KIPP Kansas City
Chief Operating Officer
Kansas City, Missouri
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the KIPP Kansas City Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be a critical member of the senior leadership team, working cross-functionally as an organizational leader, and will play a key role in partnering with the Executive Director, regional and school-based team members to bring KIPP Kansas City into its next chapter of growth and impact.
KIPP Kansas City’s COO will manage functions critical to the region’s success, including facilities, information technology, compliance, school operations (including attendance and enrollment), talent acquisition, employee experience, finance, strategic planning, and resource allocation. The COO leads the work to define and deliver on services provided to KIPP Kansas City’s schools.
More specifically, the COO is charged with the following key responsibilities:
- Serve as a member of KIPP Kansas City’s regional leadership team to collectively provide strategic direction and oversight of a $12 million organization with a deep commitment to racial justice and equity.
- Define excellence and equity in regional and school operations for KIPP Kansas City; plan, implement, and develop systems to manage regional office and school-based operations to results.
- Participate in Board meetings and on relevant Board committees to provide updates and solicit input on operation goals.
- Ensure that all regional staff are effectively managed and supported with clear mechanisms to provide and receive feedback.
- Participate in KIPP Kansas City’s 2025 multi-year implementation process to execute and evaluate the region’s academic, talent, alumni success, community engagement and growth goals, strategics, and financial sustainability.
- Oversee the annual planning process for all support service functions to clearly identify annual priorities, initiatives, milestones, and metrics to monitor progress in line with the 2025 KIPP Kansas City plan.
- Establish and implement the structures to progress monitor the annual plan.
- Hire, manage, train, and develop regional operations staff to ensure that every school operations function is performed in excellence: teacher recruitment and student enrollment, facilities, maintenance, transportation, student information systems, procurement, food program, compliance, and reporting.
- Serve as a partner to KIPP Kansas City’s High School Team to ensure a successful design of and move to the high school’s new building.
- Participate in the KIPP national and local charter network of operations and leadership staff to access and share learning and support with peers in other organizations.
- Design systems and strategies that facilitate communication to and from key stakeholders across the region and across functions.
Talent and Organizational Development:
- Serve as an exceptional organizational leader, manager, and coach with a high degree of emotional intelligence who develops strengths in others and models effective and transparent decision making.
- Provide strategic oversight to talent acquisition to remain competitive in the Kansas City talent market and build an inclusive and equitable culture.
- Support individual staff and organizational plans to build and deepen racial equity efforts.
- Lead efforts to establish management standards and support the ongoing development, implementation, and elevation of KIPP Kansas City’s core values so that they are both inspiring and actionable.
Information Technology and Data Systems:
- • Oversee strategies for planning, implementation, and support of information technology, including ensuring success, planning and implementation of data, infrastructure, analytics, reporting, and data governance required for KIPP Kansas City to achieve its educational goals.
- • Build and maintain data infrastructure to support the region’s instructional goals and growth through an equity lens.
Compliance, Finance, and Grants:
- • Ensure compliance systems, staffing, tools, policies, and procedures are in place for annual and charter cycles such that KIPP Kansas City fully complies with federal, state, and local legal and regulatory requirements with no misses that damage student and staff welfare, financials, ability to operate and grow, or reputation.
- • Oversee and support the finance team in core financial functions, including budgeting, accounting, capital planning, business planning, and reporting.
- • Oversee monthly and quarterly reporting processes culminating in a clean annual audit.
- • Work with the CEO, Board, and finance team to align short- and long-term resources and financial planning to organization strategy and vision.
ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
This is an ideal opportunity for a proven operations professional, who can effectively set and communicate clear directions, goals, and strategies; build relationships with each team, colleagues, partners, and Board members; serve as an activator; effectively lead cross-functional teams; and champion a high-performing, equitable culture with aspirations of building an anti-racist organization.
Key Professional Experience and Personal Attributes Include:
- Approximately 10 years of professional experience with 5+ years of progressively increasing team management experience in two or more of the following areas: HR, finance, data, operations, facilities, IT, talent, safety, and security; preferably in a school system that has a focus on closing the student opportunity gap between racial, ethnic, and economic groups.
- Strong financial, operational, and/or strategic experience, with preference for 5+ years of progressively increasing management experience and strategic planning for a growing, multi-site organization.
- An integrated systems builder with the ability to both build and scale best practices across multiple schools.
- A passion for and understanding of the mission of KIPP Kansas City including possessing a deep commitment to increasing opportunities for kids from low-income communities; knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities, required.
- Ability to negotiate and execute contracts and manage the quality-of-service providers and vendors.
- Commitment to building relationships and trust with leaders, teacher, students, parents, and the community of Kansas City with the ability to take and quickly implement stakeholder feedback.
- Exceptional organizational skills, particularly in developing and implementing multi-year plans.
- Strong commitment to the belief that all students can learn and to the mission of anti-racist educational equity.
- Adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment.
COMPENSATION: Employee benefits include medical, dental, participation in PERA, and a paid time-off package.
KIPP Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KIPP Kansas City is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.
Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to:
Sandler Search KIPPJobs@sandlersearch.org
ABOUT KIPP KANSAS CITY:
Founded in 2007, KIPP Kansas City’s first school, KIPP Endeavor Academy, started with approximately 31 fifth grade students. KIPP Kansas City now serves students in kindergarten through 8th grade and is currently educating approximately 600 students. In the fall of 2021, KIPP opened their first high school beginning with 9th grade. KIPP Endeavor Academy serves students from every zip code in the city but aims to bring the opportunity for quality education to those students living in areas without access to high-performing schools.
KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. We are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all. There are 255 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 100,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating four-year colleges at three times the national average for students from low-income backgrounds.