School Health & Safety Operations Manager, East Palo Alto

School Operations East Palo Alto, California


Position Summary
In the School Health & Safety Operations Manager (SHSOM), KIPP is seeking an experienced project or program manager to lead strategic operational priorities, manage day-to-day COVID operations on campus, drive efficiencies and systematization, recommend campus-wide health and safety improvements given current context and partner with regional leaders to ensure procedures at our school maximize time students spend learning. 

The SHSOM is instrumental in responding to COVID-19 in the school setting. At KIPP NorCal, SHSOMs are the strategic operational managers of our schools, whose job is to ensure safety and compliance with state, county and KIPP guidelines during the ongoing pandemic. SHSOMs are passionate about working in an educational setting and know the importance of an excellent education. 

This role is an exempt, temporary full-time position that reports to the Director of School Operations.

About the School

Who We Are: KIPP Valiant Community Prep(Grades TK-4, 6-8) is a public charter elementary and middle school located in East Palo Alto.

Vision: At KIPP Valiant Community Prep, we support our students academically, socially, and emotionally so that they can be successful and fulfilled in college and in life. We empower one another to continuously grow into passionate, innovative agents of change who raise our unique voices to make the world a better and more equitable place.

KIPP has a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more about our commitment to the work here.

Values: Love | Courage | Justice | Curiosity | Growth

Preferred Qualifications


  • Deep integrity and commitment to KIPP NorCals’ mission and values required
  • 4+ years of experience in project or program management or operations - with clear experience driving stakeholder engagement - required
  • 2+ year of experience in K-12 education or youth development preferred


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Policy, Business, or related field and 3+ years of work experience or 5+ years’ work experience required

Knowledge/skills required:

    • Highly self-aware and reflective, with a commitment to feedback and growth
    • Ability to self-direct, prioritize and multi-task among competing goals
    • Demonstrated experience working and solving problems in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
    • Demonstrated ability to work well with others, build relationships across teams, and influence even in the absence of formal authority
    • Success leading change initiatives in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
    • Proficiency in one or more of the the languages spoken by the communities we serve (Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese), preferred
  • Knowledge of health and safety, including a basic understanding of COVID-19 science, prevention, and response strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite or Google Suite required
  • Ability to learn and utilize technology necessary to operate in a physical and/or virtual office environment (i.e. Zoom) required

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Manage and oversee day-to-day COVID response operations 

  • Carefully monitor, analyze and share health data from local and state agencies  to ensure all Operations and Leadership team members have access to timely, accurate information regarding communitywide COVID-19 risk.
  • Lead implementation of regional policies and procedures related to safety and risk management.
  • Design, manage and optimize school-wide policies, systems and procedures necessary to keep COVID-19 off campus, limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and respond to confirmed or suspected cases at school
  • Partner with Regional Operations and Valencia Labs to facilitate safe, efficient testing of students and staff weekly, including reviewing test results and initiating response procedures as needed.
  • Plan communications for different audiences to help share and reinforce safety procedures
  • Manage student vaccination tracking and coordination on partnership opportunities to host vaccine clinics for community 

Manage  Campuswide COVID-19 Response and Communication to Staff and Families

  • Lead campus wide response to positive and suspected cases of COVID-19, including developing and executing on COVID-19 contact tracing and response plans and defining clear roles and responsibilities for all relevant school stakeholders.
  • Consistently track and manage students and staff subject to isolation or quarantine, including managing regular testing and ensuring follow-up by phone, text and email to assess return-to-campus timelines 
  • Draft and disseminate clear school communication to students, families and staff in the event of positive cases, while maintaining the strictest confidentiality in adherence with HIPAA.

Lead Program Design and Implementation for School Closures 

  • In partnership with public health and Regional Operations, recommend campus or cohort closures to DSO and School Leaders when positive case data or contact tracing indicates a need to do so. 
  • Develop COVID-related closure procedures and manage campus staff roles and responsibilities in the event of a closure. 
  • Support school operations  and leadership teams in scheduling and organizing a move to distance learning, as needed, including managing independent study needs in consultation with instructional leaders and Regional Operations.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of School Operations or School Leader.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands


Ability to navigate both office and school environments, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of materials 1-20 lbs. Ability to see and hear, either unassisted or through the use of adaptive technology. 


Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.


Office environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Occasional classroom/school environment and travel required.

Full-time, exempt position through June 30, 2022, based on a school calendar and time-off schedule.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 17 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 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are Multilingual Learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

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 by clicking apply on this page.

Questions? Email [email protected]