KIPP: Columbus - Chief People Officer



People & HR
Columbus, OH, USA
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2023
About KIPP Columbus
Founded in 2008 with 50 students in 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently educates 2,000 students in grades Kindergarten through twelfth. With a mission to, together with families and the community, create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -- college, career, and beyond -- KIPP has maintained excellence in its growth, and will improve upon that standard – proving what is possible in public education.
KIPP Columbus continues to rank as one of the top schools for academic growth of any school in the state of Ohio, and is a top performing urban school in the state for academic growth. In our first three graduating classes (in spring 2020, 2021, and 2022) 100% of students were accepted to college and/or military service with nearly $40 million in merit scholarships from colleges and universities awarded.
In addition to academic excellence, KIPP Columbus also partners with nearly 100 community organizations to provide extracurricular activities, programming, health and wellness services, meals, and more to KIPP students, families, and the broader community. KIPP is also a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, offering more than 10 varsity sports.
The KIPP Columbus learning campus will continue to advance student learning, expand partnerships, enable superior programming, and serve as a teaching and leadership lab for schools nationwide, reimagining education through a deeper lens of antiracism, excellence, and joy as we expand to educate nearly 4,000 students on our learning campus in the coming years.
Interested in learning more about our school? Please check out our website here.
The Opportunity
The Chief People Officer (CPO) will be responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive Human Resources and Talent strategy in support of the KIPP Columbus mission and vision. Reporting directly to the Superintendent, the CPO will oversee the many aspects of human resources and talent teams at KIPP Columbus.
The CPO will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and play a critical role in setting overall organizational strategy, as well as serving as a thought leader on all issues related to talent and human resources for the organization. Through a collaborative, entrepreneurial style, the CPO will provide leadership and oversight to ensure the proper processes, metrics, human resource policies and procedures, talent and culture are in place to effectively increase KIPP Columbus’ impact for students, teams, and families.

Key Responsibilities - Visionary Leadership & Organizational Administration

  • Model thought leadership that is anti-racist, inclusive, and transformative in a manner that breathes life into the organization’s vision and disrupts the status quo.
  • Foster a healthy work culture that promotes equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Oversee Human Resources and Recruitment Team operations
  • Coach and develop direct reports and to be effective in their roles and in their management of their teams and functional areas
  • Coach, develop, and support people managers to ensure consistency, transparency, and alignment on institutional policies and practices

Key Responsibilities - Development & Implementation of Strategic Talent Management Systems

  • Develop and lead the implementation of a coherent strategy to attract, hire, develop and retain effective, racially and gender-diverse talent for the KIPP public schools network
  • Support KIPP Columbus in creating and implementing talent and career development systems
  • Manage the performance and effectiveness of KIPP Columbus Recruitment team, including the successful monitoring and achievement of the team’s shared goals, and the creation and management of the department’s budget
  • Work closely with KIPP Columbus leaders as a strategic thought partner to support effective talent-related decisions that result in attributable and positive student outcomes
  • Demonstrate comprehensive support to KIPP Columbus in developing strategies for talent and performance management that lead to equitable access to excellent learning for all KIPP students
  • Co-create strategic direction with KIPP Columbus Recruitment Team, focused on creating healthy talent systems grounded in anti-racism and equity
  • Lead implementation of employee engagement, professional development, total rewards (compensation and benefits), career advancement, and succession planning frameworks as part of a comprehensive talent management strategy
  • Spearhead effective talent management strategies throughout the organization, including operationalizing a path to advancement that is transparent to and consistent for all KIPP Columbus staff

Key Responsibilities - Comprehensive Human Resource Operations Management

  • Recruiting, Staffing, & Talent Management: Implement strategies to build a strong, diverse, and representative pool for talent that meets forecasted KIPP Columbus needs. Develop effective, innovative, inclusive, and contemporary HR planning strategies with leaders across the network.
  • Employee Engagement & Labor Relations: Design and implement tools for measuring and improving employee engagement across the organization, and support School Leaders and hiring managers in the implementation of those tools. Implement processes to efficiently mediate conflict and resolve staff concerns. Perform and promote compliance with equal employment and nondiscrimination policies and follow federal and state laws, Board policies, and corresponding professional standards. Ensure timely, professional, and courteous service to all KIPP Columbus stakeholders including employees, school leaders, families, students, members of the Board, community organizations, and public officials.
  • Compensation and Employee Benefits: Orchestrate the organization’s compensation and benefits structures; consistently review labor market patterns to maintain organizational competitiveness for quality talent. Oversee unemployment, Worker’s Compensation, and management of employee leave requests

Key Responsibilities - Performance Management and Professional Development

  • Ensure that processes for new staff onboarding are smooth and efficient
  • Support Talent Team to lead professional development of all KIPP staff in compliance with state and federal laws
  • Ensure that professional development is timely, relevant, job-embedded and differentiated based on individual and team needs and with a focus on potential for career advancement; establish a clear linkage between performance and promotion
  • Support supervisors to establish and communicate annual performance goals for team members; implement and monitor equitable performance systems that support frequent communication and actionable feedback for employees at every level of the organization
  • Lead the KIPP Columbus team in the development, implementation, and documentation of improvement plans, policies and procedures to ensure positive outcomes for employees


  • A deep commitment to the mission of KIPP Columbus, including the unwavering belief in the potential of all our students and anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
  • Dedicate to both racial equity and improving the lives of kids from low-income communities; experience working within predominantly Black, Brown, and/or low-income communities
  • 10+ years of experience in talent management, human resources, with at least five years in organizational management
  • Experienced scaling operations in fast-growth environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish meaningful metrics to pursue data-driven decisions and monitor results
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills. Always think multiple steps ahead
  • Able to work humbly with multiple stakeholders ranging in knowledge and experience with people-centered data/tools
  • Ability to establish relationships and communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a professional
  • Belief that outstanding school leaders, staff, and teachers can achieve excellent outcomes for all students
  • Ability to persevere with a sense of optimism, strong problem-solving skills, and desire to learn and grow in a collaborative professional learning community
  • Willingness, and commitment, to go above and beyond to prove the possible with students
  • Ability to multi-task and work within an ambiguous, fast-moving, start-up environment, while driving toward clarity and solutions
Compensation and Benefits
$110,000 - $140,000 annual salary. KIPP Columbus offers a competitive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, as well as group term life insurance, retirement plan and paid time off. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role. Sign-on Bonus: Successful candidates for the 22-23 school year, who are new to the KIPP Columbus team, are eligible to receive up to a $10,000 bonus.
About KIPP
KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. There are 285 KIPP schools across the nation and the District of Columbia, serving more than 175,000 students and alumni with more than 15,000 educators.
To Apply
Please submit an online application to Work Renewed. If you have any questions, contact the Work Renewed team at
KIPP Columbus is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school for consideration of any position (admission, employment, etc.). KIPP Columbus does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 4112.02 of the Ohio Revised Code.