The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is seeking a Vice President (VP) of School Culture.  The VP of School Culture develops and refines a vision for intentional and proactive school cultures that create the conditions for all of our students’ college success, and implements team-based strategies to meet school site and network-wide goals and to influence district-wide policies and practices where appropriate.

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The VP of School Culture will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


~50% Culture Vision, Team Management and Implementation Leadership

  • Develop and refine a vision, annual goals and strategies to improve school culture, in collaboration with Partnership and school-site staff to drive ensuring all students can reach their hopes and dreams

  • Align our components of building school culture intentionally, including college completion culture building, student and family goal setting culture, school culture transformation, restorative communities, Social Emotional Learning, and arts integration.

  • Implement and progress monitor strategies, making ongoing data-driven decisions with stakeholders to improve school culture in service of student and school goal attainment

  • Build differentiated support systems with schools based on their phase of school transformation.

  • Build school site capacity to repair relationships among school staff, parents, community partners, and district staff in service of school transformation and building the capacity of others to do the same such that all schools have healthy staff cultures

  • Codify best practices and use them to evolve strategies and inform systems change strategies beyond the network

  • Continually learn and integrate research and best practices for proactive culture building, social-emotional learning, restorative justice, trauma and resiliency-informed practices, culturally relevant and responsive teaching, and other whole child approaches to holistically support students and school staff

  • Lead, manage and support team members in reaching shared goals, including team members that manage Restorative Communities and Social Emotional Learning, College Completion Culture and Arts Education

NOTE on Team Management: This position is currently a direct manager for three team members. At the Partnership, we define great managers as managers who…

  • Prioritize the growth and development of their people through coaching, feedback and clear delegation and communication;

  • Continuously strive to be anti-racist by self-reflecting on their own identity, mindsets and practice, actively inviting feedback and creating space for reflection;

  • Create a psychologically safe and inclusive environment for their team members; and

  • Model organizational norms and best practices

~20% School Leader and Teacher Leader Development

  • Build, manage and support the teacher leader programs most closely connected to school culture, e.g. Restorative and College Culture Leads, School Counselors and Arts Leads 

  • Create, facilitate, and support network-wide and school-site professional development, coaching cycles, team meetings and strategies, alongside teacher leaders and school leaders, differentiating where needed and gradually releasing to school teams where possible

~10% Manage LAUSD and Vendor Relationships

  • Develop relationships with key LAUSD staff to assist schools in accessing resources and/or to remove obstacles that hinder transformation; assist in changing or influencing revisions to restrictive district policies and practices related to school culture, arts, college and restorative practices

  • Participate actively in District committees and partner coalitions and advocate with District decision-makers to implement policies and practices for improved school culture district-wide

~20% Team and Home Office Leadership

  • Participate as a member of the Transform Schools Team, Systems Change Team, Academics Team, and Level Teams and other relevant work groups to collectively progress monitor, coordinate service activities, develop teacher support resources, and problem solve to meet the needs of each school school leader and teacher leader

  • Lead culture team members through an annual strategic planning cycle that includes goal setting, ongoing growth and development opportunities, regular reflection processes, and end of year reflections to drive plan evolutions

  • Lead and support Partnership home office initiatives that promote healthy and restorative school cultures, including decision-making with those most impacted 

  • Participate as a key systems change leader on opportunities to remove policy barriers and monitor implementation of solutions that ensure ever more LAUSD students are on track for college success

  • Other duties as assigned


Shared Beliefs

  • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.

  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership and LAUSD students

  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members

  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students, and District staff

  • Reflective and a life-long learner

  • Strong work ethic

  • Highest level of integrity

Required Experience: 

  • 10+ years of professional experience 

  • At least 3 years of successful professional development facilitation, instructional coaching or public school administrative experience 

  • At least 3 years of school leadership experience, including the oversight of their school culture

  • At least 3 years of successful full‐time teaching or counseling experience, including holding a leadership role among teachers or counselors 


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience leading or participating in the successful transformation of one or more school(s)

  • A proven track record of success in improving school culture and classroom climate; can provide data and evidence to illustrate success

  • Ability to inspire as a leader, quickly building trust and strong working relationships with school leaders, teachers, classified staff, students, parents and other community members 

  • Passion for improving education and dramatically increasing achievement and life outcomes for with students of color and with families experiencing poverty; a belief that all students can reach high levels of achievement

  • Strong belief in empowering school site teams and that capacity building and advocacy are the essential components of supporting school transformation 

  • Knowledge of and experience implementing instructional practices that build equity for students 

  • Ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders in and around schools, and to use each opportunity to learn about their needs for support and on how to better lead in service of equitable student achievement 

  • Highly reflectiveness; someone who is self‐aware and seeks new learning proactively 

  • Experience managing and leading teams of people to equitable results 

  • Experience leading and managing multiple, complex projects, with cross functional teams 

  • Deep understanding of standards, curriculum, assessments, effective instructional pedagogy and key implementation supports; as well as of how culturally and historically sustaining practices are essential components each

  • Experience designing and implementing comprehensive and innovative, professional development sequences; deep understanding and knowledge of adult learning principles 

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written 

  • Strong technology background a plus; experience with and strong understanding of computer based programs/software

  • Ability to travel among network schools in South Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, and Watts (must possess a valid Driver’s License and auto insurance)

  • Spanish fluency preferred 

Minimum educational level: 

  • 10+ years of professional experience

  • Minimum 3 years of successful certificated teaching experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of successful experience as a full‐time certificated public school principal, assistant principal, dean or director of school culture-like role

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university


The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. 

The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program.

This is a full time, year-round position.



Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our application system here. 

The start date for this position is August 2, 2021, please submit your application by June 18, 2021 to ensure consideration.


For technical assistance or questions, please email Melanie Liu (melanie.liu@partnershipla.org).

Department: Academic
This is a management position

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