Fellowships

Seeking Ambitious Ed Entrepreneurs

This is an opportunity to be on the front lines of school change and improvement efforts in one of the country’s fastest growing and rapidly changing states. Idaho’s families are increasingly urban, more racially diverse, and from lower income households. Education needs to catch up with the changing needs of families.

We seek ambitious education pioneers -aspiring leaders and business professionals interested in making a difference for an increasingly diverse group of students in one of America’s most beautiful and naturally wild states.

FELLOWSHIPS

Idaho School Finance Fellowship
School Leadership Fellowship
Idaho New School Fellowship

Idaho School Finance Fellowship

Excellent schools stand on a strong financial foundation, and we are looking to develop the next generation of school finance professionals to support schools in fulfilling their missions – educating kids.

The one-year Idaho School Finance fellowship will prepare an individual for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all of the finance-related activities of a charter public school in Idaho. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, budgeting, optimizing use of resources towards student outcomes, strategic planning, Idaho State Department reporting and compliance, insurance, and financial analysis.

  • Serve in a one-year fellowship for a prospective school finance officer placement shared between Bluum and an existing ’20 in 10′ school partner.
  • Work directly with, and learn from, Bluum’s Chief Financial Officer and ’20 in 10′ partner schools in a fast-paced, high-performing, and evolving environment.
  • Provide staff support to Bluum with responsibilities for executing critical school support tasks with careful attention to details to ensure positive outcomes.
  • Act as a results-driven business leader with experience in, and commitment to, operational and financial excellence and the use of data to drive operational and financial decisions.
  • Communicate and collaborate with constituents and manage well at all levels of the organization, and with individuals at remote locations.
  • Operate with a high level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency.
  • Possess strong problem solving and creative skills, and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Be a constant learner by regularly reflecting on your own strengths and areas of development.
  • Create a real and long-term impact in Idaho.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • CPA or advanced degree is preferred
  • Accounting and/or business background
  • Project management experience & organization skills
  • Impeccably organized and task oriented
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills, including the ability to find solutions to what others consider insoluble problems
  • Passion to thrive in a new environment with challenging opportunities to make a lasting impact
  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits (health, vision, dental, 403b)
  • Relocation reimbursement
  • Opportunities to travel to high performing schools
  • Leadership coaching and mentorship
  • Technical assistance
  • A high impact opportunity in education

We are currently accepting applications for this Fellowship. Apply Now!

School Leadership Fellowship

The School Leadership Fellowship will transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by developing educational leaders who are passionate about improving the prospects of children. Bluum seeks to recruit top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership.

The one-year fellowship will ultimately prepare an individual for all aspects of school leadership including responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and leading the academic and instructional needs of the students and staff in one of Bluum’s ’20 in 10′ partner schools.

  • Serve in a one-year fellowship with placement in an existing ’20 in 10′ school partner.
  • Learn alongside experienced educators in the classroom and through administrative duties as a member of the school leadership team.
  • Be an instructional expert by ensuring teachers plan rigorous and engaging lessons and effectively execute them to ensure all students are working with content aligned to the appropriate standards for their subject and grade.
  • Use data all day, every day to assess qualitative and quantitative student data in order to draw insightful conclusions from it and adjust instruction as necessary.
  • Coach your staff and improve their performance through clear coaching visions, effective debriefs, and strong school-based professional development.
  • Create a positive student and staff culture that reflects high expectations and a positive learning environment.
  • Communicate and collaborate with parents and staff to ensure each student is making strong academic and social progress.
  • Be a constant learner by regularly reflecting on your own strengths and areas of development.
  • Create a real, and long-term impact in Idaho.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience, preferably with at-risk or underserved students
  • Extensive experience in leading, motivating and developing adults preferably in a school-based setting
  • Experience creating data-driven results
  • Deep belief that all children, no matter their personal backgrounds or previous educational experience, can learn and become productive citizens
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills, including the ability to find solutions to what others consider insoluble problems
  • Passion to thrive in a new environment with challenging opportunities to make a lasting impact
  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits (health, vision, dental, 403b)
  • Relocation reimbursement
  • Opportunities to visit and learn from high-performing schools
  • Certification / credentialing assistance
  • Leadership coaching and mentorship
  • Technical assistance
  • A high impact opportunity in education

We are currently accepting applications for this Fellowship. Apply Now!

Idaho New School Fellowship

The Idaho New School Fellowship targets Idaho’s neediest students (those attending schools with 70 percent or greater free and reduced price lunch rates) by providing educational leaders with the advanced leadership training and local expertise needed to launch a successful school.

