The College, Career + team plays a vital role in keeping the promise we made to our KIPP elementary and middle school completers, as well as high school graduates to support them in their journey’s through college, career, and beyond. As members of the KTC team, the Director of KIPP Through College leads the Persistence team in supporting KIPP Memphis Alumni as they pursue their dreams of higher education. The Director of KIPP Through College serves as the contact for our college and university stakeholders. They lead the efforts to effective advising, promoting the five keys to success, and creating navigation systems to assist students in their efforts to obtain a college degree and the career of their highest aspiration.
A full-time position, Director of KIPP Through College reports to the Chief of Schools and will be based at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. The Director of KIPP Through College will have the flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of the KTC department.
As a strategic thought partner, the Director of KTC will collaborate on best practices for student retention, long-term planning, and college and career partnerships. They assist in establishing initiatives to promote college persistence via matriculation workshops, summer and bridge programs, life skills and networking opportunities, and other resources available to college students. They will also work closely with the Chief of Schools to develop and manage career programming for KIPP Memphis Schools Alumni.
Job Responsibilities and Duties
Alumni Advising (30%)
- Manage a caseload of KIPP alumni enrolled in two- and four-year college, providing advising services focused on college persistence and completion, career readiness, academic and social integration, resource and campus navigation, and transfer options
- Perform data review and analysis
- Lead campaigns to complete benchmark assessments and student transcript collection
- Develop intervention plans and action steps for at-risk students
- Communicate FAFSA deadlines and conduct semester financial pulse checks for students
- Maintain comprehensive knowledge of and financial policies and procedures
- Maintain knowledge of transfer policies and requirements
- Collaborate with the creation of newsletters, email blasts, social media postings and/or other communication channels to notify alumni of events, opportunities, etc.
- Research and promote student’s involvement in internship opportunities.
Management/Leadership of Advisors (30%)
- Support design and implementation of annual strategic plan for meeting specific goals related to post secondary success
- Support and lead the planning and facilitation of KTC team meetings as a member of the leadership team
- Complete weekly One-on-One Check-ins, and quarterly performance evaluation Persistence Advisors
- Manage team conflict and alumni related issues
- Work the the Director of School Operations to manage the college persistence data in the KIPP database and monthly reporting of process of student progress
- Track progress through progress monitoring tools
- Collaborate with Assistant Principals of Culture/Family Engagement Coordinators on planning of annual college tours and events
- Collaborate with Assistant Principals of Culture/Family Engagement Coordinators to coordinate a strong transition from high school college counseling to college persistence advising structures
Stakeholder Relations (25%)
- Manage KTC communication, events, and services focused on college readiness, college access, college persistence, college completion, and career readiness
- Cultivate and maintain critical relationships with colleges, universities, outreach programs, and scholarship organizations
- In partnership with the Chief of Schools, develop and cultivate strategic partnerships with colleges that support alumni success through graduation, including providing academic support, social support, summer opportunities, and employment opportunities
- Work with middle school and high school staff (within feeder patterns) to prepare students for college, both academically and socially
- Participate in professional development and networking opportunities offered by the KIPP Foundation and other professional organizations to build skills and knowledge
- Bachelor’s degree (required); Master’s degree (preferred)
- 3-5 years of experience working with high school students (especially first-generation college goers) and their families, and/or in the college access or college success field
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making; facilitate various size working groups, work collaboratively; and, gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports
- Flexible and able to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions
- Proficient in Microsoft (MS) Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Uphold the core values of KIPP Memphis
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. A competitive benefits package will also be offered.
Salary range: Approximately $ 70,000 (depending on years of experience).
KIPP Memphis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school. KIPP MEMPHIS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
About KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
About KIPP Memphis Schools:
KIPP Memphis is part of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of free, open-enrollment, public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. There are currently 255 KIPP schools serving nearly 100,000 students. Today, KIPP Memphis serves over 2,000 students in our five schools in north Memphis and almost 800 alumni on their journeys to and through college with our KIPP Through College Program.
As a leader in providing high quality education for students who need us most, 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. We believe that educational outcomes should not be determined by family income, race, or zip code. The aim of KIPP Through College (KTC) is to ensure that college graduation is an option for all KIPP Memphis students. All KTC team members are responsible for ensuring that students (and their families) receive information on college access, admissions and financial aid processes, and resources to support students in their transition to and through college. Additionally, the KTC team advocates for college access and greater support for low-income, underrepresented, and/or first generation college students to help eliminate barriers to college matriculation and graduation.