Director of Leadership Development

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Director of Leadership Development

Our Mission

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 create a more just world.

Theory of Action

KIPP Public Schools Northern California will disrupt the presence and impact of racial inequities within the organization, our practices, and in educational access and outcomes. Our ultimate aim is for empowered alumni to live fulfilling lives. We will achieve this aim by operating joyful, academically excellent schools, and amplify our impact through smart growth and a commitment to operational excellence, together with engaged families and communities.

Our Vision for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our mission and theory of action describe our belief in the  transformative power of education to play a critical role in combating systemic racism and all forms of oppression. We know that we can’t succeed --and that any perceived successes will ring hollow -- without an active and explicit commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We will hold ourselves accountable to continuous learning and improvement as we work together to implement our vision with courage and humility.

Position Summary

The Director of Leadership Development (DLD) drives the school leadership pipeline development for KIPP Northern California. In partnership with the KIPP Northern California’s Academics and Talent teams, the DLD will own the design, management, and execution of the Principal in Residence program, ensuring we are developing a robust pipeline of leaders prepared with the skills and competencies to lead high-performing schools.

About the KIPP Northern California Principal in Residence Program:

The Principal in Residence (PIR) program is a two-year residency that prepares rising leaders to open a new KIPP school or become a successor leader at an existing KIPP Northern California school. The program combines on-the-job learning, professional development, and mentorship and coaching opportunities to prepare participants to create and lead excellent schools.

This position reports to our Chief Schools Officer and is based out of our Regional Support Office (RSO in downtown Oakland) with frequent travel to lead and support our schools and local communities throughout the Bay Area and Stockton. This position is available with an immediate start date.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Demonstrated excellence in school leadership, including instructional coaching, leading professional development, and developing other leaders
  • Demonstrated proficiency in leading through change, executing on major initiatives, and leading cross-departmental work
  • Successful experience in coaching leaders and creating/designing adult learning and teaching of the content and skills associated with people leadership, including operating with an equity lens
  • Successful experience in leading adult learning through professional development trainings
  • Ability to analyze and use data on a regular basis to drive decision making
  • The ability to unpack the various aspects of one’s identity and implicit biases to recognize how these impact leadership actions
  • Must live in Bay Area, CA or a surrounding community, or be willing to relocate


  • Bachelor’s Degree (required);Master’s Degree (preferred)

Knowledge/skills required:

  • An unwavering commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, with an ability to serve as an exemplar for the organization’s commitment to creating a work environment that values and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Possesses a deep commitment to both racial and educational equity; supports the building of an organization that reflects the community KIPP serves; holds self and others on team accountable for centering equity 
  • Examines the impact of his/her identities, biases, assumptions, and behaviors on his/her power and privilege, interactions with others, work and leadership in the organization; able to recognize, immediately respond, and consistently remedy interpersonal and systemic bias and inequities 
  • Excellent relationship builder with demonstrated experience managing diverse stakeholders, leading change, and mobilizing others and creating champions to support an organizational mission
  • Ability to analyze and use qualitative and quantitative data on a regular basis to drive decision making; strong judgment 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Program Vision:
    • Owns program design, to include setting and monitoring progress towards program goals, creation of key program deliverables (leader standards and performance benchmarking tools, formal professional development calendar, etc)
    • Manages project team and key program stakeholders through organizing meetings, designing and executing a communication strategy
    • In collaboration with regional talent team, supports selection process for PIRs
  • Coaching and Developing of PIRs:
    • Supports the development of the PIR as an instructional leader:
      • Holds the PIR accountable to progression on the Development Roadmap of skills aligned to School Leader readiness. 
      • Provides direct coaching to the PIR to include bi-weekly check-ins and bi-weekly observations of the PIR in practice
      • Provides the vision for PIR formal professional development; may lead some professional development content
      • Evaluates the PIR against performance benchmarks to make ultimate decision on school leader readiness
      • Develops and sends monthly PIR round-ups to drive accountability, action and sharing of best practices
    • Manages the PIR promotion process
      • Designs and leads monthly check-in meetings
      • Designs and leads quarterly evaluation meetings
      • Recommender on the promotion of PIRs to school leader
    • Continuous Development of emerging leaders in the region
      • Responsible for creating and facilitating delivery of content during School Leader and Assistant Principal Community  of Practice (CoP & AP CoP)

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, reading, analyze and use data on a regular basis to drive decision making.

Environmental: Office and/or classroom environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Multiple days a week you will be expected to travel  to school sites to be in classrooms/ observing the school environment. 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.


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


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. In your cover letter, please tell us about how you have managed principals or developed assistant principals to become excellent leaders. Applications without cover letters will NOT be considered.

Questions? Email [email protected]