new role (!) at The KIPP Foundation: Exec VP of Research, Innovation & Design
- KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free,
open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-
resourced communities throughout the United States. KIPP believes
that there are no shortcuts to academic success. KIPP schools have
been widely recognized for putting under-served students on the path
to college. More than 80 percent of KIPP students are low-income and
more than 95 percent are African American or Hispanic/Latino.
Nationally, nearly 80 percent of KIPP alumni have matriculated to
college. Outstanding educators, more time in school learning, a
rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of
achievement and support help KIPP students make significant academic
gains and continue to excel in high school and college.
The KIPP Foundation is responsible for offering key services to KIPP
schools and regions in support of quality and sustainability.
Achieving quality and sustainability is both particularly important
and challenging during periods of significant growth and change and
KIPP is preparing to embark on just such a transformation: by the
fall of 2008, there will be 66 locally-run KIPP schools in 12 regions
which serve over 14,000 students across the country. Work is
underway, however, to grow this network to up to 100 schools within
the next 3-4 years.
The Executive Vice President of Research, Innovation and Design is a
new position which will be primarily responsible for the KIPP
Foundation's ability to innovate and adapt, while effectively
distributing knowledge and insights throughout the network of KIPP
regions and schools. This individual will report directly to the CEO
and will be a member of a five person senior management team. Key
responsibilities will include overseeing diverse range of new
initiatives to enable the Foundation to anticipate and respond to
emerging needs from the Foundation, network or external environment;
developing and executing vision and strategy for Research, Innovation
and Design; building and managing a high-performing Research,
Innovation and Design team that is able to support the Foundation,
regions and schools in their drive to deliver transformational
educational outcomes for students; ensuring alignment, consistency,
and clear communication of role and related services available to the
Foundation, regions and schools (if applicable), such that the value
proposition and available resources to various constituents are
clear; partnering with CEO and other leadership team members to build
the organizational capacity required for operational excellence and
sustainability of the KIPP Foundation; and engaging key
constituents. A full description of the position is available upon
The founding Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and
Design will hold a demonstrated track record in developing strategy,
addressing complex problems, and delivering high-quality client
service. Specifically, a track record of successfully working with
distributed organizations, especially those undergoing change or
transformation, and experience working with high performing public
schools serving low income children or K-12 public education reform
is highly desired.
This search is moving very quickly. The review of applications will
begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For best consideration, applications should be submitted
electronically prior by June 18, 2008. Applications should include a
letter of interest and a current resume. Nominations for the
position, applications, or questions about the position and/or the
search process should be directed to:
President & Founder
Cobbe Place Consulting
Please visit www.kipp.org to learn more about KIPP.
KIPP is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals.
KIPP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender,
handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic