About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools 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, and for us all.
There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.
The Associate Director of Career Success will lead our region’s career strategy to integrate career awareness, exposure and placement into jobs with family-sustaining wages, benefits, and options for KIPPsters to progress in their career of choice. This is a leadership role with an exciting opportunity to innovate on our current career programming that will focus on transitioning students to a strong first job in their field of choice. This strategy will include building professional partnerships to increase job access for students and alumni, developing and refining multiple pathways to careers that allow them to lead choice-filled lives in the competitive world.
The Associate Director of Career Success will report to the Director of KIPP Through College and Career and will work collaboratively with the Associate Director of College Success.
The ideal candidate for this position has a background in career counseling/advising, workforce development and/or college persistence/college access advising. This individual must possess strategic planning skills, as well as outstanding written and verbal communication skills. They must have a demonstrated interest in serving educationally underserved students from historically marginalized communities and is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to support our students through college and career.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
*General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Develop and oversee career programming at KIPP Through College including, leading team to meet career goals, building external partnerships, managing career communication to alumni and leading team members with the execution of the following career programs; Career Day, Alumni Internship Program and Alumni Mentorship program.
Increase programming to integrate career awareness, exposure and immersion opportunities into the high school experience and Career and Technical Education.
Manage and coach KTC Career Support Staff members (managing up to 2-3 individuals) to ensure they meet and/or exceed performance goals and expectations for a healthy team dynamic.
Practice healthy communication and embrace productive conflict to form trusting relationships, to collaborate, offer feedback and guidance, and to motivate and inspire others.
Develop and provide career-focused professional development to KTC team members
Establish and maintain external partnerships with career development organizations (i.e. MLT, Braven, Concourse, Year Up, etc), and organizations with internship pipeline programs in the private and nonprofit sector, as well as other career mentorship programs
Develop and oversee workforce development partnerships and programming (certification programs in healthcare, IT and other in-demand fields with track records of placement into jobs with family-sustaining wages, benefits, and options to progress in their careers).
Design and maintain alumni communication through weekly Career Newsletter and KIPP Bay Area Alumni Group on LinkedIn and regularly post job opportunities.
Rigorously monitor KIPP alumni employment through Salesforce, using career advisor data for regular reporting and sharing of data to stakeholders
Coordinate with KIPP’s regional, national, and Foundation staff to develop career program and share best practices.
KIPP Through College Team Participation
Attend and participate in all KTC team meetings, Alumni Advisor Work Group meetings, KTC Persistence Manager team meetings and Regional Support Office team meetings
Attend and participate in the KTC Leadership Community of Practice and/or Regional Support Office New Managers training sessions
Plan and participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with manager and direct reports to maintain healthy team dynamics and drive indisputable impact for students
Positivity, optimism and a solutions-oriented mindset
Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area’s mission and values
Commitment to working with educationally underserved student and families from historically marginalized communities
Commitment to continuously learning how to lead for equity to ensure students and teammates thrive
Knowledge of Career Development for first generation, educationally underserved college graduates
Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals and to initiate process improvements
Goal-oriented, with strong initiative and creative problem-solving skills
Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with a wide range of people including teachers, counselors, parents, students, and administration teams
Outstanding written and oral communication skills
Strong working knowledge in all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite
Extreme flexibility, strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate joining a growing and constantly improving team
Experience in managing staff and projects with a documented track record of personal and professional success
Self-starter, comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling, youth development or a related field required, Master’s degree preferred.
Experience in leading high-performance teams and managing a diverse team
Knowledge of Career Development for first generation, educationally underserved college graduates from historically marginalized communities
Demonstrated results driving partnerships with workforce sector
Experience working in career counseling or youth development
Previous experience in using data to drive decision making
Experience managing projects and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders
KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.