Bridge Fellowship

Job Type

Full Time






New York
New York
United States


Advance a bold idea for public education!

Our public schools deserve our nation’s best thinking. TNTP seeks two Bridge Fellows—visionary leaders who will push our thinking and enrich our support for school systems across the country. We’re particularly interested in voices that are underrepresented in education, including those from the communities we serve. The Bridge Fellowship is a full-time commitment from January 2019 – January 2020 and involves occasional travel, including one organization-wide conference a year. Fellows can work out of a home office anywhere in the U.S. or from TNTP’s central office in New York, NY.

Who We Are

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can—and should—offer all children an excellent education. We’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce belief that all students deserve an education that honors their ambitions. We partner with school systems across the country to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and put systems and policies in place that support great teaching and accelerate student learning.

About the Bridge Fellowship

TNTP’s Bridge Fellowship is designed to foster innovative ideas for public schools. The fellowship “bridges” many disciplines, cultivating the best ideas from inside and outside the education sector.

During the yearlong residency, Bridge Fellows will develop and launch a project that addresses a pressing question in public education: How can our public education system help more students of color thrive in school—and in life?

Bridge Fellows will design new ways to give students richer experiences inside and outside the classroom. Focus areas might include (but aren’t limited to) forging stronger partnerships with students and their families; helping students develop the skills they need to achieve their personal goals; or affirming students’ cultural identity and value. Projects may draw on disciplines within and beyond education but should have a clear practical application for the schools and communities TNTP serves. 

We believe that to achieve equity, we need new ideas that will spark change for students who have been poorly served by our current policies and practices.

What You’ll Do

This intensive program includes the fellowship project, training and advice, and exposure to TNTP’s work in schools and districts.

  • Fellowship Project: Fellows apply with their project in mind, and then use the Fellowship resources to launch their idea by the end of the year. Fellows sharpen their ideas by collaborating with TNTP staff, including their advisory council and advisor. 
  • Training and Advice: Fellows will meet regularly with an advisory committee, which will help them develop their projects by providing advice and support in areas like marketing and communications, fundraising, and data analysis. Fellows will also work with an advisor (a TNTP Partner or Vice President). With the advisor’s support, Fellows will collaborate with experts at TNTP and across the education field. Fellows may visit schools and other organizations or contribute to working groups that build TNTP’s knowledge on priority topics.
  • Exposure to TNTP’s Work: Fellows will learn more about TNTP’s Client Team, which supports school, district and state education leaders in more than 30 cities. Fellows will have access to the TNTP team working on a contract relevant to their project, where they can participate in critical conversations about the work, contribute their ideas and expertise, and gain insights that inform their projects.

Successful Fellows will launch their project by the end of the year and have a plan in place to continue advancing the project after the Fellowship ends.

What You’ll Bring

We’re looking for leaders from any profession with fresh perspectives on the issues that shape students’ experiences at school. We’re particularly interested in voices that are underrepresented in education, including those from the communities we serve.

You will have a passion for empowering students and a track record of innovation, either within education or in another sector. You’re a generative thinker, an empathetic listener, and a persuasive advocate for your ideas. You thrive on connecting the dots and are personally invested in creating new opportunities for students of color.

What We Offer

TNTP offers Bridge Fellows a competitive $100,000 salary so that Fellows can commit to the year-long, full-time experience. Fellows receive a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.

How to Apply

1. Submit your application online by the priority deadline, August 12.

Click “Apply Now” below to submit the following documents. We review applications on a rolling basis and encourage applications as soon as possible. Candidates who apply by August 12 will be invited to meet with former Bridge Fellows for a Q&A session. The final deadline is September 2.

  1. A current resume,
  2. A two-page overview of your vision for the fellowship project. It does not need to be a fully formed plan, or necessarily an essay—it can take any format you wish—but it should lay out what you plan to accomplish in the first 60 days of the fellowship, what you hope to build by the end of the fellowship year, and how your project will improve school experiences for students of color.
  3. A 500-word statement that explains why you are prepared to take on this project, including any relevant life and work experiences. 

2. Participate in a video interview.

If selected, you will be invited to participate in a 90-minute video interview, during which you’ll discuss your project proposal and interest in the fellowship with TNTP staff members.

3. Participate in an in-person interview.

Finalists will be invited to attend an in-person interview day in late October at TNTP’s office in New York City. (TNTP will cover travel costs and related expenses). Bridge Fellows will be announced by November, and the Fellowship begins in January 2019.

TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Minimum Education Required

4-year degree