KIPP SoCal School Leader Fellow Program

Los Angeles, CA
School Leadership – Fellowship
Full-Time 2020-2021 School Year
KIPP SoCal Public Schools (KIPP SoCal) is a nonprofit organization that operates tuition-free, open-enrollment, public charter schools focused on preparing students in systemically under-resourced communities in Southern California for choice filled lives. In July 2019, KIPP LA Public Schools and KIPP San Diego Public Schools united to become KIPP SoCal Public Schools to better meet the needs of our students. We currently operate 19 schools, educate approximately 8,200 students and support an additional 4,300 alumni who are attending high school and college.

KIPP SoCal Public School’s School Leader Fellow Program is a two year program designed for aspiring school leaders. The program will include a year and a half focused on leadership development within a placement school, followed by the launch of a new school or transition period into being a successor school leader. Through a combination of residencies within our schools, targeted development, coaching and mentoring, and formal learning, fellows will develop and deepen the instructional and adaptive skills to prepare them to  successfully lead a school with KIPP SoCal as either a successor or founding school leader. The program will increase leader capacity and readiness to found a new school or lead an existing KIPP SoCal school. 

School Leader Fellow Responsibilities

    • Residency: Fellows will be full-time members of their residency school leadership teams, which will provide them with daily opportunities to practice the skills and competencies required to lead high-performing schools. In their role as an assistant school leader, fellow participants will coach and develop teachers through the instructional leadership cycle and contribute to the overall academic and cultural vision of the school.  Fellows are committed to and actively contribute to the success of their placement school and act in alignment with school leadership team vision and priorities.
    • Individual Development Plan: Fellows will have individual development plans aligned to the KIPP Leading for Learning Actions and KIPP Leadership Competency Model. These development plans will create a scope and sequence for their learning.
    • Progression Checkpoints: Fellows will be regularly evaluated on the skills and competencies of an effective school leader. Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 of the fellowship  is contingent upon successfully demonstrating proficiency on all Year 1 benchmarks and the availability of a match school leader role. Similarly, to be formally considered for a school leader role, the Fellow must be on track to proficiency in all Year 2 benchmarks.
    • Coaching: One-on-one coaching from a Regional Academic Leader and/or Mentor School Leader.
    • Professional Development: Fellows will engage in cohort learning aligned to the program’s development roadmap to support their learning. This formal PD will come through a combination of region-led and externally-led workshops, individual text studies and case studies.
    • School Launch/Transition Plan: In preparation for school leadership, Fellows in their second year will complete either a School Launch Plan or a School Transition Plan. These plans ensure the Fellow is ready to either found a new school or take over an existing school.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Be in a dean, assistant school leader, or equivalent school-wide leadership role at the time of application.
    • Possession of a valid California preliminary or clear teaching credential
    • Evidence of significant and consistent personal and professional achievement
    • Worked in a school in which >50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

At the time of beginning the fellowship, applicants must have:

    • 3+  year(s) of teaching experience with demonstrated exemplary student performance results
    • 1+ years(s) of experience in a school-wide leadership role, such as an assistant school leader or dean with demonstrated impact and results


    • Fellows are placed into KIPP SoCal schools and will receive salary and benefits commensurate with their experience and role.
    • All travel expenses and coursework associated with the fellowship are paid for by the KIPP SoCal and the KIPP Foundation.

Application and Selection Process

    • If you are a current KIPP team member, you must discuss this opportunity with your manager before applying. 
    • The deadline to apply to the School Leader Fellow program is Wednesday, December 11th. If you are interested in applying to Fellowships or Principal-in-Residence programs with other KIPP regions, please check their job listings carefully, as deadlines between regions vary.  
    • Please note that if your candidacy progresses, applicants will be invited to an in-person interview day the week of January 13th, 2020. If you then progress to the Final Selection Event, we will invite you to two days of interviews on February 20th, 2020 and February 21st, 2020. All interviews will be held in Los Angeles. 

Application Components

    • Resume and Cover Letter
    • Three Professional References
    • Student Achievement Data
    • Essay

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

KIPP SoCal strives to ensure that our careers website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please contact us. You can find our contact information on our website, Information will be sent to a talent acquisition representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the hiring process.