Principal in Residence (24-25)

  • Full-time
  • Start Date: Next year opening
  • Department: School Leadership

Company Description


KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 57 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is 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.

Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. 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 communities.

Job Description

This job can be based in any of our four regional locations, you will be asked for your preference as part of the application process:

  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX

The goal of a school leadership pathway is to build and sustain high performing schools. KIPP Texas is investing in a residency program to ensure that there is a transparent pathway to leadership with consistent succession plans and an equitable process for promotions. With a structured on-ramp to school leadership and targeted coaching and support, leaders will develop the skills necessary to thrive as principals. 

The KIPP Texas Principal in Residence program is a one- or two-year, regionally-operated residency to prepare aspiring principals in the adaptive, technical, and managerial skills to lead a KIPP TX school as a Principal. PIRs are full-time members of their residency school leadership teams and will have daily opportunities to practice the skills and competencies required to lead high-performing schools.

The PIR’s role mirrors that of an Assistant Principal for the majority of the development program, namely: coaching and developing teachers, teacher leaders and deans and contributing to the overall academic and cultural vision of the school. Towards the end of their time as a PIR, the role mirrors more of School Leader, with clear responsibilities fully owned by the PIR at the school-level.

In addition to their school-based performance goals, PIRs are actively developing the leadership skills and competencies outlined in the Development Roadmap. They actively seek growth on the Roadmap and in their journey to school leadership through one-on-one coaching, site visits on their campus and other campuses, formal professional development and by engaging lifelines. PIRs also actively participate in the KIPP TX PIR cohort.


  • 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 they manage
  • 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


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (required)
  • At least 2 years of teaching experience (required)
  • Strong record of ensuring students achieve academic success and holistic growth (required)
  • Experience working in historically educationally underserved communities and communities of color (preferred)
  • At least 1 year of school-level leadership experience (required)
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success and holistic growth (required)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written skills
  • Ability to travel throughout the KIPP Texas regions(for programming, residency and development opportunities) and the PIR’s placement city

Additional Information


As a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas’ benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Privacy Policy