Career Track

The Fellowship's career track is an on-ramp to a leadership career in education — offering you the right role, the right knowledge, and the right connections to ensure you thrive. 

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My experience with the EP Fellowship was truly rewarding and transformative for my career. I gained exposure to a diverse, complex, and exciting landscape.

Alvin David, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Recovery School District, 2012 Education Pioneers Fellow

Career Track Overview

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LEAD: Ongoing Long-Term or Full-Time Role

The career track connects Fellows with high-impact roles at leading education organizations, where they are hired to lead and support critical work contributing to the mission of serving all students. Placements in the career track can begin throughout the year, and include full-time jobs and fixed-term roles (usually 10+ months). The roles Fellows hold are insider or often exclusive to EP. 

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Priority Areas

EP focuses on recruiting and placing Fellows in four key priority areas: data and analysis, strategy and planning, operations, and program and project management.

Our Fellows have developed expertise in these areas prior to EP -- and they are eager to use their skills in a new organization, or maybe even a brand new sector. They have the skills to dive in on day one. Use your strengths to make the biggest possible impact for students and families, and jumpstart a career that truly matters.

Data and Analysis Strategy and Planning Operations Program and
Project Management
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LEARN: Supported Onboarding

Kick-start your success. As they begin their new roles, Fellows get access to tailored professional support that sets them up to thrive in their position long-term. You’ll gain important K-12 knowledge and leadership mindsets that will help you understand your role as an education leader, and a steward of equity and access for students.

Structured workshops and virtual sessions with your assigned cohort begin quarterly and last for 10 weeks. 

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CONNECT: A Network for Life

The network you’ll gain as a Pioneer separates a career track experience from any other. You’ll build deep relationships with peers in your cohort, and get exposure to more than 3,500 EP Alumni who make a difference for more than 3.5 million students in the nation’s biggest districts and charter schools. Pioneers hail from varied personal and professional backgrounds and experience levels. You’ll gain lifelong access to new and established leaders who will inspire and sustain you throughout your career. 

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Salary and Compensation 

All EP's career track placement opportunities fall into set salary ranges, depending on a role's required level of experience. You will share your salary requirements in your level of experience and corresponding salary expectations in your application.


Salary Ranges

Set salary ranges help EP create stronger placements. We aim to be transparent from the beginning of our process, and share our salary ranges with incoming Fellows and our hiring Partners. Our goal is to ensure Fellows and Partners have the same expectations around compensation, so we can focus on finding matches that are the right fit for your skills and experience.

2017 Salary Ranges
Career track salary ranges are competitive for roles in the education sector in EP locations.







  • Generally 2-4  years of experience
  • Individual contributor
  • Executes tasks within specific work streams; may occasionally support cross-department projects
  • Limited experience managing others
  • Generally 5-7 years of experience
  • Manager of people or large projects
  • Leads a small team within department, overseeing projects and daily activities
  • Typically monitors a project or departmental budget in addition to team management responsibilities
  • Generally 7-10 years of experience
  • Manager of people and/or departments
  • Leads department / function or multiple teams across the department / function
  • Sets strategic direction and oversees department budgets
  • Coordinates with other departments / functions and leaders to Incorporate organizational priorities into planning



Timeline and Process Overview

EP offers multiple application cycles for the career track. Your application cycle determines when you complete your admissions process, when you participate in matching and placement, and when your Fellowship experience starts.

Next Cycle: Late Summer, Early Fall Starts

  • Apply by May 12 to be considered for opportunities as soon as late-July. 

  • Complete a work exercise and interviews to become a finalist in late June

  • Placements confirmed beginning in late-July through September, rolling as roles become available

  • If your placement is confirmed, cohort begins in October

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Make Your Mark

The career track might be right for you if...

  • You have previous experience in EP’s priority areas of data, operations, strategy, and project management and want to deepen your expertise


  • You're a graduate student finishing your degree and looking for full-time opportunities

  • Or you’re an analyst, leader, or manager looking to enter the education sector for the first time

  • Or you’re already working in education, but looking to transition roles and impact a new education organization

Looking for a short-term summer opportunity? Learn more about the summer track.

Stay in Touch

Want to learn more about the career track? Let us know some information about you, and we'll be in touch!