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Dean of Instruction (High School Science)

KIPP Foundation

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Dean of Instruction (High School Science)

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Together, a Future Without Limits

KIPP New Orleans Schools (KNOS) is a non-profit network of 13 college-preparatory, public charter schools serving 6,200 elementary, middle, and high school students. For over 15 years, we have a proven track record of preparing students for success in college, career, and beyond.

Our schools are part of the New Orleans public school system and enrollment is open to all students. As part of the national Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of 242 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, we are committed to partnering with students, families, and community to ensure that all children have the knowledge, skills and character they need to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.

KIPP New Orleans strives to be an increasingly anti-racist organization, and we seek to intentionally uplift Black and Brown lives. We value an inclusive environment and believe in providing programming that acknowledges racial injustices, biases and our own identities.

At KNOS, teachers, students, and families are united around the same goal: building academically excellent schools & creating unlimited opportunities for every student in New Orleans. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will support students to be successful in the life path they choose.

At KIPP New Orleans Schools, we are grounded in 5 beliefs – Relentlessness, Equity, Achievement, Community and Hope. These 5 beliefs guide the work that we do to provide academically excellent schools and unlimited opportunity for every student in New Orleans.

Job Description

Teachers and leaders in KIPP New Orleans Schools see an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of students and families by preparing students for success in college and beyond. If you share in our belief and deep commitment to this vision, if you have a proven willingness to do whatever it takes for students to achieve, if you thrive in an environment with like-minded adults, then you are already a KIPP leader.

We are looking for leaders who combine the ability to motivate and educate, to develop academic as well as character skills, and to make a college preparatory education relevant both now and for the future. We look for leaders with at least 3 years of teaching experience and a desire to make a difference in the lives of students in New Orleans.


  • Manage a cohort of teachers to achieve their individual development goals, coordinate action plans for professional growth, and evaluate progress in each goal
  • Provide continuous coaching and evaluation on all competencies of the KIPP New Orleans Core Teaching Rubric
  • Support the development of teacher-driven professional goals through a regular observation process, including pre-observation conferencing, observation, and post-observation conferencing
  • Collaborate with the School Leader to plan and implement teacher professional development
  • Opportunities to teach subset of courses and serve as a model/lab classroom
  • Modeling the school’s values in all communications with students, families, and staff
  • Assist in development of curriculum standards and mapping
  • Be prepared to do whatever it takes for students to excel
  • Committing to constant professional and personal growth through working closely as part of a team of teachers
  • Work well on a team faced with the challenge of building and maintaining a school collaboratively


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Strong record of helping students from underserved neighborhoods achieve academic success
  • Experience in adult supervision and administration preferred
  • 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 and staff
  • Model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent and understanding
  • Excellent human relations, organizational, communication and facilitation skills
  • Experience in analyzing student data and using data to inform instruction
  • Experience managing adults; goal setting, providing meaningful feedback and setting professional development plans
  • Multi-skilled, resourceful, and willing to do whatever it takes to help our students achieve academic excellence
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KNOS’ mission and willingness to serve our community
  • Grounded in our 5 organizational beliefs – Relentlessness, Equity, Achievement, Community and Hope
  • An incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • All employees hired after Friday, August 20, 2021 must be able to provide documentation that either the new-hire employee has received a COVID-19 vaccination or has requested and been granted reasonable accommodation from the KNOS Director of HR to be exempted from the requirements of this policy

Additional Information

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP New Orleans Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage and retirement.

  • Healthcare (including vision, dental, and short-term disability) provided for employees
  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to a 5% salary match
  • On-going professional development opportunities:
    • Mentor programs for new teachers
    • School-based PD over the summer, including 3-5 regional PD days
    • 3-4 regional PD days during the year for all KIPP New Orleans teachers
    • Ongoing coaching and school-based PD throughout the year
  • Generous time off:
    • 90 PTO hours that equal 10 days a year
    • 29 holidays a year including Mardi Gras, Juneteenth, Thanksgiving, and Winter Break

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