Director, Leadership Team (KSLP Assistant Principal Development Program)

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States



Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 209 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 88,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools 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 we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all.

The non-profit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools, provides tools, resources, and training for excellent teaching and learning, promotes innovation, and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas within the KIPP network and with partners including: other charters, districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations across the country.

Why work at KIPP?

By working for the KIPP Foundation, you help more students across the country receive the high-quality education they deserve.

•Support KIPP leaders, teachers, and staff on the Network Leadership Development, KIPP School Leadership Programs, Teaching and Learning Labs, KIPP Through College, or Knowledge Sharing teams

•Ensure smart growth and great results on the Network Growth and Sustainability, Strategy, Research & Evaluation, or Insights and Analytics teams

•Broaden our impact on the Government Affairs, External Impact, Marketing, Development, or Talent teams

•Keep us connected and operational on our IT or Finance team

If you believe all children deserve great schools and programs where they can gain the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place, join us!


The KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP) team prepares and develops school leaders to lead high performing schools throughout the country. Leadership Team is the development program for novice assistant principals for the KIPP network.


The Director, Leadership Team, is the leader, designer and manager of our largest KSLP cohort. Each year, we are entrusted with 60+ novice assistant principals from KIPP and partner organizations to develop the knowledge, skills, and disposition to lead high quality, equitable schools. The Director will directly work collaboratively with other members of the Assistant Principal team to plan and deliver highly effective and aligned leadership development programming and facilitate the participants’ growth and readiness for KIPP school leadership.

The Director will also contribute to projects pertaining the assistant principals at KIPP; participate in cross-team work as they arise; and provide thought-partnership to projects that involve Assistant Principals. All work is aligned to the KIPP Leadership Competency Model, our Leading for Learning actions, and KIPP’s Vital Behaviors for Success and Sustainability.

The Director, Leadership Team, will report to the Senior Director, Assistant Principal Community and will work closely with other members of the KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP) team and other KIPP Foundation Teams.



·       Develop high quality year-long development program for assistant principals and support them in their progression towards school leader-readiness.

·       Establish high bar of excellence in the adult learning culture and ensure KSLP participants are practicing the behaviors of exemplary leaders who create equitable and excellent schools.

·       Cultivate relationships with participants and various supporting stakeholders to ensure assistant principals are developing effectively in pursuit of student growth and achievement

·       Collaborate with the operations team to flawlessly plan and execute programming events with fiscal responsibility in a timely fashion

·       Regularly utilize program evaluation data (e.g. daily, event, mid-program, end-of-program, diagnostics) to inform and adjust programming, ensuring it is high quality and highly-effective for participants’ growth

·       Lead the KIPP Assistant Principal Community work developed by the Foundation to help APs connect to the broader KIPP Network, allow them to know what is available to them (tools, resources, programming), and highlight bright spots across the network

·       Ensure alignment with AP programs with the KIPP Foundation priorities

·       Participate in cross-team working groups on projects, as necessary, to support Assistant Principal development

·       Incorporate information shared from other Foundation teammates to share best practices and ensure content is scaffolding appropriately

·       Collaborate with colleagues on the KSLP Team, school/regional leaders, and other KIPP Foundation staff members perform, and lead work that advances the development of Assistant Principals for the KIPP Network.

·       Collaborate with Senior Director on professional development sessions for KIPP Foundation events

·       Work with the KSLP Team in the design of leader development opportunities

·       Participate in cross-team working groups or projects that impact Assistant Principals


Achievement Orientation

·       Is dedicated to meeting or exceeding goals. Enjoys working hard. Steadfastly pushes self and others for results

·       Takes ownership of outcomes, proactively solves problems, and takes initiative to reach individual and team goals

·       Makes timely decisions, communicates and engages stakeholders, and is willing to stand by difficult choices in the face of ambiguity

·       Zooms in, zooms out. Will get on-the-ground, get in the weeds when necessary

Relationship Building & Communication

·       Quickly builds strong, trusting professional relationships with diverse stakeholders with respect and genuine humility

·       Adeptly adjusts behaviors working in cross-cultural situations and quickly develops strong working relationships with diverse people

·       Motivates, enjoys teaching, and leading a highly motivated and diverse community of leaders to action

·       Creates and draws out the best in others, and influences others towards action

Talent and Performance Management

·       Matches resources with individuals to foster talent development and growth

·       Coaches and holds others accountable towards goals and provides timely, relevant, and constructive feedback

·       Builds and establishes a positive, energetic, and empowered adult culture where diverse individuals thrive

·       Models organizational values, norms, and expectations, and inspires others to do the same



·       Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred.

·       8+ years of work experience teaching and leading in a high performing K-12 school as a principal or assistant principal.

·       Passion for KIPP’s mission and values

·       Demonstrated track record of driving student achievement results through others

·       Strong commitment to KIPP becoming a fully inclusive, anti-racist organization

·       Strong commitment to building adaptive and technical skills to lead equitable schools.

·       Excellent planning and execution skills with strong organization and immaculate attention to details

·       Excellent written and oral communication; exceptional interpersonal skills, and comfort working with senior leaders

·       Frequent travel (40-50%), including 4-5 weeks in the summer and several weekends

·       KIPP Foundation has offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., but location for this role is flexible and can be remote


KIPP offers competitive salary commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package, generous vacation and PTO well as gym reimbursement, flexible spending account (FSA), and cell phone reimbursement are also offered by KIPP.


KIPP Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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