Principal in Residence

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Posted: 2/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: Philadephia

Postal code: 19131

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.  

Position Details:

Job Description:

About Us
KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities.  Over 100,000 students attend one of the 242 KIPP schools that operate in 31 regions across the United States.  KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently leads six schools serving approximately 2,400 students in North and West Philadelphia.

Our Mission
Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Leading at KPPS
We know that talented, committed, culturally competent leaders have the power to amplify our children’s potential by creating a school experience that affirms, values, and challenges them each day. We seek to create a professional environment full of joy, candor, care and respect where excellent leaders can make a long-term home. Leaders at KPPS –

  • Embrace new learning via regular 1-1 coaching and professional development
  • Work with and alongside peers to tackle challenges, celebrate successes
  • Play an active role in shaping and reshaping school and regional practices and systems
  • Actively examine the dynamics of identity and power via equity sessions and affinity groups
  • Operate with clarity on individual & school-wide goals and their progress toward achieving them
  • Embody our core values: Children First, Cultural Competence, Ownership, Community
  • Enjoy a competitive, equitable, predictable approach to compensation and 100% employer-paid health benefits for employees and their families

Principal in Residence Program
Our Principal in Residence (PIR) program is designed to prepare a high-potential, experienced leader to become an effective principal in one year. While specific assignments and experiences vary (each PIR steps into a role designed to develop their unique strengths and growth areas), all PIRs are immersed in school leadership responsibilities, fully driving and leading aspects or portions of schools. The support provided to residents is highly individualized, but all PIRs engage in direct, formal 1-1 coaching along the KPPS Leadership Rubric throughout the year. PIRs also participate in KPPS professional development, including monthly all-leader training sessions, principal shadowing, excellent school visits, and other supports. PIRs also build lifelines and a sense of community through mentorship and peer engagement. Upon successful completion of the program, PIRs are prepared to found a new KPPS school or lead an existing KPPS school. Depending on their placement, PIRs report directly to a current KPPS Principal (with a track record of success in leading schools and developing leaders) or to a Head of Schools.

The application for this position will close on Tuesday, March 10th, and a final interview day will be held on March 27th. Application instructions can be found on the last page of this job description.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Set and communicate a vision of excellence for the grade/grades overseeing
  • Regularly analyze data, identify priorities, and drive initiatives or approaches that lead to changes in outcomes.
  • Directly manage, coach and develop a subset of teachers and leaders utilizing the KPPS framework. Coaching includes, but is not limited to, regular observation with real time feedback, aligned practice, content knowledge building, planning support and data meetings.
  • Conduct or co-lead classroom and school walkthroughs to identify trending teacher and/or school strengths and needs. Propose and execute interventions or initiatives that will drive improvement (in instruction, student outcomes, school culture, etc.) through effective communication, supports/training, data analysis, and follow through.
  • Support or lead school culture systems and programs.
  • Engage parents and other community members in school and extracurricular initiatives and activities.
  • Create, manage, and evaluate operational processes (including scheduling and budget) to ensure efficiency, quality, and maximal impact on student achievement.
  • Internalize and ensure effective execution of KPPS curriculum across content areas.
  • Learn, internalize, and demonstrate mastery of core KPPS leadership competencies, including instructional vision and bar, planning and prioritizing, managing adults and staff culture, managing talent, family and community engagement, and leader coaching.
  • Maintain compliance with state and federal regulations for education standards and requirements
  • Depending upon their placement, Principals in Residence may serve as acting principal of a grade or subset of grades in an existing KPPS school



  • A deep commitment to the mission of KIPP and an unwavering belief in the potential of our students
  • Ability to fully live and foster KPPS core values: Children First, Cultural Competence, Ownership, Community
  • Strong instructional content and pedagogical knowledge as well as knowledge of special education regulation and compliance
  • Proven ability to train, supervise and coach professional staff to high growth and achievement
  • Experience and confidence with holding adults accountable to implementing systems, procedures, approaches
  • Ability to foster a positive, productive, joyful staff culture
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders (staff, students, families) in order to build rapport and relationships, engage in difficult conversations, build investment in changes or new approaches, etc.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness and commitment to culturally competent leadership and management practices
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Flexible and able to multi-task within a fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving towards clarity, simplicity and solutions.
  • 4+ years of experience working as an Assistant Principal or Principal (supervising/leading a team of educators) in an urban, K-12 setting with a college-focused, achievement-oriented culture
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Must have or be working toward PA Principal Certification


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

1. Complete the online application for the position, which can be found on the Join Our Team section of the KPPS website.
2. Please upload an up-to-date resume.
3. In lieu of a cover letter, please upload a single PDF document that includes the following:

  1. Essay: (500 words or less) Describe a time in your most recent three years as a teacher or instructional leader when you set a goal with your students or teachers and struggled to meet it. What ultimately happened, and what do you think contributed to your success or failure?
  1. Student Achievement Data: Successful applicants have demonstrated their commitment to their students and can clearly communicate their results. In the application, you will be required to upload a PDF or Word document that demonstrates the results you have achieved with students. In your submission, please include results for at least two academic years (data from this school year can count) and indicate the years. You may include up to three years of data. Your submission should include the following four components:
    1. The name of your school and the position you held.
    2. General demographic information about your school, including total student enrollment, percentage that qualified for free or reduced-price lunch, and the percentage with underrepresented minority backgrounds.
    3. The assessments you used with your students.


  • The application will close on March 10th.
  • Candidates will be notified whether their application advances them to a phone interview no later than March 11th.
  • Candidates will be notified whether they will advance to our in-person selection process no later than March 20th.
  • Our in-person selection process will take place on March 27th.


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