KIPP Austin Public Schools

Austin, TX

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

Organization: KIPP Austin Public Schools
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Managing Director of Primary Schools

KIPP Austin Public Schools

Austin, TX

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

Organization: KIPP Austin Public Schools
Preferred Locations:


JOB TITLE: Managing Director of Primary Schools



Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in the movement to provide all children with access to an exemplary education and the academic and character skills necessary to thrive in and graduate from college, positively impact their communities, and lead choice-filled lives.

In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impact more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.

In the 2019-2020 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 29,000 students in 55 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.

KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural “North Star”:

As a Team & Family, we:

Champion Equity

Chase Excellence

Persist with Purpose

Bring Joy

Rise Together

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 224 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.

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The Opportunity

The Managing Director of Primary Schools is responsible for assisting in building the capacity of school leadership teams to improve the conditions of teaching and learning in primary schools. The director will have recommendation and approval- making power to address day-to-day academic and operational school issues and will be responsible for ensuring that KTX’s mission and goals are achieved.

Collaboration with multiple departments to ensure consistency of practice and use of resources will be essential as this position works continuously to improve the skills and knowledge base of primary school leaders.

Key Responsibilities

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Uses aspects of principal coaching and supervision to develop a vision for highly effective primary school leaders in the domains of instructional leadership, vision and function, values and mindset, and service and engagement alongside school management

  • Analyzes academic performance of primary schools and correlates day-to-day decision making of primary school operations and instruction with outcomes for students

  • Analyzes school innovation and improvement plans to promote high student achievement and growth, increased active engagement of students, and principal professional learning.

  • Coordinates primary schools to promote a rigorous academic program of studies, superior student achievement, and continuous improvement of results for all students.

  • Collaborates with the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Team to craft the vision for GVLC in primary schools.

  • Coaches and supports primary school managers and leaders in goal setting, planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of action plans that will guide school leaders in meeting their instructional leadership objectives and for their schools to meet performance targets

  • Plans and leads high quality and relevant learning experiences for primary school managers and school leaders to guide the implementation of effective instructional programs

  • Conducts regular formal and informal classroom walk-throughs aligned to student achievement and strategic goals alongside the Curriculum Team and School Management Team.

  • Provides feedback on successful leadership practices, such as effective management of instructional staff, use of data, and establishment of school culture alongside school management teams.

  • Attends school-based meetings and events to foster a culture of engagement with staff, families, and community

  • Builds the instructional leadership capacity of school leaders with particular focus on instruction, data analysis, aligned interventions, community, and culture

  • Creates a culture of inquiry and mutual accountability among the primary leaders

  • Visits schools on a regular basis to monitor day-to-day operations

  • Models non discriminatory practices in all activities

Other Duties

  • Initiates and maintains effective liaisons to maintain a current knowledge of developments and research in the profession

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the CAO or Deputy Chief or other appropriate leader

Skills and Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required)

  • Must possess at least five years of primary school leadership and possess extensive experience in the field of public education to include classroom experience and supervisory/administrative experience.
  • Must possess budget planning experience.
  • Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and current issues in the provision of public education programs and services.
  • Must possess a demonstrated knowledge of state/federal regulations and accreditation requirements governing public education program.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, supervisory, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with teachers, paraprofessionals, school administrative staff, parents, guardians, the community, and central office administrative staff.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Must possess experience supervising and providing performance feedback professional staff, managing budgets, and developing and interpreting student population projections and teacher allocation.
  • Demonstrated strong computer skills are required.
  • Must possess the ability to speak effectively before large groups and high level executives.

Other Duties as assigned

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.