KIPP Foundation, Senior Manager, Executive Recruitment

KIPP Foundation - Remote - Full time

Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating nearly 110,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. KIPP schools, KIPP regions, and the KIPP Foundation – are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all.

The non-profit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools, provides tools, resources, and training for excellent teaching and learning, promotes innovation, and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas within the KIPP network and with partners including: other charters, districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations across the country.

Why work at KIPP?

By working for the KIPP Foundation, you help more students across the country receive the high-quality education they deserve.

If you believe all children deserve great schools and programs where they can gain the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place, join us!


As the Senior Manager, Executive Recruitment , you will partner with KIPP regions to lead effective and equitable end to end executive searches for senior executive vacancies across the KIPP network. On the Network Talent Team, we believe that having the right regional leaders is key to our regions creating joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. In this role, you will have a direct impact on this strategy by identifying the next generation of effective, anti-racist leaders at KIPP. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to racial and educational equity and understand the positive impact of having leaders who understand and share the lived experiences of our KIPPsters.

In this role, you will:  

  • Serve as the primary recruiter for a variety of regional executive-level vacancies across the network, leading all steps of the process including candidate cultivation, selection, and matriculation.
  • Implement effective project management that will enable you to run up to 3 simultaneous searches and close at least 6 executive, c-suite searches annually.
  • Ensure KIPP Foundation and regional stakeholders understand and are engaged and invested in the executive search process through thoughtful relationship building and stakeholder management.
  • Continuously refine and improve the executive search function at the KIPP Foundation to ensure strategies, processes, and tools are supporting our desired outcome of efficient searches that identify effective, antiracist leaders.
  • Support shared Network Talent Team and broader KIPP Foundation strategies through collaboration and consultation.

The Senior Manager, Executive Recruitment reports to the Senior Director, Regional Leadership Development and manages the executive recruitment function at the KIPP Foundation. They are a member of the Network Talent Team and work collaboratively with the KIPP Foundation colleagues and regional leaders, boards, and talent teams to run effective and equitable, end-to-end executive searches.


The Senior Manager, Executive Recruitment’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Executive Recruitment and Selection
  • Maintain a portfolio of up to 3 simultaneous searches across a variety of C-level, regional roles and close at least 6 searches annually
  • Provide end-to-end project management for all searches, including developing and maintaining customized search project plans that include key milestones, strategies, and transparent roles and responsibilities for key stakeholders
  • Source: Generate a diverse and high-quality pool of prospects by conducting research to map talent markets and implementing creative sourcing strategies, including, but not limited to, online talent resources, networking, cold-calling, and referrals
  • Cultivate: Lead high-quality cultivation calls or other cultivation activities with active and passive prospects that garner insight into the candidate’s motivations, barriers, and skillsets while also sharing a compelling and customized value proposition
  • Select: Design and lead rigorous and equitable selection processes in partnership with regional hiring managers and selection committees, including leading application review and phone interview stages, designing all selection process protocols and tools, and providing on-site final interview support and facilitation
  • Matriculate: Support and advise regions in implementing best practices in closing tactics, including how to conduct reference checks and formulating a final offer
  • Refine and Systematize Executive Recruitment Processes & Tools
  • Identify annual goals and key performance indicators that will be tracked throughout the year to assess the progress and impact of the executive recruitment function
  • Refine and codify executive recruitment tools and systems (e.g. interview guides, competency maps, role profiles, etc.) to support greater efficiency and consistent quality/experience across searches
  • Develop and maintain a C-level candidate tracking and sourcing system that documents key candidate information (e.g. engagement, quality, future potential, etc.) and, overtime, can be leveraged to support future executive searches
  • Recommend refinement to the scope of work and value proposition of the executive recruitment function, including providing data and insights that demonstrate what kinds of searches we are best and uniquely positioned to support and investigating what role external search firms should play in the ecosystem of support for regional executive searches
  • Influencing the adoption of equitable and effective talent practices
  • Advise and influence key regional clients in implementing effective and equitable search processes
  • Identify and leverage opportunities for collaboration, alignment, and advisement in executive searches that are led by regions
  • Advise and support regions in identifying the best internal or external partners to support their executive search needs
  • Build and cultivate meaningful and strategic partnerships with potential pipelines of diverse, C-level talent
  • Support shared Network Talent Team and broader KIPP Foundation strategies through collaboration and consultation


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 5 years of recruitment & selection experience
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully leading full-cycle recruitment with executive or senior level roles
  • Passion for KIPP’s mission and values.
  • Deep commitment to racial and education equity; supports the building of an organization that reflects the community KIPP serves; holds self and other accountable to centering equity
  • Experience managing multiple projects/searches with success completing tasks on time and in full
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and advise a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Ability to define big picture strategy for recruitment and selection processes and codify tools and resources
  • Manages ambiguity well; can decide and act without the total picture, remain calm and productive through uncertainty, and deal constructively with problems that do not have clear solutions or outcomes
  • Experience in the education or non-profit sector highly preferred
  • Willingness to travel 20% of time


KIPP offers 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.


Please submit a resume online at . For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ron Rapatalo at

KIPP Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply..

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KIPP Foundation

Great education transforms lives. The Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating nearly 110,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are tuition-free and open to all students.
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