Chief Operating Officer, KIPP NYC
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Our client, KIPP NYC is a non-profit network of free, public charter schools that prepares students for success in college and life. In 1995, KIPP NYC started its first middle school, KIPP Academy in the Bronx. Its goal was to graduate students with the strength of character and academic abilities needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond – and in so doing, to prove what is possible in urban schools. Almost 17 years later, KIPP NYC alumni are now graduating college at 4 times the rate of their peers nationwide.
KIPP NYC is part of the nationwide Knowledge Is Power Program network, which started in a single fifth grade classroom in Houston, Texas and now comprises 109 schools in 20 states serving 32,000 students. KIPP NYC runs nine schools in Harlem, Washington Heights, the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as KIPP Through College, a comprehensive support program for our alumni. In 2012-13, KIPP NYC will serve more than 3,500 students and alumni, employ 400 talented professionals, and have a combined operating budget of $58 million. Over the next four years, KIPP NYC will finish building-out five schools that are currently in mid-growth, add at least two new schools, serve almost 6,000 students and alumni, and our budget will approach $84 million.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will manage all core operations functions that support KIPP NYC’s mission. The COO will lead the 39-person central staff – KIPP NYC’s Shared Services Team – in designing and delivering best-in-class support services to KIPP NYC schools, and building an operating platform that effectively enables current and future growth. The COO will play a key role in developing and implementing KIPP NYC’s vision and strategy, oversee organizational planning, and serve as a critical thought partner and advisor to the Superintendent as part of the senior leadership team.
This role is an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated, collaborative, entrepreneurial and strategically-minded operator with diverse talents to shape the future of a growing charter network impacting thousands of students in New York City.
I. Operational Leadership Manage six direct reports responsible for driving operational excellence in the following functions: Finance, Data, Human Resources, Recruiting, Operations, Special Projects, Facilities, Development, Marketing and Technology.
II. Strategic Planning & Budgeting Oversee organizational budgeting process and annual strategic planning, collaborating with KIPP NYC network leadership and school leadership. Ensure strategic priorities are aligned with budget priorities and translated into rigorous, executable plans.
III. Organizational Leadership Play a key role in developing and refining KIPP NYC’s overall vision and strategy, and managing change processes in support of organizational objectives. As member of the senior leadership team, act as a key adviser and thought partner to KIPP NYC’s Superintendent and Managing Directors of Schools.
Maintain and enhance an organizational culture that (i) puts students and student outcomes first; (ii) embodies our motto, “work hard, be nice”; (iii) prizes execution rigor, continuous improvement and innovation; and (iv) recognizes the primacy of recruiting, developing and retaining great talent.
IV. Boards & Governance Oversee development of agendas and materials for KIPP NYC Boards of Trustees; act as key management interlocutor with governing boards regarding operations, strategy and compliance.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP NYC offers a comprehensive benefits package.
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