Chief Schools Officer – KIPP Foundation

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Chief Schools Officer – KIPP Foundation


Remote, with the ability to travel

Full Time

Full Time



Get to Know KIPP Public Schools and the Foundation: 

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 280 schools, nearly 15,000 educators, and 175,000 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.

What You’ll Do: 

KIPP Foundation is seeking a Chief Schools Officer (CSO), with a proven track record of success and results at a systems-level, to drive aligned, best-in-class academic outcomes across KIPP’s network of 280 schools. The CSO will lead the K-12 Schools Team while collaborating closely with KIPP Forward, a team which supports, guides, and accelerates the impact of network practitioners as they work with families to propel KIPPSters through college, career, and beyond. The K-12 Schools Team is a new team at the KIPP Foundation that integrates our national K-8 Academics and our national High School teams. Together, we will fulfill our mission, working with leaders at the KIPP Foundation and across KIPP regions, to build joyful, academically excellent, identity-affirming schools, leading our students to a life of choice.

As a member of the leadership team, this visionary and strategic leader will build and foster a unified approach among KIPP regions and the Foundation to deliver a consistent and sustainable academic program that produces exemplary outcomes.  The CSO must lead our K-12 Schools Teams to drive results, establish/maintain a bar of excellence for our schools and regions, and partner with/build a community of practitioners- all in service of meeting KIPP’s ambitious student achievement goals. Beyond strategic leadership, the CSO will focus on driving high-quality, consistent implementation and execution across KIPP’s national network of schools and will be responsible for ensuring steady improvement in student academic outcomes and key leading indicators. 

The CSO provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for our school leadership community, including regional academic leaders; national curriculum, instruction, and assessment efforts; nationally-driven continuous improvement initiatives; and nationally-led efforts to ensure students’ access to a high-quality, equitable, data-driven learning environment. Given that the Schools team is a new team, the CSO will be responsible for establishing the foundations for the K-8 Academics and High School teams’ successful integration.  

