Deputy Chief of Schools

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief of Schools (CoS), the Deputy Chief of Schools (DCoS) is responsible for driving our regional priorities and maintains a laser-focus on continually increasing the number of students who experience joy and achieve academic excellence at our schools. The DCoS will manage a team of School Leader Managers as well as a Director of Academics or Special Education. In this leadership role, the DCoS will ensure all KIPP Northern California Schools are inclusive, community-focused, college-preparatory schools that empower students and parents. The DCoS will support the implementation of our region-wide teaching and learning vision, and drive student academic growth. Committed to disrupting racial and socio-economic inequities in educational access and outcomes, the DCoS will partner with the Chief Schools Officer to support students through college and to career. This is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary organizational leader with significant people management experience to play a critical role in expanding the impact of a K-12 charter management organization.

Reports to: Chief of Schools

Preferred Qualifications


  • Deep experience in the design, integration, implementation and management of a K-12 school including knowledge of curriculum, instructional practices, school operations and management, and leadership development.
  • Minimum 4 years School Leader/Principal experience in a K-12 setting.
  • Minimum 2 years managing School Leaders in a K-12 setting.
  • Demonstrated success leading school improvement initiatives that close student achievement gaps between racial, ethnic, and economic groups.
  • A track record of leading, motivating, and developing diverse and high performing teams.


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Unwavering commitment to our regional vision of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Values rooted in courage, compassion, equity and excellence.
  • Strong leadership abilities including an encouraging, motivating presence to help with conflict management, team building, mentoring and coaching, goal-setting, prioritization and strategic planning.
  • Ability to analyze and use data on a regular basis to drive decision making.
  • Expertise in instructional design and implementation, including curriculum and assessment.
  • Commitment to building relationships and trust with leaders, teachers, students, parents, and community.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Manage School Leader Managers 
  • Recruit, hire and develop regional School Leader Managers (SLMs) and manage their performance.
  • Hold SLMs accountable for development of School Leaders. 
  • Regularly observe SLMs in action (e.g. provide coaching to School Leaders, lead data analysis, conduct regular 1:1 meetings), and provide immediate feedback to develop their team members’ competencies.
  • Set goals and expectations to ensure that the entire School Leader Manager team shares implementation of the joyful and academically excellent school vision for success of the region.
  • Collaborate with SLMs on hiring of school leadership and future school leadership.
  • Support SLMs in other challenges that arise in school management, e.g. school climate and culture, community engagement, parent involvement, etc.
Direct the implementation of our region-wide teaching and learning vision
  • Manage either the Director of Special Education or Director of Academics, depending on candidate experience. 
  • Oversee the plan to achieve our instructional vision including metrics, indicators, and key initiatives that align to the broader strategic plan.
  • Oversee program design, implementation, and achievement of all specialized learning groups, including students with IEPs, emergent bilingual and multilingual students.
  • Use data to effectively drive instructional practice and, in collaboration with the Chief Schools Officer, improve and adjust academic strategy and program.
  • Maintain a cutting-edge awareness of the promising practices and innovations in programs and policies for teaching, learning, and school design that are emerging locally and nationwide.
  • Create proactive systems that garner feedback from stakeholders (CoS, regional leaders, school leaders, staff, community partners) to inform school support and school improvement strategy and practice.
In collaboration with the Chief of Schools, develop long-term (3-5 years) and annual goals and priorities
  • Identify data sources, aligned with regional goals, for each stakeholder group to track and monitor on a regular basis.
  • Regularly review a variety of regional student performance data and teacher practice data to make immediate adjustments to implementation approach.
  • Use data in regional leadership team meetings and during check-ins with School Leader Managers team to quickly identify and address concerns.
  • Schedule and conduct a data stepback quarterly to make changes and adjust priorities if necessary.
  • Support implementation of teaching and learning vision at all schools.
  • Communicate teaching and learning vision to School and Regional Leaders.
Hold School Leader Managers and School Leaders accountable for implementation
  • Operationalize teaching and learning vision by using implementation plans, specifying areas of ownership and a timeline for each priority and collaborate with School Leader Managers and School Leaders to make sure that schools have an appropriate corresponding implementation plan.
  • Regularly co-observe with School Leader Managers and School Leaders to progress monitor implementation of teaching and learning vision and regional priorities.
Alignment and Integration of Educational Equity with TK-12 Teaching and Learning Programs
  • Design and lead our regional approach to joyful, academically excellent teaching and learning by establishing smart systems and structures to intentionally integrate school culture, academics, and support to specialized student groups to drive towards educational equity.
  • Work closely with Chief Schools Officer to identify high-leverage annual priorities, set goals that are grounded in our DEI vision, mission and vision, and strategic plan. 
  • Foster collaboration between the Lead Learning Team (Teaching & Learning and School Leader Manager teams) to drive the execution of our regional priorities.
  • Make resource allocation decisions with the Chief Schools Officer that are aligned with our strategic plan, and annual priorities.
  • Provide the vision for and execution of professional development in the summer and throughout the school year for teachers and appropriate staff.
  • Lead the design and execution of monthly Communities of Practice for School Leaders and Assistant Principals.
  • Strengthen and regionalize teaching and learning systems for ensuring multi-tiered systems of support to students which include the following systems:
    • Student Success Team (SST), CARE team
    • 504 Plan 
    • Response To Intervention 
    • Restorative Practices
    • Mental health counseling
    • Personalized learning 
    • Data-driven instruction 
    • Training and coaching for staff and leaders in building developmental relationships, restorative practices, and strong start routines and systems

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 1-5 lbs. Physical agility to move self in various positions in order to execute duties effectively, which may include kneeling, walking, pushing/pulling, squatting, twisting, turning, bending, stooping and reaching overhead

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 environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Frequent classroom/school environment and travel . 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 based on a full year calendar cycle and time off, located in our Regional Support Office with frequent travel to schools and districts.

The KIPP Regional Support Office is currently operating in a hybrid fashion. Most positions can expect to work in person 2-3 days per week and remotely the remaining days, subject to change based on the needs of the role.

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, and Stockton. 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.


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

We benchmark annually against comparably-sized non-profit organizations in the regions where we operate, to offer competitive salaries. The salary range for this position is between $194,000 and $216,000. Most candidates would be compensated at $203,000.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page. PLEASE NOTE: a cover letter explaining your relevant experience and your desire to work with KIPP is required for this position.

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