Fisher Fellowship - Founding School Leader in Stockton, CA (Fall 2021)

2021-22 School Leadership Oakland, California


About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.


Fisher Fellow Overview:

The Fisher Fellowship is a highly-selective, one-year, cohort-based leadership program that is designed to provide in-depth support and insight into the processes and best practices involved in school leadership while preparing fellows to open a new KIPP school.  KIPP Nor Cal is looking for a dynamic leader to help further the mission of education equity by founding a school in Stockton, California.  


Fisher Fellow Responsibilities: 

As part of the Fisher Fellowship, fellows are expected to actively participate in the year-long developmental process and proactively pursue their own development through engagement and commitment to the learning process. You can learn more HERE.  The fellowship year will be comprised of the following mandatory components:

  • Summer Institute: An intensive, four-week program with rigorous coursework taught by dynamic faculty and educational leaders in a university setting.
  • Intersessions: Four intensive leadership development sessions throughout the Fellowship year; each Intersession is typically six days long.
  • Residencies: Up to four residencies at KIPP schools outside the fellow’s region. Each three-day residency provides Fellows with an opportunity to gain insight into the instructional, operational, and performance management practices of successful schools and school leaders. Additionally, Fellows will take part in up to five week-long school and operational residencies in his/her own region.
  • School Launch Plan: Creation of a comprehensive plan that guides the founding and growth of the Fellow’s new school.
  • Coaching: One-on-one coaching with a leadership coach throughout the year.
  • Continuous Support: On-going support from the Director of the Fisher Fellowship.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred)  
  • A minimum of 3-5 years teaching in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.
  • At least two years of leadership in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.
  • A valid teaching credential in California or a transferable credential from another state
  • Deep knowledge of effective research based instructional strategies.
  • Ability to effectively manage instructional and non-instructional personnel.
  • Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness.
  • Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to implement effective business systems that ensure proper stewardship of school funds.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision‐making.
  • Knowledge in the selection, training, and supervision of personnel.
  • Cursory knowledge of the laws, rules, procedures, and programs specifically related to the operation of charter schools
  • Proficient knowledge of Google Suite applications (Google Classroom, Hangout, Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)
  • Ability to learn and utilize instructional technology to support in-class and distance learning (i.e. Zoom, Nearpod) 


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. Although KIPP does not post salary scales, we are happy to walk candidates through the compensation package.  Additionally, all travel expenses and coursework associated with the fellowship are paid for by the KIPP Foundation.


What to know before you apply:


Apply today and open your dream school!

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