What is the Charter School Operations Leader Residency?

The Charter School Operations Leader Residency is a one-year program that equips education leaders with the tools and resources needed to obtain administrative roles in charter schools through mentorship, training, and hands-on experience.

Strong school operational leadership is the backbone of a successful high-quality charter school or charter school system. Operations leaders are responsible for ensuring that the school runs like a well-oiled machine while also setting an operational vision aligned with the aspirations and identities of the scholars they serve and the sustainability of the school.

In a nascent charter school sector like Mississippi, it is imperative that we find and prepare potential operations leaders to step into critical roles in high-quality charter schools. Historically, we have seen these roles be the most difficult to recruit and train. Through a new collaboration, Mississippi First and RePublic Schools, Inc. intend to confront this challenge by providing a curated program that trains and develops operations leaders to be ready to take on these roles and support the growth of the sector within one year’s time.

We seek leaders who reflect the communities they serve, bring deep knowledge of the issues facing their communities, and have a leadership mindset to combat those issues within our public education system.

Benefits of the Residency

Leader Growth

The residency curriculum has been designed to grow and foster strong leaders to help bridge the gap in the charter school leader pipeline.

Mentorship and Hands-On Experience

Residents will receive hands-on experience running a charter school operation at one of the RePublic Schools in the Jackson area.


Residents will be paid a salary of $50,000, including Health, Dental, Vision, and 401k benefits.


To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree is preferred
  • Knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management
  • Experience budgeting and forecasting
  • Familiarity with business and financial principles
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Outstanding organizational skills

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Full-time commitment for 1-year
  • Must be a resident of Mississippi, expected to reside in or near Jackson for the duration of the program
  • Responsible for transportation, housing, and cost-of-living


Eight, six-week modules of hands-on learning and direct teaching that cover the gamut of leading successful operations in a high-quality charter school or charter school system

Residents will complete a project that combines their skills from each module, allowing them to practice their learnings.

Over the course of the entire program, residents will complete a capstone project to be presented at the end of the final module.

For any questions or concerns about the fellowship, please contact our Associate Director of Special Programs, Pheron Russell. No phone calls, please.