KIPP New Orleans Schools

New Orleans, LA

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject:  
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP New Orleans Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Mary Carlton
Email: mcarlton@kippneworleans.org

You can use your mobile device to email jobs to yourself or others. You can apply to roles at KIPP from a laptop or desktop.

Chief Operating Officer

APPLY
KIPP New Orleans Schools

New Orleans, LA

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject:  
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP New Orleans Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Mary Carlton
Email: mcarlton@kippneworleans.org

About Us

 

KIPP New Orleans Schools (KNOS) is a growing network of eleven open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools serving 5000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.  Our mission is to empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and to lead choice-filled lives. Since 2005, we have earned a reputation for partnering with students, families and their communities to build excellent schools.

 

KIPP New Orleans Schools is an independent non-profit organization governed by a local board of directors.  Schools are authorized by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and are held to high standards of performance.  With an operating budget of $65 million and over 600 employees, we are a leader in public education in New Orleans.  Our existing growth plan envisions a 12-school portfolio serving more than 5,300 students in New Orleans. Given emerging opportunities, we are actively considering revisions to our growth strategy that would enable us to serve additional students locally and throughout Louisiana.

 

KIPP schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment so that our students thrive and maximize their learning.  We hold high expectations for students, create a culture of support and achievement, and personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.  We believe that our students need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to succeed in college and the world beyond. KIPP principals are empowered to lead school teams and invest in training to help them grow as professionals.  The KIPP Through College program provides counselors to support students as they prepare for college and career. KIPP students graduate from college at a rate four times higher than the national average for students with similar demographics.

 

Position Summary

The chief operating officer (COO) serves as a member of our executive leadership team, reporting to and acting as a key thought partner for the chief executive officer (CEO). The position requires significant collaboration with the CEO, chief academic officer, chief financial officer, school leaders, school operations leaders, and senior leaders throughout the school support center (SSC).

 

The COO’s responsibilities include:

 
  • partnering with the CEO to develop and implement long-term, strategic goals related to the organization’s growth;

  • providing strategic management oversight of critical organizational functions, including

    • school operations (e.g., student recruitment, transportation, and food service),

    • SSC operations,

    • facilities,

    • human resources,

    • information technology,

    • data compliance and reporting,

    • emergency preparedness,

    • risk management, and

    • non-instructional regulatory compliance;

  • ensuring vendor contracts and other partnership agreements meet regulatory standards and serve the organization effectively; and

  • acting as a primary liaison to our board of directors, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE), and OPSB.

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate brings a minimum of 10 years’ professional experience, has overseen or progressed through senior leadership roles across multiple functions for at least five years, and has earned a master of business administration (M.B.A.) or other graduate degrees in a relevant field of study.

 

The COO must possess the following characteristics:

 
  • excellent strategic thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit that maximize available resources and yield exceptional, sustainable outcomes;

  • demonstrated ability to analyze complex scenarios and data sets, clearly define the strategic questions they imply, and make tough decisions despite ambiguity or incomplete information;

  • effective interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to cultivate partnerships, build consensus, and coordinate activities across teams at multiple locations;

  • strong comfort defining and upholding high expectations, including delivering and receiving constructive feedback;

  • solid organization and time-management skills, including the ability to advance numerous competing priorities while solving problems independently;

  • persistent resilience and comfort working in a complex, fast-paced environment that demands continuous learning and improvement;

  • proven history of attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining top-notch talent while driving results through others; and unyielding passion for our mission.