KIPP Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
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Organization: KIPP Tulsa
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Andrea Murrell
Email: amurrell@kipptulsa.org

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Executive Director

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KIPP Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
Subject:  
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP Tulsa
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Andrea Murrell
Email: amurrell@kipptulsa.org

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Job Description
 
About KIPP
Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating nearly 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students in educationally underserved communities and 10,000 students in college.  KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. KIPP schools, regions, and the national 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 build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all.
 
KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools
KIPP Tulsa was founded in 2005 by opening the city’s first charter school, KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory Middle School in North Tulsa.  In the fall of 2018, KIPP Tulsa University Prep High School opened.  Today in 2018-19, the region’s 52 staff members serve 450+ students grades 5-9 on a budget of $5M.  In the next few years, KIPP Tulsa will continue to grow to a sustainable K-12 KIPP region by scaling up its high school, opening an elementary, and considering further expansion – all while further improving student growth and achievement. To ensure an environment for success, KIPP Tulsa’s ED and Board will need to significantly increase fundraising and advocacy.  By offering highly effective educators with strong bonds to families, more time in school learning, services that support a variety of student needs, and a culture focused on achievement, our students are on a path to and through college.
 
Executive Director Position Summary & Opportunity
KIPP Tulsa’s Executive Director (ED) is responsible for updating and executing a strategic plan to lead, manage, and grow a region of K-12 KIPP schools to achieve impact, sustainability, and scale. Reporting to the Board Chair of the local Board of Directors, the ED is accountable directly to that Board and indirectly to the KIPP Foundation for the performance of the region and its alignment with KIPP network best practices. Externally, the ED serves as the region’s top champion, advocate, and fundraiser.  To support the region’s schools, the ED builds and manages KIPP Tulsa’s Regional Office team and direct reports, which currently include: Managing Director of Finance & Operations, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Development, Director of KIPP Through College. A collaborative member of the KIPP network’s ED community, KIPP Tulsa’s ED will provide input on KIPP’s national strategy.  An outstanding leader, the ED is deeply aligned with the KIPP’s values and beliefs, in particular those of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
 
Primary Responsibilities
As the executive leader of a KIPP region, an ED is responsible for ensuring the high quality, strategic growth and operational sustainability of the region. An ED’s key responsibilities include:
 
Develop and execute on the region’s vision.
  • Work with the local Board, key funders and partners, the leadership team, and national KIPP Foundation to develop a strategic vision and implementation plan to accomplish it.
  • Set clear academic, growth, operational, and financial goals and manage to them; adapt as necessary given changes in internal and external environment.
  • Manage strong public transparency systems including public compliance and reporting.

Build a high-performing regional team that supports schools to deliver transformational educational outcomes for students and alumni.
  • Recruit and develop future school leaders and a regional team.
  • Build and support a strong, cohesive culture that reflects core KIPP values and leads to a strong and aligned regional identity.
  • Introduce and execute against strong and consistent accountability systems to ensure regional progress toward shared goals. Promote transparent decision-making processes. Embrace distributive leadership principles.
 
Build organizational capacity and brand required for excellence, sustainability, and growth.
  • Build staff capacity and infrastructure systems necessary to sustain the region as scale and complexity. Develop region-wide systems to meet the varied needs of a growing and dynamic organization, including financial management, budget planning, compliance, human resources (including talent development, recruitment, and retention) contract negotiation, real estate and facilities, vendor management, fundraising and marketing, advocacy, legal/risk management, data management, and technology.
  • Ensure the region has a viable long-term financial plan and a sustainable funding base. Manage development efforts to meet ambitious annual and growth funding goals by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting public and private revenue sources. 
  • Oversee marketing, branding, and advocacy efforts on behalf of the region at local, state, and national levels.
 
The Executive Director will serve as an instructional leader, with the following responsibilities.
  • Oversee regional academic leaders and School Leadership teams including hiring/firing decisions and management of transitions.
  • Provide oversight of academic and school culture vision and priorities
  • Provide oversight of the implementation and alignment of high-quality curriculum, assessment, data management, and other academic systems across the region, leveraging the KIPP network academic strategy as the foundation for the region’s instructional strategy
  • Oversee internal school review processes
 
Engage key constituents to build strategic support for KIPP.
  • Develop a strong, engaged, and active Board in close partnership with the Board chair.
  • Build coalitions, relationships, and partnerships with stakeholders in support of the region’s mission and goals. (school district, charter authorizer, parents, donors, community members, elected officials.)
  • Demonstrate leadership as a member of KIPP’s national network by fully engaging as a member of KIPP’s Executive Director community. Ensure key regional constituents are kept fully informed on key developments and national KIPP initiatives. Leverage opportunities to engage in national dialogue, as well as opportunities to design network process and protocol.
 Qualifications
  • 5 years experience working with underserved and diverse communities, and in particular working with children to achieve exceptional results in academics, sports, the arts, community service, etc.
  • A proven track record of success in building and managing a complex enterprise (e.g., a high-performing school or network of schools, a successful non-profit or for-profit organization)
  • A willingness to travel, including during the initial orientation period, required.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
 Highly Preferred
  • Experience leading a high-performing school serving children from low-income communities.
  • Familiarity with the local region, including the political, educational and philanthropic landscape.
  • Master’s degree
 
Key Executive Director Competencies 
Successful KIPP regions are led by EDs who demonstrate the following skills, qualities, and beliefs.
 
Proves the Possible
  • Possesses an unshakable, deeply held personal belief that children growing up in low-income communities can achieve at high levels and can demonstrate exceptional personal character.
  • Makes decisions and empowers others to make decisions based on what is best for students.
 
Drives Results
  • Drives relentlessly to achieve exceptional outcomes on behalf of kids, and does so by demonstrating clear intellect, setting and achieving goals, and managing with grit and tenacity.
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment that involves high energy and rapid change.
  • Constantly focuses on identifying opportunities to learn and grow, has a track record of strong change management in an organization, and proactively seeks to supplement strong instincts with new ideas and best practices.
 
Builds Relationships
  • Operates with an exceptional level of self-awareness, humility and integrity in all interactions across our schools and community.
  • Builds relationships marked by trust, integrity and respect, and does so with a variety of stakeholders including teachers, leaders, students, parents, community members, Board members, donors and fellow KIPP EDs.
 
Manages People
  • Believes the essential purpose of his/her work will be to support and develop leaders, teachers and staff to ensure that outstanding teaching and learning takes place every day in KIPP classrooms.
  • Inspires and effectively manages (directly and indirectly) staff to achieve extraordinary results, and offers a clear vision and direction for regional staff members.
  • Cultivates future leaders in academics, administration, culture and school leadership.

 Provides Instructional Leadership and Manages Operations
  • Establishes the regional academic vision and goals and takes ultimate responsibility for academic alignment, ensuring instructional quality and academic performance across the region.
  • Increases the efficiency and effectiveness of regional operations to drive even stronger results in school performance.
 
 TO APPLYPlease submit a cover letter and resume via our online portal here.
 
If you have any questions or referrals please email Julie Woolf at jwoolf@kipp.org


KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.