African American Achievement Specialist

Green Dot Public Schools

Los Angeles, California

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Date Posted September 10, 2021
Industry K-12: Charter Schools
Specialty Not Specified
Certification Needed No
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary The annual salary for this position ranges from $60,000 - $75,000, based on experience.


African American Achievement Specialist (Locke)

Reports to: Principal or Asst. Principal

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried

Start Date: As soon as possible                

Location: Locke College Prep Academy, Los Angeles, CA



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.


Locke College Prep Academy is seeking talented African American Achievement (AAA) Specialist with a desire to support and work with a team of school leaders who strive to ensure that all African American students are prepared for college, leadership and life. The AAA Specialist will case manage and provide additional academic and behavior support to 9th and 10th grade African American students to ensure they are on track to graduate meeting the college acceptance requirements for the University of California and California State University systems. Moreover, the AAA Specialist will lead school-wide initiatives aimed at eliminating the disproportionality of academic and behavioral outcomes between African American students and their peers. The AAA Specialist will supervised by the principal or assistant principal who oversees the AAA Committee.  


> Case manage and provide academic and behavioral support for 9th and 10th grade African American students.

*Meeting with students showing risk factors with attendance, behavior and grades and connecting them with appropriate intervention supports.

*Facilitating parent meetings and conducting home visits.

*Partnering with teachers, special education case carriers, academic counselors and mentors to ensure success.

*Developing a tracking and progress monitoring tool

> Lead College for Certain Initiatives targeted specifically for African American Students, including but not limited to:

*Summer Induction program for incoming African American 9th graders and their families

*Summer Enrichment Sessions for returning African American students

*HBCU College Tours and Black Expo

*Black Student Union

*Organizing College for Certain workshops for parents and families

> Lead the African-American Achievement Committee, Strategic Plan and School-Wide Initiatives

*Organize, plan and facilitate bi-weekly AAA Committee Meetings

*Organize, plan and facilitate monthly African American Parent Council Meetings and parent workshop opportunities

*Develop and/or strengthen mentoring programs and interventions targeting African American students

*Co-develop and lead events and activities aimed at fostering a year-around, school culture that honors and celebrates African American heritage. 

> Attend all Admin Team Meetings.


> A Bachelor’s degree is required

> A valid CA Clear Single Subject or Multiple Subject teaching credential, or a PPS credential in School Counseling (or an equivalent out-of-state credential which is transferrable to California) is highly desirable

> You are passionate about improving outcomes for African American students and families and you have a deep knowledge of best practices for doing so

> You have experience working in an urban school setting similar to Locke

> You have knowledge of the South Los Angeles/Watts Community

> You have a proven track record of improving outcomes for African American students  

> You have a demonstrated record of taking initiative, building consensus, and solving complex problems through effective change and project management 

> You have a demonstrated record on effectively building, managing and sustaining impactful programs and systems

> You can work independently, manage time effectively and work as a member of a team

> You have excellent interpersonal communication and written skills

> You have a strong ethical base and self-awareness

> 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 have a valid CA driver’s license

> You will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer


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 annual salary for this position ranges from $60,000 - $75,000, based on experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement options. We also provide generous time off to support 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.



We require all candidates to complete an online application at Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible..


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.