Chief People Officer

KIPP Bay Area Schools - Oakland, CA - Full time

Chief People Officer

Position Overview

The Chief People Officer (CPO) will join KIPP Bay Area Schools’ senior leadership team during an exciting phase of growth. The CPO will be a key member of the executive leadership team and actively participate in crafting the overall strategic direction of the organization. The ideal candidate for this position deeply understands the value of people –and how to unlock their full potential in an entrepreneurial, mission-driven organization.

This role will report to the CEO and ensure best-in-class recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement and relations, regional office management & leadership training, performance management, and staff recognition programs for our nearly 500 employees.

The CPO will manage the leaders of our Human Resources and Talent Recruitment departments, facilitating a unified, cohesive People Team that represents the values of KIPP Bay Area Schools. S/he will also lead strategic initiatives to ensure that KIPP Bay Area Schools is a great place for teachers and staff to work, including overseeing the People Team’s collaboration with departments on initiatives of organizational importance, such as teacher compensation, diversity and cultural competence, new School Leader selection, and succession planning. The CPO will also manage an Executive Associate/Office Manager (shared with the Chief of Schools).

This is a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to have a significant impact and to help bring to life our desire to be, as Peter Senge says, a “learning organization”, where people continually expand their capacity and potential to create the results they desire for themselves, our students, and the organization.

Major Responsibilities

Vision, Culture and Strategy

  • As a senior executive, help steer the organization towards fulfillment of our mission and vision by setting ambitious goals, allocating organizational resources on a clear set of strategies and priorities, and managing to results by focusing on high quality execution.
  • Strengthen the connection teammates have to the organization and the mission. Promote a culture that ensures high retention of teachers and staff despite the difficult work we are engaged in.
  • Have a leadership voice in helping to ensure training and professional development opportunities that reinforce KIPP’s participation in a social justice movement; recognizes the influence of race, identity, power and privilege and its impact on staff, families, and students; and advances an equity agenda.
  • Craft and execute on an integrated vision for talent at KIPP Bay Area Schools, from organization-wide strategic initiatives to essential workforce policies and practices. The vision integrates and aligns the full talent spectrum with KIPP’s organizational goals, encompassing the following: attracting, recruiting, selecting, developing, on-boarding, individual learning, leadership development, performance evaluations, career-paths, employee satisfaction and engagement, organizational culture, succession-planning, awards, and separations.

Professional Growth & Leadership Development

  • Partner with Chief of Schools to infuse management training and a talent development strand into Communities of Practice. The Chief of Schools’ team, along with our school leadership, oversees teacher and school staff development and coaching and manages to accountability for succession planning.
  • Ensure that we are tracking and moving people systematically through leadership pipelines to facilitate the stability and success of our schools and RSO, and to facilitate the launch of new schools. Lead Talent Review processes to align on leadership trajectories and support talent development.
  • At the Regional Support Office, systematically enhance leadership and managerial capability through differentiated trainings, coaching and support that reinforce our approach to talent development.

Employee Satisfaction, Appreciation & Recognition

  • Collaborate closely with the Chief of Schools and her team to facilitate strong teacher satisfaction and retention through the integration and alignment of effective performance management systems, response to staff satisfaction/engagement surveys and exit interview data, and the implementation of high quality talent development systems.
  • Facilitate a positive regional office environment by overseeing RSO retreats and celebrations, response to staff satisfaction data and feedback, the performance management cycle, and an office culture that promotes responsibility, collaboration, optimism, and a focus on results.
  • Develop compensation, recognition and retention strategies aligned with our philosophy and talent strategy.

Outstanding Management & Department Leadership

  • Ensure that the Human Resources and Talent Recruitment departments achieve outstanding results as they recruit, hire, onboard, and support 150+ new hires per year and an overall staff of 500+ and growing.
  • Act as a confidential and neutral sounding board for employee concerns as needed. Manage to positive resolution and liaise with legal counsel as necessary regarding workplace policies, uniform complaint procedures, employee grievances and separations, and HR-related staff trainings.
  • Perform other related duties and special projects as required or assigned.

Qualifications and Desired Characteristics

  • Mission & Culture Fit -- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Schools’ mission, vision and values. Comfort and experience on topics of race, class and gender in building team and improving performance. Balances data, wisdom, experience, and judgment to make sound decisions aligned with our culture and values. Exhibits flexibility in a fast-paced environment, self-directs and prioritizes effectively. Demonstrates continuous learning and a desire for feedback.
  • Talent Master – Rigorously assesses talent and models this for other leaders, builds a culture of trust and candor, and models the obligation of leaders to develop other leaders. Outstanding manager, leader, and strategic thinker, who can’t wait to find ways to better recruit, support, develop, and retain a high-performing team.
  • Relationship and Achievement Orientation -- A history of successful leadership, teamwork, effective management, and extensive track record of achieving impressive results, both individually and through others. Ability to quickly and effectively build relationships, motivate and engage a diverse group of stakeholders. Approachability, strong listening skills, and the ability to diffuse and resolve high-tension situations.
  • Senior Leadership Profile – Significant relevant work experience in senior leadership roles. Experience managing multiple functions and working knowledge of HR fundamentals. Bachelor’s degree required; former educator preferred.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via our online portal, here: If you have any questions please email

KIPP Bay Area Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

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Experience Level

Any experience level

KIPP Bay Area Schools

About KIPP Bay Area Schools

In the San Francisco Bay Area, 11 KIPP schools are developing in our students the knowledge, skills and character to thrive in college, shape their futures and positively impact the world.

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 183 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 70,000 students. Nationally, 85% of KIPPsters matriculate to college, and graduate at four times the rate of their peers from similar backgrounds. KIPP Bay Area Schools serves nearly 5,000 students, with plans to double in the coming decade.

This role is based out of the Regional Support Office (RSO) in downtown Oakland (BART accessible), with an expectation to travel routinely (~20% of each week) to our local schools and communities throughout the Bay Area.

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