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Transformation School Leader - (24-25)

KIPP Foundation

KIPP Foundation

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Company Description

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 57 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to 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.

Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.

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.

Job Description

About the Role

Transformation school Leaders play a critical role in advancing KIPP Texas mission to create joyful, academically excellent schools. As a transformation school leader you will lead one of KIPP Texas’ transformation schools and drive sustained and rapid student academic results. Transformation school leaders are focused on excellence, equity, and rapid improvement and expect these qualities in the school team you will lead. Through stabilizing student culture and improving daily learning you will ensure a positive learning community for all students. In collaboration with state-wide departments you will leverage systems, supports, and processes to ensure that student enrollment, school operations, finances are sound. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced, dynamic school leader to prove positive change in preparing students with the skills to pursue the paths they choose - with a particular focus on building a college-going culture.

As a transformational school leader you will be accountable to following organization wide goals:

  • 100% of KTX School achieve an A or B rating - TBD

  • 95% of K-2 students reading on grade level DIBELS

  • KTX earn 90/75/40 on Reading STAAR

  • KTX earn 90/75/40 on Math STAAR

  • 60% of seniors graduate having scored a 3+ on at least a AP/IB exam

  • 40% of 11th grade students score 21+ on the ACT

  • 80% of student matriculate to a 4-year college

  • 97% Average Daily Attendance

  • 100% BOY Enrollment by Day 10

  • 80% of Staff Retained

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Lead a team to successfully build a school of academic excellence and joy

  • Meet or exceed school wide targets, aligned to state wide targets, that will lead to school improvement and put students on a path to and through college.

  • Accelerate instructional improvements by implementing strategies in line with the priority areas identified by the Superintendent of School Transformation.

  • Strategically align resources to drive rapid growth in student outcomes

  • Champion KIPP TX core values and build a community of team and family members dedicated to achievement, inclusion and belongingness.

  • Lead, coach, and develop a school leadership team of Assistant Principals of Instructions, Assistant Principal of Operations, and other leadership staff.

  • Ensure school leadership team have clear roles and responsibilities with scheduled time to implement core leadership moves.

  • Strategically hire and staff teachers based on student and staff needs and strengths.

  • Supervise and coach instructional and support staff at all levels across the schools.

  • Enact differentiated strategies to support and retain staff, particularly high-performers.

  • Partner with state-wide departments to implement financial, operations, and talent systems and processes.

  • Cultivate a diverse, high-potential school leadership pipeline.

Act as the School’s Instructional Leader

  • Partner with KIPP TX’s Academic department and Head of Schools to translate KIPP TX’s academic strategy to drive towards school improvement and student academic success.

  • Improve school leaders through consistent on-the- job development, including deliberate modeling and observation and feedback cycles.

  • Develop staff’s capacity to internalize high quality instructional materials, including grade level standards, curriculum, assessments, and lessons especially for diverse learners.

  • Champion emerging bilinguals, students with IEPs and 504s to receive exceptional services and supports, in compliance with state and federal regulations.

  • Leverage reach based teaching practices to develop staff to effectively deliver daily learning to drive student mastery through research based teaching practices.

  • Develop and sustain school-wide systems and processes to monitor student learning and teacher development.

  • Support staff to regularly collect and analyze student learning data in order to adjust instruction.

  • Observe and coach campus-based instructional leaders (Assistant Principals of Instruction, Grade level chairs, department chairs, etc) to ensure they are providing high-impact and actionable feedback to teachers.

  • Create and implement systems for teacher collaboration within and across grade levels and departments.

  • Lead whole-school professional learning to drive improvements in teacher practice.

  • Continuously engage in learning related to content, pedagogy, and instructional methods.

Foster a Joyful School Culture

  • Collaborate with your Assistant Principal of Operations and the state-wide school operations department to design and implement a plan to cultivate, register, enroll, and onboard New to KIPP families.

  • Provide a college-going, joyful environment where students experience connection, belonging, and rigorous learning.

  • Maintain student enrollment to meet and exceed student enrollment targets.

  • Establish and implement school-wide systems to support strong daily attendance and partner with students, staff, and families to support and mitigate situations related to chronic absenteeism.

  • Leverage school-wide systems to develop a positive learning culture and establish strong rapport between staff and students and students and students.

  • Oversee school-wide practices that demonstrate high expectations and shared ownership for student success, with a focus on college and career readiness in all learning spaces.

  • Partner with students, teachers, administrators, and families to address breeches to school culture.

  • Strengthen staff’s capacity to develop and sustain meaningful relationships with families of diverse backgrounds and with community members who support student achievement and well-being.



  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in education or related field from an accredited college or university highly preferred

  • 3 years of teaching experience with a record of results of leading students to significant academic growth.

  • 3-5 years experience as a principal leading schools serving a similar student population to KIPP Texas with experience leading school improvement and demonstrating a record of improved student achievement results, experience in primary schools preferred.

  • Demonstrated success leading teams to accelerate progress for students in transformation settings.


  • Sets and maintains an exceptionally high standard of performance for self and others.

  • Unwavering belief that all students have the potential to succeed.

  • Desire to take on challenges and reach exceptional standards of performance despite barriers.

  • Demonstrated leadership record of leading teams to achieve rapid and sustained improvement results.

  • Exceptional influencing, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Exceptional leadership judgment with the ability to navigate ambiguity and complex situations;

  • Exceptional critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • Leads others through change, makes and stands in difficult decisions that are in the best interest of students.

  • Demonstration of effective teaching and learning practices.

  • Operationalizes feedback quickly.

Additional Information

What We Bring to the Table

  • The starting point for the salary range for this position is $145,000 and is commensurate upon experience and internal-equity.

  • Competitive vacation and flexible paid time off (PTO) policies.

  • Paid family leave.

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans with varying coverage for employees and their families, inclusive of virtual physician visits. High deductible health plan with HSA also offered.

  • Employee assistance programs.

  • Participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

  • 457 Roth retirement plan option with KIPP matching contribution up to $1,200 a year. 403b plans also supported.

  • KIPP also offers the following employee-paid benefits: legal plans, LifeLock identity protection, life insurance and disability insurance.

  • Flexible spending account or high-yield HSA.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

  • The person in this position needs to be able to move about inside and outside the school throughout the workday.

  • The candidate is expected to attend conferences, meetings and training sessions both virtually and in person within the Region.

Work Environment

  • Reports to school site Monday-Friday.

  • Typical school environment with frequent interruptions.

Travel Requirements

  • Minimal travel; may travel to other school sites or regional office for professional learning or meetings.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.