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Vice President of Education

Minneapolis, MN

Position Profile: Vice President of Education – Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Vice President of Education for NAZ. This will be a highly visible and inspiring leader responsible for the overall strategic direction for NAZ’s education strategies. This position will ensure that NAZ’s K - College education strategies are designed to achieve NAZ’s long-term goal that “all scholars graduate from high school, college and career ready” and support NAZ’s mission of creating a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis. The Vice President of Education will supervise the Director of Education Partnerships, Director of Community Wellness and the Health Initiatives Manager.

 This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will be part of the Organizational Leadership Team.


THE ORGANIZATION: Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a bold and innovative collaborative effort to close the achievement gap in the geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis. The purpose of our work is to end multigenerational poverty in our community, using education as a lever. We use a data-driven, evidence-based, achievement-focused model in which both children and their families move through a “cradle-to-career” ecosystem that provides comprehensive support. NAZ is a leading initiative in the national Promise Neighborhoods and cradle to college/career movement. As NAZ learns what works with families in North Minneapolis to address complex issues related to urban poverty, strategies are being set up for replication and informing the regional, state, and national field.



  • Education Strategy Leadership: 

Provide education thought leadership to help guide the reimagining of education that works for all. Design and oversee the development and implementation of NAZ’s K-College education strategies--supporting the development and implementation of evidence-based, gap-closing best practices and strategies proven to successfully promote the academic achievement of North Minneapolis scholars–especially low income African American scholars in our community. Promote, in collaboration with partners and NAZ Data Innovation team, the effective measurement of educational progress.


  • Collaborative Engagement: 

Lead a collaborative engagement process to determine the most effective use of NAZ resources in impacting the educational outcomes of North Minneapolis youth--especially low-income African American scholars. Develop and lead effective partnerships with exceptional, high-performing schools, Expanded Learning organizations, colleges and systems that provide high-quality, world-class opportunities for NAZ scholars.


  • Best Practices: 

Survey both the local and national landscape to identify effective educational practices and approaches designed for accelerating and measuring the success of students of color (especially under-resourced African American scholars) in alignment with the NAZ mission.


  • Community Wellness Program: 

Provide oversight and leadership support for the Community Wellness Program especially as it seeks to deeply embed trauma-responsive and racially equitable practices across NAZ partner schools, early childhood and expanded learning partners.


  • Physical Health Initiative: 

Provide oversight and leadership support to the Physical Health (Healthy Ways) Initiative designed to increase the health and nutrition of NAZ scholars and families.


  • Public Policy and Advocacy: 

Engage in advocacy efforts designed to change public policies that prevent children of color--especially low-income African American children--from having access to a world-class education.

  • Education Allies: 

Serve as NAZ’s point of contact for work with other organizations and coalitions committed to educational equity for Northside scholars.


  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.


External Relationships

NAZ anchor partner schools, allied education partners and programs, and program partners including the NAZ Executive Leadership Team (composed of CEOs and Executive Directors of partner organizations).




Below are some of the typical requirements for an Executive Director. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. Even if your background does not exactly match these requirements but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you and we recognize the value of transferable skills.

  • Master’s degree in education, or a closely related field.

  • 8+ years of progressively responsible leadership experience in education and/or community-based non-profit focused on education.

  • Experience leading and developing education programs in- and out-of-school settings.

  • Knowledge of innovative approaches to educating African American students resulting in excellent outcomes.

  • Knowledge of education policy and advocacy on behalf of under-resourced students of color.

  • Knowledge of behavioral and mental health needs of scholars and staff in educational settings using a trauma-responsive lens.

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced, growth-minded organization.

  • Strong commitment to NAZ mission and goals, particularly the expectation that children growing up in North Minneapolis can succeed in academics and college.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • This is a hybrid role; the individual will complete a portion of their work onsite at the NAZ facility located in North Minneapolis, MN 55411.

  • Work includes frequent walking up and down stairs, lifting, sitting, and bending.

  • Regular operation of normal office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required.

  • There are occasional evenings and weekends required.

  •  Limited travel may be required.

  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation, required.

Vaccine Requirement:

NAZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be made with Human Resources upon hire.


Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Saturday, August 27, 2022. You can apply here: 



Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as discuss salary and compensation - just give us a call, we’d be happy to discuss!


  • All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and NAZ are equal opportunity employers.

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