Senior Writer

San Francisco, CA, US
Aug 07, 2019
KIPP Foundation

Multiple Locations
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate

Organization: KIPP Foundation
Preferred Locations: New York, NY; Washington, DC

Contact: Nikeya Elliott

Senior Writer -  Communications Team
Policy and Public Affairs, KIPP Foundation 

Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 242 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 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.

The non-profit 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 within the KIPP network and with partners including: other charters, districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations across the country.

Why work at KIPP?
By working for the KIPP Foundation, you help more students across the country receive the high-quality education they deserve. 
•Support KIPP leaders, teachers, and staff on the Network Leadership Development, KIPP School Leadership Programs, Teaching and Learning Labs, KIPP Through College, or Knowledge Sharing teams
•Ensure smart growth and great results on the Network Growth and Sustainability, Strategy, Research & Evaluation, or Insights and Analytics teams
•Broaden our impact on the Government Affairs, External Impact, Marketing, Development, or Talent teams
•Keep us connected and operational on our IT or Finance team

If you believe all children deserve great schools and programs where they can gain the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place, join us!

Position Overview
The KIPP Foundation is seeking a dynamic and visionary communications teammate who will serve as a core member of a growing team charged with both internal and external communications strategy at the KIPP Foundation. This is an opportunity to join a high-performing organization in its 25th year to increase public awareness and understanding of the amazing work taking place across more than 240 schools each day. 

The Senior Writer will be responsible for creating high-quality content for KIPP Foundation leadership and for KIPP's 28 regions that will include opinion and editorial pieces, Letters to the Editor, blogs, speeches, and talking points. Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications, and working closely with a variety of KIPP stakeholders, the Senior Writer will be a key member on the Communications Team in helping to develop and execute against a thoughtful, annual strategic communications plan.  

Key Responsibilities and Duties
The Senior Writer will focus on the following tasks, as part of a larger, integrated team-wide communication strategic plan: 

•Research, write, and edit effective written materials related to the KIPP Foundation and its mission to diverse audiences within established deadlines
•Review written content for accuracy, grammar, and editorial style
•Collaborate with key KIPP Foundation and KIPP regional stakeholders to develop, write, and edit written communications materials for KIPP's 29 regions 
•Collaborate with the Communications Team to provide guidance, counsel to KIPP Foundation leadership and on an as-needed basis to regions on crisis communications  
•Draft talking points for internal KIPP Foundation and KIPP Network stakeholders    

He/she is a member of the Policy and Public Affairs team, itself comprised of: Communications, Federal Advocacy and Policy, Local Policy, Community Engagement, Marketing and Alumni Impact and Leadership. The Senior Writer will work collaboratively within these team functions, and in close coordination with the Office of the CEO. 

Key Competencies
•Superior writing and communication skills
•Excellent relationship builder with demonstrated experience managing stakeholders
•Exceptional planning and project management skills with meticulous attention to detail
•Disciplined, data-informed approach to decision-making and problem-solving 

Experience and Qualifications
•Bachelors or equivalent experience required 
•5-7 years of experience
•Passion for KIPP's mission and values and educational equity
•Demonstrated experience collaborating with a diverse team in a fast-paced environment, using a combination of analysis and careful judgment to provide effective written content to complement proactive and reactive communications initiatives and campaigns.
•New York City location preferred
•Full-time, exempt role

Compensation and Benefits
KIPP offers competitive salary commensurate with experience. KIPP also offers a comprehensive benefits package, generous vacation and Paid Time Off, 401k retirement plan with both pre- and post-tax options, as well as gym reimbursement, flexible spending account (FSA), and cell phone reimbursement.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter online. Resumes submitted via email will not be accepted.  

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