Manager, Strategic Design Projects, KIPP Through College

Job Type

Full Time




135 Main Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco
United States


About KIPP

Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 226 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating nearly 100,000 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!



Our Team

KIPP Through College (KTC) focuses on: supporting KIPPsters through the college application, financial aid, and enrollment processes; providing families with essential knowledge to prepare KIPPsters to succeed in college; and staying in touch with alumni and helping them navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career. The National KTC team provides critical training, support, and tools to our regional KTC teams in support of these objectives.

The Opportunity

The KIPP Foundation seeks a results-oriented, user-centered, analytical thinker to lead and support strategic design and product innovation projects.

Reporting to KTC’s Director, Strategic Design & Product Innovation, and working closely with the entire KTC team, the Manager, Strategic Design Projects will implement high-priority strategic initiatives and product development to drive outcomes related to our College & Career Pathways, College Completion, and Program Development & Training initiatives, as well as other strategic design projects as they arise.

This is an ideal opportunity for an individual with a relentless drive to deliver results who is energized by leveraging design thinking principles to solve user-centered challenges with multiple stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities


Lead Strategic Design Projects (50%)

•       Collaborate with the Director, Strategic Design & Product Innovation to design and run a successful process to pursue product and program innovations from concept to pilot to launch

•       Conduct interviews, observations, and focus groups with KTC, internal, and external stakeholders to collect feedback on our KTC strategic challenges and initiatives

•       Analyze user and stakeholder feedback to synthesize trends, develop strategy recommendations, and guide solution implementation

Support Product Innovation & Analysis (40%)

•       Collaborate with KTC Product and Operations Manager on requirements development, testing, communication, and training for To & Through product enhancements

•       Identify and vet external product and technology opportunities for expanding KTC support at scale

•       Manage new product and program pilots, including project and strategy planning and analysis

Support other strategic projects as they arise (10%)

•       Other projects and requests will vary and may be in support of discrete strategic design questions being explored by the broader KTC team. Examples could include, but are not limited to: KTC Social Justice & Equity Strategy, Community College Strategy, and our evolving College Completion Strategy.



Strong emphasis will be placed on this individual’s demonstrated ability to lead and support strategy projects, with strong project management and stakeholder engagement skills in a fast-paced, dynamic, results-oriented team environment. Additional emphasis will be placed on the following key competencies:

•      Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of relevant experience, preferably in a strategy, design thinking, or project management role that worked with end-users to distill insights for program design and/or strategy

•      Experience in strategy, consulting, or design thinking – energy garnered from listening and learning from end-users and stakeholders and ability to rapidly prototype and iterate based on continuous user feedback

•      Exceptional critical-thinking skills – ability to structure and solve problems, synthesize analysis into key takeaways and recommendations

•      Robust project and process management skills – ability to drive projects from inception to completion while managing multiple projects simultaneously

•      Self-directed and results-oriented, demonstrating initiative and follow-through

•      Experience with charter or charter-like schools, non-profit strategy, higher education, college counseling/college persistence, and/or with students in low-income urban environments is preferred

•      Willingness to travel up to 30-35% of time

•      Ability to model KIPP’s values at all times along with a deep-seated belief that the opportunity to earn a college degree is a necessity for all, rather than a luxury for the privileged few 

COMPETENCIES: Achievement Orientation, Project Management Skills, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Impact and Influence, Relationship Building


The preferred location of this role is our San Francisco office, however exceptional candidates will be considered to work from our Chicago, New York, or Washington, D.C. offices or remotely. This is a full-time, exempt position. 

Compensation and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package including:

·       Healthcare (health, vision, and dental) provided at 100% for employees and 75% for dependents

·       Vision is 100% for all dependents

·       401k plan with up to a 4% salary match

·       Generous time off:

a.     PTO starting accrual that equals 18 days a year

b.     15 holidays a year including a three-day Thanksgiving break (Wednesday – Friday) and the last week of the year (December 24 – January 1)

·       And other great benefits! (i.e. gym reimbursement, Flexible spending account (FSA), cell phone reimbursement)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement