- Austin, TX, USA
- Department: Teacher
- Grade Level: High
- Subject: College and Career Readiness
Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.
In the 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 31,100 students in 59 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.
The mission and vision of KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural North Star:
As a Team & Family, we:
- Champion Equity
- Chase Excellence
- Persist with Purpose
- Bring Joy
- Rise Together
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.
Reports to: Director of KIPP Through College and High School Principal
- Teach 3-4 sections of junior/senior seminar, college readiness courses focusing on career counseling, test prep, and college research.
- Create seminar lesson plans and assessments.
- Collaborate with High School Leadership team to provide rigorous ACT prep.
- Collaborate with 9th and 10th grade APs to provide College Match and College Access resources and lessons.
- Establish and maintain relationships/partnerships with colleges and universities, outreach programs and scholarship organizations.
- Coordinate Early College Start and test prep programming on high school campus.
- Actively research all aspects of college placement: financial aid, scholarships, applications, and admissions standards.
- Support juniors with application wishlist development and college essay development.
- Support seniors through the application and matriculation process.
- Write counselor recommendations for seniors applying to college.
- Schedule and develop parent information workshops.
- Manage student and college data in college and persistence tracking systems.
- Assist the College Counseling Manager and High School Leader with projects as they arise.
Education and Knowledge:
- Bachelor’s degree (required); Master’s degree (a plus).
- At least 2 years prior experience teaching high school students (especially first-generation).
- Strong understanding of the college application and financial aid process (especially TASFA).
- Bilingual (English/Spanish).
- Strong working knowledge in all Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook: TxEIS a plus.
- Ability to work with faculty, families, students, and community partners.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Fast learner with the ability to inquire and be open to feedback.
- Ability to work in a fast paced environment that is deadline driven.
- Strong communication skills; must be fluent in Spanish.
- Implement classroom management practices that are consistent with the culture of the school.
- Multi-faceted, multi-skilled, resourceful, and willing to do whatever it takes to help our students apply and get accepted to four year colleges and universities.
- Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, willing and able to play different roles at the school, and to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of the students of KIPP Austin.
- Model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent and understanding.
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Texas: Austin Public Schools’ mission and community.
Compensation and Benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.