Vice Principal

Washington, DC, US
Jan 13, 2021
Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission. As part of the KIPP network's 255 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and country.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and supports for teachers. We are seeking teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.

Job Description

The vice principal's job is to support the school in driving academic outcomes, care, and a sense of belonging for our students as a key member of the school's leadership team. We expect our vice principals to lead both instruction and school culture as the leaders of subsets of teachers and students in either specific grade levels and/or departments.

Vice principals are an exempt role and report to the principal of the school, and serve on the school leadership team.

Key Responsibilities
  1. Set vision and goals
    • Supports development of School Leader's school-wide vision and takes an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; owns the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
    • With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goals
    • Identifies and addresses equity challenges within the school
  2. Plan and prioritize
    • Provides input into the school-based strategic planning including and identifies what the school's strategic plan means for his/her own leadership and people that he/she manages
    • Manages the planning and execution of goals and plans for specific teachers, grade levels and/or departments
  3. Manage and develop groups of teachers
    • Leads grade level/department level collaboration and learning
    • Effectively manages and develops teachers of a wide range of skill and experience level by defining responsibilities, setting goals and providing ongoing feedback and support
  4. Lead school culture
    • Sets a vision of excellence for student and staff culture, along with the School Leader, and executes on plans to uphold it
    • Supports teachers in leading classrooms with high-quality Tier 1 student learning and engagement
    • Manages parts of the daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess)
    • Acts as the first Leadership Team contact on student intervention and parent engagement hierarchy and determines appropriate next steps
    • Supports teachers in understanding process and roles in student support and intervention and develops systems and structures to execute on those roles
    • Supports teachers in building an inclusive environment for all students including overseeing the Kid Talk process
    • Participate in key leadership responsibilities such as recess and lunch duty, monitoring transitions, and any other support necessary to run a positive and smooth functioning school
  5. Hire and retain highly-effective staff
    • Consistently communicates to teachers, through words and actions, that they are valued, supported, and cared for
    • Implement retention strategies to ensure highly-effective teachers stay teaching
  6. Build own and team's content knowledge
    • Develops deep mastery over the academic standards, curriculum and assessments in the subjects/grades for which he/she/they coach
    • Engages in self-driven, ongoing learning regarding curriculum, pedagogy, coaching and school leadership
    • Collaborates with content coaches to support teachers in instructing and assessing and connects teachers with relevant resources to improve their content knowledge and instruction
  7. Develop and coach teachers
    • Leads data-driven instruction by analyzing homeroom specific and grade/department level data and developing and executing plans to address gaps and by helping teachers do the same thing for their classes
    • Provides high-quality instructional coaching by accurately diagnosing classroom instruction and providing frequent feedback for teachers across skill level; intensively coach new and struggling teachers with a range of coaching techniques
  8. Model personal leadership traits
    • Embody personal leadership traits by building trusting relationships, reflecting on own identity, practicing strong self-care practices, demonstrating a growth mindset and remaining calmly committed to KIPP DC's mission and vision through difficult circumstances

  • Student Focus: builds strong relationships and holds high expectations for students, holds students' best interests in mind, keeps owns commitments to students and makes sure others do the same and builds a culture of respect for all students
  • Achievement Orientation: sets challenging goals for self and others, takes initiative to go above and beyond to to achieve results, follows through on commitments, demonstrates resilience and flexibility
  • Continuous Learning: Takes responsibility for behavior, mistakes, and results, takes calculated risks, uses research to inform practice, continually seeks opportunity for improvement, values creativity and innovation, shares effective practices with others
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Gathers information from multiple sources, sorts out complexity, anticipates problems, breaks down information and effectively analyzes
  • Self-Awareness: demonstrates understanding of own identity, privilege and power, understands strengths and weaknesses and the impact on others' perceptions, seeks feedback and self-development
  • Cultural Competence: demonstrates knowledge and respect for cultures of community served, creates an inclusive environment, adjusts behavior according to cultural norms and cues, works effectively across difference, creates and sustains an environment in which people from diverse backgrounds can succeed
  • Impact and Influence: adapts leadership style to influence others, anticipate reactions of others and makes a compelling case for a position, stimulates others to take action and accomplish goals
  • Stakeholder Management: develops mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships, gains trust of key stakeholders, consistently demonstrates respect and appreciation for others


KIPP DC is looking for vice principal candidates who are committed to KIPP DC's mission that all students can learn and achieve at high levels when given the opportunity, have a strong instructional background, a commitment to creating identity-affirming learning experiences, and are looking to develop the leadership skills necessary to lead great schools. Specifically, candidates should have:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of four years teaching experience
  • Demonstrated academic results
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Demonstrated record of professionalism
  • Experience teaching core subjects, (Preferred)

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:
  • KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package:
  • Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC's extended day and year.
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC's plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Teachers are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • Teachers have access to KIPP DC's additional development and enrichment opportunities such as RELAY's Masters of Arts in Teaching program, Special Education Fellowship, School Culture Champion Grants, Classroom Innovation Grants, and various fellowship and pilot programs launched each year
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs

How to Apply:

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit . For questions or issues with your application, please contact

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

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