Innovation Specialist

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Innovation Specialist

Posted date
May 24, 2022

Los Angeles, CA

Employment Type

Innovation Specialist
Reports to: Sr Coordinator of Innovation and Instructional Technology
Classification: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
Start Date: July 1, 2022
Location: Los Angeles

Green Dot Public Schools California is a non-profit network of public charter schools helping to transform the public education system so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Our schools are founded on an unwavering belief in the potential of all students, and there are four key elements to our school model that help us unlock the inherent potential in every student we serve: quality teaching and instruction, a college-going culture, a focus on fostering leadership and life skills, and a focus on eliminating barriers to learning. We have 19 schools and over 11,000 students across Los Angeles. Our schools are located in some of the most underserved communities that have been denied access to high-quality educational opportunities, and we seek to prove that it is possible to close the access and opportunity gap that exists between low-income students and their more affluent peers.

What differentiates Green Dot California is our intense focus on truly serving ALL students, our collaboration with reform-minded unions, our work focused on large-scale turnarounds of schools formerly run by the districts, and our ability to take on the toughest challenges with the same public funding received by traditional district schools but accomplishing very different results. Green Dot California’s results are undeniable. Nine of our high schools have been ranked among the top schools in the country. We have three California Distinguished schools and 3 California Gold Ribbon schools, and several of our schools have been recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards, which honor schools having the greatest impact on student achievement. Additionally, Green Dot’s first turnaround, Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association in 2019.

The Innovation Specialist will begin their work at Green Dot more than twenty years after we opened our first school and a decade after we formally codified our academic model. In the last few years Green Dot has undergone extensive change. The Innovation Specialist will lead the charge to formally codify our Academic Model. Working with senior members of our Ed Team, the Innovation Specialist will also create and lead an iterative process to ensure the Academic Model is updated for both internal and external audiences each year. The Ed Team Innovation Specialist will support Green Dot’s work in evolving our schools to offer a more unique student experience and define their space in LA’s competitive school choice landscape. In collaboration with the Green Dot Education Team, the Innovation Specialist will help to identify a focus (e.g., STEM, Leadership, etc.) and imbue that focus across the curriculum and school experience. At once, a big picture thinker, hands-on implementer, excellent communicator, system savvy problem solver and great collaborator, the Innovation Specialist works for the Green Dot CA Education Team and reports to the Sr. Coordinator of Innovation and Instructional Technology. This is a grant funded, two-year position.

In their first year, the Innovation Specialist will primarily support the department with the following projects:

Codification of the Green Dot Academic Model
• Research the various elements of the Green Dot Academic Model
• Lead the Green Dot Academic model codification project
• Work in collaboration with various department directors, VPs and chiefs to synthesize their materials
• Develop internal and external Green Dot Academic Model resources and materials
• Create an iterative process whereby the Academic Model can be updated annually (as necessary)
• Collaborate with the Green Dot communication team to support updates to the Green Dot website and other materials requests that relate to our model

Innovation and Learning Acceleration
• Support the change management process for schools looking to flex the model to meet the needs of their school community
• Help to secure outside partnerships with career professionals and various education partners
• Collaborate with development to secure outside funding for schools embarking on this process
• Collaborate with school leaders, Green Dot’s counseling team and local colleges to offer a fully developed dual enrollment or CTE program
• Collaborate with Green Dot’s curriculum team on master schedule and pathway changes
• Support a plan for collection and celebration of student work (portfolios, etc.)
• Collaborate with outside marketing agency in iterating on a recruitment campaign
• Support and collaborate on existing innovation projects as needed

• You are a self-directed, strategic thinker with:
o a valid teaching credential and a minimum of five years of classroom experience and demonstrated success
o school leadership experience (as a teacher leader or administrator)
o excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
o strong organization skills and the ability to support others in remaining organized and on track
• You are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve
• You will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer
• You will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (submission of proof of vaccination will be required)

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.

The starting salary for this position is $75,000-$90,000 and this position currently qualifies for a $2,500 signing bonus, to be paid in two installments and is subject to change. In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance and retirement options (visit for more information). We also provide generous time off to support an overall work-life balance, while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students. This is a grant funded, two-year position.

We ask that you complete an online application at
Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we are looking to fill this position for a July 1, 2022 start date.

Green Dot Public Schools has embedded a diversity, equity and inclusion lens in our organizational culture, as well as in our educational and talent practices. We are committed to hiring those who reflect the diversity of our communities, and we recruit, employ, support, compensate and promote employees, without regard to their actual or perceived race, religious creed (including religious dress or grooming practices), color, national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken), physical or mental disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and expression), parental status, age (forty (40) and over), sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, citizenship, immigration status or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H1-B Visa applicants.