KIPP LA Schools is a non-profit organization that operates free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving students in South, Southeast, and East Los Angeles. KIPP LA's mission is to teach the academic skills, foster the intellectual habits, and cultivate the character traits needed for our students to thrive in school, college, and life. Through the success of our students, KIPP LA's team and family will serve as a model of excellence and collaborate with others to raise the quality of education in Los Angeles.
KIPP LA currently operates 17 schools and serves approximately 7,300 students. Our team is expanding rapidly; over the next five years, we will more than double the number of students we serve.
The Dean will support the school in driving academic and character outcomes for students as a key member of the school's leadership team. We expect our Deans to lead both instruction and school culture and also to be able to develop the school's emerging leaders.
- Model and support implementation of the school's vision and goals
- Supports development of 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, helps lead the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goals
- May use computers, overhead projectors, TV, VCR, etc. which would require a 10 pound force to push or pull the TV/VCR stand. The overhead projector requires 5 pounds of force to move
- Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritize time to accomplish goals
- Provides input into school-based strategic planning, and identifies what the school's strategic plan means for his/her own leadership and people that he/she coaches and manages
- Develop emerging leaders with School Leader's guidance
- Supports the school leader in developing emerging and teacher leaders through coaching other leaders on discrete leadership tasks
- Build own and direct reports' instructional knowledge of standards, content, and instructional methods
- 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
- 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
- Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction and support School Leader in planning and implementing enabling systems
- Lead data-driven instruction. Help teachers: determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals ; 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
- 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
- Model strong staff and student culture and help 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
- Manages parts of daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips)
- Acts as the first point of contact for student intervention and parent engagement and for any issues that rise to the Leadership Team
- Supports a culture where excellence is paramount by holding self and others accountable for achieving it
- 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
- Build Relationships: Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with students, families, teachers and colleagues based on mutual respect, integrity and trust.
- 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 coaches
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honor and support 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
- Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes
- Mission orientation: Demonstrated passion for KIPP LA's mission
- Bachelor's Degree (required); Master's Degree (preferred).