Job Opening: Senior Manager of Leadership Development

(Full Time/Exempt)


Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area students, including low-income students and students of color, receive an excellent education. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions.

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Innovate Public Schools works closely with both school districts and charter school networks to increase the number of excellent public schools serving low-income students and students of color.

Our flagship program, the Start-Up Schools Fellowship, is a year-long leadership development program aimed at supporting school leaders who are planning to launch new, high quality schools, with a particular emphasis on students of color and low-income students. The Fellowship includes teams from charter schools and school districts and is designed to enable cross-sector learning. The Fellowship includes a variety of support activities, including leadership development seminars, excellent school visits, individual coaching, and developing detailed school design plans.  

In addition to the Start-Up Schools Fellowship, Innovate provides other leadership development services to reform-minded charter schools, charter management organizations, and school districts. These services include support to design and implement high quality leadership development systems across charter networks, redesigning or transforming struggling schools into high-performing schools, and providing intensive school audits focused on improving management, instruction, and school culture.  

Innovate also identifies and incubates Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, who are experienced school leaders in the process of designing and launching new networks of innovative, high-performing charter schools in the Bay Area.

The Senior Manager of Leadership Development will report to and work closely with Innovate’s Managing Director of Schools to direct Innovate’s school support programs and capacity-building efforts required to launch many more high quality public schools in the region, including:

  • Collaboratively refine a shared vision for the priorities and measures of accountability for Innovate’s New School Team;
  • Lead elements of the curriculum and program development for the Start-Up Schools Fellowship, including drafting and facilitating sessions with Fellows;
  • Provide 1:1 leadership coaching to Start-Up Schools Fellows, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and / or other school or system leaders with whom Innovate is partnering;  
  • Create and facilitate leadership development programs aimed to support district leaders in transformation efforts;
  • Develop and manage charter and district partnerships to launch new high-performing traditional public schools;
  • Convene and provide technical assistance to innovators and education leaders in the Bay Area, including principals, teachers, education reform advocates, and school officials;
  • Collaborate with other members of the Innovate team, including parent organizers and researchers, to support their efforts to further our shared mission;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Managing Director of Schools.

This position is based out of Innovate Public Schools’ main office in San Jose, CA and will involve significant local travel within the San Francisco Bay Area.


Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in education, policy, school leadership or a related field preferred.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years school leadership experience within a high-performing public school serving low-income students of color, with a proven track record of accelerating student academic achievement gains.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach, mentor, and support new school leaders.
  • Experience and/or deep interest in personalized learning and education technology strongly preferred.
  • Start-up orientation, with the ability to excel in a work environment requiring flexibility, self-motivation, self-directed problem-solving, collaborative work style, results-orientation, sense of urgency and enthusiasm.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to create positive, trusting, and professional relationships with a diverse range of audiences, partners and constituent groups.


  • Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree, with preferred focus in education, statistics, public policy, social sciences, or other related field.
  • Work Experience: 3+ years of experience in data analysis, policy, and research related to the public education field. Experience analyzing state- and district-level student achievement data is strongly preferred.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, with expertise in statistical analyses used in education research (with experience in using statistical software packages like SPSS, STATA, nVivo, etc.) required.
  • Large database management experience preferred.
  • Expert writing ability.
  • Ability to work in a start-up environment, requiring flexibility, self-motivation, self-directed problem-solving, collaborative work style, drive toward results, and enthusiasm.
  • Respect for diversity and experience in cross-cultural work environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to create positive, trusting, professional relationships with diverse colleagues.
  • Bilingual Spanish strongly preferred.


The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.


Please send us a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and the unique skills and qualities you would bring to this leadership role with Innovate Public Schools.  

Submit the cover letter and resume as a single Word document here.

Innovate Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. Application deadline: open until filled.