Fellowships

Seeking Ambitious Ed Entrepreneurs

In 2016 Bluum launched the Idaho New School Fellowship to recruit top talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public charter school leadership. As of December 2020 we have had 19 fellows, invested $2.4 million in their fellowships, and collectively they have opened or will open 13 schools across the state of Idaho.

Idaho New School Fellowship

The Idaho New School Fellowship aims to transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering educational leaders who are passionate about improving the prospects of children.

We seek to recruit top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. Fellows will receive one or two years of best-in-class leadership development through a consortium of Idaho based and national partners. Idaho-specific training will be provided through Bluum and its local partners.

Idaho is the nation’s fastest growing state. Our supply of high-performing school seats is tight, and our demographics are changing rapidly. This is an opportunity to be on the front lines of school change and improvement efforts in one of the country’s most dynamic and innovative states.

The Idaho New School Fellowship is a highly-selective, paid one or two-year experience. Upon successful completion of the program, the Idaho New School Fellow will be eligible for up to $1.5 million in new school grant support.

  • Serve in a one or 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.

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  • 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
  • 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 for this fellowship are currently by invitation.

Idaho School Finance Fellowship

The Idaho School Finance Fellow will help transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering financial experts who are passionate about improving the prospects of children and families. We seek to recruit top finance talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. The one-year fellowship will prepare an individual for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all of the financial-related activities of a public charter school in Idaho. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, property management, and deal analysis.

  • Serve in a one-year fellowship for a prospective school finance officer placement shared between Bluum and existing partner schools.
  • Work directly with, and learn from, Bluum’s Finance Team and partner schools in a fast-paced, high-performing, and unpredictable environment.
  • Provide critical staff support to Bluum with responsibilities for executing all financial state reporting and audits 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 School Leaders and Staff and manage well at all levels of the organization.
  • 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.

Download printable info here.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • CPA or advanced degree is preferred
  • Accounting experience with a CPA firm or school-based organization
  • Project management experience
  • Impeccably organized and task oriented
  • Ability to multi-task and remain adaptable in a high-paced environment
  • 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
  • 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 for this fellowship are currently by invitation.

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 1.7 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.

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 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.

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.

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