Sector:
Education
Function:
Program Management
Location:
CA - Greater San Francisco Bay Area
DC - Washington metropolitan area
IL - Chicago metropolitan area
NY - New York metropolitan area
Flexible
About the Organization

Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating nearly 100,000 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 and habits of mind they need for college and choice filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

The non-profit, KIPP Foundation, trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools; provides resources, tools, and training supporting excellent teaching & learning, and exceptional college & career counseling; 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.

About KIPP Through College
The KIPP Foundation's aspiration for its students: fulfilling, economically self-sufficient, choice-filled lives. A college degree has become an essential stepping-stone to steady income, rewarding work, and success in the competitive world and college graduates are more likely to be civically engaged and make healthier choices. However, nationally, only one in ten students from low-income families earn a four-year college degree.

While KIPP is proud of and celebrates the accomplishments of its KIPPsters (KIPP students college completion rate is 3-4X higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds), it is falling short of its aspiration for its students. In addition to maintaining focus on rigorous academic preparation and character development in its schools, KIPP continues to strengthen its college counseling and alumni advising efforts. Increasingly, KIPP is focusing on helping students explore careers and identify their "purpose, passion, and plan," as well as supporting non-college enrolled alumni pursue pathways leading to employer-valued certifications in in-demand industries / occupations.

Why work at KIPP?
By working for KIPP, 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!

To learn more, please visit www.kipp.org/kipp-foundation.

About the Position

The Senior Director, National KIPP Through College (KTC) Program sets the strategic direction for and oversees the execution of national KTC efforts. The Senior Director leads a vibrant, connected community of KTC leaders and practitioners across the country dedicated to supporting KIPP students and alumni as they progress toward self-sufficient, choice-filled lives. Managing and developing a high-performing national KTC team, the Senior Director also represents KIPP's college and career efforts and KIPP alumni interests externally. Reporting to the Chief Research, Data, and Innovation Officer, the Senior Director will be an integral member of KIPP's national leadership, collaborating with other national KIPP teams including our Insight & Analytics, Research & Evaluation, High School, and External Impact teams.

The ideal candidate will bring a strategic perspective to the issues, a track record of driving results and navigating ambiguity, and a strong ability to innovate, scale, and operationalize as they lead KTC in realizing its aspirations for all KIPP students. Looking ahead, big challenges / opportunities to tackle include: strengthening outcomes while developing a more scalable, sustainable KTC strategy and approach as we look ahead to 80,000 college age and older KIPP alumni in 2025; further integrating career alongside our rigorous college preparatory approach; and expanding our external impact and addressing some of the systemic challenges impacting KIPPsters and their peers.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Setting the strategic vision for KTC nationally, focusing on impact and scaling, closely collaborating with the KTC team and community.

  • Identify the high impact "levers" to drive KIPP students' college matriculation, persistence, and graduation outcomes as well as early career success
  • Pursue innovation opportunities to drive bold changes to programming to enable scale, efficiency, and improved outcomes
  • Focus on developing scalable, financially-sustainable approaches as the number of college-age and older KIPP alumni grows from 25,000+ today to 80,000+ in 2025
  • Develop and refine this strategic vision by leveraging research, data, and learnings from bright spots within and outside KIPP; partnering closely with KIPP regions; and integrating with KIPP's high school strategy
  • Align and backward map this multi-year strategic vision to the national KTC team's annual planning and prioritization

Leading and supporting the growth and development of the national KTC team

  • Lead the 10+ person national KIPP Through College team
  • Maintain and strengthen a team culture that is student-, alumni-, and regionally-focused; rigorous and results-oriented; collegial and inclusive; and committed to learning and continuous improvement
  • Empower team members and support their professional development and growth by providing ongoing feedback, coaching, and targeted developmental opportunities

Managing change and overseeing implementation of the strategic vision, managing a portfolio of innovation, and ensuring continuous improvement

  • Ensure that the national KTC team is supporting "on the ground" implementation of the strategic vision in KIPP regions across the country, including:
    • Training and professional development experiences
    • Curating resources and tools that support key strategic practices, and
    • Providing differentiated regional support and engagement
  • Rigorously monitor progress of key national initiatives and network performance by:
    • Ensuring critical milestones / deadlines are being met, and
    • Tracking key leading indicators and outcomes
  • Ensure continued innovation by leveraging research and performance insights, seeking and acting upon feedback from our KTC community, and learning from bright spots within and outside KIPP

Partnering with and supporting our national KTC community to increase the rigor, effectiveness, and results of regional KTC programs, in close collaboration with the KTC team

  • Closely understand KTC leadership and KTC community needs and challenges
  • Facilitate learning and sharing among the KTC community of practice
  • Drive and ensure ongoing engagement with KTC programs across the country that:
    • Inspires and maintains focus on student outcomes
    • Emphasizes key practitioner and leader practices and behaviors
    • Focuses on rich listening and learning so that successes and challenges on the ground inform continuous improvement of our strategy and support

Drive KIPP's efforts to share our KTC experiences / expertise with and learn from other K12, college access, and college support organizations, and to address the systemic challenges impacting KIPPsters and all first-generation students, Pell-eligible students, students of color

  • Champion the interests' of KIPPsters and all first-generation students, Pell-eligible students, and students of color
  • Build relationships with and strengthen KIPP's collaboration with higher education leaders as well as the leaders of other college access and college support organizations
  • Engage with key internal stakeholders - KIPP Foundation leadership, KIPP Foundation Board of Directors, KIPP regional leaders – on KIPP's college and career efforts.

COMPETENCIES:

Strategic thinking and problem solving

  • Achievement-oriented: track record of high expectations and driving results through critical thinking and problem solving, planning and execution, and continuous improvement
  • Ability to help others see the bigger picture, connecting the appropriate "dots"
  • Solutions-oriented and a systems thinker
  • Disciplined, data-driven approach to decision-making, assessing progress and problem-solving Comfort with ambiguity; ability to adapt and re-prioritize in response to changing circumstances

Building relationships

  • Excellent relationship builder with experience managing diverse stakeholders, leading change and promoting strong teamwork
  • Ability to relate to KIPP national, regional, and local staff and program partners and develop trusting relationships quickly
  • Empathetic, engaged listener: understands the perspectives of others
  • Willingness to seek feedback, adapt practices and continuously learn and evolve a

People management and talent development

  • Has strong experience in managing teams to success while developing individuals to greater ownership and leadership
  • Influences and motivates others to take action by adapting personal leadership style, anticipating and persuading, and making a compelling case
  • Demonstrates cultural competence by communicating and working effectively with those from diverse backgrounds and creating and sustaining an environment in which people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives can succeed
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a vision and inspire others to achieve shared goals
Candidate Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree and minimum 10 years of senior leadership experience driving highly impactful results
  • A deep belief in the importance of college, and career readiness, as a catalyst for economic mobility and social justice
  • Ability to excel in a dynamic environment of high energy, rapid change and ambiguity
  • Experience with charter or charter-like schools, district schools, non-profit strategy, higher education, college counseling/college persistence, and/or with students in low-income urban environments preferred
  • Experience working with distributed organizations, especially those undergoing growth or change preferred
  • Willingness to travel up to 40% of time at key points in the year
  • Ability to model KIPP's values always
Compensation and benefits:

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.

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