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School Leader

ABOUT KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools in under resourced communities throughout the United States. With a focus on results, KIPP is committed to ensuring that its students achieve significant, measurable gains, and that they attend and graduate from four-year colleges and universities. For more information on the KIPP Foundation, please visit http://www.kipp.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The School Leader is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement and motivating others to follow that vision, and strategically implementing the school's mission through effective leadership and management of the school's students and staff.

The School Leader's leadership will result in an instructional program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life. The School Leader reports to the the KIPP Gaston College Preparatory Campus Leader.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The School Leader manages and oversees all functions of the individual school, including the following duties:

• Provide instructional leadership for the school site, including: maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement and supporting all teachers in their professional development.
• Manage all human resources at the school site, including: attracting and selecting high performing staff; providing professional development opportunities; developing a collaborative team culture; managing performance; and, adhering to state/federal employment laws.
• Manage all resources at school site, including: setting and maintaining a budget that ensures fiscal solvency; planning for future needs; and ensuring compliance with restrictions and reporting requirements.
• Develop an effective school community, including: working with parents to better serve students; garnering support from community groups and leaders; and developing positive relationships with sponsoring district and neighborhood schools.
• Manage daily operations – facilities, safety, compliance, and administrative processes – including: addressing issues and problems that arise in a principle-centered, creative, thoughtful and constructive way; following-up with constituents as needed; working closely with the staff and other School Leaders on best practices, and seeking outside support as appropriate.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's Degree (required); Master's Degree (preferred)

A minimum of 3-5 years teaching in a low-income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.

Experience starting or founding a school is a plus.

Excellent Candidates Will Demonstrate the Following Competencies:

• Student-focused: Experienced working effectively with, building strong relationships with and prioritizing the needs of educationally disadvantaged students.
• Organizational and people leadership: Understand what makes schools succeed/fail, able to build strong classroom and school culture, drive classroom and school change, build strong relationships, and influence/lead others.
• Instructional leadership: Strong teacher and leader, with history of results, able to analyze instruction and help others improve their instruction.
• People-oriented: Give and gain respect, show empathy, work effectively in teams, professional, and social situations. Able to work with a large group of diverse constituents.
• Self-aware: Aware of own strengths and weaknesses, work relentlessly to improve upon weaknesses, are open to feedback, able to take blame for failures, show balance in confidence vs. humility, and behave professionally.
• Adaptable: Manage uncertainty; demonstrate resilience, resolve, and flexibility in face of change.
• Critical thinker and decision-maker: Analyze information and organize thinking to solve problems and make decisions that are aligned with an extraordinary goal.
• Communication: Speak and write effectively. Inspire through communication.
• Personal organization: Prioritize and multi-task effectively. Punctual, prepared, detail oriented.
• Inspirational leadership: Demonstrate integrity, vision for getting kids to college, willingness to challenge tradition.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

School Leaders receive a competitive salary with excellent benefits.

TO APPLY

Please send your resume and a cover letter demonstrating your unique qualifications and your interest in School Leadership to Tammi Sutton at tsutton @kippgcp.org with "School Leader" in the subject line.

Contact KIPP GCP

School Phone: 252-308-6932
School Fax: 252-308-6936

320 Pleasant Hill Road
Gaston, NC 27832-9511

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More than 80 percent of KIPP students are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meals program. Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background.

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KIPP Foundation

In 2000, Doris and Don Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., formed a unique partnership with Feinberg and Levin to replicate the success of the two original KIPP Academies through the non-profit KIPP Foundation. The KIPP Foundation focuses its efforts on recruiting, training, and supporting outstanding leaders to open new, locally run KIPP schools in high-need communities.

The KIPP Foundation does not manage KIPP schools, but is responsible for supporting and monitoring school quality across the network. Each KIPP school is run independently by a KIPP-trained school leader and local board of directors.