Principal at KIPP Academy Lynn

  • Lynn, MA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School Leadership
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

The mission of all of KIPP Massachusetts schools is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in high school, college, and the world beyond. Our program is based on:

  • A focus on high-quality instruction supported by rigorous professional development to ensure that our students develop the academic skills necessary to pursue the life they choose.
  • High regard for character development to ensure that our students and staff celebrate and develop their character and identity strengths.
  • An emphasis on family engagement, because we believe that our students are most likely to be able to maximize their potential when we work in partnership with our students and their families.
  • A focus on college readiness for all students so that all students can make choices about their post-secondary education and future.

What We Do

We seek to provide a world-class education for students from educationally underserved communities in Lynn and Boston. Our student demographics mirror those of neighborhood schools in terms of race, socioeconomic status, English Language Learners, and students who receive special education services.

Our promise to families is that their children will enter college and the professional world able to thrive academically due to their literacy, numeracy, and core knowledge in science and social studies. We also promise that our students will develop the zest for learning and grit necessary to persevere as they climb the mountain to and through college and career. Our graduates will be prepared to return to their community as teachers, leaders, and architects of continued growth in Lynn and Boston.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Vision

At KIPP Massachusetts, we believe that Knowledge is Power. Every day, our team and family have the opportunity to either perpetuate systems of oppression or disrupt them. We are compelled by the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Therefore, we continuously commit to operating as an anti-racist organization.  Read more at Diversity Equity Inclusivity Vision.

Who We Are

KIPP Massachusetts began enrolling students in 2004. We currently hold two charters, operating two “districts.” Our first district, KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School, is based in Lynn, MA.  Our second district, KIPP Academy Boston Charter School, is based in Mattapan, MA. Each district is housed on one or more “campuses,” which we use to refer to different grade spans, for example, elementary grades, middle school grades, or high school grades.

In Lynn, KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary (serving grades K-4), KIPP Academy Lynn Middle (serving grades 5-8), and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (serving grades 9-12), are all under our Lynn charter.  Admission to any grade in the Lynn district is admission to all remaining grades in the Lynn district K-12. 66% of our students in Lynn are Hispanic, 23% are Black, and 11% are other races/ethnicities.

KIPP Academy Boston(serving grades K-8) operates under our Boston charter. Admission to any grade in the Boston district is admission to all remaining grades in the Boston district, K-8. 68% of our students in Boston are Black, 30% are Hispanic and 2% are other races/ethnicities.

Across both districts, in the school year, 2020-2021 KIPP Massachusetts will serve over 2,100 students.

KIPP National

KIPP Massachusetts is part of the nation-wide KIPP non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.

KIPP Massachusetts is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community members.

Job Description

KIPP Massachusetts Principals lead safe, joyful, affirming schools with high expectations and high support. Centering rigor of our teaching and curriculum, and provide the tools and support our teachers and students need to grow and develop. The School Leader’s primary job is to drive academic and character outcomes for students. We expect our School Leaders to focus 75% of their time on instructional leadership, specifically all of the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. At KIPP, we also expect our School Leaders to build lasting and sustainable organizations by developing a pipeline of future School Leaders and creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff. The School Leader is responsible for developing his/her successor and the leadership capacity of his/her staff.     

Reporting to and supervised by the Chief Schools Officer, the Principal will lead all instructional activities and programming with the goal of setting a clear school vision that is ambitious and rigorous, while driving student achievement and instructional leadership

Responsibilities of this Role

  1. Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with the KIPP region, that provide 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
  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 Principal to a 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. Serving as a liaison for parent concerns and communication

Qualifications

At KIPP, we believe that an excellent staff member does the following:

  • Believes that all of us can and will learn and creates a positive learning environment with high expectations for all students and staff throughout the school
  • Thrives as part of a team-oriented, mission-driven culture
  • Exudes joy and a love of learning every single day
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through feedback, coaching, and professional development
  • Constantly assesses progress, communicates results clearly, and uses data to inform decisions and set ambitious goals
  • Has a strong work ethic and commits to doing whatever it takes for students to excel, including committing to an extended workday and remaining available to colleagues, students, and families outside of school hours when necessary

Qualified candidates have the following:

  • Ability to set direction across an entire school and motivate others to action
  • Demonstrates student achievement results from teachers and leaders that he/she manages and coaches
  • Demonstrates success in developing leadership capacity in others
  • Demonstrates ability to create inclusive environments that honor and support a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives 
  • 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 development and pedagogy
  • Command of instructional design and the benefits and tradeoffs of school design decisions in driving student achievement
  • A passion for and understanding of the mission of KIPP MA
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills, particularly as it relates to building teams, getting people to share, managing conflict, goal setting, and holding people accountable
  • The flexibility needed to accommodate the breadth and depth of responsibilities and priorities
  • At least three years of school leadership as an AP or Dean, and additional classroom leadership experience preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, human relations, and stress and conflict management skills
  • Enthusiasm to engage parents and community

Additional Information

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Application process:

  1. Submit your resume and application through our online job board  at https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/KIPP/massachusetts
  2. The KIPP MA Recruitment Team will select candidates to move forward to the phone interview stage.
  3. Following the phone interview, the KIPP MA team will invite qualified candidates to interview with KIPP MA School or Regional Office Teams. 

KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Academy Lynn, and KIPP Academy Boston are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, special need, proficiency in the English language, or a foreign language. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

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