Director of Leadership Development

Job title: Director of Leadership Development

$104000 – 156000 per year

Company: Kipp Socal

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Job description: KIPP SoCal is inviting applications for the Director, Leadership Development, a new role that will be critical to the organization’s growth and sustainability. The person in this position will lead service delivery of the school leadership program. The ideal candidate will be a radical advocate for education, justice and liberation, brings both enthusiasm and experience in KIPP SoCal school leadership, and is focused on academic rigor and achievement of the most marginalized students through delivery of culturally responsive pedagogy. Success in this role requires that the new Director be a willing disrupter who is enthusiastic about the work of dismantling white dominance at the personal, interpersonal, cultural, and institutional levels of educational organizations.

Who we are: KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a network of 23 high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools. We educate more than 9,000 students in grades pre-K through eighth in the greater Los Angeles area and San Diego. Additionally, we support approximately 5,100 alumni on their journey to and through high school and college.

What we believe: KIPP SoCal believes that the purpose of education is for liberation. This means that we cultivate and model independent thinking as an essential component of achieving psychological, physical, socio-political, economic, mental and moral wholeness in each and all of our KIPPsters.

What we do: At KIPP SoCal we build trusting relationships that are strengthened by high expectations and collaboration alongside laughter and joy. We set ambitious goals and hold each other accountable for students achieving their greatest potential. We work together with each other and in partnership with families and communities in the active pursuit of a more equitable world. We do the right thing, even when it’s not convenient or comfortable standing up and speaking out against anti-Blackness, racism, oppression, and injustice. We persevere through obstacles and treat mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow.

The Opportunity: The Director of Leadership Development (DLD) drives the school leadership pipeline development for KIPP SoCal. In partnership with the KIPP SoCal Academics and Talent teams, the DLD will own the design, management, and execution of the School Leader Fellowship program, and of professional development for current school leaders in the area of managing adults, ensuring we are developing a robust pipeline of leaders prepared with the skills and competencies to lead high-performing schools. Most importantly, that pipeline of leaders will be sourced and filled using equitable sourcing, hiring, and selection processes so that Black, Indigenous and global majority leaders are supported authentically and developed professionally. The position is based out of KIPP SoCal’s Los Angeles office, with telecommuting and local travel in Los Angeles and San Diego counties as needed.

About the KIPP SoCal School Leader Fellow Program

The School Leader Fellow program is a two-year residency that prepares rising leaders to open a new KIPP SoCal school or become a successor leader at an existing KIPP SoCal school. The program combines on-the-job learning, professional development, and mentorship and coaching opportunities to prepare participants to create and lead excellent schools.

Reporting to the Chief Talent & Equity Officer, the Director of Leadership Development will lead work in the following areas:

Strategic Planning

  • Create and lead school leader fellow development vision, strategy, and annual priorities for the region
  • Support the Director of Talent Development in creating the school leader development vision, strategy, and annual priorities for the regionResearch and benchmark world-class industry practices for approaches to develop school leader talent at KIPP SoCal

School Leader Fellow 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 and occasionally with the KIPP Foundation team, supports selection process for school leader fellows

Coaching and Development of School Leader Fellows

  • Plans and facilitates professional development sessions with school leader fellows
  • Supports the development of the school leader fellow as an instructional leader:
  • Holds the school leader fellow accountable to progression on the Leadership Development Roadmap
  • Provides direct coaching to the school leader fellow to include bi-weekly check-ins and bi-weekly observations of the school leader fellow in practice
  • Provides the vision for school leader fellow formal professional development; may lead some Professional Development content
  • Evaluates the school leader fellow against performance benchmarksDevelops and sends monthly school leader fellow round-ups to drive accountability, action and sharing of best practices
  • Manages the School Leader Fellow promotion processDesigns and leads monthly check-in meetings
  • Designs and leads quarterly evaluation meetings (also known as checkpoints)Supports regional process for the promotion of School Leader Fellows to School Leader

Development and support of Mentor School Leaders

  • Progress-monitors Mentor School Leader assessment of skills
  • Develops and leads monthly Mentor School Leader half-day learning sessions to norm on skills, prepare for upcoming assessments, and develop Mentor School Leader skills
  • Develops and sends monthly Mentor School Leader Round-Up to drive accountability, action, and sharing of best practices
  • Developing Mentors through sessions and on the ground observations (goal to see each Mentor at least once a month on the ground with their fellow)


  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • 5-7 years of education leadership experience, preferably in charter schools, ideally as a school leader in KIPP SoCal
  • Possesses a deep commitment to both racial and educational equity; supports the building of an organization that reflects the community KIPP SoCal serves; holds self and others on team accountable for centering equity and antiracism
  • 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 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
  • 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 Model the values of KIPP SoCal (lead with love, strength in the collective, equity and excellence, curiosity and integrity)


  • Competitive total compensation of $104,000-$156,000
  • 100% of healthcare premium costs covered by employer, dependents added at 50% of the cost
  • Employer-paid KIPP SoCal life insurance401(k) plan with up to 6% match by KIPP SoCalVoluntary Benefits (Pet Insurance, Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
  • Generous time off program includes 22 holidays, sick leave and vacation
  • Other great benefits (Flexible spending account, EAP, etc.)

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

KIPP SoCal strives to ensure that our careers website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please contact us. You can find our contact information on our website, . Information will be sent to a talent acquisition representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the hiring process.

Location: Los Angeles, CA – San Diego, CA

Job date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 04:58:59 GMT

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