I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time
SA works exceptionally hard to transform the lives of 20,000+ students in NYC, providing a free, rigorous and joyous education from Kindergarten to 12th grade, in 47 schools across the city. Success... Academy is constantly innovating, and improving the education and the operation of schools - in technology, in courses offered, in training teachers, in writing curriculum there a constant stream of piloting and rolling out ever-better offerings. If you want to make change in society, and have a real impact in your work, it's hard to beat. 100% of our graduates go on to college, including many of the most selective and prestigious schools in the country. That feels particularly good, as 90% of our students are of color, and are first-generation to go to college in their families. SA operates like a fast-growing tech startup in many ways and its exciting to see new ideas put into action so consistently.
Very fast-paced environment - can lead to burnout for people who don't like change.. The work is hard. SA pays well for a non-profit, but given the quality of talent that work here, many could be... higher paid elsewhere. But, there are enormous rewards and satisfaction that comes from the mission, for folks who really want to make a difference in society. I had a long career in management consulting, which was lucrative and challenging, but never had this kind of satisfaction in the impact of my work before.
Advice to Management
Keep hiring strong leaders.