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||KIPP Public Charter Schools
||Kansas City, MO
|| Education and Library, Finance/Economics, Financial Services, Information Technology, Research & Development, Energy / Utilities
School Leader (Middle)
MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADER
About KIPP Kansas City:
KIPP Kansas City is a growing network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating 480 elementary and middle school students. Our Endeavor Campus now serves an elementary school (K-4) and a middle school (5-8). We are currently underway in a 10 year strategic growth plan to expand into multiple campuses and grades K-12. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.
Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. As part of the national Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of 200 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, we are committed to partnering with the community to ensure that all children have the knowledge, skills and character needed to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place. We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.
The School Leader’s primary job is to drive academic and character outcomes for students. School Leaders focus 75% of their time on instructional leadership, specifically all of the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. At KIPP, School Leaders also build lasting and sustainable organizations by developing a pipeline of future School Leaders and creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff.
The Endeavor Middle School Leader will report to the Head of Schools and work closely with the K-8 Dean of Students and counterpart Middle School School Leader. The Middle School Leader will manage the Middle School Assistant Principal and is responsible for grades K-4.
- Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with KIPP Kansas City, that lead students on a path to and through college
- Analyze assessment data and set goals for ongoing improvement in coordination with other administrators and teachers
- Share the school’s mission with the community and lead team members in actively engaging the community to support and assist in accomplishing that mission.
- Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve annual goals
- Drive the creation of systems and the initiative to create the necessary instructional leadership, management, and curriculum support
- Establish a leadership team with a clear vision and understanding of their roles and responsibilities in regards to operations, budgeting and compliance and provide occasional oversight and guidance.
- Cultivate a diverse, high-potential school leadership pipeline (from teacher leader to AP to successor). Develop leadership team members by teaching and insisting that they are true owners of the work by providing stretch opportunities.
- Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for a positive learning culture
- Lead the monitoring of classroom instruction and ensure that teachers are provided with timely feedback
- Provide guidance and oversight of the leadership team and teachers as they work proactively to develop a student discipline management system that enhances the school environment, develops excellent student character, and positive student behavior.
- Develop systems and structures to hire and retain diverse, highly-effective staff
- Work in coordination with the Head of Schools, the counterpart Endeavor Middle School Leader, and regional team to recruit, interview, select and onboard new staff
- Support efforts to make all staff members feel valued and successful including recognizing and rewarding outstanding performance and behavior
- Build own and school staff’s knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards
- Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery
- Develop knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment
- Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction
- Lead analysis of and develop teachers’ ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery
- Regularly observe and coach instructional coaches to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis
- Ensure teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in content teams
- Lead professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice
- Ensure compliance with all policies and state and federal laws
- Degree Requirements and Preferences: Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred)
- Work Experience: A minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience with at least 2 years of leadership experience in a low income school(s) and demonstrated student results at an exemplary level in both roles.
- Interpersonal Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to introduce new concepts and drive success around common goals.
- Student Focus: Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community
- Direction Setting: Ability to set direction across an entire school and motivate others to action
- Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results from teachers and leaders that he/she manages and coaches
- Talent Development: Demonstrated success in developing leadership capacity in others
- Managerial Leadership: Ability to exercise excellent judgement and decision making
- Managerial Leadership: Demonstrated success in leading internal and external stakeholders through school-wide initiatives and change
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honor and support diverse backgrounds and perspectives
- Regional Leadership: Demonstrated success in operating as a regional leader and taking the perspective of the wider network into account
- Instructional Leadership: Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data
- Instructional Leadership: Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies
- Instructional Leadership: Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies (e.g. make kids sweat, pacing, stretch it, etc.) based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy
- Instructional Leadership: Command of instructional design and the benefits and tradeoffs of school design decisions in driving student achievement
- Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes and cursory knowledge of the laws, rules, procedures and programs specifically related to the operation of charter schools
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP Kansas City offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage and retirement.
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