KIPP Foundation, Director of School Culture

KIPP Foundation - Remote - Full time

ORGANIZATION

KIPP Public Schools is a national network of public charter schools that prepares students with the skills and confidence to create the future they want for themselves, their communities, and us all. We are a network of 270 schools, nearly 10,000 educators, and more than 160,000 students and alumni.

Our mission: Together with families and communities, we 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.

Our vision: Every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.

The KIPP Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports KIPP schools across the country. The KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP public schools; provides tools, resources, and training for excellent teaching and learning; promotes innovation; and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas across KIPP and other public schools and organizations.

To learn more about KIPP please visit https://www.kipp.org/kipp-foundation/.

OPPORTUNITY

The Director of School Culture must be committed to the belief that creating strong school environments is essential for our students’ long-term success and for our students’ social, emotional, and academic health. This person will support in creating a KIPP network-wide point of view on how to approach our school culture – including but not limited to creating joyful and identity-affirming schools that are trauma-informed, restorative driven, socially just, and working towards liberation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Responsibilities of the Director of School Culture include:

  • Build partnerships with external partners
  • Collect information and effective practices from regions/schools within the KIPP network who are leading thinkers in school culture, culturally responsive pedagogy/approaches, and restorative practice
  • Utilize learnings to co-develop resources, training, and offerings for our network
  • Develop turn-key curriculum to train and support regional and school leaders on school culture, CRP, and restorative practice
  • Develop resources and toolboxes on how to approach culturally responsive pedagogy in K-12 academics, as well as provide tools on how to deliver content

Design and implement training for our school and regional leaders:

  • Support the “cohort” of regional and school leaders in a PLC of school culture practices
  • Build on-the-ground regional capacity for a select number of “partner” regions and schools to improve their student culture, CRP, 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 programming created by the character and culture team
  • Co-create a long-term plan for sustaining and scaling our school culture and character work
  • Support the development of a multi-year plan for this work to live and breathe across the network
  • Support the development of a multi-year plan for this work to live and breathe across the network

Serve as an expert on the impact of KIPP’s school culture on academic success, social-emotional health growth, and overall wellness of the school community:

  • Develop and track systems for best practices in the network on school culture
  • Create resources that highlight network strengths and opportunities in developing school cultures grounded at the intersection of anti-racism, equity, liberation, and student success
  • Co-create measures and track data that demonstrates we are making progress on school culture throughout the network
  • In partnership with the Equity Team, develop strategy in ensuring we are effectively designing and supporting the network in liberatory consciousness and effective school culture practices
  • Partner with other teams within the KIPP Foundation to ensure a shared approach to school culture is embedded in all programming and professional development opportunities

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Director of School Culture candidate will be/have:

  • Strong racial justice analysis, critical thinking, strategic planning, and restorative practice experience
  • Experience developing classrooms and schools that are committed to creating environments that are inclusive of various racial identities, gender identities, and LGBTQIA students and adults
  • A systems-level thinker who can craft a vision for how an organization should approach change management and culture work
  • Understanding of the complexities of school culture and the holistic approach of creating inclusive schools
  • Strong relationship building skills with the ability to organize, motivate and inspire
  • Adept at project management; able to own a project plan from kick-off to close-out, driving multiple competing priorities forward
  • Key competencies: Achievement Orientation Team Leadership; Impact and Influence; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Planning and Execution; Communication (written and oral)
  • 5+ years of direct in-school experience working with kids and teachers
  • 8+ years of work experience in creating inclusive schools and/or education
  • Passion for KIPP’s mission and values

WORK CONDITIONS

  • COVID-19 considerations: Vaccinations and masks are required in shared workspaces and job-related travel.
  • Travel requirements: Willingness to travel 40% of the time
  • Full-time Exempt role

LOCATION

Remote/flexible location

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

KIPP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package, generous vacation, and PTO, 401k retirement plan with both pre-and post-tax options, as well as gym reimbursement, flexible spending account (FSA), and cell phone reimbursement are also offered by KIPP.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/4B54D7F21D. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact BriAnn Gibson at bgibson@edgilityconsulting.com.

KIPP Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

KIPP Foundation

Together with families and communities, we 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.
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