Managing Director of Schools

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


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 Managing Director of Schools (MDOS) leads the KIPP Bay Public Area Schools community of schools by supporting and managing School Leaders (SLs) and Fisher Fellows in a consistent, well-informed manner leading to high performance leadership, evidenced by outstanding student and staff performance. He/she serves on the regional leadership teams of Directors and reports to the Chief of Schools. Managing Director of Schools is directly responsible for supervising and managing School Leaders in various school levels (k-8, elementary, middle school and/or high school).

Preferred Qualifications


  • 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
  • A strong desire to collaborate with school leaders and central office teammates 
  • 4+ years of work experience as a high-performing principal and/or principal manager, who as experience closing the student achievement gaps between racial, ethnic and economic groups
  • Multiple years of successful experience in coaching leaders and growing leaders into Principals
  • A strong desire to collaborate with school leaders and central office teammates 
  • Successful experience in leading adult learning through professional development trainings
  • Deep experience in the design, integration, implementation, and management of an instructional model, including knowledge of curricula, instructional practices, school operations and management, and talent development.
  • 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 or higher

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Drive high quality execution of our regional priorities in our schools through effective coaching and management of our School Leaders

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • 1. Plan and execute coaching and management of School Leaders aligned with our regional priorities through:
  • frequent or daily travel to school sites to be on site at schools
    • regular observation & feedback of School Leader
    • leadership team observations & feedback
    • regular one-on-one meetings with School Leader
    • classroom observations with School Leader and Leadership Team
    • weekly, bi-weekly, monthly & quarterly progress monitoring with School Leader and Leadership Team
    • monitoring learning initiatives for student sub-groups 
    • strong performance management
  • 2. Support School Leaders through the planning and budgeting process
    • Ensure rigorous enrollment targets are set and met
    • Support with staffing decisions
    • Hold school leaders accountable to financial sustainability and fiscal responsibility
  • 3. Coach School Leaders on adaptive & technical challenges including:
    • leading with an equity lens
    • data-driven instruction
    • change management
    • initial employee relations issues (e.g. absenteeism) 
    • parent concerns
    • escalated student issues
    • courageous conversations
  • 4. Provide talent leadership to schools
    • Build robust leadership pipelines at schools that include an emergency and named successor leader and pathways from teacher to teacher leader to content specialist to assistant principal to School Leader
    • Ensure School Leaders are fully hired with the highest quality staff available
    • Provide first line approval of organization structure for schools
    • Calibrate on performance of new hires and existing staff
    • Ensure adherence to regional hiring process
    • Provide support on improvement plans and monitor progress
  • 5. Act as a liaison between schools and the Regional Support Office
  • Actively develop leadership
    • Execute on our regional performance management systems with School Leader
    • Engage in regional talent reviews and talent sharing 
    • Participate in leader endorsement and selection events
    • Provide substitute and/or interim leadership coverage for School Leaders as required
  • Participate in KIPP Bay Area Public Schools professional community
    • Attend weekly 1:1s with the Chief of Schools
    • Attend weekly Lead Learning Team meetings
    • Attend and lead portions of the School Leader and/or Assistant Principal Community of Practice meetings
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief of Schools

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands 

Physical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traveling between campuses most days of the week. Ability to access and utilize technology. 

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, analyzing and using data on a regular basis to drive decision making. Will require regular  integration, implementation, and management of an instructional model, including working knowledge of curricula, instructional practices, school operations and management, and talent development.

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.


Full-time, exempt position.

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]