East Bay Innovation Academy, Executive Director

East Bay Innovation Academy - Oakland, California - Full time


East Bay Innovation Academy (EBIA) is a college preparatory public charter school in Oakland, CA with a mission to prepare a diverse group of students to be successful in college and to be thoughtful, engaged citizens who are leaders and innovators in a 21st-century global world. EBIA is rethinking how schools are run and structured so that they better reflect the needs of a 21st-century world. While most schools have not changed their models in over 50 years, our world has, leaving many of our schools, even the “best” ones, behind. EBIA offers a powerful option for Oakland families and educators to build a diverse school that addresses the needs of the 21st-century and beyond. The school has a collaborative, personalized, and project-based multi-disciplinary model that incorporates technology, blended learning, social-emotional learning, service-learning, and data-driven instruction to engage students in scientific, mathematical, literary, historical, and artistic pursuits. With 630 students across its middle and high school campuses, EBIA serves a truly diverse group of students who represent the racial, cultural, and socio-economic demographics in Oakland.

To learn more about East Bay Innovation Academy, please visit eastbayia.org/.


The Executive Director will lead, manage, and oversee all functions of EBIA, partnering with administrative leaders for high-quality educational programs, student performance, sound fiscal management, school operations, community relations, facilities development, recruiting, and talent development. This is an excellent opportunity for an exceptional academic and operational leader with a deep commitment to providing a relevant and engaging 21-st century learning experience for a diverse student body.



  • Collaborate with the leadership team to define, establish, and uphold EBIA policies;
  • Hire and supervise leadership team, and other staff positions as needed;
  • Ensure a well-run, welcoming, and professional culture that includes comprehensive and thoughtful development and evaluation processes to help all staff reach goals and improve their performance;

Community Engagement:

  • Ensure effective and frequent communications and engagement across multiple stakeholder groups (parents, Board of Directors, staff, students, etc.);
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Board and to the larger community;

School Culture and Climate:

  • Create and maintain a positive and inclusive school climate, embracing EBIA’s innovator norms;
  • Ensure systematic interventions occur whenever students are struggling;
  • Monitor the quality and effectiveness of interventions to ensure they are rigorous, disciplined, and high-impact.

Academic Leadership:

  • Manage the principals to strive for alignment of the Design Thinking, Project-Based Learning, and Blended Learning models to ensure teachers understand and experience the EBIA approach cohesively;
  • Support principals to develop EBIA Essentials of Effective Instruction to define (and identify progress toward) excellent instruction school-wide, across grade levels, and individually;
  • Support principals with facilitating regular data inquiry cycles to ensure all students are making adequate progress towards mastery of standards and teaching teams are utilizing the assessment systems and data to drive and differentiate instruction;

Finance and Operations:

  • Develop and implement financial strategy; facilitate budgeting, monitoring, cash management, vendor negotiations, risk management, and financial/tax/other external reporting and audits;
  • Serve as the strategic planning lead, developing and recommending a facilities strategy, implementing board decisions, facilitating WASC review and charter renewal;
  • Oversee directors in charge of school operations and support development functions.
  • Ensure a financially sound, legally compliant, well-managed program with efficient and effective business practices that secure EBIA’s sustainability.


  • An accomplished leader with 5+ years of success in educational leadership;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; CA administrator credential preferred;
  • A passionate advocate for all students and families who has a commitment to maintaining a strong culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at EBIA;
  • Demonstrated commitment to EBIA’s mission of preparing a diverse group of students to be successful in college and to be thoughtful, engaged citizens who are leaders and innovators in a 21st-century global world.
  • A proven instructional leader with experience running a high performing school and with a working knowledge of innovative curricular models;
  • A seasoned professional and experienced manager who knows how to recruit, coach, and develop teachers and staff at all levels;
  • Knowledgeable about the academic and social-emotional needs of students, especially those of different racial, linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Experience with financial management, lease negotiation, collective bargaining negotiations and labor partnerships, compliance, regulatory reporting, legal, policy development/implementation, and risk management;
  • Dynamic and versatile, able to engage a variety of stakeholders in dialogue and speak in a clear, compelling, and authentic manner both about the school’s goals and priorities and the leader’s decision-making process and plans towards meeting them;
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead direct conversations about them;
  • A builder of authentic relationships with community partners, policymakers, funders, and other supporters.


This position offers a competitive salary range of $180,000 - $200,000 and robust benefits including medical, dental, and retirement. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/2D596EFDB5. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Hadley Kornacki at hkornacki@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

East Bay Innovation Academy is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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East Bay Innovation Academy

East Bay Innovation Academy (EBIA) is a college preparatory public charter school in Oakland, CA with a mission to prepare a diverse group of students to be successful in college and to be thoughtful, engaged citizens who are leaders and innovators in a 21st-century global world.
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