KIPP North Carolina
There are currently 242 KIPP schools across the country educating nearly 100,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools that are 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 students are prepared with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all.
Each KIPP regional organization is a separate nonprofit that oversees its local KIPP schools and provides schools with shared services in areas such as alumni support, teacher training, leadership development, community outreach, operations, and data analysis. KIPP regional organizations are governed by a local board of directors, led by an executive director or superintendent, and often partner with neighboring schools and community-based organizations.
KIPP North Carolina
KIPP currently has two regions in North Carolina: KIPP Eastern North Carolina and KIPP Charlotte. KIPP Eastern North Carolina was founded in 2001 and has grown to operate 6 schools, from primary through high school, serving ~2,000 students in Gaston, Halifax and Durham. KIPP Charlotte was founded in 2007, has grown to operate 2 schools, from primary to middle school, serving ~900 students in Charlotte. Across the state, KIPP graduates have achieved high rates of success and college completion (over 60% for our KIPP High School graduates), and KIPP continues to serve as a leader in the state's education reform and social justice movement.
KIPP Charlotte and KIPP Eastern North Carolina are launching a search for a shared, state-wide Founding Executive Director of KIPP North Carolina (KIPP NC) to lead due diligence on and, if proceeding, planning, implementation, and ongoing leadership of a combined region to serve more students and families better, faster, and more sustainably in North Carolina. This potential merger is an exciting moment for the region and represents an opportunity for KIPP to grow, thrive, and contribute to communities in Charlotte, the Research Triangle area, rural eastern North Carolina, and beyond.
KIPP's first state-wide Executive Director (ED) will drive the current strategic priorities of KIPP Eastern North Carolina and KIPP Charlotte, as well as set the vision and direction for the merger of the two regions. The ED will be responsible for leading the organization's strategic direction and partnering with the Boards of both regions to identify pathways for broader and deeper impact and outcomes.
The Executive Director will serve as KIPP NC's external ambassador, deepening existing external relationships and building new ones (e.g., with donors, elected officials, community leaders, partner organizations, education leaders, etc.). This unique role offers an exceptional opportunity to influence change and align with a powerful, national network. This is an ideal role for an inspirational leader, exceptional manager, and strong external spokesperson who has led a complex organization or department in a period of growth and/or change.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Develop and execute on the combined region's vision and strategic plan
Serve as the Chief Fundraiser for KIPP NC; engage key constituents to build strategic support for KIPP NC
Build, retain, and manage a diverse, high-performing regional team that is able to support schools to deliver transformational educational outcomes for students and alumni
Build short and long term organizational capacity to ensure the financial stability and long-term sustainability of KIPP NC
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
KIPP Eastern North Carolina and KIPP Charlotte are committed to hiring a diverse team and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. KIPP Eastern North Carolina and KIPP Charlotte are equal opportunity employers.