May 24, 2023

Deputy Chief of School Achievement (23-24)

  • KIPP Texas
  • San Antonio, TX
Full-time Special Education Support

Job Description

Company Description
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. 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 communities.
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Job Description
The Opportunity
KIPP Texas is looking for a Deputy Chief of School Achievement (DCSA). Under the direction of the Chief Schools Officer (CSO), the DCSA is responsible for implementing and overseeing all initiatives related to maintaining and improving academic performance and student achievement. The DCSA will play a critical role in coaching and supporting Academic Achievement leaders in creating equitable, joyful, academically excellent learning environments that lead to improved student achievement outcomes through the closure of opportunity gaps. The DCSA will advise the CSO and the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) on curriculum, instructional methodologies, student assessment, and professional development for staff and administration. The Deputy Chief of School Achievement will provide support and coaching to each Regional Deputy Chief of Achievement, their achievement teams, and their school communities to improve the academic culture and conditions to dramatically increase student achievement.
This is an ideal role for an innovative systems-level leader with a track record of transformative change in schools. The DCSA will assist in developing short- and long-term goals to ensure the successful implementation of KIPP Texas' mission, including working to impact system change, remove barriers, and scale academic achievement across all KIPP Texas schools.
You know you are successful if:
  • You communicate and embody KIPP Texas' culture and core values
  • You model effective leadership practices, including articulating a vision for effective support to schools, utilizing time management strategies, and prioritizing work;
  • You provide coaching and support to Regional leaders and their school leadership teams in leadership competencies aligned to their individual professional learning plans, specifically in the areas of equity-based leadership, instructional leadership, leading through others, and leveraging impact and influence to drive transformational change;
  • You are a model of equitable practices while teaching and insisting that School Leaders (SLs) and School Leader Managers (SLMs) also be models of equitable practices in their decision-making for both BIG and Little KIPPsters;
  • You analyze data at the student level through the regional level to support SLs and SLMs in crafting plans that are responsive to both strengths and areas of opportunities around school culture, leadership, and student outcomes;
  • You assist in setting the vision and direction for Big KIPPster's professional learning experiences that are rigorous, aligned, and collaborative in service of building community within, and across, horizontal communities of SLs and SLMs.
Key Responsibilities
  • In collaboration with Academics teammates, craft and implement strategic academic improvement plans to support schools in meeting/exceeding annual state, regional, and school-level goals, and targets;
  • In collaboration with state and regional leaders, conducts regular formal and informal classroom walk-throughs aligned to student achievement and strategic goals;
  • Not only model anti-racist and equitable practices for regional leaders, school leader managers, and school leaders but a creator of processes to support anti-racism and equity in curriculum and culture. while supporting ALL in becoming strong models for the teams they support and lead;
  • Provide insight and thought leadership to regional leaders and school leaders by staying well-informed of current curricular and educational thoughts, trends, and practices, as well as, proposed legislation impacting the schools;
  • Possess a clear and effective pedagogy that embodies KIPP Texas' belief that instruction must be engaging, relevant, and rigorous; ability to clearly communicate this pedagogy with both teachers and external stakeholders;
  • Participate in staff and other network meetings to maintain alignment between all divisions and the work supporting the development of school leaders;
  • Support the use of comprehensive data to make instructional decisions this includes compiling, interpreting, and communicating data to determine KIPP Texas' needs and inform instruction and systems management;
  • Provide recommendations to Chief Schools Officer and Chief Academic Officer on general funds and categorical budgets related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development;
  • In partnership with Regional Superintendents and Regional Deputy Chiefs of Achievement, ensure that the schools are aligned with and integrated into all aspects of KIPP Texas
  • Ensure school leader managers and school leaders are aware of policy updates at both the regional and state level;
  • Builds the instructional leadership capacity of school leadership with a particular focus on instruction, data analysis, aligned interventions, community, and culture;
  • Engage in rigorous professional development to build on both personal and school-wide strengths and areas of growth to promote KIPP Texas' mission and vision;
  • Institute strong accountability and enabling systems to support schools in attaining strong student achievement outcomes for ALL students, including students in specialized cohorts;
  • Are committed to restorative justice as a means of addressing conflicts or challenges in the community, whether between students, staff members, or students and staff members;
  • Are active participants in a supportive professional community that fosters respect, trust, honesty, risk-taking, open-mindedness, flexibility, collaboration, and continuous improvement;
  • Performs any other duties as assigned. Responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the network.

  • Demonstrated commitment to KIPP Texas mission
  • Ability to model KIPP's values at all times
  • Bachelor's degree required, Advanced degree preferred
  • 5 years of supervisory and management experience, preferably in a large, dynamic, mission-driven organization
  • Proven success in school-based leadership as a principal or assistant principal, or school counselor
  • Minimum 3-5 years of successful teaching experience
  • State or district-wide curriculum development experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to Equity and Social Justice
  • Demonstrated track record of setting ambitious goals and driving results
  • Embrace using data to inform instructional planning and practice. Comfortable using Microsoft Excel, sharing and analyzing student performance results, and having humility in constantly working to improve instructional practices.
  • Outstanding leadership skills; a team-builder capable of motivating and developing great teams; relentless pursuit of improvement and driving results through collective achievement
  • Experience with educational organizations, non-profit management, and/or non-profit consulting, is preferred
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and listening skills; communicates persuasively and articulately
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Self-directed and results-oriented, demonstrating initiative and follow-through
  • Experience dismantling systems of oppression for students with adults and in schools, generally
  • Ability to travel to various locations, travel time approximately 25% - 35%

Additional Information
Compensation and Benefits
As a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas' benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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