Managing Director of Growth, Advocacy and Community Engagement

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

The Managing Director of Growth, Advocacy and Community Engagement will join the team at KIPP Northern California during an exciting phase of growth and organizational development. This is a supervisory and leadership role reporting to the Chief Growth Officer. This person will manage KIPP NorCal’s Growth, Advocacy and Community Engagement and Enrollment teams and will be responsible for 1) leading KIPP’s expansion in Stockton; 2) designing and implementing authorizer and community engagement strategies at the regional and state level; 3) leading strategy and execution of KIPP’s petition process for new schools, renewals and material revisions; and 4) overseeing regional recruitment and enrollment efforts.

Supervisory Responsibility

The Managing Director of Growth, Advocacy and Community Engagement will manage and develop three direct reports with an asset-based approach, cultivating a collaborative and inclusive team culture that seeks to coach and empower staff. 

Essential Duties

  • Growth Strategy Execution: Lead the internal cross-functional effort to grow KIPP in Stockton, a new region and market over the next four years. Lead cross-team collaboration to engage and win the support of key stakeholders including funders, district officials, partners, community members. 
  • Policy and Advocacy Engagement: Partner with the Chief Growth Officer and CEO to develop strategy and manage the execution of our local and state policy agenda. Build and manage relationships with local and state electeds, Superintendents, and district staff to influence decisions that impact our long-term organizational goals. Plan and oversee the petition process for new charter schools, charter renewals and material revisions.
  • Family and Community Engagement: Lead and enhance KIPP’s multi-tiered system of parent engagement and support. Set advocacy strategy using community organizing as the key lever for change, creating true local support of organizational efforts. Collaborate with organizational partners to cultivate and develop parent support and leadership, deepen outreach and engagement with families, and cultivate organizing skills across the network.
  • Recruitment and Enrollment: Support Director on enrollment strategy and execution, including managing regional recruitment teams in East Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco, San José, and Stockton. Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team to design and implement print and digital campaigns. Track and report key performance indicators to school leaders and executive leadership team to ensure we are on track to meet enrollment targets annually.
  • Travel: This position requires some local travel within the region for school visits, stakeholder meetings and authorizer board meetings (about 25%).

Required/Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, Master’s preferred
  • 10+ years of professional work experience in strategic planning, policy and advocacy, community organizing, and/or public/private partnership development
  • 5-7 years experience managing staff with proven results and ability to retain top talent
  • Deep understanding of the local landscape, including the key players and power dynamics with political acumen and problem solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills to resolve complex issues, drive through obstacles, develop optimal growth opportunities, and deliver effective solutions that meet the organization’s goals
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for strategic planning, business development, risk and financial management, marketing strategy and tactics, and communications planning within an integrated and matrixed environment
  • Insights and expertise working with KIPP’s target population and passionate about educational equity
  • Ability to communicate effectively by adapting and sharing out complex messages across diverse groups of people
  • Effectively building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
  • Committed to promoting the value of individual differences to create a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workplace

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands

Physical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs.

Mental: 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.

Environmental: Office setting subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Regular travel throughout the Bay Area. In an emergency context (e.g., pandemic), work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant. Adhere to KIPP’s health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies’ recommendations


This is a full-time, exempt position on a full year calendar cycle, located in our Regional Support Office with frequent travel to schools and districts.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 18 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

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