Founding Principal (Fisher Fellow)

KIPP Bay Area Schools - San Francisco, CA - Full time

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In the San Francisco Bay Area, 11 KIPP schools are developing in our students the knowledge, skills and character to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to 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. Nationally, 85% of KIPPsters matriculate to college, and graduate at four times the rate of their peers from similar backgrounds.

KIPP Bay Area Schools serves nearly 5,000 students, with plans to double in the coming decade. KIPP Bay Area students substantially outpace all national averages in reading and math, have high AP exam participation and passage rates, and graduate college at a rate that is four times the national average for similar student populations. To learn more, please visit


KIPP Bay Area Schools seeks exemplary candidates who are interested in serving as founding principals for new schools, especially those interested in launching an elementary school in San Francisco, so that students could be served in grades TK-8. As a Founding Principal, leaders have the opportunity to design, launch and develop the school of their dreams while benefitting from the support, connections and expertise of the broader KIPP network.

Each prospective founding KIPP principal must be accepted into and successfully complete the Fisher Fellowship (a component of the KIPP School Leadership Programs), a one-year paid fellowship which prepares Fellows through development and coaching to open KIPP schools. The fellowship includes an intensive Summer Institute in Chicago, residencies at top-performing schools nationwide, and individualized coaching from experienced KIPP school leaders. Programming is designed to provide in-depth support and insight into the processes and best practices involved in school leadership and culminates in Summer 2018, when the Fisher Fellows will open their schools to their first cohorts of students.

As Founding Principals of KIPP schools, those who successfully complete the Fisher Fellowship will become exceptional leaders of equity and change agents in the communities in which they work. They will focus 75% of their time on instructional leadership, leading, and developing teachers to drive achievement in the classroom. In addition, they will prioritize developing a strong school culture, building a pipeline of future school leaders, creating effective systems of ongoing development of staff, and effectively engaging parents and communities.


As part of the Fisher Fellowship, fellows are expected to actively participate in the year-long developmental process and proactively pursue their own development through engagement and commitment to the learning process. The fellowship year will be comprised of the following mandatory components:

Orientation: Three day extensive overview of the program year, held in May.

Summer Institute: Four weeks of intensive coursework in a university setting led by instructional experts and KIPP staff. This establishes the foundation for the knowledge, skills, and confidence fellows need in order to begin crafting their detailed School Design Plan. See below for additional details.

Residencies: A total of ten weeks of residencies at KIPP and non-KIPP schools nationwide allow fellows to fully immerse in school culture and decision-making processes through interactions with students, parents, teachers, and school leaders.

Intersessions: Four professional development conferences throughout the year for continued coursework in addition to any virtual meetings/webinars that may be required.

School Design Plan: Ongoing feedback on the fellows’ comprehensive implementation plan from school leadership coaches and regional KIPP leaders.

Individualized Coaching and Support: Ongoing feedback on leadership skills and development with bi-weekly individualized leadership coaching.

Evaluation: Three formal evaluations based on a competency-aligned Individualized Leadership Plan.


Education/Certification Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Credential required

Experience Applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience with demonstrated exemplary student achievement results, and experience working in a school in which >50% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch is preferred. Applicants for both fellowships will ideally have at least one year of experience in school-wide leadership.

Competencies Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in KIPP’s core leadership competencies. We encourage you to visit our website at learn more about these competencies.


Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter addressed to the KIPP Founding School Leader Search Committee online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Christina Legg Greenberg at or at 510.575.9635.

Applicants will also be required to complete the KIPP Foundation Fisher Fellowship online process. For more details please visit

The KIPP Foundation provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.

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6 or more years

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