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.
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 KIPP Forward team, the Director of KIPP Forward leads the Persistence team in supporting KIPP Memphis Alumni as they pursue their dreams of higher education. The Director of KIPP Forward 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.
The Director of KIPP Forward reports to the Chief Executive Officer and will be based at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. The Director of KIPP Forward will have the flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of the KIPP Forward department.
As a strategic thought partner, the Director of KIPP Forward 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 develop and manage career programming for KIPP Memphis Schools Alumni.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
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 KIPP Forward 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 and Parent/Family Engagement Coordinators on planning of annual college tours and events
- Collaborate with Assistant Principals of Culture and Parent/Family Engagement Coordinators to coordinate a strong transition from high school college counseling to college persistence advising structures
Stakeholder Relations (25%)
- Manage KIPP Forward 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
- 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
- 6-8 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
- 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
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Master’s degree
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience, degree attainment, and credentials. A competitive benefits package will also be offered.
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.