Director of People Job Description
About KIPP Colorado
At KIPP Colorado Schools, all students will learn and achieve.
KIPP Colorado Schools is part of the national KIPP network of free college-preparatory public charter schools that are open to all and dedicated to preparing students from educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.
- Who we are: KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of six high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools. We educate students in grades ECE-4 at KIPP Northeast Elementary, grades 5-8 at KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, and grades 9-12 at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy. For the 2018-19 school year, KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary educates students in grades ECE through Kindergarten.
- What we do: We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student's needs, skills, and interests.
- How we do it: Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extra-curricular activities, so our students love school and maximize their learning.
- Why it matters: Great education transforms lives. At KIPP Colorado Schools, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.
Role Mission Statement
The Director of People sees our KIPP Colorado staff members through the entirety of the employee life cycle to ensure we have high-performing, happy, healthy staff that can best support our students.
- Human capital strategy and plan: Build both annual and long-term KIPP Colorado human capital strategy and tactical plan that includes an organizational talent and total benefits philosophy that considers the entire employee life cycle
- Staff retention: Retain 85% of KIPP Colorado staff members year-over-year
- Strong people managers: Support and grow KIPP Colorado's people managers to navigate adaptive management challenges
- Career progression planning and professional learning: Map career pathways and succession plans for all roles in KIPP Colorado, and support Head of Schools in development and structuring of professional learning for KIPP Colorado staff members
- Performance management: Build and maintain a normed and high-quality performance management system for all KIPP Colorado staff members
- Team management: Manages team towards human resources and recruitment scorecard and annual plan outcomes
Build Relationships and Manage People
Title-specific for Directors
- Internalizes, champions, and holds self & other accountable to KIPP Colorado values of:
- Team & Family
- Demonstrates the ability to understand and navigate issues of identity, power, and privilege
- Values the range of different backgrounds people bring to our work, appreciates how those backgrounds make us better at what we do, and strives to create an environment in which everyone who demonstrates our values and delivers on their responsibilities thrives
- Expresses high expectations for all students and families, and expresses belief in their potential to complete college and succeed in life
- Seeks to understand the needs and motivations of students and families, and makes decisions with student best interests and needs in mind
- Promotes vision and creates strategy for team in alignment with organizational goals/academic model
- Aligns decisions on short-term priorities and resource allocation with long-term organizational goals, scale, and sustainability
- Monitors progress, drives decision-making, and recommends course of action for organizational decisions informed by research, data, and stakeholder perspectives
- Demonstrates a clear vision and strategy for effectively prioritizing personal time and resources according to team and regional goals
- Demonstrates flexibility in the face of unanticipated changes and challenges
- Utilizes diplomacy, innovation, and creativity when resolving non-routine matters that impact the achievement of team and regional goals
- Adapts communications and leadership style as needed to influence others to achieve results
- Uses change management principles to shift and influence stakeholder behavior in relationships without formal authority
- Cultivates the trust of key stakeholders by active listening and seeking to understand their views and needs; follows through on commitments and promises with an appropriate sense of urgency
- Manages team towards the team and organizational goals by providing differentiated coaching, timely feedback, and holding team members accountable for achieving their key outcomes
- Understands all stages of the employee life cycle, how they impact organizational performance, and how they fit together to create a continuum of support
- Advances a talent-focused culture at KIPP Colorado by making the connection between talent and student success
- Employs a lens of cultural competence and inclusiveness in human capital decision-making
- Strikes a balance of empathy, urgency, and solutions-orientation in working through challenges
- Coaches and develops people managers
- Drives policy development and adherence to ensure equity, legal compliance, and ease of use
- Implements rewards and recognition that supports strong employee retention
- Implements strong data systems to support reporting, risk management, and decision-making
- Considers the employee impact and financial implications of KIPP Colorado's compensation and benefits package
- Complies with labor and compliance laws in navigating personnel situations
The starting salary for this position is $80,000 and may be negotiated depending on experience. Employee benefits include medical, dental, participation in PERA, and a paid-time off package.