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Director, Talent Development - (24-25)

KIPP Foundation

KIPP Foundation

People & HR
San Antonio, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 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.

You can see all our job opportunities at https://kipptexas.org/join-our-team/.

Job Description

The Director of Talent Development will facilitate continuous improvement and growth in school-based leaders and teachers performance while providing them with the necessary resources, feedback, and assistance to succeed. The DTD will ensure high-impact implementation and management of KIPP Texas systems, and support creation of the plan/tools/resources to support schools to onboard and develop internal talent into key roles. The DTD will champion and coach the talent development life cycle in departments across KIPP Texas, while partnering with school management in regions so all teachers and leaders have access to talent structures and systems and clear expectations for use. DTDs will work in close partnership with schools to build proficient talent acumen in self and leaders.

Key Duties

  1. Develop Self: Invest time in self to sharpen saw of progressional learning and programming practices and being an active and planned teammate in team meetings, one-on-ones, and in teammate support; lead team meetings and performance management through one-on-one meetings with direct reports

  2. Coach & Develop Leaders On-The-Ground: Attend weekly school walkthroughs and leadership data meetings, to inform weekly principal and assistant principal meetings that help move data towards milestones and goals; Observe and provide feedback for any and all enabling systems; provide targeted feedback to assistant principals in talent programs aligned to their development roadmap and programming goals

    1. On-The-Ground Coaching & Development: Support school health by attend weekly school walkthroughs and leadership data meetings, to inform weekly principal and assistant principal meetings that help move data towards milestones and goals; Observe and provide feedback for any and all enabling systems; provide targeted feedback to assistant principals in talent programs aligned to their development roadmap and programming goals

  3. Coach & Develop Teachers On-The-Ground: Calibrate with school leadership team members on classroom observation ratings, strong action step monitoring and practice, and intervention planning in service of growing teacher practice; Direct coaching of novice assistant principals around talent structures and power moves to move teacher instruction; provide targeted feedback to teachers in talent programs aligned to their development focus areas and programming goals

  4. Monitor Outcomes: Ensure team and school goals are chased effectively and support improving talent development practices, systems and processes year over year in effort to design scaled talent systems for KIPP Texas’ planned growth; progress monitor structures with school leadership teams in service of school health (i.e. action step audit, data dashboard tracker in support of building intervention plans with principals); partner with Talent Management Team in service of moving overall school health forward

  5. Execute & Support Professional Learning: Execute PL for specific stakeholder groups (SL, AP, Teachers) and work to ensure they have a positive learning experience aligned to KIPP Texas’ Professional Learning beliefs and expectations; Identify needs in school portfolio by stakeholder group and roll up to Professional Learning & Talent Programs teammates

  6. Coach & Support Talent Programs: Individually meet with stakeholders in talent programs to customize coaching and development aligned to key skills for their zone of proximal development; create and progress monitor intervention plans for specific stakeholders in talent programs around growth and efficacy by skill.

  7. Relationship management: Manage key partnership relationships with internal partners in service of managing strong talent for KIPP Texas and building and sustaining talent systems for the organization

Additional Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Provide exemplary support to clients, including SSP leaders, school management teams and Regional Superintendents.

  2. Serves as an organizational leader on talent strategy, providing insight and expertise to strategic planning as well as organizational values-driven initiatives and plans.

  3. Operate with exemplary team spirit with eagerness to demonstrate flexibility and contribute to the overall needs of the team as they arise.



  • Communication: Clear, concise, compelling communication.

  • Professionalism and trusting relationships: Operate with professional demeanor in even the most challenging situations. Work with teammates, teachers, leaders, and regional stakeholders, in a way that demonstrates confidence, initiative, and dedication to meeting commitments. Expresses professional presence with external stakeholders in a way that exemplifies KIPP’s values in person, verbally, in writing, on social media, and at events.

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making: Ability to analyze data and make strategic design (professional learning and cohort programming) to help close gaps in data being presented (student achievement, school culture, etc).

  • Organizational ability and accuracy (strategic planning and prioritization): excellent attention to detail in written communication, exemplary calendar management, commitment to data fidelity, and consistency in executing next steps.

  • Impact and influence: Ability to impact and influence stakeholders to action based on compelling recommendations based in data

  • Continuous learning: Investing in one self to continually learn and make impactful growth in focus areas.

  • Systems thinking and change management: Ability to develop problem statements, analyze data and provide recommendations at a systems level that designs talent development systems to appropriate scale and helps stakeholders navigate through change and evolutions


  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • School leadership and management experience preferred

  • Demonstrated orientation in competency development

  • Demonstrated proficiency in leading through change, executing on major initiatives, and leading cross-departmental work

  • Demonstrated excellence in designing professional learning

  • Demonstrated orientation to streamlining cross-departmental needs in service of end-use experience

  • Demonstrated excellence in professional learning design and project management

  • Demonstrated achievement in partnership development, including an ability to mobilize people and create champions to support an organizational mission

  • Evidence of developing and executing against a strategy with strong results

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

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.

  • Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer/laptop

  • Attending conferences or training sessions

  • Maintain emotional control under stress

  • Communicate effectively (verbal and written)

Work Environment:

  • When in office; typical office environment with frequent interruptions

  • When on school site; lots of movement between classrooms, offices, and community spaces

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise.

As a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas’ benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans.

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.