Senior Director, School Culture
KIPP is pursing some really big goals in the coming years. We will double the number of students we serve – reaching 120,000 by 2020. We will also double our student outcomes – such that 75% of the high school senior class of 2020-21 is college ready according to ACT benchmarks, and 50% of our 8th graders are on a college-ready track. To do that, we need to make sure that the culture of our schools is setting students up to be their best selves – making sure they’re in safe, nurturing, supportive environments that allow them to thrive academically. The Senior Director, School Culture will be responsible for determining the specific goals, curriculum, and programming for our school culture, character, and restorative practice work across our 31 regions and 200 schools.
The Senior Director, School Culture must be committed to the belief that creating strong school environments is essential for our students’ academic and long term success. This person will:
Develop a KIPP network-wide point of view on how to approach our school culture – including but not limited to starting the school year strong, basic classroom management expectations and techniques, character, and restorative practice work:
•Identify external partners from who we can learn (Character Lab, TFA, Institute for Restorative Practice, etc.).
•Study regions/schools within the KIPP network who are leading thinkers in school culture, character, restorative practice.
•Use learnings to develop a vision and approach for how we improve KIPP’s school culture, character, and restorative practice work
•Develop a curriculum to train and support regional and school leaders on school culture, character, and restorative practice.
Design and implement training for our school and regional leaders.
•Scope a plan for a leadership “cohort” of regional and school leaders to attend training and turnkey learnings and practices to their regions over the course of the year. Much of this may be done in virtual structure.
•Build on-the-ground regional capacity for a select number of “partner” regions and schools to improve their student culture, character, and restorative practice work
•Integrate culturally responsive pedagogy, trauma informed care, and mental health/wellness into all aspects of how we train our leaders and teachers.
•Coordinate with existing year-long, cohort-based programs to include the school culture track, and in addition offer specific programing created by the character and culture team.
•Determine a long-term plan for sustaining and scaling our school culture and character work
•Develop a multi-year plan for this work to live and breathe across the network.
Serve as primary external spokesperson for KIPP’s school culture, character, and restorative practice work
•Outreach and respond to media and external organization requests.
•Support securing funding for character and culture related projects
The Senior Director, School Culture will report to Co-Founder, Dave Levin. S/he will travel approximately 3-5 days each month. We have offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., yet the location is flexible. This is a full-time, exempt position.
Qualifications & Requirements •Systems-level thinker who can craft a vision for how an organization should approach student character and culture work
•Extremely adept and problem solving and critical thinking; able to formulate hypotheses, gather and synthesize data, develop and assess alternatives and build a case for recommendations
•Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to both build relationships and drive results across teams and with network “customers”
•Adept at project management; able to own a project plan from kick-off to close-out, driving multiple competing priorities forward
•Highly knowledgeable in the field of student character, school culture, and restorative practice
•Key competencies: Achievement Orientation, Team Leadership, Impact and Influence, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Planning and Execution, Communication (written and oral)
•Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
•5+ years of direct in-school experience working with kids and teachers
•8+ years of work experience in student character, culture, education
•Passion for KIPP’s mission and values
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
We offer a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package including:
•Healthcare (health, vision, and dental) provided at 100% for employees and 75% for dependents
•Vision is 100% for all dependents
•401k plan with up to a 4% salary match
•Generous time off:
PTO starting accrual that equals 18 days a year
15 holidays a year including a three-day Thanksgiving break (Wednesday – Friday) and the last week of the year (December 24 – January 1)
And other great benefits! (i.e. gym reimbursement, Flexible spending account (FSA), cell phone reimbursement)
APPLICATION: Please apply here: http://kippcareers.force.com/JobDetail?id=a0X0W000008YWVI
LEARN MORE: To learn more about the KIPP Foundation and our mission and values, please visit us at: http://www.kipp.org/about-kipp/the-kipp-foundation
The KIPP Foundation provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 183 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 70,000 students, with over 13,500 college-age or older KIPP alumni. Eighty-seven percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-priced meals program, and more than 95 percent are African American or Latino. We aspire to double the number of children served and double our academic outcomes achieved by 2020. As we grow and target doubling our academic outcomes, we have an increasing need to provide excellent ongoing leadership development and targeted support to school leaders and regional leaders across our network.