Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer

Posted date
January 16, 2020

Denver, CO

Employment Type

KIPP Colorado Schools
Chief Executive Officer
Denver, CO

KIPP Colorado Schools (“KIPP Colorado”) is seeking a dynamic education leader to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). This is a unique opportunity to oversee six community-driven public charter schools and the ongoing growth in the region, in collaboration with a passionate and dedicated school leadership, regional leadership team, board, and staff.

Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the new CEO will be an inspiring and visionary leader responsible for KIPP Colorado’s consistent achievement of its mission, academic outcomes, cultural priorities, and financial objectives. The CEO will have the opportunity to refine and expand the organization’s vision, direction, and strategy, while developing and mentoring a leadership and regional team to support and operationalize that strategy. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced change leader to make their unique stamp on an organization with a culture of innovation and transformation.

This is also an exciting leadership opportunity for a leader to be a part the national KIPP network. Through high expectations for students and staff, world-class teachers and principals, more time in school, autonomy over budget and curriculum, and a focus on results, KIPP schools prepare traditionally underserved students for a choice-filled life. KIPP schools have been widely recognized for their success in doing so, and today KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average and for all students and three times higher than that of students from similar socio-economic backgrounds. In 2019, 100% of KIPP Colorado seniors graduated from high school and 91% of alumni have matriculated to college.

KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of six free college-preparatory public charter schools open to all students. We are dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) network of 242 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC, educating approximately 100,000 students.

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The CEO is responsible for leading and managing the entire Colorado region of KIPP schools. The CEO designs and executes a strategic plan to ensure the excellence, sustainability, and growth of the region and its schools. The CEO is responsible for effectively managing and scaling the organization and is accountable, directly to the Board for the performance of the region and the schools within the network. The CEO will report to the Board of Directors and will manage the performance of the schools and the regional team.

The next CEO of KIPP Colorado Schools will be an inspiring, engaged, and collaborative leader with instructional and leadership experience and a strong track record in strategic change management. With a proven history of leading high performing teams, this individual will establish rigorous academic goals that challenge the status quo, while building consensus for bold ideas. This person will lead through change with an inspirational leadership style and a cohesive vision that engender broad support from the entire KIPP Colorado Schools community.

With a DEI lens, this person will possess an unshakable, deeply held personal belief that children growing up in low-income communities can achieve at high levels and can demonstrate exceptional personal character. They will be thoughtful and intentional about implementing values of DEI across the organization’s policies and procedures, in everything from hiring, training, and managing the staff to partnering with board members and community members. The CEO will be results-driven, with a relentless focus on achieving exceptional outcomes for kids.

KIPP Colorado has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Kara Teising. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Kara at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Managing Director

Kara Teising
Managing Director

KIPP Colorado Schools is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP Colorado Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit