KIPP LA Public Schools

KIPP LA Public Schools (KIPP LA) is a nonprofit organization that operates tuition-free, open-enrollment, public charter schools focused on preparing students in under-resourced communities in the greater Los Angeles area for success in school, college, and life.

Our Mission

KIPP LA's mission is to teach the academic skills, foster the intellectual habits, and cultivate the character traits needed for our students to thrive in high school, college, and life.

Through the success of our students, the KIPP LA Team and Family will serve as a model of excellence and collaborate with others to raise the quality of education in Los Angeles.

What We Believe

We believe that ALL students, regardless of their zip codes or demographics, will learn and achieve if given the right opportunities and support. We are committed to serving the students who need us most and refuse to accept anything less than an excellent college-preparatory education for our students.

What We Do

KIPP LA's teachers, leaders, students, and families are all united around a single goal: college graduation. Our curricula are designed to provide students a well-rounded education, with time dedicated to academics, the arts, enrichment, and physical education. KIPP LA’s educators are committed to continually improving their teaching skills and to giving students the support and motivation they need to make it not only to, but through college. 

Why It Matters

The future of our country depends upon our commitment to providing all children with access to a great education. Nationally only one in ten low-income students graduates from college. The data suggests that the rate is even lower for students in South and East Los Angeles. KIPP LA is working to significantly increase the college-going rate in the communities we serve.

Nov 08, 2019
KIPP SoCal Public Schools (KIPP SoCal) is a nonprofit organization that operates tuition-free, open-enrollment, charter public schools focused on preparing students in systemically under-resourced communities in Southern California for choice filled lives. In July 2019, KIPP LA Public Schools and KIPP San Diego Public Schools united to become KIPP SoCal Public Schools to better meet the needs of our students. We currently operate 19 schools, educate nearly 8,300 students and support an additional 4,300 alumni who are attending high school and college.   The Director of Community and Donor Relations is a critical leadership position that will be based in San Diego. The goal of this position is to develop and grow relationships with community leaders, families, donors and champions  in the San Diego area.   The Opportunity Reporting to the Chief External Impact Officer (CXO), the Director of Community and Donor Relations will provide leadership and guidance in Community Engagement, Advocacy, Development, and Communications efforts, in addition to being a key representative of the organization. The Director of Community and Donor Relations will be a mission-driven external relations leader with a strong background in strategic planning and data-driven decision-making. The Director of Community and Donor Relations will be a proactive and tactical collaborator, in addition to having the ability to work independently and drive results. The Director of Community and Donor Relations will provide thoughtful direction and recommendations to the other members of the senior leadership team and key stakeholders. This individual will have experience and comfort in cultivating and sustaining relationships with key supporters and stakeholders in San Diego, including prominent community leaders, elected officials, the media, peer and partner charter organizations, and donors.  In addition, the Director of Community and Donor Relations will have experience engaging, developing coalitions, and mobilizing families. The ideal candidate will have at least eight years of progressive responsibility in similar or related roles, with at least 5 years managing a team to exemplary results, and the following competencies and personal characteristics: Leadership Hold high standards for project management to proactively and creatively problem-solve. With great empathy, is a consistent champion and proud member of the team. Encourages participation from members of the team and seeks feedback and ideas from team members at all levels in operating as a leader. In addition to operating within a team environment, demonstrates the ability to operate independently and drive results. In addition to being self-driven, must have the ability to work across different functional teams, and have the ability to manage up.  Diligently seeks opportunities for professional development, acting as a sounding board, and serves as an organizational role model in cultivating a culture of high expectations and support. Thoughtfully considers the impact of decisions, and facilitates resolutions that protect the organization’s interests and prioritizes student needs when conflict or disagreements arise. Advocacy and Community Engagement In partnership with the CXO and additional key stakeholders, provide input on efforts in San Diego. Expand voice in San Diego, influence and impact on key issues facing the communities we serve, and partner with the CXO to amplify efforts in San Diego. Lead and enthusiastically build relationships with San Diego's major stakeholders and constituencies, including community leaders, community groups, elected officials, the media, and other influencers. Proactively engage and mobilize current and potential families and communities in the San Diego area, as critical advocates and ambassadors. Create and oversee strategy, programs, and services aimed towards increased parent and community engagement; and strengthen the partnership among parents, community, and schools to improve student academic achievement and school success. Identify opportunities and develop ways to strategically maximize collaboration and coordination with external partners. Represent the community and the broader organization as an ambassador, advocate, and partner within public forums and events. Development In collaboration with the CXO and Development team, identify and build a new donor base in San Diego. In collaboration with the CXO and Development team, responsible for stewarding current donors and foundation relations, leading events and event planning in the San Diego area. In collaboration with the CXO and CEO, responsible for identifying, on-boarding, organizing, supporting, and staffing the San Diego Advisory Council members. Marketing and Communications Provide thought leadership and guidance to the CXO in cultivating a meaningful and productive media and external engagement strategy; In collaboration with the CXO, assess and strategize responses to all incoming media requests, and communicate with relevant media as a spokesperson when appropriate. Provide guidance for tracking metrics and data to ensure alignment and effectiveness of overall marketing and communications efforts in San Diego, and offers insight and strategy regarding overall effectiveness. Qualifications The Director of Community and Donor Relations will be a proactive and tactical collaborator, in addition to having the ability to work independently and drive results. This individual will have experience and comfort in cultivating and sustaining relationships with key supporters and stakeholders in San Diego, including the media, elected officials, peer and partner charter organizations, donors, and prominent community leaders. In addition, the Director of Community and Donor Relations will have experience engaging, developing coalitions, and mobilizing families. The ideal candidate will have  at least 8 years of progressive responsibility in similar or related roles Benefits Very competitive compensation package inclusive of a generous benefits package 100% of healthcare premium costs covered by employer, dependents added at 50% of cost Employer-paid KIPP SoCal life insurance 401(k) plan with up to 6% match by KIPP SoCal Voluntary Benefits (Pet Insurance, Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.) Generous time off program includes 22 holidays, sick leave and vacation Other great benefits (Flexible spending account, EAP, tuition reimbursement for dependents, etc.)  
KIPP LA Public Schools Los Angeles, CA, USA Development