The Mind Trust, Innovation School Fellowship

The Mind Trust - Indianapolis, Indiana - Full time


Founded in 2006, The Mind Trust has been on a journey to transform Indianapolis’ education landscape into a place ripe with opportunities for every student. This work already has impacted thousands of Indianapolis students and has made Indianapolis one of the best-positioned cities in the country to achieve lasting, systemic change that creates better opportunities for all K-12 students.

The Mind Trust’s mission is to provide every student in Indianapolis with access to a high-quality, world-class education. They accomplish this by recruiting and developing talented, innovative educators; launching high-quality schools with the conditions for success; and engaging neighborhoods and communities to help lead education innovation.

For more information about The Mind Trust, please visit


The Mind Trust created the Innovation School Fellowship in 2014 in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation to launch Innovation Network Schools within Indy’s largest school district. Through this nationally unique fellowship, Fellows have the opportunity to launch schools that combine the freedoms and flexibilities of charter schools with resources and services of district schools, including a school building at little to no cost. Read more about the types of schools in Indy and their autonomies.

Since 2014, The Mind Trust’s fellowships have supported the launch of 19 Innovation Network Schools, serving more than 6,000 Indianapolis students.

The Innovation School Fellowship enables Fellows to have sufficient planning time to ensure that the schools they launch will serve students and communities well from day one. This serves as the foundation of The Mind Trust’s work, and builds upon the best practice that allows one to two years of planning time.


The Mind Trust believes it takes exceptional school leaders to design and build schools that provide all students, no exceptions, with the education they deserve. Because of this, ideal Fellows have:

  • School leadership experience with a demonstrated track record of improving academic outcomes for all students;
  • Experience in coaching and developing adults to deliver high-quality instruction;
  • Experience managing teams through change;
  • Demonstrated evidence of analyzing data to drive decisions;
  • Demonstrated evidence in developing strong systems and protocols that support strong organizational culture;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion;
  • High expectations for all students and a proven dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • An entrepreneurial drive that communicates resilience, fortitude, and visionary solutions for intractable challenges; and
  • A charismatic leadership style that motivates stakeholders.


    Each Fellow receives one or two full years of salary, healthcare, and benefits as they develop their school model. Fellows also have access to the following:

    • A cohort of fellows with similar goals and diverse backgrounds facing similar challenges;
    • Opportunities to travel and engage with leaders at some of the nation’s best schools;
    • Extensive expertise and feedback on the school design and building process;
    • Leadership training and development opportunities; and
    • Support from a network of expert consultants and coaches.

    In total, The Mind Trust values each year of the fellowship at approximately $250,000.


    To apply, please submit an application with your resume online at Statements of Intent are due January 9, 2023, for consideration in the tenth cohort of Innovation School Fellows. After review, select candidates will be invited to submit a Full Application. The Mind Trust will conduct initial interviews during the second half of February and early March. Incomplete application materials will not be considered.

    Fellowships are awarded in close partnership with IPS after a final interview with a selection committee of distinguished local and national education leaders.

    For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Hadley Kornacki at

    The Mind Trust is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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