Associate Director of School Culture

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

The Associate Director of School Culture will work closely with the Director of School Culture to ensure that our schools are building joyful, culturally responsive, equitable learning environments by using evidence-based best practices like social-emotional learning and restorative practices to create positive school cultures where students and adults thrive. The Associate Director of Culture will support and organize professional development in the areas of classroom management, restorative practices, SEL, and community building as well as supporting school teams in implementing strong culture practices. They will coach school leaders, admin teams, and regional teams on how to integrate, support, and implement these enabling systems within schools in our region.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Three years of leadership experience in a school setting (required)
  • At least 2 years of teaching experience (required) 


  • Bachelor’s degree (required). MS in Education (preferred)

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Ability to demonstrate a broad knowledge of school systems’ functioning, classroom and behavior management, curriculum and instruction, models for working with diverse populations, including students with disabilities, and a clear understanding of education law. 
  • Ability to lead professional development with a wide variety of stakeholders within a school community from small groups to regional sessions with multiple schools teams. 
  • Demonstrated success with students from educationally underserved areas. 
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills. 
  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment. 
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Detail-oriented team player willing to roll up sleeves and get the job done. 
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Public Schools Northern California and our students. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The Associate Director of School Culture will collaborate closely with the Director of School Culture to design the region’s culture vision, professional development initiatives for staff, and school discipline.

Design and lead the region’s culture vision and strategy across all schools 

  • Integrate restorative practices, SEL, logical consequences, culturally responsive teaching and other culture-related systems into the regional multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) in order to align these approaches with academic, special education, and mental health interventions.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor a strategic multi-year regional healthy schools plan that includes SEL and, positive behavioral interventions, restorative practices, and mindfulness programs grounded in a healing-centered approach.
  • Analyze culture data and other regional data to inform our regional plan and support schools.
  • Research, develop and refine our metrics for evaluating progress on culture initiatives (universal screeners, SEL assessments, surveys, etc.). 
  • Disseminate information on current trends and research in classroom management, restorative practices, SEL, and other related disciplines.  

Design and lead professional development for staff

  • Curate and share professional development resources that will help deepen school teams’ skills around regional culture initiatives.
  • Partner with Academic, Special Education, and Mental Health teams, and school-site culture leaders, to organize training opportunities for staff.
  • Coach, support, and develop leaders and staff on PBIS, restorative practices, circles, and restorative conferences 
  • Train staff in and coordinate the implementation of behavior interventions and programs. 
  • Plan and lead portions of the monthly School Leader, Assistant Principal, or Mental Health Communities of Practice. 

Lead our regional discipline policies and procedures 

  • Support school leaders, coaches, and their teams in developing effective systems and coaching practices grounded in a restorative approach to support teachers in implementing effective classroom management systems, building relationships and running effective routines. 
  • Share with and elicit feedback from school leaders on the progress of SEL curriculum use, and determine what needs schools have to implement it successfully.
  • Serve as a resource to school leaders and culture leaders in areas related to SEL instructional strategies, discipline, student social-emotional needs, student attendance, and student behavior intervention strategies utilizing PBIS and restorative practices. 
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Mental Health to provide training, professional development, and wrap-around strategies for staff and families focused on children’s social-emotional and mental health issues. 
  • Consult with school leaders on social-emotional health needs related to the entire student body and individual students and coordinate follow-up strategies with the Mental Health Clinician. 
  • Partner closely with school leaders on whole-school issues, such as school climate, staff self-care, retention of teachers, attrition, suspension, and expulsion rates. 
  • Collaborate with school leaders on universal interventions for students such as peer mediation, conflict mediation, restorative practices, and communication strategies. 
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and skills needed to work with families, students, and staff from diverse cultures and backgrounds. 
  • Support the administrative panel training and hearings to ensure that our expulsion process is fair and aligned with our vision for a sustainable, positive school climate. 
Other duties as assigned

    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: Regularly in an office and/or classroom environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Frequently in a 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.


    Full-time, exempt position based on the regional office calendar and time-off policy.

    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]