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Chief Operations Officer

KIPP Foundation NY
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 21, 2023

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Position Type
Community Foundations, Education
Employment Type
Full Time

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KIPP Foundation

New York, NY




The KIPP Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports KIPP Public Schools’ national network public charter schools, seeks a Chief Operations Officer (COO) to define and direct the organization’s operations strategy across the KIPP network. The COO will be a strategic and collaborative leader, a superb communicator, and relationship builder, have a substantial record of operational management and strategy, and will be dedicated to advancing KIPP’s commitment to dismantling inequalities and fostering a culture of inclusion across the organization.


The nonprofit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools; provides tools, resources, and training for excellent teaching and learning; promotes innovation; and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas both within the KIPP network and with partners including other public schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher learning. In doing this work, the KIPP Foundation supports the KIPP network of 280 public charter schools with 15,000 educators and 175,000 students and alumni across the United States.


The COO will be a strong partner to the CEO, the senior leadership team, the Board of Directors, KIPP Regional Leaders and to KIPP Foundation Leaders providing leadership and strategy for all short- and long-term operational plans and turning those plans into systematized processes and procedures. Across all workstreams, the COO will support ongoing DEI initiatives and build an inclusive culture wherein diversity, a commitment to equity + racial justice, and a commitment to students’ access to the most excellent opportunities are of the highest priority. The COO will be a strategic change leader and systems thinker, responsible for defining what operational sustainability means for the KIPP foundation and regions, standardizing that vision across the network, and developing a community of practitioners all working together to ensure resources are put to the best use in service of educational impact and what’s best for students.


The ideal candidate will bring a record of accomplishment and experience in change management, leading and aligning teams, systems, and operations in a complex organization, overseeing complex budgets, and managing significant change toward successful outcomes while maintaining a strong focus on team culture. Given KIPP’s deep commitment to racial justice and equity, the COO must be a champion of these values, intentionally operationalizing policies, practices, and systems that foster equity and inclusion across KIPP’s complex, federated organizational structure. Across all workstreams, the COO will drive DEI initiatives and build a performance-based culture centered on delivering excellent results to the children KIPP serves.


This role is fully remote with a slight preference for the candidate to be within commuting distance of KIPP’s offices in New York City, Chicago, or San Francisco.


The KIPP Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.


Pamela Pezzoli, Partner

Iliana Gonzalez, Senior Associate

Melissa Barravecchio, Search Coordinator

Isaacson, Miller


The KIPP Foundation provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, the KIPP Foundation hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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