Head of School

North Oakland Community Charter School - Oakland, CA - Full time

North Oakland Community Charter School - Oakland, CA - Full time

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North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS) is a K-8 charter school that has been in operation for more than 15 years. Its model features the delivery of a innovative, project-based curriculum in a personalized environment to an intentionally diverse group of students from across the city. NOCCS’ ultimate goal is to develop the intellectual and social-emotional capacity of every child the school serves. In recent years, the school has increasingly drawn students from its local community, which has led to increases in the racial, ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the school. For more information about NOCCS, please visit www.noccs.org.


NOCCS is seeking an effective communicator, skilled manager, and enthusiastic champion of the school’s mission to join the community as the next Head of School and lead the school into its next phase of growth. S/he will be responsible for supervising finance and operations, managing the school’s instructional leaders and staff, interfacing with the board and broader community, and ensuring that the school’s vision and mission are living through its work with students every day. S/he will be a passionate advocate for NOCCS’ work on behalf of its students and will build a thriving Kindergarten through 8th grade program that ensures a high level of academic rigor paired with arts-integration, project-based learning experiences and strong social-emotional supports.

To be successful, the next Head of School will be a seasoned, experienced leader with deep cultural competence and understanding of how to work effectively with all members of the NOCCS community. S/he will have high standards for her/himself and others, holding everyone accountable to the core mission of the school. S/he will be a bridge builder with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to form close bonds with students, teachers, parents and board members. S/he will be effective in managing school finance, personnel, fundraising and operations matters. Finally, s/he will be knowledgeable about the instructional practices and social-emotional strategies that will enable all of NOCCS students to thrive academically, socially and personally.


The Head of School’s key responsibilities include:

  • Leading the vision for NOCCS’ success, including ensuring that its academic programs, school culture and community engagement are highly effective and tightly aligned to the school’s mission and goals;
  • Engaging and leading the community in authentic, direct and productive conversations, especially around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Managing school administrators and teaching staff, remaining deeply committed to developing and bringing out the strengths of all of NOCCS’ people while holding them accountable for their goals and desired student outcomes;
  • Partnering with the Board of Directors and community members to effectively manage the school while securing the resources necessary to maintain its financial and programmatic health, working together to develop and execute against a longterm strategy and pushing the boundaries of what is possible to realize the highest levels of success for NOCCS’ students;
  • Encouraging students and faculty to be their best selves every day, ensuring an unyielding focus at all times on what is best for NOCCS’ scholars, families and community.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Head of School candidate will be:

  • An accomplished leader with a track record of success as a school-site administrator in similar communities and a deep commitment to ensuring that all students can access the opportunities they deserve.
  • Inspiring in his or her management style; one who sees the possibility in all adults and is willing to devote time to coach and develop them while holding them accountable to measurable results.
  • Committed to providing wrap-around services and robust social-emotional programs to students; knowledgeable about the use of restorative practices and leverages a trauma-informed approach to student support services.
  • 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 our society and is able to lead direct conversations about these issues.
  • Skilled in strategic planning, project management, and organization; able to focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of the details.
  • Dynamic and versatile, engages effectively with a variety of individuals and speaks in a clear, compelling, and authentic manner about the organization’s goals and priorities.


To apply, please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter addressed to Luis Rodriguez, Board Chair via email to noccssearch@gmail.com. Feel free to contact the NOCCS Head of School Search Committee at this email address with any questions.

NOCCS 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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