Idaho New School Fellows are empowered to plan, develop and launch a high-performing public school in an underserved Idaho community. Fellows will participate in Idaho specific training related to financial management, community engagement and navigating legal requirements for establishing a new school in the Gem State.

New School Fellows are expected to launch gap-closing schools in Idaho’s most underserved communities, and will receive grant support during their start-up phase.

  • Serve in a two-year fellowship to launch a high performing ’20 in 10′ school.
  • Develop an effective, innovative and financially viable public charter school.
  • Participate in Idaho specific training on financial management and legal requirements to open a school in Idaho.
  • Learn through hands-on residencies in some of Idaho’s high-performing public charter schools.
  • Be an instructional expert by developing a highly effective academic plan that ensures all students are challenged by a curriculum aligned to the appropriate standards for their subject and grade.
  • Create a positive student and staff culture that reflects high expectations and a positive learning environment.
  • Communicate and collaborate with community members and future students, families and staff to build a school focused on strong academic and social progress.
  • Be a constant learner by regularly reflecting on your own strengths and areas of development.
  • Create a real, and long-term impact in Idaho.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience, preferably with at-risk or underserved students
  • Hold a deep belief that all children, no matter their personal backgrounds or previous educational experience, can learn and become productive citizens
  • Extensive experience in leading, motivating and developing adults; preferably in a school-based setting
  • Experience creating data-driven results
  • Evidence of staying true to a cause and reaching the toughest goals
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills, including the ability to find solutions to what others consider insoluble problems
  • Ability to organize others to get things done
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to motivate others to follow
  • Passion to thrive in a new environment with challenging opportunities
  • Operate well outside of own comfort zone
  • Respect for others

Applications are now closed for the 2017 Idaho New School Fellowship. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Idaho New School Fellowship in Fall 2018.

  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits (health, vision, dental, 403b)
  • Relocation reimbursement
  • Opportunities to visit and learn from high-performing schools
  • Certification / credentialing assistance
  • Leadership coaching and mentorship
  • Technical assistance
  • A high impact opportunity in education

Applications will be accepted beginning Summer 2018. Sign up to be notified when we open applications!

Frequently Asked Questions

Bluum is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and innovative schools. Bluum believes that school choice helps families, children and educators achieve more and do better. Bluum works to help Idaho become a national model for how to maximize learning opportunities for children and families.

Idaho is the fastest growing state in the country, and is annually rated one of the best places to live in America. Its population of 1.6 million is rapidly becoming more diverse. But to maintain its status as a top place to live education will have to improve. Less than half of all Idaho students are proficient in reading and math and less than a quarter of adults in the state have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Looking more closely at the student population, there’s a disparity in the performance of low-income and Hispanic students across the state. These statistics only begin to highlight the inequity that exists throughout the state, which since 2007 has ranked last in the country for average annual wage, per-capita income and wage increases.

Idaho was built on the values of choice, resilience, the ability to think independently, and on the frontier spirit of pioneers who are committed to building a future that is better and very different to the past. Idaho is an American jewel in need of top talent willing to lead schools and educate students to the highest levels possible.

According to the Stanford education economist Eric Hanushek, “highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year; ineffective principals lower achievement by the same amount.” School leaders are key to improving education for Idaho’s children.

Educators and finance professionals who are passionate about improving the prospects of children, and who are willing to make a commitment to investing themselves in Idaho and its future. Check out the “Who Should Apply” sections under each opportunity for more details.

Idaho School Finance Fellowship

The School Finance Fellowship will be based in Boise, Idaho for the first six months of the program. For the remainder of the program, time will be divided between Bluum’s Boise office and the partner school chosen to receive business support from the Fellowship. This will include somewhat regular travel to Eastern Idaho, for which provisions are made as part of the Fellowship.

’20 in 10′ School Leadership Fellowship

The location of a ’20 in 10′ School Leadership Fellowship will be based on the location of the partner school selected to participate in the Fellowship. Bluum supports schools statewide, and those applying for this program must be willing to accept a position anywhere in the state.

Idaho New School Fellowship

The Idaho New School Fellowship is based in Boise, Idaho and will include travel around Idaho and the United States. A travel stipend will be available to fellows for school visits and other learning opportunities.

Applications for the 2018 Idaho School Finance Fellowship and ’20 in 10′ School Leadership Fellowship will be available starting in February of 2018, with a Fellowship start date in Summer 2018.
Applications for the 2019 Idaho New School Fellowship will be available starting in Fall of 2018, with a Fellowship start date in Summer 2019.

Contact Kristen McCarver, Communications Manager at Bluum, at kmccarver@bluum.org.