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Director of Governance (Immediate)

Company: KIPP Texas
Location: Austin
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

Company DescriptionAbout KIPP TexasKIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, PreK-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.Job Description ABOUT THE ROLE The Director of Governance plays a critical role in overseeing the governance and compliance functions of KIPP Texas Public Schools. This position is responsible for developing and implementing effective governance policies, procedures, and practices, as well as ensuring compliance with applicable laws, and regulations. The Director of Governance serves as a key liaison between the school's administration, board of directors, and external stakeholders, promoting transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct. The Director will support the entire process of Board management for 4 Regional Boards, the KTX State Board, and Board workgroups. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES 1. Governance Strategy and Planning

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive governance strategy aligned with the school's mission, vision, and goals.
  • Collaborate with the board of directors, CAO, CEO and Managing Director of Governance to establish and maintain effective governance structures, including committees, bylaws, and policies.
  • Conduct regular assessments of governance.2. Stakeholder relations and board management
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for governance-related inquiries from parents, staff, community members, and external stakeholders.
    • Promote transparency and effective communication between the board, school administration, and stakeholders.
    • Support the Managing Director of Governance with ensuring that board member inquiries are responded to in a timely manner.3. Compliance and Oversight:
      • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and reporting requirements.
      • Monitor changes in education laws and regulations, providing guidance to the board and school administration on implications and necessary adjustments.
      • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all governance-related documents, contracts, and agreements.
      • Partner with legal counsel on board related matters.4. Board of Directors Support
        • Coordinate board meetings with guidance from the CEO and Chief Advancement Officer including agenda development, materials preparation, and meeting logistics.
        • Support board committees by providing necessary information, coordinating meetings, and ensuring effective committee operations.
        • Implement a comprehensive governance strategy aligned with the board's mission, vision, and goals, while adhering to Texas education policies and standards.7. Coach and develop the Manager of Governance
          • This role involves providing direct supervision, guidance, and support to the Manager of Governance, who assists in the day-to-day implementation of governance policies, compliance monitoring, and stakeholder relations.QualificationsKey Skills and Competencies
            • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to navigate complex legal and regulatory frameworks.
            • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
            • Exceptional organizational and project management abilities, with strong attention to detail.
            • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
              • Exceptional strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to solve complex problems and implement solutions; ability to manage both the big picture and the details; a strong sense of judgment; ability to navigate complex legal, political, and community issues
              • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities; ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, demanding environment; thrives in an entrepreneurial environment; willing to learn and take on new responsibilities; comfortable with ambiguity
              • Ability to model KIPP values at all times, including respect for KIPP network leadership, teachers, and students by listening, questioning, assisting, and responding quickly
              • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
              • Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
              • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge fundraiser or other donor software is helpful, but not requiredKnowledge and ExperienceThe ideal candidate
                • Must have a Bachelor's degree
                • A proven experience in governance, compliance, or a similar role, preferably in the education sector.
                • An in-depth knowledge of education laws, regulations, and charter school governance models.Additional InformationCompensation and BenefitsSalary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise.A competitive benefits package is also offered.WHAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE
                  • Competitive vacation and flexible paid time off (PTO) policies.
                  • Paid family leave.
                  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans with varying coverage for employees and their families, inclusive of virtual physician visits. High deductible health plan with HSA also offered.
                  • Employee assistance programs.
                  • Participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).
                  • 457 Roth retirement plan option with KIPP matching contribution up to $1,200 a year. 403bAs a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas' benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans. KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Keywords: KIPP Texas, Austin , Director of Governance (Immediate), Executive , Austin, Texas

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