The Oakland REACH, Chief of Staff

The Oakland Reach - Oakland, California - Full time


Inspired by transforming the powerless to the powerful? You have come to the right place. On any given day, over 50,000 students in Oakland wake up and go to school but only 1% of black children attend a high performing district school. We are far from making sure all students in Oakland have access to a quality school.

Enter, The Oakland REACH (TOR) - we are a 501c3 organization co-founded by Executive Director, Lakisha Young, along with a fed-up group of other Oakland public school parents in 2016. TOR is a parent-led advocacy organization that is empowering parents from our most underserved communities to demand high-quality schools for their children. If you want to be fired up by their energy, conviction, and their success to date, just watch this.

The group’s first cohort started with just 50 parents participating in a fellowship to learn how to demand more quality schools for their children. To date, over 350 parents have graduated from this fellowship, and The Oakland REACH currently offers several other leadership development opportunities in support of Oakland families. This March, The Oakland REACH had its first policy win, The Opportunity Ticket, which gives preference to families in failing schools to higher quality schools.


The Oakland REACH is a team of passionate parents, grandparents, and guardians of Oakland public school K-12 students who are uniquely positioned to change the trajectory of the most underserved students in Oakland for years to come. The opportunity is huge, and to fuel the organization’s growth and impact, the team needs a strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and effective project manager to take the reins as its first Chief of Staff.


The Oakland REACH’s Chief of Staff will manage the organization’s entire infrastructure, lending their strategic thinking and project management expertise to the Executive Director (ED), three Deputy Managers, and a Program and Operations Manager.

1) Lead Strategic Planning Process

  • Partner with the ED to develop and refine the organization’s strategy through 2020, leading the Executive Team (and supporting the rest of the team) in setting annual and quarterly goals and executing against them

2) Manage Organizational Infrastructure

  • Set agendas for weekly Executive Team meetings (and weekly REACH Academy meetings) while facilitating them to ensure they are effective
  • Manage Program and Operations Manager who provides invaluable support and leadership across our multiple programs, leads outreach through our social media platforms, and oversees our office operations
  • Create and maintain internal systems for tracking, evaluating and communicating work; update and maintain shared external-facing systems for tracking progress towards goals
  • Partner with Deputy Managers to ensure everyone benefits from a professional working environment
  • Represent The Oakland REACH by participating in events and meetings to advance the work, including fellowships, meetings and Board actions

3) Provide Programmatic Support

  • Serve as a thought partner/project manager to our three (3) Deputy Managers to ensure their programs are highly effective and meet our organizational wide goals (and help us get the word out there in ways like this)

4) Help Manage Our Board

  • Partner with our ED on Board management activities (we will have a new Board in place when you join our team!), preparing for Board meetings, and ensuring every member of our future Board has what they need to be successful

5) Manage Our Finances + HR Processes

  • Manage our grant reporting and manage up effectively to our ED on things like interim reports
  • Support ED on an organizational-wide budget by providing input on real-time inputs and outputs
  • Manage financial services and HR contractor
  • Monitor our budget-to actual financial results on a quarterly basis and recommend adjustments as needed; develop and maintain internal accounting controls and procedures; review financial reports and lead our annual budgeting process


  • You have previous management experience and are really good at it. You have successfully moved work forward through supporting other people and helping to develop their leadership potential.
  • Your strategic thinking and project management skills are highly valued. You are a natural problem solver who brings an analytical and project management lens to your work. You create order out of chaos by identifying systems and processes in need of adjustment. You deeply understand organizational operations and can synthesize information to proactively recommend a plan of action.
  • You are known as a “utility player.” You move nimbly between different parts of the organization and partner seamlessly with others adding your valuable input that allows work to move forward better than it would otherwise and always at 100%.
  • You instinctually get other people and where they’re coming from. Our staff is made up of parents. Even if you are not a parent, your emotional experience allows you to understand where parents whose kids have been unfairly treated are coming from. You are positive, empathetic, flexible, and respectful of differences and love learning from others.
  • You are a strong builder + nurturer of organizational culture. You have moved the needle forward in all of the organizations you’ve supported.


This position offers a competitive salary range and robust benefits. More details can be provided upon request.

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