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    Founding KIPP Executive Director Jacksonville, FL KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, a national network of free, open enrollment, college-preparatory public
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      Founding KIPP Executive Director
      Jacksonville, FL

      KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, a national network of free, open enrollment, college-preparatory public schools, is seeking a Founding Executive Director for its strategic expansion into Jacksonville, FL. The Founding Executive Director will ensure the successful start-up and initial growth of the Jacksonville region. The Executive Director will report to the local Board of Directors and will be responsible for developing and executing the regional vision and strategy and building and managing relationships with key local stakeholders as well as with the national KIPP network. The Executive Director will also build and manage a high performing regional team and develop the short- and long-term organizational capacity required for operational excellence and sustainability. The ideal candidate will have an unshakable, deeply held personal belief that children growing up in poor communities can achieve at high levels and a documented track record of producing strong outcomes for at-risk youth in underserved communities. S/he will be a critical thinker and decision maker with excellent communication and project management skills and the ability to motivate a diverse group of stakeholders around a common vision.

      Responsibilities:  
      •    Develop and execute the region's vision by working with regional board and key partners to develop a strategic vision and implementation plan
      •    Set clear academic, growth and operational goals.
      •    Implement strong public transparency systems including public compliance and internal and external reporting.
      •    Build and manage a high-performing regional team that is able to support schools in their drive to deliver transformational educational outcomes for students
      •    Build a strong, cohesive culture that reflects core KIPP values and establishes regional identity.
      •    Select and prepare school leaders in alignment with the KIPP School Leadership Program's selection & training process.
      •    Hire and manage central office staff to support KIPP Jacksonville's mission
      •    Build the short and long-term organizational capacity required for operational excellence and sustainability management, fundraising and marketing, legal, and information technology
      •    Create and manage a strong centralized support function for the schools, implementing systems to meet the varied needs of a rapidly-growing region, including financial management, budget planning, compliance, human resources, contract negotiation, facilities management, vendor
      •    Ensure that the region has a viable long-term financial plan and a diversified and sustainable funding base.
      •    Engage key constituents
      •    Work closely with the local board chair to build and manage a strong regional board.
      •    Manage relationships with key district, parent, community and political organizations and leaders to develop a strong community presence, foster key partnerships, inform the region's strategic plan and ensure sustainability.
      •    Demonstrate leadership as a member of KIPP's national network.
      •    Work effectively with local media to create a strong, positive local presence.   Participate in select events and speaking opportunities to communicate KIPP Jacksonville's mission and impact.

      Qualifications and Personal Characteristics:  
      •    Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred
      •    Strong operations and management experience
      •    Experience working with underserved communities, including at risk youth
      •    Experience working in education reform
      •    Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills
      •    Superb communication and relationship-building skills
      •    Inspirational leader who is able to bring a diverse audience together around a vision and common goals
      •    Ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities
      •    Commitment to relentless achievement
      •    Familiarity with the region is a significant plus
      •    Willingness to travel, potentially 5-7 days a month during the initial stage

      Compensation and Benefits:
      Compensation is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Excellent benefits include matching 401k.

      To Apply:  
      KIPP Jacksonville has engaged Koya Consulting, an executive search firm, to fill this position. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please email your cover letter and resume to President Katie Bouton at executivesearch@.... Please include the job title in the subject line.

      KIPP Jacksonville is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

      About KIPP:
      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. With a focus on results, KIPP is committed to ensuring that its students achieve significant, measurable gains. For more information, visit www.kipp.org.

      About Koya Consulting:
      Koya Consulting is a national retained search and consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations. For more information please visit www.koyaconsulting.com.

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