Company Description:

As a leader in providing high quality education for low income students, KIPP Memphis Public Schools (KIPP Memphis) is a network of open enrollment, tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools. KIPP Memphis is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of high performing public charter schools. KIPP’s network spans more than 200 schools across the US and is known for having high expectations, focusing on results and ensuring students achieve their post-high school goals. The mission of KIPP Memphis is “Together with families and communities, we 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.”

Founded in 2002, KIPP Memphis serves elementary, middle, and high school students in North Memphis. The KIPP Memphis team and family serves as a model of excellence and collaborates with other community organizations to raise the overall quality of education in Memphis.

Job Description:

The Assistant Principal of Instruction – STEM (Instructional Coach) will work with the school leader to actualize the school’s vision.  In addition to driving the vision for pedagogy that drives student achievement, the Assistant Principal of Instruction – STEM creates and manages strong academic systems and structures to support teachers in executing this vision to meet our school goals. The Assistant Principal of Instruction – STEM also helps to design professional development for our teachers, guiding them to become strong classroom managers and competent instructional leaders in their classrooms.  The primary components of the job include:

  • Setting high, but achievable standards for student achievement
  • Coaching and managing teaching performance
  • Analyzing student data and facilitating next steps to ensure continued achievement
  • Works with Principal to manage family partnership and involvement
  • Supports culture and discipline
  • Success in this role will be measured by grade-level student achievement and ability to align priorities, instruction, and grade-level culture to the school-wide vision, mission and values

Key Responsibilities:

Works with Principal  to manage academic systems for the teaching staff on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis

  • Communicate and manage the school year academic dates calendar, including internal and external deadlines to all stakeholders
  • Audit progress reports and report cards to ensure that each report has the appropriate number of grades and comments
  • Work with Principal to create and print meaningful weekly reports for each grade level  
  • Support the Principal  in creating instructional reports 

 Formalize instructional systems and instructional alignment across content areas

  • Create professional development for grade- and subject-specific instruction for teachers
  • Develop long-term plans; ensure that long-term plans and assessments are vertically aligned in terms of rigor 

Design and support professional development efforts

  • In collaboration with the Principal, help create the yearly Professional Development Overview 
  • Assess school-wide and group-based (ex: co-teacher, grade level, veteran) instructional needs based on student achievement data to determine professional development needs
  • Collaborate with the Principal and staff to plan differentiated summer professional development based on teacher needs and school goals starting in year two   
  • Coordinate tracked Professional Development offerings during the school year
  • Coordinate external partnerships by developing session objectives and outcomes in advance with external trainers and the school leader
  • Develop and lead professional development for teaching fellows throughout the year

Supports school-wide discipline plan and efforts

  • Model effective classroom management techniques
  • Support teachers with implementing behavior management
  • Work with students, families, and teachers to issue logical consequences for behavior and follows-up

Support staff culture

  • Backwards plan staff culture supports with leadership team and admin team

Manage Teachers

  • Hold One-on-One’s (O3s) with all direct reports once each week  
  • When working with teaching fellows, develop a trajectory of progress based on the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching

Other duties as assigned

Required Skill Competencies

  • Student Focus: Believe 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 across an entire school and motivate others to action
  • Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results from teachers and leaders that he/she manages and coaches
  • 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: 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
  • Focus on Results: Focuses upon results and how they are achieved; Does not confuse effort with results
  • Improvement: Continuously and humbly seeks opportunities for personal and organizational improvement; Proactively solicits and willingly accepts assistance
  • Analysis: Analyzes, reflects upon, synthesizes, and contextualizes information
  • Anticipating Problems: Anticipates and identifies problems in a timely manner
  • Sense of Urgency: Makes timely decisions, using intuition as well as data in the face of ambiguity
  • Systems: Establishes and/or uses communication systems that proactively engage key stakeholders, and rely upon a variety of appropriate channels



  • Active Tennessee Teacher License
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Four years of successful full-time teaching experience serving in a similar student population
  • Content Expert
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills  
  • Relentless results-orientation and strong sense of purpose
  • Ability to establish relationships and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies
  • Reflective and able to execute in an efficient and effective manner with managers, peers and support personnel
  • Self-aware with a strong commitment to continuous learning; Strong written and oral communication skills; Sense of humor
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Memphis’ vision, mission and values


  • Active Administrator License 
  • Master’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of Instructional Leadership (coaching teachers, leading professional development, performance management)

Additional Information:

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience, degree attainment, and credentials. A competitive benefits package will also be offered. 

ADA Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods standing and actively observing teachers
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times
  • Must be able to facilitate classroom transitions by walking through hallways and up and down stairs with students

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.

All application information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.