Associate Director of Academics - STEM

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

The Associate Director of Academics’s role is to guide, coach, and influence leaders within our region to operate high achieving schools for all of our students. As an academics team, we set the academic direction, develop Assistant Principals and Content Specialists at our schools, and create and maintain academic systems which enable our schools

This position reports to the Director of Academics, is based out of our Regional Support Office (RSO) in Oakland, and will play a critical role within KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. This position requires frequent travel between our schools throughout the Bay Area. The start date is flexible, but will be no later than July 1.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Develop and Execute our Priorities: 
    • Ensure we have systems and structures in place to effectively execute our regional priorities that will impact student achievement across our schools.
    • Build partnerships with schools and gather data in order to understand their needs and determine the highest leverage actions that will move them forward.
    • Support the development and execution of a plan for implementing the regional priorities at schools.
  • Increase the Efficacy of Instructional Coaches:  
    • Increase the impact of our instructional coaches and thus their teachers on student achievement using the Relay Coaching Model.
    • Identify, share, and support curriculum best practices to increase instructional quality
    • Utilize data to respond to the needs of students, teachers, and coaches.
  • Support and Partner with the RSO and the Foundation:  
    • Create partnerships with Regional Support Office teammates to support enabling systems.
    • Partner with the KIPP Foundation to provide high leverage resources for our schools.

      Required Qualifications


      • 2+ years of instructional leadership experience supervising teachers at a K-12 School
      • 4+ years of teaching experience at a K-12 school with strong results
      Knowledge/skills required:
      • Math and/or Science Content Knowledge
      • Holds a high bar for instruction and can identify actions that will improve teacher practice
      • The ability to use data, including student work, to identify next steps for teachers
      • An eagerness to receive and implement feedback
      • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to partner across lines of difference 
      • 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

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Proficiency in the Relay coaching Model for Data Driven Instruction, Weekly Data Meetings, Observation and Feedback, and Leading adult PD
      • Experience with Adaptive coaching
      • Experience as an Assistant Principal, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, or other equivalent position
      • Experience working in a High School and Middle School

      Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands

      Sitting, walking, use of both legs; ability to use a computer for long periods of time, ability to participate in conference and video calls. Driving up to two hours at a time or taking public transportation.

      Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and general alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, memorize and recall objects and people.

      Office environment subject to interruptions and distractions.  Frequent classroom/school environment and travel.

      Full-time, Salaried, exempt position

      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. 

      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.