Deputy Chief of Educational Equity

Deputy Chief of Educational Equity

Our mission is to operate joyful and academically excellent schools where every person is known and valued, respected for their own strengths and empowered. We are committed to applying liberatory design mindsets to minimize the harmful effects of our blind spots and maximize the potential for non-oppressive partnerships. We believe in embedding equity into the core of who we are and what we do. The Deputy Chief of Educational Equity is charged with leading our comprehensive, integrated, and equitable system of teaching and learning for our TK-12 schools anchored in Glenn Singleton’s definition:Raising the achievement of all students, while Narrowing the gaps between the highest and lowest performing students, and Eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories We see great opportunity in integrating school culture, academics, and support for our specialized student groups to provide a robust system of teaching and learning to best meet the needs of our students. The Deputy Chief of Educational Equity will oversee all teaching and learning teams which include Academics, Special Education, and School Culture with the purpose of 1) setting clear direction and strategy as our organization grows to 21 schools, 2) providing excellent training, coaching, and resources to leaders, teachers and appropriate staff, and 3) progress monitoring by collecting data and providing feedback, support and accountability. They will work closely with the Chief Schools Officer to lead an equity-focused, integrated teaching and learning approach that results in joyful and academically excellent schools.At KIPP Public Schools Northern California, we recognize the importance of continued investment in our understanding of how our identities shape our approach to this work, how we experience power and privilege, and that we must continually develop our cultural competence in order to best educate our students and partner with our families. We know the work of equity and inclusion in a diverse, multi-site, student-facing organization is fundamental to our success and takes everyone’s commitment. As such, the Deputy Chief of Educational Equity will work closely with the Chief of Staff to shape and execute our equity and inclusion strategy; they hold up a mirror, and they “hold our hand” while “holding our feet to the fire.” We do not outsource our equity and inclusion efforts to these leaders but we look to them for leadership, alignment, support, and accountability.This position reports to our new 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.Qualifications, Attributes, & Experience SoughtThe ideal candidate for this position has a deep passion for social justice, instructional leadership, and educational equity for all students.  The individual will have a track record of success designing and achieving ambitious outcomes for joyful, academically excellent teaching and learning at scale in a complex organization with multiple schools and grade bands. As a proven instructional leader, the ideal candidate understands how curriculum and assessment design, pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching, adult learning, and instructional coaching all lead to transformative student success.  They bring extensive executive leadership and relationship-building skills, and strengths in cultural competence, strategic communication, systems-level problem solving, team development, and direct people management.  Strong candidates have a history of collaborating with diverse groups of stakeholders to achieve ambitious outcomes, an established track record of leading change management efforts, and an ability to influence others especially when no direct reporting relationship exists. Additionally, successful candidates will leverage data and excellent listening skills to shape their perspective and resulting programs and strategies.A proven track record of navigating complex issues, managing multiple stakeholders, making decisions, and driving strong results. The ability to work across teams and with diverse leaders is essential.Three or more years of school and administrative leadership success and experience Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Northern California's mission and values Commitment to anti-racist, liberatory leadership Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred) Three to five years teaching experience with exemplary results Strong school culture and instructional leadership competencies A strong track record with serving students with IEPs and ELLs Experience with restorative practices, social emotional learning, data-driven instruction, and distance learning Demonstrated strength in systems thinking Demonstration of our regional core values- compassion, courage, equity, excellence Demonstrated success in impact and influence A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; a strong belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels regardless of demography Experience working with diverse student body and staff Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision‐making Strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver Demonstrated ability to work well with others and build relationships across teams and schools Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills Lives and breaths compassion, curiosity, and humility in working and leadership style Essential FunctionsLeading for Educational Equity: Closely collaborate and work with the Chief Schools Officer to drive towards educational equity by setting vision and direction for the Academics, School Culture, and Special Education teams to create and maintain 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.Use data to identify gaps and successes among our student groups; plan and lead teams to execute to close gaps