21-22 School Leader - Middle School (Grades 5-8)

  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School Leadership
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering  with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.

In the 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 31,100 students in 59 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.

The mission and vision of KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural North Star:

As a Team & Family, we:

Champion Equity
Chase Excellence
Persist with Purpose
Bring Joy
Rise Together

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.

Job Description

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with the KIPP region, that lead students on a path to and through college

  2. Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve annual goals

  3. Cultivate a diverse, high-potential school leadership pipeline (from teacher leader to Assistant School Leader to successor) and develop leadership team members by teaching and insisting that they are true owners of the work and coaching and designing stretch activities

  4. Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for a positive learning culture

  5. Develop systems and structures to hire and retain diverse, highly-effective staff

  6. Build own and school staff’s knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards

    • Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery

    • Develop knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment

  7. Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction

    • Lead analysis of, and develop teachers’ ability to analyze, student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery

    • Regularly observe and coach instructional leaders to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis

    • Ensure teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in content teams 

    • Lead whole-school professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice

  8. Cultivate School Leader’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger

KIPP Texas Leadership Competencies

Student Focus: 

Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to develop the skills and confidence to pursue the path they choose – college, career, and beyond; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community

Direction Setting:

Ability to set direction for a team and motivate others to action

Achievement Orientation and Performance Management:

Demonstrated student achievement results in own classroom and from teachers that s/he manages

Equity-Centered Leadership: 

Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honor and support a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives

Instructional Leadership: 

Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data

Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies

Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies based on comprehension of child/adolescent development and pedagogy

Relationship Building: 

Expertise in cultivating relationships and managing a diverse group of stakeholders

Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes

Qualifications

  • One year minimum of serving in the following roles with a track record of student achievement results is highly preferred: School Leader, Principal, Associate Principal, or Principal Resident

  • Five years of administrative/supervisory experience, classroom leadership experience preferred

  • Master’s degree in education or related field from an accredited college or university highly preferred

  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to lead people and get results through work with others

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with a willingness to be flexible when needed

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, demonstrating strong prioritization, organization and follow-up skills

  • Proficient in MS Office products, internet and industry specific software programs

  • Experience using data analysis to facilitate and support decision making

  • Demonstration of effective teaching and learning practices

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, human relations, and stress and conflict management skills

  • Excellent planning, goal setting, coordinating, problem analysis and decision-making skills

  • Ability to facilitate and lead change initiatives and embrace innovation

  • Enthusiasm to engage parents and community

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:

In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.

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