KIPP Memphis has 2 School Leader (Principals) positions for next year in High School and Middle School

  • Memphis, TN, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School Leadership
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

About KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools:

As a leader in providing high quality education for students who need us most, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools (KMCS) is a network of open enrollment, tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools. KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools are part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of high performing network of schools. KIPP’s network spans more 200 schools across the US and is known for having high expectations, focusing on results and ensuring students go to and through college. The mission of KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools is to create high performing schools in the Memphis community that will equip all students with the necessary academic and life skills needed to succeed through college, the competitive world and to live choice-filled lives.

Founded in 2002, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools 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 School Leader’s primary job is to drive academic and character outcomes for students. We expect our School Leaders to focus 75% of their time on instructional leadership, specifically all of the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. At KIPP, we also expect our School Leaders to build lasting and sustainable organizations by developing a pipeline of future School Leaders and creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff. The School Leader is responsible for developing his/her successor and the leadership capacity of his/her staff.


  • Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with the KIPP region, that lead students on a path to and through college
  • Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve annual goals
  • Cultivate a diverse, high-potential school leadership pipeline (from teacher leader to AP to successor) and develop leadership team members by teaching and insisting that they are true owners of the work and coaching and assigning stretch activities
  • Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for a positive learning culture
  • Develop systems and structures to hire and retain diverse, highly-effective staff
  • Build own and school staff’s knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards
    • Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery
    • Develop knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment
  • Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction
    • Lead analysis of and develop teachers’ ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery
    • Regularly observe and coach instructional coaches to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis
    • Ensure teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in content teams
    • Lead whole-school professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice
  • Cultivate School Leader’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger
  • Design school structures that create school compliance and ensure we are within state and federal regulations.

Required Skill Sets:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Talent Development: Demonstrated success in developing leadership capacity in others
  • 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: 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
  • Instructional Leadership: Command of instructional design and the benefits and tradeoffs of school design decisions in driving student achievement
  • Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes


  • BA or BS required; and Graduate Degree(s) preferred
  • Licensed in School Administration – State of TN
  • Experience working in low income communities is preferred
  • Four years of successful full-time teaching experience serving a similar student population
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills
  • Relentless results-orientation and strong sense of purpose
  • Experience with Instructional Leadership (coaching teachers, leading professional development, performance management)
  • 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
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Memphis’ vision, mission and values

Additional Information

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools are committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school. KMCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.