Thank you for your interest in joining our Team and Family at KIPP Bay Area Schools!

  • Check out our Application Tips and Recommended Reading section below.
  • Visit our 2017-2018 Teaching Openings page to see a detailed list of open positions. The title of each opening is linked to its job application. You will notice that some of the links lead to the same application. We have a general application process for 2016-2017 Lead and Founding Teachers. During the application process you will be asked to indicate primary and secondary subject area interest and will be matched to specific positions at schools as you advance based on your background and best fit.
  • If you do not yet have a profile in our KIPP Careers system, you will be prompted to create one. If you have previously created a profile, you will be prompted to login to your account.
  • Once you have created your profile or logged in successfully, you will be directed to our teaching application. Please note that you may save and return to your application at any time, and that you will be asked to complete two short essay questions as part of your application.
  • Your application will be submitted when you press the “Confirm” button on the final confirmation page. At that time you will receive a confirmation email and your application will be sent directly to the KIPP Recruitment team or regional organization you are applying to.
  • If you experience any technical issues with the application process, please email to send a message to the technical support team.

Thank you so much for your interest. In order to apply, please click this link and scroll down to the “Apply” button. You will be prompted to create a profile and then to submit an application from here. This is a general application for any teaching position at our schools in the 2016-2017 school year. We will work with you to determine the best fit for your candidacy based on your preferences and availability after you submit an application.


  1. Application Submission

You can expect to hear back from us within 2 business days of submitting your application.

  1. Video Interview Stage + Teacher Artifacts Submission 

Our video interview stage is an opportunity for the hiring team to learn more about you and put a face to your name. You will receive an email with instructions about how to complete this on our video interview platform — called Hirevue. We ask that you complete the video interview within 5 days of being sent the invitation. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Talent Team with any questions or support needed at

Our schools would like to see an artifact that speaks to your skills as an educator. Highly preferred examples: teaching videos and student achievement data. If those aren’t available, please send any of the following: lesson plan, unit plan, student work/materials, or assessments.

Please read detailed instructions here.

  1. Hiring Team Review

Your application, sample teaching video, and Hirevue video will be shared with the hiring manager(s) at schools you are matched with. Whenever possible, we will share your materials with multiple schools at once. You will hear from us next within 9 business days of completing your Hirevue video.

  1. Invitation to In-person Interview at school site

The next step is an in-person interview and sample lesson. This will look different at each school, and will be coordinated by the school team or the Talent Team. If you are considering opportunities with a school in two or more sub-regions (The South Bay, the East Bay, the Peninsula, or San Francisco) we may request that you interview for more than one day.

  1. Reference check

If we haven’t already, we will begin checking reference checks. We reserve the right to reach out to your references at any point in the application process.

  1. Offer

The entire process should take no more than 40 days.

KIPP teachers must

  • Hold a valid teaching credential by the end of the 2015-2016 school year (please see our credentialing FAQ document and to learn more)
  • Have at least one year of full-time teaching experience as a classroom teacher of record
  • Be committed to working with educationally under-served students (95% are students of color; 75% are eligible for the free and reduced price meals program)
  • Make no excuses for why a student can not achieve at the highest academic levels
  • Possess strong content area knowledge and classroom management skills
  • Teach on our extended day and year schedule (details vary by school; visit to learn more)
  • Contribute to a relentless and dedicated team of outstanding professionals
  • Communicate well with students, families and colleagues

In carrying out our mission, KIPP Bay Area Schools must ensure that our staff is composed of individuals who, through their knowledge, commitment, understanding of student needs, and effective teaching, can ensure all of our students climb the mountain to and through college. As a result, diversity among teachers and staff is critical to our mission.

Follow these guidelines to strengthen your application

Do your research.
Before applying, read about KIPP and KIPP Bay Area Schools. Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Attend one of our Career Events to meet with a School Leader or recruiter. Your level of research is clearly evidenced in the quality of your essays, and it is a significant factor in our decision to request a first round interview.

Spend the time necessary to write thoughtful essays.
These essays take the place of a cover letter; both should be formal, carefully drafted writing samples. Essays with word counts far below the limit will earn low scores.

Provide specific information in the work experience fields.
Rather than simply writing the title of your position (“First Grade Teacher”), provide detailed information about your role and responsibilities in that position, as you would in a standard resume. Feel free to use bullets. Highlight your accomplishments and expertise in education here.


Recommended Reading

Work Hard. Be Nice. | Jay Mathews, Algonquin Books

What Makes a Great Teacher? | Amanda Ripley, The Atlantic

Teach Like a Champion | Doug Lemov

A Chance to Make History | Wendy Kopp