President of Academics

KIPP St. Louis


President of Academics


KIPP St. Louis


St. Louis, Missouri


The President of Academics (POA) will report to the Executive Director and is responsible for leading the creation and execution of the academic and cultural programmatic experience for all KIPP St. Louis students from Early Childhood Education through 12th grade, and beyond. Using an anti-racist and equity lens, the POA establishes student outcome goals in alignment with KIPP St. Louis’s overall strategic plan. The POA leads the design and implementation of a regional instructional model and program, and drives outstanding student results through school-based and regional staff by regularly progress monitoring student and school performance. The POA is ultimately accountable for the region-wide results for all KIPP St. Louis students and alumni through the coaching and development of the Vice President of Schools, who oversees the KIPP St. Louis principals; the Regional Academics team, Student Support Services, and KIPP Forward.

The President of Academics is charged with the following key responsibilities:

  • TEACHING & LEARNING: Set the vision and leads the implementation of KIPP St. Louis’ ECE-12 instructional model to achieve breakthrough student results, promote a strong culture of teaching and learning excellence, and foster educational equity for all students. Directly manages the Regional Academic Team of content-specific Directors.
  • SCHOOL MANAGEMENT: Ensure high-quality ECE-12 academic and cultural experience for students through direct management and coaching of the Vice President of Schools who oversees KIPP St. Louis principals.
  • SCHOOL CULTURE: Build a school culture that values joy, equity, and high-performance, prioritizes observation and feedback, drives lessons with data, and results in exceptional achievement gains for children.
  • KIPP FORWARD: Provide guidance and support while empowering the Director of KIPP Forward to execute the vision and direction of the program that will allow KIPPsters to achieve their goals and life outcomes through attending college or other high-quality pathways to a successful career.
  • EDUCATIONAL EQUITY: Promote educational equity (equitable outcomes and processes) as a guiding principle across the entire school network, and ensure it is reflected in curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems.
  • REGIONAL LEADERSHIP: Serve as a member of the executive leadership team, collaborating across functions such as family and community engagement; operations; human resources; finance; and communications. Contribute to the KIPP national network to share and leverage instructional resources and insights.


This is an ideal opportunity for a proven relationship-centered instructional leader with experience coaching and managing teams towards results. The incoming President of Academics is someone who can effectively set and communicate a clear academic direction, goals, and strategies; collaborate across functions; and champions a high-performing, equitable culture with aspirations of building an anti-racist organization rooted in the St. Louis community.

Key Professional Experience and Personal Attributes Include:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a school leader role with a record of achieving outstanding academic and social results for students from historically under-resourced communities or populations; senior school leadership experience strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience managing and/or coaching school leaders to drive student academic and social results through observation, feedback, progress monitoring, and continuous self-development and learning.
  • Experience narrowing the student achievement gaps between racial, ethnic, and economic groups; experience as a principal manager or principal advisor strongly preferred.
  • Ability to set a clear academic vision and aligned priorities, develop strategic plans, and empower others to achieve them.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in a combination of the following areas: design, integration, implementation, or management of a school or school system, including knowledge of curricula, instructional practices, school operations, and management, and teacher and leader development.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in exceptional people leadership and management with success in leading others to close learning gaps for students, particularly between subgroups and for special populations of students who are often the most marginalized (including special education, English language learners, etc.).
  • Experience working within predominantly African American communities and creating an environment that is culturally responsive and inclusive to close opportunity gaps for marginalized populations.
  • Ability to identify and dismantle systems of oppression for students, adults, and in and around school systems.


$140,000-$160,000. KIPP St. Louis provides competitive salaries, and a full slate of benefits including medical coverage, dental, vision, and, life insurance, short-term disability and an optional 403b as a supplement to the retirement pension program. Benefits are subject to change year to year.

KIPP St. Louis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment at our school. KIPP St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: Sandler Search


KIPP St. Louis is a growing network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools offering a choice to families and a college-preparatory education to children in St. Louis. KIPP St. Louis’ mission is to serve as a catalyst for education reform by establishing and supporting a world class network of public schools that develop in all of students the knowledge, skills, character, and pursuit of excellence necessary to succeed in high quality high schools and colleges and the world beyond. 

KIPP St. Louis currently serves over 2,800 students and at full growth, we will serve nearly 3,500 students and hundreds of alumni. Today, St. Louis network is comprised of two middle schools, three elementary schools, and a high school:

  • KIPP Inspire Academy, founded in 2009
  • KIPP Victory Academy, founded in 2014
  • KIPP Triumph Academy, founded in 2015
  • KIPP Wisdom Academy, founded in 2015
  • KIPP St. Louis High School, founded in 2017
  • KIPP Wonder Academy, founded in 2019


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.