School Innovation Partner - Contra Costa County, CA

Location: Contra Costa County, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced



The mission of Partners in School Innovation (Partners) is to transform teaching and learning in the lowest-performing public schools so that every student, regardless of background, thrives.  Our work is to improve school outcomes for students of color and English Learners living in poverty, and our unique approach to changing lives rests upon a foundation of teamwork.  We collaborate with teachers and leaders in vulnerable public schools to help build their capacity to support breakthrough student achievement.

Every member of our team is a results-oriented leader, change agent and champion for public education. We value continuous learning and improvement, diversity of backgrounds and ideas, systems thinking and innovation. In addition to a relentless pursuit of our mission, we work hard to ensure we keep growing as humble, knowledgeable, and culturally responsive social justice warriors, deeply committed to helping public schools achieve educational equity.



School Innovation Partners (SIPs) collaborate with principals and teacher leaders to develop results-oriented leaders, create systems and structures that support teacher professional learning, and build a strong core instructional program at schools with the ultimate goal of dramatically increasing student achievement.  SIPs are extraordinary urban teachers, instructional coaches, and/or principals who have gotten breakthrough results in their own classrooms and schools, and know first-hand that all children can and will learn at high levels.  Our SIPs embody the mindsets and practices we aim to engender in our partners: social justice, results-orientation, and continuous learning.  SIPs are the agents of the change we seek in schools.


You might be a good fit for this role if you

Are a systems thinker who knows what effective teaching, leading and leadership look like.  Our transformation teams work on complex problems of inequity and seek to implement thoughtful and systematic solutions that address the roots and build long-term organizational capacity.

Believe in the teachers and leaders within our public schools and want to put your experience and knowledge of school transformation to work in service of developing the capacity of educators to become transformational change agents.


Our School Innovation Partners will:

  • Provide leadership coaching and thought-partnership in order to develop results-oriented leaders.  SIPs support principals and teachers to plan for and implement the key actions needed to build and sustain excellent core instruction.
  • Work alongside school leaders to create systems and structures that support teacher professional learning.  Support the creation of a system for professional learning that is aligned with the priorities of the school.
  • Co-plan and co-facilitate regular grade group collaboration to build a sound, school-wide core instructional program that meets the needs of all students to ensure sustained student achievement results.
  • Co-design and facilitate monthly principal leadership networks.  In collaboration with other members of the Partners team, the SIP helps create and facilitate an ongoing professional learning community to support principals as they engage in Results-Oriented Cycles of Inquiry at the leadership level.  Key topics may include long-range planning, data analysis, establishing professional learning structures and reflection on progress towards goals.
  • Contribute to the Partners’ program.  In addition to responsibilities at school sites, SIPs actively contribute to the development and refinement of the overall program.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: internal professional development, program development, and staff recruitment.



In this role, you will be able to make use of your...

  • Passion for and commitment to achieving educational equity
  • Initiative, independence and tenacity; able to identify and prioritize actions towards a goal
  • Effective communication skills – verbal, written, presentation– with audiences diverse in age, race, etc.
  • Ability to build relationships quickly and authentically
  • Sense of optimism and an assets-based way of viewing people and situations
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive instruction
  • Knowledge of and experience delivering the Common Core
  • Orientation towards problem-solving and value creation – experience identifying root causes and developing results-oriented solutions
  • Experience collecting, analyzing and using data to inform instructional planning and strategic intervention
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with others to effect change beyond the classroom
  • Racial and cultural competence – an understanding of the role of race, culture, class and power in the inequities of the public school system


We particularly value

  • Teacher leadership experience - for example, grade level lead, district committees, Instructional Leadership Team
  • Knowledge of change management strategies
  • Coaching or consulting skills
  • Experience facilitating learning experiences for adults
  • Specialized content expertise, especially early literacy, supporting English Learners, bilingual education, and culturally responsive pedagogy



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A valid teaching credential
  • Appropriate teaching experience  
  • A valid driver’s license and vehicle to use to drive to/from school site



We offer a competitive salary with a generous benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision insurance, vacation and sick leave as well as a 403(b) retirement plan.

Partners in School Innovation is committed to equal employment opportunity in its hiring and employment practices and policies for all staff members and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical ability, marital status or veteran status.



Please complete the application and include a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the skills and experience you bring to the job.

Start Date: August 1, 2017



With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and equity, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds creates a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission.

We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with school leaders, as well as how we work together as a team.

We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.


Partners in School Innovation is committed to equal employment opportunity in its hiring and employment practices and policies for all staff members and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical ability, marital status or veteran status

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