Vice President of Operations

KIPP DC Public Schools

Date: 1 week ago
City: Washington, DC
Salary: $164,041 - $202,638 / year
Contract type: Full time
KIPP DC Public Schools
Company Description

About KIPP DC Public Schools

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.

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 believe students and teachers best succeed when surrounded by an ecosystem of supports, including our central headquarters team that supports KIPP DC’s 20 schools, 7,300 students, and 1,300 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to this mission. From a financial perspective, KIPP DC will have revenue of more than $220M in FY22 and a balance sheet of almost $500M.

Job Description

Position Overview

The Vice President of Operations supports operations at KIPP DC, including school-based operations, crisis management, the meal program, COVID support systems, facility maintenance, and major construction projects. The VP of Operations serves as a key operational leader to the Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, Board of Directors, and Executive Team, as well as external stakeholders, such as contracted partner organizations. The VP of Operations sets high standards for operational integrity, stewardship, and effectiveness.

The VP of Operations role is an exempt position and will report to the Chief Operating Officer. The VP of Operations will manage the leaders of the school-based operations, real estate and facilities, emergency preparedness, and COVID support teams.

Key Responsibilities:

  • School-based Operations

    • Provides senior-level leadership and oversight in the areas of school-based operations, including (but not limited to) meal program, emergency preparedness, school-based purchasing and accounting, safety and security, and janitorial services

    • Supports the Chief Information and Operations Officer in managing all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day operations; supports HDQ colleagues, the Board, and appropriate school-based staff through operational modeling and data-driven analysis

    • Implements protocols with the team to effectively manage multiple partner relationships, including (but not limited to) janitorial, security, and maintenance

    • Leverages technology to maximize the efficiency of the operational needs of the organization, including inventory, visitor management, and staff management

    • Oversees purchasing, accounting, and procurement policies at the school-level ensuring accurate controls and systems are in place

  • Emergency Preparation and Crisis management

    • Leads and sets strategy for operational risk management and emergency preparation at KIPP DC; works closely with relevant internal and external stakeholders; includes ensuring appropriate insurance coverage for operational supports and risk management practices, and emergency prep policies/procedures/trainings

    • Oversees and supports, as needed, any school or organizational crisis at KIPP DC; will be supported by a regional and school-based team but protocols, procedures, and compliance are the ultimate responsibility of the VP of Operations

    • Partners with Regional Director of Safety, Chief Academic Officer, and academic team on organizational response to crisis and emergency situations; typically, crisis and emergency situations are led by the academic team with strong support from headquarters teams, particularly school-based operations. Maintains external relationships to support crisis or emergency situations, including OSSE, DME, PCSB, etc.

  • COVID Support Team / Pandemic response

    • Provides leadership and oversight in the areas of COVID operational support, including (but not limited to) contact tracing, PPE management, student testing, and COVID systems support for schools

    • Supports the Chief Information and Operations Officer in overseeing and supporting the full KIPP DC response and recovery to the pandemic (short and long term)

    • Monitors public health and other regulatory changes (e.g., DME, OSSE, PCSB, Department of Education) as it relates to COVID response and support; ensures that KIPP DC is in line and compliant where needed

    • Acts as the senior point-person for cross-functional coordination on COVID related response efforts (i.e., cross functional support), including building an organizational perspective on pandemic response

  • Integrity and Operational Stewardship

    • Communicates clear expectations for adherence to policies

    • Develops and manages internal mechanisms for oversight and accountability

    • Builds and improves the operating mechanisms to provide top notch customer support year around at campuses and HDQ

    • Oversees and guides budget process for school-based operations and COVID support teams

    • Monitors budget and year end projections monthly to ensure on track performance to achieve targets

    • Ultimately responsible for financial and operational outcomes of multiple budgets, in coordination with the Finance team

  • Strategic Leadership

    • Develops organization-wide operational strategies, systems and processes, and key performance indicators for growth and success

    • Partners with HDQ colleagues and school-based staff on operational and strategic issues as they arise; provides recommendations based on analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis

    • Oversees the design, revision, and roll out for the creation of new operational systems, structures, and policies, and adeptly manage communication and project plans to ensure thorough understanding and follow-through

    • Maintains external relationships to support KIPP DC, including OSSE, DME, PCSB, etc. - may overlap with the relationships of the Chief Operating Officer but generally should be complementary

    • Oversees the creation of long-range and short-range operational models for new initiatives in collaboration with schools and appropriate HDQ colleagues

  • Team Management

    • Directly manages leaders of school-based operations and COVID support teams, including short- and long-term goal setting and personnel management

    • Identifies opportunities and leads the change management process to establish the team as collaborative and school-centric, supporting partnerships across the organization

    • Collaborates closely with the academic team to ensure operations support academic priorities

    • Creates a professional development plan for all members of the team to increase their capacity, technical knowledge base, and soft skill growth

    • Supports the VP of Finance and Chief Operating Officer in preparing for the Board’s Finance Committee, serving as a trusted advisor and thought partner to its members and the Board



  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in business administration or similar is preferred

  • 15+ years of professional work experience required; at least 7 years experience in K-12 systems

  • Significant experience operating a for-profit and/or non-profit, ideally at education nonprofits or charter management organizations

  • Recent experience with for-profit and/or non-profit >$150M in annual revenue preferred

  • Experience managing multiple people and multiple teams required

  • Experience managing a >$10M budget or budgets required

  • Experience and/or exposure to multiple lines of business with a demonstrated mix in both the public and private sector

  • Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities

  • Proven project management skills as it relates to the creation of different systems and structures

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively across teams across the organization, and with the Board of Directors

  • Demonstrates integrity, both in words and actions, and encourages ethical behavior and decision making

  • Ability to convey complex technical concepts and solutions to broad audiences

  • Commitment to equity

Additional Information

To Apply

The priority application deadline is Thursday, November 10th. Please submit an online application through our website at If you have any questions, please direct them to our recruitment team via e-mail at [email protected] Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the start date for this position is immediate. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

When it comes to compensation, at KIPP DC we strive for clarity, equity, and to be highly competitive. We look at compensation benchmarks in the education and non-profit sector to determine our starting salaries. The anticipated starting salary range for this position is $164,041-$202,638.


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 as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual offense, or stalking; matriculation; or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

Click here or here to review KIPP DC’s non-discrimination policy and KIPP DC’s Title IX Coordinator’s contact information.

KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof that they have had all doses of a primary COVID vaccine or obtain approval for exemption for medical or religious reasons before beginning employment. New hires who have not received all doses of a primary vaccine or who are waiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment.

All KIPP DC staff are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations. The CDC currently defines being up to date on the COVID vaccine as having had all doses of a primary vaccine and as having received a booster, if eligible.

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