NACSA Leaders Program: How to Apply

How to Apply

The NACSA Leaders Program

Candidate Profile

NACSA Leaders are a diverse group of authorizing professionals. They are established heads of office and emerging leaders. They are new to the field of authorizing and seasoned practitioners. They have worked in charter schools, districts, state agencies, and the private sector. They grew up in families that struggled and families with privilege. They are first-generation college graduates and first-generation Americans. They hail from rural communities, urban communities, and everywhere in between. They bring a diversity of backgrounds and experiences that enrich each participant’s experience.

What NACSA Leaders share is a commitment to quality educational opportunities for all students, a belief that quality authorizing improves outcomes for students, and a desire to grow their leadership.

We look for individuals who seek to advance the work of authorizing and who demonstrate both a track record of innovation and initiative as a leader. While we do not require applicants to hold a particular position in their authorizing office, strong candidates generally have significant people or program management responsibilities, influence in decision making, and opportunities to drive innovation.NACSA particularly seeks individuals who reflect the diversity and experience of students in charter schools throughout the country.

To be eligible to apply for the Leaders Program, you must:

  • Currently work in an authorizing office.
  • Be able to attend the kick-off call and all five Leaders Program sessions.

Application Phases

Our new streamlined application process makes it easy.

Phase 1: Express interest in the program by submitting your résumé and a brief statement about why you want to be in the program.
Phase 2: Qualified candidates will be asked to share more about their experiences, personal values and professional goals by submitting several written and video responses, as well as an any-format-goes response to show their creativity (e.g., audio, musical, visual, PowerPoint, written).
Phase 3: Candidates who advance are invited to participate in a virtual interview with NACSA staff and Leaders Alumni. Finalists are notified by September 6.

We’re no longer accepting applications for the NACSA Leaders Program, Cohort 8. If you would like a notification when we start accepting applications for the next cohort, sign-up here.