KIPP LA School Leader Fellow Program

Los Angeles, CA
School Leadership – Fellowship
Full-Time 2019-2020 School Year
The Mission

KIPP LA Public 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 7,200 students. Our team is expanding rapidly; over the next five years, we will more than double the number of students we serve.

The Opportunity

    • The KIPP LA School Leader Fellow program is a highly selective, two-year, regionally-operated leadership development program and residency aimed at preparing aspiring school leaders in the adaptive and technical skills to lead a KIPP LA school as either a founding or successor school leader.

The Responsibilities

    • Residency: Fellows will be full-time members of their residency school leadership teams, which will provide them with daily opportunities to practice the skills and competencies required to lead high-performing schools. In Year One, in their role as a dean or assistant school leader, fellow participants will coach and develop teachers through the instructional leadership cycle and contribute to the overall academic and cultural vision of the school.  Fellows are committed to and actively contribute to the success of their placement school and act in alignment with school leadership team vision and priorities.
    • Individual Development Plan: Fellows will have individual development plans aligned to the KIPP Leading for Learning Actions. These development plans will create a scope and sequence for their learning. 
    • Performance Benchmarks: Fellows will be regularly evaluated on the skills and competencies of an effective school leader. Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 of the fellowship  is contingent upon successfully demonstrating proficiency on all Year 1 benchmarks and the availability of a match school leader role. Similarly, to be formally considered for a school leader role, the Fellow must be on track to proficiency in all Year 2 benchmarks. 
    • Coaching: One-on-one coaching from a Regional Academic Leader and/or Mentor School Leader.
    • Professional Development: Fellows will engage in cohort learning aligned to the program’s development roadmap to support their learning. This formal development will come through a combination of region-led and externally-led workshops, individual text studies and case studies.
    • School Launch/Transition Plan: In preparation for school leadership, Fellows in their second year will complete either a School Launch Plan or a School Transition Plan. These plans ensure the Fellow is ready to either found a new school or take over an existing school.
    • Continuous Support: Ongoing support and partnership from the KIPP LA regional team.

The Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Be in a dean, assistant school leader, or equivalent role at the time of application
    • Evidence of significant and consistent personal and professional achievement including driving results through individuals and teams
    • Worked in a school in which >50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

At the time of beginning the fellowship, applicants must have:

    • 3+  year(s) of teaching experience with demonstrated exemplary student performance results
    • 1+ years(s) of experience in a school-wide leadership role, such as an assistant school leader or dean
Fellows are placed into KIPP LA schools and will receive salary and benefits commensurate with their experience and role. Additionally, all travel expenses and coursework associated with the fellowship are paid for by the KIPP LA and the KIPP Foundation.

KIPP LA provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.

Application and Selection Process
If you are a current KIPP team member, you must discuss this opportunity with your manager before applying.

The deadline to apply to the School Leader Fellow program for KIPP LA is Monday, December 17th. If you are interested in applying to fellowships with other KIPP regions, please check their job listings carefully, as deadlines between regions vary.

Please note that if your application progresses to our Final Selection Event, we will invite you to two days of interviews in Los Angeles on February 25th, 2019 and February 26th, 2019. Similarly, should external applicants progress in the process, they will be invited to an in-person interview day prior to the final selection event in Los Angeles on Friday, January 11th, 2019.

KIPP LA Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

KIPP LA strives to ensure that our careers website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please contact us. You can find our contact information on our website, Information will be sent to a talent acquisition representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the hiring process.