About the Opportunity 

By the 2019-20 school year, Democracy Prep will have over 20 schools in multiple regions such as Baton Rouge, Camden, Las Vegas, New York City, and San Antonio. For successful expansion, we need a strong pipeline of leaders to take us there. Leader U is that pipeline.

Leader U is a highly-selective school leadership development program that prepares individuals for the opportunity to be a school leader at Democracy Prep. Leader U has both one and two-year leadership pathways designed to meet and cultivate talent in order to develop the best leaders for current, new, and turnaround Democracy Prep schools. 

Who We’re Looking For

In general, leadership candidates should be hungry, humble, and smart. Leaders at Democracy Prep are a gritty team of professionals who are dedicated to our mission of college success and authentic civic engagement for our scholars. Everyone at Democracy Prep receives extensive feedback, therefore, a strong candidate consistently seeks feedback, possesses an ability to effectively implement feedback, and demonstrates a self-awareness around personal strengths and areas of growth. Ideal candidates are also experienced educators with a track record of success and a passion for making real change in education.

Overview of the Leader U Program

Leader U Residency - Two Year Track

The Residency is a two-year program with an intensive focus on teaching and instructional coaching. The Residency year includes a reduced teaching load allowing for dedicated time focused on leadership growth, teacher coaching, and initiative planning and execution. Residents also participate in bi-weekly content-based professional development and school observations throughout the year. After successful completion of an integrated year of teaching and leadership practice, Residents will progress onto their Fellowship year. The two-year Leader U track provides an extended runway to prepare for school leadership. 

Leader U Fellowship - One Year Track

The Fellowship is a one-year intensive leadership preparation program guided by the Fellow’s vision and plan for launching, taking over, or turning around their ideal Democracy Prep school. To build out this vision, Fellows participate in a leadership fellowship at an established Democracy Prep school. In addition to the fellowship placement, Fellows receive extensive professional development by experienced, successful Democracy Prep leaders as well as participate in Excellent School Visits led by the Democracy Prep talent development team. These visits provide an opportunity for emerging leaders observe highly successful schools, both internally and externally, in action and learn from their best practices.

Required Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated willingness and track record of doing whatever it takes to get the job done well with students’ success at the forefront of decision making.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, inspire, and manage a diverse staff of teachers and support staff.
  • Unmistakable ability to engage students in the classroom and sustain a positive, structured school culture with a high academic rigor bar.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness with an ability to reflect on constructive feedback and effectively implement feedback.
  • Communicate effectively and foster strong relationships with students, families, colleagues, and the community.
  • Data to support significant student growth and achievement outcomes from your teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience as a teacher (e.g. Grade Level Chair, Coordinator, Summer School Leader, etc.).
  • B.S. or B.A. undergraduate degree required.
  • Master's degree in education preferred.
  • Minimum of four years teaching experience preferred.


Democracy Prep staff members are provided with a competitive salary, full benefits, and a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed.


Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.


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