Regional Support Specialist, Literacy

KIPP Foundation

Posted: 6/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: New York

Postal code: 10036

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating nearly 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. KIPP schools, KIPP regions, and the KIPP Foundation – 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.


Position Details:

Job Description:

The Regional Support Specialist reports to the KIPP Foundation’s Chief Academic Officer and will have dotted line reporting relationships with the KIPP Network Coach also deployed by KF to support KIPP NYC and the Executive Director for KIPP NYC. It is expected that the Regional Support Specialist will have a two-year embedded engagement with the region. The Regional Support Specialist will have a few potential role opportunities after the two-year period, including possibly joining the regional team (dependent on need and fit), or becoming a Regional Support Specialist in a different region. He/she is a member of the KIPP Foundation’s Regional Support Team, works collaboratively with the KIPP School Leadership Programs, all members of the Network Services Team and leaders across the Foundation and KIPP Network.


Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide on the ground, embedded support in Literacy to Regional Academic Leaders within KIPP NYC focused on the creation and management of instructional improvement and progress monitoring systems; and, coach and support the Instructional Leadership Team in partnership with the KIPP Network Coach
  • Diagnose needs (related to their subject matter expertise) within the region and deploy a growing team of Foundation and external experts to meet those needs.
  • In collaboration with KIPP NYC’s instructional leadership team, develop a comprehensive plan for providing job-embedded support to all teachers in early literacy, and supports for K-8 literacy
  • Support regional and school improvement root cause analysis, planning, and progress monitoring
  • Collaborate with other Foundation staff to codify methods of building systems within regions. Collaborate with the broader RST to identify barriers regions face and support the development and implementation of solutions
  • Play a critical role in developing a School Health and Region continuum that will be leveraged across the network
  • Identify trends in regional needs and elevate to regions and Foundation to inform future development opportunities, including Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Collaborate with the Foundation Literacy team to share learning and best practices
  • Build capacity with NYC academic team to turn-key professional learning sessions for KIPP NYC leaders and staff
  • Build understanding of and expertise in NYS’ reading, writing, and communicating standards, effectiveness of dedicated literacy planning time, effectiveness of data-driven instruction, and use of formative assessments
  • Lead walkthroughs and analysis of student work to assess levels of implementation and determine next steps, including identifying and implementing professional development and appropriate interventions for students.
  • Provide dedicated professional learning and coaching to ensure central academic team, Heads of Schools, and School Leaders build capacity to effectively coach teachers and implement instructional systems.
  • Partner with Relationship Managers to ensure coordinated Foundation support to their region; coordinate with other teams supporting their region to ensure an aligned KF point of view and aligned support


Key Competencies

  • Drive Results: Planning and Execution
    • Methodically backward plans to achieve short- and long-term goals.
  • Drive Results: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Gathering information: Gathers information from multiple relevant sources and stakeholders when problem-solving.
  • Building Relationships: Stakeholder Management
    • Seeks opportunities to work with a wide range of individuals and organizations to achieve common goals and better outcomes.
  • Building Relationships: Impact and Influence:
    • Adapting style: adapt personal leadership style/approach to influence others
  • Building Relationships: Cultural Competence
    • Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for the cultures of the communities we serve.
  • Instructional Leadership:
    • Academic vision: established (in concert with regional team) academic vision and goals



  • 10+ years of professional experience in a K-12 education setting
  • Prior experience as a school leader and / or Regional Academic Leader
  • Demonstrated success in improving student achievement by developing and implementing policies and practices that prepare all students, irrespective of socio-economic background and English language development, to be prepared for college and choice-filled lives
  • Demonstrated success in building instructional improvement systems that lead to gains in student achievement, particularly within literacy
  • Able to effectively facilitate large groups of adult learners; expertise in adult learning practices
  • Is a self-starter with a strong sense of personal accountability and responsibility
  • Able to spend ~3-4 days a week on the ground in New York City
  • Willing to continually learn and collaborate with all stakeholders; a very good listener
  • Passion for KIPP’s mission and values
  • Demonstrated ability to keep the interests and needs of student learning as the focus for the organization


  • Training in Relay instructional practices
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in leadership and teams, expertise in equity, inclusion and culturally responsive education


The Regional Support Specialist is expected to work on-site with their regional team approximately 3-4 days a week. Therefore, if he/she is not local to the regional office, he/she will travel approximately 60% of the time. The role will be based in the New York Metro Area. This is a full-time, exempt position.



KIPP offers competitive salary commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package, generous vacation and PTO, 401k retirement plan with both pre- and post-tax options, as well as gym reimbursement, flexible spending account (FSA), and cell phone reimbursement are also offered by KIPP.



Commensurate with Experience

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KIPP Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.



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