Dec 11, 2019

Founding Assistant Principal - Elementary School (ECE) (20-21)

  • KIPP Texas
  • Houston, TX
Full-time School Leadership

Job Description

KIPP Houston Public Schools

Houston, TX
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2020-21 School Year
Subject: Early Childhood

Organization: KIPP Houston Public Schools
Preferred Locations:


JOB TITLE: Assistant Principal (Founding Houston Elementary School - Early Childhood Education)



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 Assistant Principal's job is to support the school in driving academic and character outcomes for students as a key member of the school's leadership team. Assistant Principals are expected to lead both instruction and school culture while also developing leadership in the school's emerging leaders. Our Assistant Principals aim to spend 75% of their time on instructional leadership. They commit to establishing high-achieving schools that are diverse, equitable, and partnered strongly with the communities they serve.

Specifically, there is a unique and exciting opportunity to serve as a founding member of the instructional leadership team at one of our newly launched campuses for the SY 2020-2021. We are looking for individuals who have instructional leadership expertise and who thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.

At KIPP, we believe that the Assistant Principal is a future School Leader and is therefore actively being developed for school leadership. The Assistant Principal should consider him/herself to be an apprentice to the School Leader and gradually build capacity to lead a KIPP school.

Key Responsibilities

1. Model and support implementation of the school's vision and goals
  • Supports the development of the School Leader's school-wide vision and takes an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; owns the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
  • With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that s/he coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide vision and goals
2. Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizes time to accomplish goals
  • Provides input into the strategic planning of the school, and identifies areas of ownership for self and direct reports
  • Effectively plan to meet goals through prioritization and excellent time management and coach others to do the same
3. Develop emerging leaders with School Leader's guidance
  • Supports the School Leader in identifying and developing emerging teacher leaders (Content Team Leaders and/or Grade Level Chairs) through goal setting, coaching and providing feedback
4. Model strong staff and student culture and manage school-wide character development and behavior management systems
  • Supports teachers in understanding process and roles in student support and intervention and develops systems and structures to ensure that limited time is spent on reactive student discipline
  • Manage parts of the daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips, extra-curricular school activities, school events, facility maintenance)
  • Acts as the first Leadership Team contact on student intervention and parent engagement hierarchy; determines next steps for issues that rise above the teacher/grade level/department chair
5. Collaborate with School Leader to hire diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff

6. Build own and direct reports' instructional knowledge of standards, content and instructional methods.
Content (Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment):
  • Develops deep mastery over the academic standards in the subjects/grades for which he/she coaches, and strong understanding of academic standards for all subjects/grades. Understands the implications of standards on what a student should know and be able to do, connect teachers with relevant resources to improve their content knowledge, and therefore what a teacher needs to know and be able to do to facilitate student mastery
  • Studies curriculum and assessment content and further develops understanding of how assessments map to content mastery, and what is required of students and teachers to accomplish mastery on the assessments
  • Teaches teachers how to assess for both student mastery and growth towards college readiness and insists that assessments are used to inform teacher instruction
Research-based Instructional Practices (Methods and Time):
  • Develops own and teacher's knowledge of best practices in instructional methods and teaches teachers how to match particular strategies to gaps in student mastery
7. Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high-quality instruction and support School Leader in planning and implementing enabling systems of the KHPS Academic Strategies Pyramid

Data Analysis (Data-driven Instruction and Progress Monitoring):
  • Lead data-driven instruction. Help teachers determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals (what is being assessed and how it maps to standards); break-out data to analyze how different student groups are performing; determine what data is saying about areas of student mastery and growth; and identify specific instructional actions and adjustments to fill students' knowledge and skill gaps and a timeline to do so
Teacher Instructional Development (Instructional Coaching, Content Teams, and Workshops):
  • Provide high-quality instructional coaching with frequent and scheduled teacher observations, actionable and bite-sized feedback, and accountability for adjustment in practice
  • Coach emerging leaders on their instructional coaching practice
  • May lead or coach others who lead department/content/grade-level meetings that focus on planning for and norming on instruction and culture, practicing instructional strategies, and progress monitoring the department/content/grade level
  • Recommend to the School Leader what school-wide professional development will be the highest leverage in improving student results; lead engaging, actionable, adult-learning workshops; and hold staff accountable for implementation of the workshop practices

Skills and Qualifications
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (required)
  • Interest in serving as a Founding Assistant Principal (required)
  • At least 2 years of teaching experience (required)
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success and holistic growth (required)
  • Experience working in historically educationally underserved communities (preferred)
  • Previous school-level leadership experience (preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish (preferred)

Leadership Competencies
  • Student Focus : Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school's unique community
  • Direction Setting : Ability to set direction for a team and motivate others to action
  • Achievement Orientation and Performance Management : Demonstrated student achievement results in own classroom and from teachers that he/she manages
  • Cultural Competence : Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Instructional Leadership : Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data
  • Instructional Leadership : Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students' knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies
  • Instructional Leadership : Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies (e.g. make kids sweat, pacing, stretch it, etc.) based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy
  • Relationship Building : Expertise in cultivating relationships and managing a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Achievement Orientation : Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes

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.

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