Chief Growth and Community Engagement Officer

KIPP Bay Area Schools - Oakland, CA - Full time

KIPP Bay Area Schools - Oakland, CA - Full time

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Position Overview 

The Chief Growth & Community Engagement Officer oversees organizational growth strategy, district and authorizer partnerships, and parent and community engagement. As such, they are responsible for the development and execution of a long-term advocacy agenda that enables our students, schools and communities to thrive. They are charged with KIPP Bay Area Schools’ successful growth, including conveying to relevant stakeholders how the organization’s vision fits into the larger political context, creating the conditions for ongoing collaboration and partnership in a community, elevating parent voices, pursuing policy change where necessary, and securing permanent, quality facilities. This is a senior leadership role that in addition to driving a key set of district and community relationships will oversee our growth, community engagement, and real estate departments. The Chief Growth & Community Engagement Officer will report to the CEO and work from our downtown Oakland offices, with frequent travel to our schools and local communities throughout the Bay Area. Publicly representing our organization, this role will require some evening and occasional weekend work to participate in public school board meetings and local community events. The role is available immediately.

Qualifications & Required Skills

The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep passion for social justice and educational equity for all children, extensive executive leadership and relationship-building skills, and strengths in cultural competence, strategic communication, problem solving, and team development. They will have a history of effectively influencing and managing diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders to achieve ambitious outcomes. Additionally, the individual will have experience successfully navigating complex political environments and a track record of managing advocacy cycles through from organizing to policy win. Ideally, this person also has experience in community organizing, coalition building and creating a culture of advocacy -- skills they will need to leverage to protect the operating conditions that enable our schools and students to thrive and to build the kind of relationships and partnerships that result in robust community schools.


  • Family engagement, organizing, and mobilization: Set advocacy strategy using community organizing as 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.
  • Growth planning and political strategy: Oversee growth strategy and ensure the success of the greenlighting process for the sequencing and opening of new schools in the Bay Area. Understand political dynamics within each community to build clear strategy for engaging key stakeholders and influencers towards successful organizational outcomes.
  • District and authorizer relationships: Build partnerships with key cabinet members, district staff, and elected officials in order to effectively navigate the charter petition, renewal, or revision processes. Define and integrate negotiation strategy into the larger organizational context. We currently work with 8 different districts as local authorizers, so this part of the role is both complex and expansive.
  • Community partnerships: Set advocacy strategies informed by local partners and local context. Build strong partnerships with key community leaders and influencers (e.g., faith leaders, community-based organizations, other nonprofits and charter operators) to develop trust-based relationships and support for KIPP’s mission and schools.
  • Facilities and real estate strategy: Ensure new schools have sufficient, compliant space to launch and that all schools at scale have quality permanent facilities.
  • Team management and leadership: Serve as member of the Executive Team. Effectively manage and develop direct reports with an assets-based approach, cultivating a collaborative and inclusive team culture that seeks to coach and empower direct reports. Bring a proven track record of navigating complex issues, managing multiple stakeholders, making decisions, and driving strong results. Resolve challenges with an eye toward what is required to scale and sustain solutions.

Education & Work Experience 

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.
  • Extensive track record of working collaboratively with community organizations and partners, ideally in an educational organization.
  • Experience managing staff and yielding frequent, high-quality results. The ability to work across teams and diverse leaders is essential.
  • An understanding of California and Bay Area political environments preferred.

Salary and Benefits

The Chief Growth & Community Engagement Officer is a full-time, exempt position. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. 

To Apply 

Submit a resume and detailed cover letter on the bottom of this page: Email

KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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C Level Executive Leadership

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Senior Level

KIPP Bay Area Schools

KIPP is a non-profit network of 209 college-preparatory, public charter schools around the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.

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