Managing Director of Growth, Advocacy and Family Engagement

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary

The Managing Director of Growth, Advocacy and Family Engagement will join the team at KIPP Northern California during an exciting phase of growth and organizational development. This is a leadership role that will partner with the Chief Growth Officer and the CEO to represent and advocate for KIPP externally.  

The Managing Director of Growth will manage our Growth and Advocacy and Family Engagement departments. This person will be responsible for leading KIPP’s expansion in Stockton which will result in four more KIPP schools over the next four years. This individual will lead KIPP’s Regional advocacy efforts at the State level and will contribute to the development and execution of KIPP’s authorizer and community engagement strategies to foster a supportive environment that enables our students, schools, and communities to thrive.  This leader will build and cultivate relationships and partnerships with our authorizers - school districts, counties and the State Department of Education-  to advance our organizational goals. This leader will also lead the strategy, planning and execution of KIPP’s petition processes for new charter schools, charter renewals and material revisions.  

The Managing Director of Growth and Advocacy reports directly to the Chief Growth Officer, while partnering closely with the Facilities, Real Estate, MarComm, and Regional Operations teams.

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Master’s preferred. 
  • 10+ years of professional work experience in strategic planning, business development, public affairs, advocacy, lobbying, community organizing, public/private partnership development. 
  • Demonstrated track record leading mission critical cross-team initiatives 
  • Proven track record of project implementation 
  • Proven track record influencing and shaping legislation 
  • Business development experience 
  • Expertise building public private partnerships 
  • 5-7 years managing staff with proven results retaining top talent, developing and yielding exceptional results through other leaders and managers. 

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Demonstrated skills in advocacy strategy and planning and/or lobbying
  • Knowledge of advocacy strategic frameworks and advocacy tactics. 
  • Strong political acumen, negotiation and problem solving skills. 
  • Strong analytical skills to resolve complex issues, drive through obstacles, develop optimal growth opportunities, and deliver effective solutions that meet the organization’s goals. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the educational market space, the reform movement and key policy debates. 
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for strategic planning, business development, risk and financial management, marketing strategy and tactics, and communications planning within an integrated and matrixed environment.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across department and with diverse leaders
  • Excellent communication skills appropriate to engage and persuade different types of audiences.
  • Insights and expertise working with KIPP’s target population and passionate about educational equity. 
  • Energized by a fast-paced, collaborative working environment.
  • Ability to model KIPP's values at all times.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Lead growth strategy and execution 

  • Lead the internal cross-functional effort to grow KIPP in Stockton, a new region and market (2,500 seats, 25% of total growth) with an associated equity investment over $40million. 
  • Lead cross team collaboration to ensure enrollment growth across the region.  
  • Serve as the liaison on issues relating to KIPP’s expansion plans in Stockton. 
  • Partner with the GRACE team and the MD of Schools to engage and win the support of key stakeholders (funders, district officials, partners, community members). 
  • Assist in the selection of new school sites and support with negotiations and relationship management as needed. 
  • Lead strategic analysis and discussions to support decisions about our growth planning, timing and sequencing of new schools.
  • Plan and oversee the petition process for new charter schools, charter renewals and material revisions.
Lead state advocacy and pursue local advocacy efforts for KIPP NorCal
  • Partner with Chief Growth Officer and CEO to set policy goals informed by local partners and local context.
  • Develop strategy and manage the execution of our State advocacy goals and agenda.
  • Build and manage relationships with State legislators, legislative aids and policy advisors to influence decisions that impact our long-term organizational goals.
  • Partner with the ACE team and the Chief Growth Officer to build relationships with local elected officials and to pursue the local advocacy strategy and build a culture of advocacy within KIPP.
  • Develop relationships, partnerships and coalitions with leaders of partner organizations, community members to advance advocacy agenda.
  • Attend and represent KIPP as needed.
  • Engage KIPP staff and school-community members to advance advocacy goals. 

    Lead family engagement and support 

    • Lead and enhance KIPP’s multi-tiered system of parent engagement and support 
    • Incorporate best practices in parent engagement and organizing 
    • 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.

    Team management and leadership 

    • Effectively manage and develop direct reports with an asset-based approach, cultivating a collaborative and inclusive team culture that seeks to coach and empower direct reports.

    Lead special projects or initiatives that contribute to overall health of organization 

    • Develop and build systems to help support quality and consistency as we grow
    • Prepare strategic communications, memos, and presentations to align key stakeholders both internal and external to the organization.
    • Support internal budgeting and planning processes.
    • Work closely with other colleagues and departments (especially MarComm, Real Estate, Finance, and Operations) to support our schools effectively.
    • Lead special projects or perform other related duties as required or assigned.
    • Travel frequently to KIPP school sites and potential future locations.

    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. Frequent 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.


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

    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 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 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 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.

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