School Innovation Partner -San Jose, CA

Posted by: Partners in School Innovation

San Jose, CA, US

Job location is San Jose, CA. (HQ is in SF)

Start Date:Upon hire

About us

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 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.

Partners was founded in 1993 by Julien Phillips, a former Peace Corps volunteer and McKinsey & Co. partner, and Kim Grose Moore, a Rhodes Scholar and social justice advocate, to create systemic improvements in low-performing urban public schools. Today, nearly twenty five years after opening our doors, we serve 6 districts, 42 schools, and over 32,000 students in California, Michigan and Philadelphia. In 2014-15, 83 percent of these students were eligible for free or reduced lunch, 46 percent were English language learners and 83 percent were students of color. By targeting schools with underserved populations, we aim to provide fair and equal access to high-quality education, one of the most valuable opportunities in a young person’s life.

The key to our success is a comprehensive approach to school transformation that strengthens teaching, leading and achievement across a district system. We work shoulder to shoulder with teachers and leaders at schools and in central offices to: i) build a strong core instructional program in literacy and English language development that ensures all students learn at high levels; ii) create and establish systems for professional learning so that all teachers are able to deliver excellent instruction; and, iii) strengthen results-oriented leadership so that leaders can carry out the daily actions necessary to lead whole school improvement efforts successfully.

The Opportunity

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.


  • 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.

To be considered, candidates must have:

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

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Passion for and commitment to achieving educational equity
  • A high degree of 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
  • A 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
  • An 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

Additional preferred experiences include:

  • 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

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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.

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