Associate Director of Academics - STEM

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.

Position Overview
The Associate Director of Academics will work closely with the Director Academics, the Managing Directors of Schools, and the other Associate Directors of Academics to provide instructional leadership, instructional coaching, and content expertise to drive student achievement. More specifically, the Associate Director of Academics will be responsible for coaching and developing leaders within our schools and will support the creation and execution of a clear vision of one or more content areas for our schools. In addition, the Associate Director of Academics will support regional trainings to ensure a standard of excellence and impact.

This position reports to the Director of Academics and is based out of our Regional Support Office (RSO), and will play a critical role within KIPP Bay Area Public Schools supporting the entire region. At least 50% of the Associate Director of Academics time is spent working directly with Assistant Principals and Content Specialists. This position requires frequent travel between our schools throughout the Bay Area. 


Supporting Coaches at Schools

  • Develop and deliver high quality training to increase the effectiveness of teachers and coaches
  • Provide direct coaching to Assistant Principals to increase their ability to grow teachers using the relay model.
  • Support a system for assessing the performance of coaches across the schools.
  • Analyze and respond to Assistant Principal performance data to drive coaching in our region.

Setting the Strategic Direction

    • Evaluate the performance of our schools through classroom observations, school reviews, data analysis, and  support in determining the highest leverage strategic priorities that will increase student achievement.
    • Build consensus with SLs around those priorities at your focus schools.
    • Support the development and execute a plan for implementing the priorities, including key milestones, metrics for success, and a timeline of key actions.

Content and Curriculum Expertise

  • Serve as a resident expert by holding a deep content knowledge, instructional materials and resources -- this expertise must be in Math or Science, preferably both.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the region’s vision for that content area.
  • Support the implementation of that curriculum.

Academics Partnerships

  • Partner with Associate Director of Assessment and Data to continue to develop and refine a robust assessment system for schools.
  • Partner with KIPP Foundation colleagues to support school initiatives and assess their impact
  • Act as academics liaison with other organizations to support effective teaching and learning, e.g. universities, other charter networks
  • Manage team members and/or consultants, as needed


  • A minimum of 3 years of instructional leadership experience coaching teachers (e.g. Assistant principal, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction) with demonstrated exemplary results
  • Experience coaching using the Relay Coaching Model for Data Driven Instruction, Weekly Data Meetings, and Observation and Feedback.
    • An eagerness to receive and implement feedback to grow as a leader.
    • The ability to partner across lines of difference and with others with differing opinions.
  • A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; a strong belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels regardless of demography
    • Experience working with underserved communities
  • Experience with Planning, Curriculum, and Assessments in Math or Science.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals
    • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Schools’ mission and values
  • Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred)

We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to by clicking apply at the top or bottom of this page.

Questions? Email Abena Addo at

KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.