  • This role includes 22 paid days of scheduled breaks, 7 paid days of vacation, 3 paid days of personal time off, 7 paid days of sick (care) time, 10 paid holidays, and additional time off if required by applicable law. Benefits for this role include medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, a 401(k) plan with a 4% employer contribution match, paid parental leave, an employer-matched flexible spending account for dependent care, and more. Please see here for details.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 or more years of teaching or leading in an accredited childcare center or school with young children (ages 0 through 3rd grade)
  • Strong track record of leading classrooms with meaningful, measurable outcomes for children
  • One or more years of experience with operational or instructional leadership within a multi-classroom school/center (e.g. as an Assistant Head of School, coaching other teachers, leading community outreach or similar) or top leadership of a single-classroom site
  • Prior experience living and/or working in low-income communities in the US
  • On track to meet the minimum qualifications for being a school director in Washington by the end of Residency
  • Strong personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Valid state driver’s license, clean motor vehicle records, personal auto insurance (at least minimum coverage under applicable law), and access to a reliable vehicle



  • Experience implementing Montessori philosophy and curriculum (with or without a formal diploma from an AMI, AMS, or MACTE-accredited institution)
  • Experience teaching or leading 3-5 year-old children
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning and program evaluation
  • Background knowledge of the fiscal and operating needs of a school
  • Experience coaching and developing teachers



  • Actively learn in synchronous and asynchronous, in-person and virtual settings, and from multiple coaching and mentoring partners
  • Exhibit ownership across the residency program to ensure personal growth and development
  • Support the planning, preparation, and delivery of instructional activities that facilitate active Montessori-inspired learning experiences
  • Assume gradual responsibility for the day-to-day operation of a school
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership for faculty and staff
  • Assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services that support the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the school and Bezos Academy
  • Ensure that program quality is maintained and that classrooms have appropriate instructional materials
  • Support an inclusive and respectful partnership between families, community, and school on behalf of the child
  • Partner with local community agencies to provide additional wrap around supports and services for students and families
  • Support with ongoing student recruitment efforts
  • Create ways for families to stay informed, educated, and active in the Bezos Academy community


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Bezos Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Bezos Academy participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with employee Form I-9 Information to confirm authorization to work in the U.S. Bezos Academy only uses E-Verify once a candidate has accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. If E-Verify cannot confirm that an employee is authorized to work, Bezos Academy will give the employee written instructions and an opportunity to contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so the employee can begin to resolve the issue before any adverse employment action is taken. For more information about your right to work, please see the Notice of Right to Work.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of an accommodation to participate in the application process, please reach out to We will work with you to ensure you have a fair opportunity to apply for our open positions.

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