and build upon successes Build inclusive teams that are culturally competent and actively pursue anti-racism by taking actions to ensure that everyone has what they need to thrive, be empowered, and reach their potential. Alignment and Integration of Educational Equity with TK-12 Teaching and Learning Programs: Design and lead our regional approach to joyful, academically excellent teaching and learning by establishing smart systems and structures to intentionally integrate school culture, academics, and support to specialized student groups to drive towards educational equity.Work closely with Chief Schools Officer to identify high-leverage annual priorities, set goals that are grounded in our DEI vision, mission and vision, and strategic plan Foster collaboration between the Lead Learning Team (Teaching & Learning and School Leader Manager teams) to drive the execution of our regional priorities Make resource allocation decisions with the Chief Schools Officer that are aligned with our strategic plan, annual priorities, and theory of action Lead revision of Teaching Excellence Rubric to ensure that school culture and special education are integrated into the language and reflect our diversity, equity, and inclusion vision Provide the vision for and execution of regional learning in the summer and throughout the school year for teachers and appropriate staff Lead the design and execution of monthly communities of practice for School Leaders and Assistant Principals by leveraging the expertise, strengths, and gifts of the Lead Learning Team Strengthen and regionalize teaching and learning systems for ensuring multi-tiered systems of support to students which include the following systems Student Success Team (SST), CARE team 504 Plan Response To Intervention Restorative Practices Mental health counseling Personalized learning Data-driven instruction Training and coaching for staff and leaders in building developmental relationships, restorative practices, and strong start routines and systems Standardization of our Teaching and Learning Model across TK-12: In collaboration with our Lead Learning Team, continue to standardize our high school, middle, and elementary models, building from our common curriculum, assessments, and data-driven instructionBuild on TK-8 standardized curriculum and assessments to identify other opportunities for alignment and collaboration Move toward the standardization of other key teaching and learning components (including, but not limited to): Restorative and healing centered practices Grading policies School calendars Instructional blocks of time (ie: literacy, SEL) Coaching model Student Services: Lead strategy and high-level of implementation of restorative, non-oppressive practices and policies that affirm students within all schools  that ensures a healing-centered approach to addressing the impacts of traumaGuide, direct, advise, and participate in compassionate, community-informed responses to serious discipline incidents that occur in school communities Support School Culture team with SARB, suspension, and expulsion processes Continue to build out the regional multi-tiered system of supports Effective Management of Teaching and Learning Teams: Motivate, inspire, manage, and develop direct reports, to enable their best contributions and capabilities towards our mission, while also enabling their growth as professionalsBuild teams with clear roles and responsibilities Support direct reports in developing diverse leadership pipelines within teams Provide fiscal oversight of Academics, Special Education and School Culture teams Provide overall leadership and management of teams to deliver against clear goals and expectations. Oversee development of team priorities, annual dashboards, individual development plans, and performance management of direct reports Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws. Operate at all times in accordance with the organization’s values, mission, vision, and plans Physical, Mental and Environmental DemandsPhysical: 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 environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Occasional classroom/school environment and 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.Classification: This is a full-time, exempt position that follows the regional support office calendar & time-off policy.About KIPP: Together with families and communities, KIPP’s mission is to 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.  Our vision is that every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.About KIPP Northern California: KIPP Public Schools Northern California is a nonprofit network of 16 open-enrollment, high-performing, public charter schools that prepare all students for fulfilling lives. We currently educate over 6,500 students in grades TK-12 in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City.  We also support over 2,000 alumni in college. Building on a 19-year track record of success, we are both expanding to Stockton to launch an additional 5 schools over the next 5 years; and evolving our model to be more equitable, responsive, and impactful in supporting the needs of our students. This includes an emphasis on social-emotional learning and restorative practices, deeper community engagement and advocacy efforts, and an organizational commitment to becoming antiracist.Our Commitment to Equity: At KIPP NorCal, we have committed to embed equity into the core of who we are and what we do. We believe equity is achieved by actively pursuing anti-racism and by taking action to ensure that everyone has what they need to thrive, be empowered and reach their potential. We will hold ourselves accountable to continuous learning and improvement as we work together to implement our vision with courage and humility.CompensationWe 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.