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Primary School Assistant School Leader (Assistant Principal)

KIPP Foundation

KIPP Foundation

Columbus, OH, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024

Company Description

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. There are 285 KIPP schools across the nation and the District of Columbia, serving more than 175,000 students and alumni with more than 15,000 educators.

Founded in 2008 with 50 students in 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently educates more than 2,000 students in grades Kindergarten through twelfth. With a mission to, together with families and the community, create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -- college, career, and beyond -- KIPP has maintained excellence in its growth, and will improve upon that standard – proving what is possible in public education.

KIPP Columbus continues to see incredible academic results, including in our early literacy program where more than 80% of kindergarten and first grade students ended last school year reading on grade level. In addition, in our first four graduating classes (in spring 2020 -2023) 100% of students were accepted to college and/or military service and 100% graduated.

In addition to academic excellence, KIPP Columbus also partners with nearly 100 community organizations to provide extracurricular activities, programming, health and wellness services, meals, and more to KIPP students, families, and the broader community. The KIPP Columbus learning campus will continue to advance student learning, expand partnerships, enable superior programming, and serve as a teaching and leadership lab for schools nationwide, reimagining education through a deeper lens of antiracism, excellence, and joy as we expand to educate nearly 4,000 students on our learning campus in the coming years.

Interested in learning more about our school? Please check out our website: https://www.kippcolumbus.org/

The Opportunity

This position is for our Primary School that serves Kindergarten and First Grade students. The Assistant School Leader serves as a key member of the school leadership team and is responsible for facilitating a culture of constant learning and collaboration with students, instructional staff, families, and community members. The Assistant School Leader serves as a model teacher and coach, leading individuals and teams to perform at high levels. In partnership with the school leadership team, the Assistant School Leader maintains a concrete vision of excellence, strong adult leadership, and the ability to build outstanding relationships with students, teachers, and families.

Job Description

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Instructional Planning and Coaching

  • Serve as a model teacher, demonstrating and sharing best practices
  • Lead staff members through goal setting, coaching, feedback, and evaluation to continuously improve their craft
  • Identify, develop, and facilitate professional development opportunities for staff members that align to yearly school goals and priorities
  • Support in the collection, analysis, and evaluation of school performance data to make holistic and individual recommendations for improving instructional practices

Positive School Culture

  • Plan and lead school-wide events, celebrations, and gatherings
  • Manage student behavior systems in partnership with the School Leader
  • Guide and promote character development of students through deliberate programming practices and by coaching teachers in developing stronger relationships with students
  • Provide support for teachers with students who need additional behavior assistance
  • Model, promote, and coach others toward effective communication with families, cultivating engagement in their child’s success and the KIPP Columbus mission.

School Leadership Team

  • In partnership with the School Leader, ensure alignment of school practices to school-wide priorities
  • Embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion work of the school and organization
  • Support day-to-day operations of the school, as designated by the School Leader
  • Serve as a key member of the school leadership team, representing the school to a variety of audiences and supporting all necessary functions for school management and success


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of three years of successful, full-time, lead teaching experience
  • Experience in a teacher leadership or other leadership role, such as Dean, highly preferred.
  • Strong track record of results and leadership in a school setting
  • Experience in analyzing student data and using data to inform instruction
  • Belief that outstanding school leaders, staff, and teachers can achieve excellent outcomes for all students
  • Ability to persevere with a sense of optimism, strong problem solving skills, and desire to learn and grow in a collaborative professional learning community
  • Willingness, and commitment, to go above and beyond to prove the possible with students.
  • Ability to multi-task and work within an ambiguous, fast-moving, start-up environment, while driving toward clarity and solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Extreme flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high levels of responsibility and multiple priorities
  • Model the values of KIPP Columbus (Imagine, Navigate, Seek, Persevere, Integrity, Responsibility, and Empathy)

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits

At KIPP Columbus we strive for clarity, equity, and to be highly competitive with our compensation and benefits offered to our team. KIPP Columbus offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurances as well various voluntary benefits (such as short term disability, long term disability, life insurance, and participation in the Ohio SERS/STRS retirement plan.) We also offer seasons of life support with 10 weeks paid maternity leave and 4 weeks paid spousal leave/adoption leave.

Statement of Non-Disclosure

KIPP Columbus is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school for consideration of any position (admission, employment, etc.). KIPP Columbus does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 4112.02 of the Ohio Revised Code.