Chief Growth Officer

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

The Chief Growth Officer will join the team at KIPP Northern California during an exciting phase of growth and organizational development. This is a senior leadership role that will partner with the CEO in representing the organization externally, and will oversee our Marketing & Communications, Development, Advocacy and Community Engagement, Growth and Public Affairs departments.  

This leader is responsible for ensuring that we are successful in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a growing and diverse philanthropic funding base in order to achieve our ambitious fundraising goals. They will also ensure that internal and external communications are strategic and impactful and that KIPP’s brand is positioned positively among stakeholders.  This leader also oversees organizational growth strategy, district and authorizer partnerships, and parent and community engagement. As such, they are responsible for the development and execution of a long-term advocacy agenda that enables our students, schools, and communities to thrive. They are charged with KIPP Northern California Public Schools’ successful growth, including driving key district and community relationships, conveying to relevant stakeholders how the organization’s vision fits into the larger political context, creating the conditions for ongoing collaboration and partnership in a community, elevating parent voices, pursuing policy change where necessary, and securing permanent, quality facilities.  

The Chief Growth Officer will report to the CEO and work from our downtown Oakland offices, with frequent travel to our schools and local communities throughout the Bay Area and Stockton. The role is available immediately. 

Qualifications & Required Skills

The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep passion for social justice and educational equity, extensive executive leadership and relationship-building skills, and strengths in cultural competence, strategic communication, stakeholder management, and team development. Successful candidates will be deeply committed to KIPP Northern California’s imperative to disrupt racial inequities, and will bring the courage and skill to respectfully interrupt conversations and behaviors laden with unconscious, implicit, or explicit bias.

The individual will have a history of collaborating effectively both at the board and staff level to achieve ambitious outcomes.  Additionally, successful candidates will bring experience closing significant negotiations and solicitations on behalf of an organization.  They will be energized by building relationships and enlisting supporters to the mission of KIPP Northern California; be a motivational communicator who can masterfully tell the KIPP story by elevating the experiences of families, students, and staff; and be highly skilled at written and verbal communications and public relations. 

Additionally, the individual will have experience successfully navigating complex political environments and a track record of managing advocacy cycles from strategy, to organizing to policy wins. Ideally, this person also will have experience in community organizing, coalition building and creating a culture of advocacy -- skills they will need to leverage to protect the operating conditions that enable our schools and students to thrive and to build the kind of relationships and partnerships that result in robust community schools.

Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. Master's degree preferred.
  • Extensive track record of working collaboratively with external partners and Boards of Directors.
  • 15+ years experience managing staff with proven results, retaining top talent, developing people and yielding exceptional results through other leaders and managers.The ability to work across teams and with diverse leaders is essential. 
  • Demonstrated results leading at least two of the following functions is required (experience leading more than two preferred): market growth, marketing, communications, business development, fund development, public affairs, and/or advocacy 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior leadership and/or board to lead strategic initiatives.
  • K-12 education experience preferred. 


  • Development: Drive the success of our ambitious multi-year fundraising campaign, in partnership with the CEO, Board of Directors and development team.  Create the vision and strategy for diversifying our fundraising base and oversee high quality execution through the cultivation-ask-close stewardship cycle. Ensure best-in-class fund development operation that effectively integrates and leverages marketing and communications expertise to attract, engage, inspire and retain a breadth of individual and institutional donors. Assume ultimate responsibility for an effective fundraising strategy, participate in solicitations and manage a portfolio of major donors/funders.
  • Marketing & Communications: Develop vision for and oversee the development of a highly effective internal and external communications and social media strategy, including messaging and marketing materials differentiated by audience (e.g., prospective families, teachers, donors, staff, current funders and supporters, elected officials, etc.).  Proactively develop and strengthen our brand across all stakeholder audiences. Direct crisis communications when necessary and engage in public relations. Ensure KIPP is represented accurately, with integrity and optimal impact across diverse audiences.
  • Family engagement, Organizing, and Mobilization: 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 all of our schools.
  • Growth planning and political strategy: Oversee growth strategy and ensure the successful sequencing and opening of new schools.  Set advocacy strategies informed by local partners and local context. Understand political dynamics within each community to build a clear strategy for engaging key stakeholders and influencers towards successful organizational outcomes.
  • District and authorizer relationships: Build partnerships with key cabinet members, district staff, and elected officials in order to effectively navigate the charter petition, renewal, or revision processes. Define and integrate negotiation strategy into the larger organizational context. We currently work with 11 different authorizers, so this part of the role is both complex and expansive.
  • Community partnerships: Build strong partnerships with key community leaders and influencers (e.g., faith leaders, community-based organizations, other nonprofits and charter operators) to develop trust-based relationships and support for KIPP’s mission and schools.  
  • Team management and leadership: Serve as a member of the Executive Team, partnering closely with other members to ensure that organizational goals are aligned and supported by our political advocacy, community  engagement and strategic communications. Effectively manage and develop direct reports with an assets-based approach, cultivating a collaborative and inclusive team culture that seeks to coach and empower direct reports; and where diverse backgrounds and perspectives are respected and valued.  Bring a proven track record of navigating complex issues, managing multiple stakeholders, making decisions, and driving strong results.
  • Disrupt Racial Inequities: Demonstrate the courage and skill to respectfully interrupt conversations, behaviors and systems laden with unconscious, implicit or explicit bias. As a senior leader in the organization, actively champion our commitment to anti-racism through ongoing inquiry, implementation of systems and structures to advance equity, and contribute demonstrated results towards our vision for DEI while holding others accountable to doing the same. 

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

    Classification: This is a full-time, exempt position that follows the regional support office calendar & time-off policy. 

    About KIPP: Together with families and communities, KIPP’s mission is to 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 create a more just world.  Our vision is that every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.

    About KIPP Northern California: KIPP Public Schools Northern California is a nonprofit network of 17 open-enrollment, high-performing, public charter schools that prepare all students for fulfilling lives. We currently educate over 6,500 students in grades TK-12 in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City.  We also support over 2,000 alumni in college. Building on a 19-year track record of success, we are both expanding to Stockton to launch an additional 5 schools over the next 5 years; and evolving our model to be more equitable, responsive, and impactful in supporting the needs of our students. This includes an emphasis on social-emotional learning and restorative practices, deeper community engagement and advocacy efforts, and an organizational commitment to becoming antiracist.

    Our Commitment to Equity: At KIPP NorCal, we have committed to embed equity into the core of who we are and what we do. We believe equity is achieved by actively pursuing anti-racism and by taking action to ensure that everyone has what they need to thrive, be empowered and reach their potential. We will hold ourselves accountable to continuous learning and improvement as we work together to implement our vision with courage and humility.

    Compensation: 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 pageQuestions? Email [email protected]