Innovation Specialist

Green Dot Public Schools

Los Angeles, California

See other jobs from this company
Date Posted May 13, 2022
Industry K-12: Charter Schools
Specialty Not Specified
Certification Needed Yes
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary 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


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 ending on 6/30/24.



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


Codification of the Green Dot Academic Model

Innovation and Learning Acceleration


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 ending on 6/30/24.



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.