Street Academy Foundation

Principal/Executive Director Job Description

The Street Academy Foundation(SAF) is looking for a unique social justice educator to fill the Principal/ Executive Director position for the Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy (OEZSA). The ideal candidate will be committed to our social justice values, nurture our culture of trust, and effectively support our campus community: students, parents, faculty and staff to create positive learning spaces rooted in mutual respect and cultivating the potential of every student.

OEZSA is a public, alternative school, born from the Civil Rights and Black and Brown power movements. For over 45 years, Oakland’s original small high school is deeply committed in honoring these roots by working in partnership with Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland community. We are school with a college preparatory education that emphasizes social justice, unity, respect, responsibility, and community service.

At OEZSA, we actively recruit youth, especially students of color, who have struggled in traditional high school settings (The student body is approximately 50% African American and 45% Latinx). A great portion of our students are considered high risk, face multiple challenges (in and out of school), and have fallen behind in credits. They come from divested communities, are in foster care, are English Learners, are on probation, and have dropped out of high school at least once. Therefore, we give our students a “second chance” to earn a diploma and be college eligible by providing them comprehensive support (emotional, academic, resources) in a small, safe school environment to help them overcome their obstacles and pursue their goals.

In creating an intentional school space where we enact the belief that all students can learn and succeed despite their challenges, our students have responded well and thrived at OEZSA. Over the past 3 years we have tripled our cohort graduation rate and doubled our college enrollment rates.


The responsibilities of the Director are different from traditional high schools. At OEZSA, the director is expected to engage at a high level with teachers, students, staff, parents, volunteers and community members in creating a collaborative learning community rooted in social justice and collaboration.

Administrative (25%)

Faculty Support and Curriculum Development (35%)

Student Engagement and Support (40%)



Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.


Please submit a resume and a cover letter to Nancy Hanna, Administrative Assistant ( with “Executive Director Position” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is April 22, 2019.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:  The Street Academy Foundation Board does not discriminate in any program, activity, or in employment on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, sex, or sexual orientation.