Principal of KIPP Impact
KIPP Jacksonville Schools - Jacksonville, FL

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About KIPP Jacksonville and KIPP Impact Middle School

The mission of KIPP Jacksonville Schools is to prepare our students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in high school, college and the competitive world beyond.

KIPP Jacksonville is the newest city among the national KIPP network of schools. KIPP Jacksonville is currently comprised of KIPP Impact Middle School, founded in 2010, the first KIPP school in the state of Florida. KIPP VOICE Elementary, our second school, opened in the summer of 2012. Ultimately, we aim to open and sustain five KIPP schools serving the Northwest Jacksonville area, our city’s most educationally underserved community based on high school graduation rates and test scores.

KIPP Jacksonville is currently seeking an experienced and exceptional instructional leader to serve as the Principal (School Leader) of KIPP Impact Middle school. KIPP Impact Middle school is a free, college preparatory public charter middle school that serves approximately 270 students in grades 5 – 7 during the 2012-13 school year, and will expand to full enrollment in 2013-14 with the addition of the 8 th grade class. The school is located in a completely renovated, state of the art facility in NW Jacksonville that houses both KIPP Impact Middle School and the new elementary school that opened in August 2012 with its first Kindergarten class

Position Overview

The Principal is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement and motivating others to implement the school’s vision through effective leadership and management of the school’s students and staff. The Principal’s leadership will result in an instructional program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life. The Principal reports to the Executive Director of KIPP Jacksonville.

Responsibilities

The Principal leads, manages and oversees all functions of the individual school site, including the following duties:
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Provide instructional leadership for the school site, including: maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement; ensuring teaching of Florida sunshine standards; managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement; and supporting all teachers in their professional development.
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Manage all human resources at the school site, including: attracting and selecting high performing staff; providing professional development opportunities; developing a collaborative team culture; managing performance; and, adhering to KIPP Jacksonville’s HR policies and state/federal employment laws.
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Manage resources at school site, including: setting and maintaining a budget that ensures fiscal solvency; planning for future needs; and ensuring compliance with restrictions and reporting requirements.
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Develop an effective school community, including: working with parents to better serve students and garnering support from community groups
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Manage daily operations – facilities, safety, compliance, and administrative processes – including: addressing issues and problems that arise in a principle-centered, creative, thoughtful and constructive way; following-up with constituents as needed; working closely with the KIPP Jacksonville leadership and support team on best practices, and seeking outside support as appropriate.
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Lead long term strategic planning and medium term process improvement as needed.
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Work in collaboration with other KIPP Jacksonville principals and Regional Support Office staff to achieve organizational goals.
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Performs other related duties as required and assigned.
Skills & Qualifications
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Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred)
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A minimum of 3-5 years teaching in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.
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At least two years of leadership in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.
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Ability to effectively manage instructional and non-instructional personnel.
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Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness.
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Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
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Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision‐making.
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Knowledge in the selection, training, and supervision of personnel.
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Cursory knowledge of the laws, rules, procedures, and programs specifically related to the operation of charter schools.
Excellent Candidates Will Demonstrate the Following Competencies:
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Student‐focused: Experienced working effectively with, building strong relationships with and prioritizing the needs of educationally disadvantaged students.
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Organizational and people leadership: Understand what makes schools succeed/fail, able to build strong classroom and school culture, drive classroom and school change, build strong relationships, and influence/lead others.
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Instructional leadership: Strong teacher and leader, with history of results, able to analyze instruction and help others improve their instruction.
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People‐oriented: Give and gain respect, show empathy, work effectively in teams, professional, and social situations. Able to work with a large group of diverse constituents.
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Self‐aware: Aware of own strengths and weaknesses, work relentlessly to improve upon weaknesses, are open to feedback, able to take blame for failures, show balance in confidence vs. humility, and behave professionally.
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Adaptable: Manage uncertainty; demonstrate resilience, resolve, and flexibility in face of change.
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Critical thinker and decision‐maker: Analyze information and organize thinking to solve problems and make decisions that are aligned with an extraordinary goal.
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Communication: Speak and write effectively. Speak articulately. Inspire through communication.
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Personal organization: Prioritize and multi‐task effectively. Punctual, prepared, detail‐oriented.
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Inspirational leadership: Demonstrate integrity, KIPP values, vision for/experience with getting kids to college, willingness to challenge tradition.
Compensation and Benefits

Salary is very competitive and commensurate with experience. The compensation package includes signing/relocation bonus, as well as medical, dental, life, and retirement benefits.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter & resume.

We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural leadership team and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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