Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governance

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

KIPP Public Schools Northern California is at a strategic inflection point – building upon our track record of success to provide even more students with access to high quality schools and open a new region. The Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governance will be responsible for leading strategic initiatives of the GRACE team (Growth, Real Estate, Advocacy and Community Engagement), managing the governance function and cultivating relations with our charter authorizers. This role also serves the KIPP NorCal Board of Directors in the capacity of Board Secretary.

The Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governance reports to the Chief of Growth, Real Estate, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (GRACE) while partnering closely with the CEO, Facilities, Real Estate and Advocacy and Community Engagement team. This role is available immediately.

Preferred Qualifications


  • 5+ years of professional work experience with a track record in consulting, strategic planning, operations or non-profit management
  • Proven record of thinking strategically, translating plans into action, using data to solve issues or questions, and exhibiting excellent judgment
  • Experience working with C-level executives, board members or elected officials
  • Proven track record building relationships and collaborating with a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders to advance organizational strategy and goals 
  • Experience managing cross-functional projects 


  • Associate, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Master’s preferred. 


  • Unquestioned commitment to KIPP Northern California Public Schools’ mission and values, including KIPP NorCal’s commitment to anti-racism
  • Strong research and analytical abilities 
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Results orientation and the ability to get things done well, with careful attention to detail 
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Track record of integrity, discretion, and excellent judgment
  • Ability to self‐direct and prioritize among competing goals, and drive results in a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Highly adaptive, entrepreneurial, and pragmatic — able to turn ideas into action in a collaborative and evolving environment
  • Insights and experience working with KIPP’s target population
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, with exceptional skills in PowerPoint and Excel
  • Humility, sense of humor and growth-mindset
  • Self-awareness, empathy and people orientation

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Lead strategic initiatives 

  • Contribute to setting strategic direction and priorities for the GRACE team and lead efforts to ensure the GRACE team delivers results.
  • Coordinate and oversee project plan creation, execution and delivery of strategic GRACE initiatives, including cross-functionally managing team members towards a successful outcome.
  • Evaluate and propose strategic approaches to respond to new regulations, policies or decisions from our authorizers, counties or State. 
  • Hire, manage, and train junior members of the team, as needed.

Manage Relations with Charter Authorizers 

  • Build partnerships with key cabinet members, district staff, and elected officials to effectively navigate charter petitions, renewal, revision processes, and influence decisions that impact our long-term organizational goals, in one of our sub-regions.
  • Attend and represent KIPP in relevant school board, city council, and planning commission meetings.
  • Lead and guide schools during annual oversight visits, public hearings and authorizers requests.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of role in support of organizational health.

Drive best-in-class governance and Board practices

  • Plan and project manage KIPP NorCal board meetings and materials, working cross-functionally across teams to ensure high quality, inclusive and legally compliant meetings.  
  • Responsible for KIPP’s compliance with all governance regulations and lead annual governance compliance tasks, including new board member orientation, annual board training, annual board self-assessment, and coordinating as needed Public Records Act request responses, etc. 
  • Serve as Board Secretary, ensuring that board minutes, calendars, board terms and committee assignments are updated and legally compliant. 
  • Serve as the staff lead for the Governance Council, managing Governance Council meetings and onboarding and offboarding of KIPP board members. 
  • Collaborate with legal counsel and other departments to develop and pass internal policies.

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 and/or classroom 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.


This is a full-time, exempt position on a full year calendar cycle, located in our regional Support Office with occasional travel to schools.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 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 6,000 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 English language 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 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]