Assistant Principal - High School - San Jose (23-24) (Signing Bonus $2,000)

2023-24 School Leadership San Jose, California


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 partner in making their 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. Our student community demographics are: 94% identify as students of color, 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% receive special education services.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

Assistant Principal Role Overview

At KIPP Nor Cal, we believe that Assistant Principals are our future school leaders. We actively develop Assistant Principals for School Leadership and feel the Assistant Principal should consider themselves as an apprentice to the School Leader. The Assistant Principal should gradually build capacity to lead a KIPP school.

The Assistant Principal’s job is to support the school in driving academic and social emotional learning outcomes for students as a key member of the school’s leadership team. Assistant Principals are expected to lead both instruction and school culture, while developing the skills of the school's emerging leaders.

Key Responsibilities:

Model and support implementation of the school’s vision and goals

        Supports the Schools Leader's vision and takes an active role in mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; Supports the Schools Leader's vision and takes an active role in mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school.

        With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goals

Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizes time to accomplish goals

        Provides input into the strategic planning of the school, and identifies areas of ownership for self and direct reports

Develop emerging leaders with School Leader's guidance

        Supports the School Leader in identifying and developing emerging leaders (Department Heads and/or Grade Level Chairs) through goal setting, coaching and feedback  

Model strong staff and student culture and manage school-wide character development and behavior management systems

        Supports teachers in student support and behavior intervention systems to ensure that limited time is spent on reactive student discipline.

        Manages parts of the daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips)

        Acts as the first Leadership Team contact for student intervention and parent engagement; determines next steps for issues that are above the teacher/grade level/department chair

Collaborate with School Leader on hiring diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff 

Build own direct reports' instructional knowledge of standards, content, and methods

        Content (Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment):

        Studies curriculum and assessment in order to develop understanding of content mastery, and what is required of students and teachers to accomplish mastery

        Coaches teachers on how to assess for both student mastery and growth towards college readiness, and practices data driven instruction based on assessment

        Research-based Instructional Practices (Methods and Time):

        Develops own and teachers’ knowledge of best practices in instructional methods and coaches teachers on how to match particular strategies to gaps in student mastery

Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high-quality instruction and support School Leader in planning, implementing, and enabling systems of the Academic Strategies Pyramid.

        Data Analysis (Data-driven Instruction and Progress Monitoring):

        Lead data-driven instruction. Coach teachers to determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals; break-out data to analyze how different student groups are performing; determine what data indicates about areas of student mastery and growth; and identify specific instructional actions and adjustments to fill students’ knowledge and skill gaps within an appropriate timeline

        Teacher Instructional Development (Instructional Coaching, Content Teams, and Workshops):

        Provides high-quality instructional coaching with frequent and scheduled teacher observations, actionable and bite-sized feedback, and accountability for adjustment in practice

        Coaches emerging leaders on their instructional coaching practice 

        May lead or coach others who lead department/content/grade-level meetings that focus on planning for, and norming on, instruction and culture, practicing instructional strategies, and progress monitoring the department/content/grade level

        Recommends to the School Leader what school-wide professional development will be the highest leverage in improving student results; lead engaging, actionable, adult-learning workshops; and hold staff accountable for implementation of the workshop practices 

Prioritize Assistant Principal's own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger.


        Student Focus: Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community

        Direction Setting: Ability to set direction for a team and motivate others to action

        Achievement Orientation and Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results in own classroom and from teachers that he/she manages

        Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives

        Instructional Leadership: Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data

        Instructional Leadership: Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies

        Instructional Leadership: Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies (e.g. make kids sweat, pacing, stretch it, etc.) based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy

        Relationship Building: Expertise in cultivating relationships and managing a diverse group of stakeholders

        Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes


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 school districts and charter schools in the regions where we operate, to offer competitive salaries.The salary range for this position is:

  • Content Specialist: between $85,000 - $88,000 (Bay Area) 
  • Assistant Principal: between $94,000 - $108,000 (Bay Area)


Questions? Email us at [email protected]