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Academic Strategy
    • Set and implement the vision and strategy for KIPP Foundation and the Schools Team, leveraging insights and needs of the KIPP Network, and in close partnership with KIPP network leadership and the KIPP Foundation leadership team. 
    • Establish a bar of excellence for KIPP schools and regions by generating a vision for teaching and learning in elementary, middle, and high schools and detailing the academic systems necessary to realize this vision in schools. 
    • Generate a Schools Team strategy by refining existing programs and recommendations against the bar of excellence and building new programs where needed. 
  • Network Impact & Alignment
    • Partner with schools and regions to drive improvements and organize the Schools team in such a way that maximizes and ensures impact.
    • Establish and execute future national academic achievement priorities in collaboration with KIPP network leadership.
    • Work collaboratively with the members of the Schools team to ensure that nationally-supported academic systems, curricula, assessments, school culture initiatives, and programming are vertically aligned, developmentally appropriate, and in keeping with KIPP’s mission, values, and our commitment to equity.
  • Monitoring and Driving Results
    • Design progress monitoring systems, and lead data cycles to ensure that the Schools team and other leaders are monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of programs and making continual and year-over-year improvements.
  • Team Leadership
    • Design the optimal Schools team to drive the bar of excellence and reorganize talent accordingly.
    • Foster an outcomes-oriented and equity-driven work environment for the Schools team, including team and people management responsibilities of a large team at various levels of the organization, serving as a culture captain. 
  • Change Leadership
    • Foster partnerships to ensure the success of significant change initiatives needed for strategic priorities, effectively influencing key teams and stakeholders with a focus on inclusion, equity, and building investment among staff. 
    • Within the KIPP Foundation – Establish routine internal get-togethers with teams like Data & Analytics, Strategy, and KIPP Forward to continuously improve and evolve the vision.
    • Within the KIPP Network – Build relationships with and establish a Community of Practice for Schools/Academic Officers to share learnings and ensure high-quality implementation of each school’s educational design, including school culture, standards, assessments, and instructional guidelines.
  • Communications
    • Lead and implement a culturally competent, effective, and intentional communications strategy focused on listening and internalizing the needs of students and our network– putting them at the center of this work, aligning and motivating key stakeholders and staff on the overall academic direction and national priorities of the KIPP Foundation.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Vision Setting & Strategic Clarity – Shape organizational vision and redesign the structure, governance and/or operations of the organization to better meet long-term objectives; define a clear long-term vision for the organization, setting the bar for excellence in goal setting for the organization; lead in rethinking the vision and program in light of current and upcoming organizational realities; can paint a compelling picture of new opportunities and develop/evolve strategies to ensure organization success.
  • Strong Capacities in Executive Execution- Articulate a clear and actionable vision for operational excellence, with the capacity to project manage using dashboards and other relevant tools; adept at prioritizing and pivoting according to evolving organizational needs, with aptitude in anticipating needs and fashioning solutions as they arise to ensure excellence and pace.   
  • Relentless Focus on Solutions and Results—Set culturally competent and ambitious goals with teams to achieve measurable student academic outcomes that are nationally pace-setting; create an environment in which all systems and processes support high levels of efficiency to ensure that chief priorities affecting students are accomplished successfully; champions the ongoing spirit of improvement and professional growth across the organization while holding teams accountable to results.  
  • Champion for Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion – Acknowledge systemic racism, power, and privilege in organizations and are committed to dismantling inequities; can inspire and foster a culture of inclusion by building relationships across lines of difference and including the voices of those closest to the challenge we seek to address.
  • Strategic & Effective Communications – Leverage strategic partnerships to advance KF’s mission; successfully persuade large-scale audiences through both written and verbal communications with a high yield of efforts; create story and brand image aligned with organization’s strategy; model passion and organization commitment to all audiences; ensure the board is able to effectively communicate brand and represent the organization.  
  • Comfort with and Commitment to Candor—Stimulates idea flow with teammates by embracing both delivering and receiving candor, as the free and open exchange of ideas is essential to developing innovative solutions and implementing the most effective strategies.
  • Team Leadership – Strong management skills, including people management, team management, and project management; can align stakeholders across a complex landscape around that shared vision; possess comfort and desire to lead a collaborative, agile, outcomes-focused, equity-driven, and learning-oriented team; can champion the ongoing spirit of improvement and professional growth across the organization.
  • Critical Thinking and Strong Judgement – Leverage data effectively for strategic decision-making and driving improvement; can make courageous yet necessary decisions in the interest of students and families with experience working with and in the interests of communities of color; can maintain exemplary integrity, discretion, and cultural competence while working with staff and with confidential/sensitive information.  
  • Cultural Competence – Has a proven track record as a sophisticated relationship-builder who is able to adapt communication styles to work effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders with multiple priorities; possesses a passion for education equity and KIPP’s mission and values, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ideal Candidate Experience: 

  • Experience as a high-performing principal with proven leadership in key areas relevant to this role: academic leadership, curriculum implementation, strategy, communications, operationalizing visions at the systems level
  • Experience in systems-level leadership with exemplary results leading and coaching school leader managers, Chief Academic Officers, or other leaders who run or support schools; experience as a superintendent leader in Academics and School Districts is strongly preferred.
  • Change leadership experience, ideally at a systems level, managing significant change toward successful outcomes (such as, but not limited to, restructuring and strategy pivots) while maintaining a strong focus on team culture.
  • Budget management experience overseeing and managing a complex budget that allows teams to achieve both short and long-term success. 
  • School/teaching experience, where multiple years of teaching experience in either elementary, middle, and/or high school setting is highly preferred.
  • Commitment to Education Equity and a passion for KIPP’s mission and values, including a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What We Bring to the Table: 

  • 20 vacation days + 18 days additional flexible PTO days (PTO increases to 23 days for years 3 & 4 and to 28 days for years 5+). 
  • 100% paid parental leave. 
  • 100% coverage of the premium for employees and 75% for employee + family’s medical/dental/vision plans.
  • Wellness benefits such as fitness reimbursements, discounted tickets to theme parks/attractions, backup care support for children and adults/elders, and our employee assistance program.
  • Benefits include a 401K retirement plan with a 4% match, employer-sponsored legal plans, and life/disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

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