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Job Title: School Leader
Company Name: KIPP Public Charter Schools
Location: St. Louis, MO
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 03/18/2018
Expire Date: 04/17/2018
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Job Description
School Leader
About KIPP St. Louis
KIPP St. Louis is a growing network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools offering a choice to families and a college-preparatory education to children in St. Louis city . Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for education reform by establishing and supporting a world class network of public schools that develop in all of our students the knowledge, skills, character, and pursuit of excellence necessary to succeed in high quality high schools and colleges and the world beyond. 

KIPP St. Louis currently serves 1,600 students and at full growth, we will serve nearly 3,000 students and hundreds alumni. Today, our St. Louis network is comprised of two middle schools, two elementary schools, and a high school:
  • KIPP Inspire Academy, founded in 2009
  • KIPP Victory Academy, founded in 2014
  • KIPP Triumph Academy, founded in 2015
  • KIPP Wisdom Academy, founded in 2015
  • KIPP St. Louis High School, founded in 2017

Position Overview
Every day, it is great people at KIPP that prove the possible. The School Leader (principal) is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement and motivating others to follow that vision. Additionally, the School Leader is tasked with strategically implementing the school’s mission through effective leadership and management of the school’s students and staff, resulting in an instructional environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life. The School Leader is a full time, exempt, school-based position and reports to the Chief Academic Officer or Head of Schools. 

What You Will Do...
The School Leader oversees all functions at the individual school level, including the following duties:
Student Performance
  • Set and enforce rigorous standards for student achievement that are in line with the goals of the school and region.
  • Ensure the academic program meets or exceeds yearly student outcome goals as defined by the school and region and measured by the NWEA and Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).
  • Other duties as assigned
Organizational Leadership
  • Lead teachers in developing a healthy school culture aligned with the mission, vision and values of the school and the region.
  • Create a culture of excellence, teamwork and collaboration among the staff, teachers, students and families
  • Foster a school climate that supports both student and staff success and promotes respect and appreciation for all students, staff and parents.
  • Oversee all programs, services, and activities to ensure that program objectives are met.
  • Manage student recruitment and enrollment process to ensure that the school achieves its targeted enrollment projections.
  • Ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, visitors, and public and private property.
  • Address any disciplinary issues fairly and immediately.
  • Other duties as assigned
Instructional Leadership
  • Manage, evaluate and develop all staff members at the school.
  • Work with teachers to constantly assess and improve student achievement results.
  • Ensure use of effective, research-based teaching methodologies and practices.
  • Implement data-driven instruction and lead discussions about student performance.
  • Work with teachers to improve their teaching practice through coaching, professional development, modeling, and collaborative planning.
  • Provide high quality curricular training and resources to staff.
  • Other duties as assigned
Operational Leadership
  • Develop a school-wide budget with the assistance of the Dean of Operations and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Oversee routine facilities maintenance.
  • Oversee management of school records and resources as necessary. 
  • Ensure compliance of local, state, and federal laws and regulations and court orders.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Recruit, select, and hire school staff, including teachers and school-based support staff.
  • Continually monitor progress on all measures of school and staff performance.
  • Oversee any and all disciplinary actions.
  • Provide for adequate supervision, training, and evaluation of all staff and volunteers.
  • Create an effective team of people jointly responsible for the attainment of school goals and committed to achieving excellence.
  • Other duties as assigned
Community Relations
  • Serve as liaison between teachers, parents, and the community.
  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a leading member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees.
  • Other duties as assigned
What you should have...
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Administrative credential or current enrollment in an administrative credentialing program
  • Demonstrated success as a teacher (at least 5 years) and instructional leader (at least 2 years) in an urban school
  • An uncompromising belief that all students can learn
  • A relentless work ethic and a high degree of patience to push through difficult challenges
  • A willingness to be held accountable for quantifiable student achievement and academic gains
  • The ability and commitment to use data and regular assessment to inform instructional decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team of teachers
  • Outstanding public speaking and writing skills
  • Technological proficiency and adaptability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • The desire and humility to grow as an educator 
Physical demands/mental demands/environmental factors…
  • Administrative staff must have the ability to…
  • Constantly position self to interact with students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Observe students inside the classroom and school building, as well as outside
  • Operate a computer and classroom equipment on a daily basis
  • Do occasional moderate lifting, pushing and pulling
  • Communicate effectively (verbal and written)
  • Maintain frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty
  • Maintain emotional control under stress
  • Interpret policy, procedures and data
  • Occasionally endure inclement weather conditions to provide for student safety
  • Coordinate school functions
How you will be compensated...
At KIPP St. Louis we take care of our employees. We provide competitive salaries, and a full slate of benefits including $0 deductible medical coverage, dental, vision, and, life insurance, short term disability and an optional 403b as a supplement to our retirement pension program. Perks include a laptop computer, eligibility for yearly performance-based bonuses, and a plethora of professional development opportunities. 

No phone calls please. Any questions about this opening can be sent to careers@kippstl.org.

KIPP St. Louis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment at our school. KIPP St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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