What We Look For

At KIPP Chicago we look for talented, dedicated, diverse, and experienced educators to help empower the next generation of students reach their highest potential.


We believe that students learn best when they are having fun, when they feel cared about, and when their more basic needs are met. That means our teachers are intentional about meeting social-emotional needs, encouraging passions, and creating environments in which each child feels seen and valued for who they are. Establishing and engaging in trusting and collaborative relationships with students’ families is also fundamental.


  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • Diverse Learners
  • Excellence
  • Kindergarten co-teachers
  • Teacher residents


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years’ experience as classroom teacher in communities similar to ours (required)
  • Illinois teacher license with LBS 1 endorsement is required for any Diverse Learners Teachers
  • Illinois teacher license with one of the following: ESL endorsement, Bilingual – Spanish endorsement, or Transitional Bilingual Educator license is required for English Learner Teachers

School-Based Non-Instructional Roles

Operations Teams

Our Operations teams include Custodians at some campuses, Office Managers, Operations Managers, Directors of Operations, and School Operations Leaders. The excellence of our school operations teams is crucial to our teachers’ and students’ success.

Student Support Personnel

Diverse Learners Case Managers supervise and coordinate special education programming to support students with IEPs and 504s. There is one Case Manager at each of our K – 8 schools.

Social workers, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses directly support the learning of students with IEPs.

  • Respective Illinois professional license (required)
  • Prior experience in communities similar to ours (preferred)


Paraprofessionals support the individual needs of students with IEPs throughout the school day in alignment with their IEPs. They collaborate with teachers and employ best practices to support students’ independence. Paraprofessionals are managed by the Assistant Principal and/or Diverse Learners Case Manager of each campus.

  • Prior experience in communities similar to ours (required)
  • An Associate’s Degree or a High School Diploma with a score of 460 on the ETS ParaPro test or a score of 4 on the ACT WorkKeys test sections for reading and math (required)

High School Transition Advisor and College Advisor

Regional Roles

Academic Team

Led by the Head of Academics, this team provides curricular and instructional leadership for teaching and learning and the academic subjects.

Operations and Finance Team

Led by the Vice President of Operations, this team manages the school-based operations teams as well as the region’s accounting and finances, human resources, and compliance.

KIPP Through College Team

Led by the Director of KIPP Through College, this team is comprised of the College Access and Support Counselors, who support our alumni in college. The team also manages the High School Transition Advisor at each middle school campus.

Development Team

Led by the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development, this team is charged with fundraising to support our KIPP Through College program and other programs that lie outside of traditional academic offerings.

Data and Technology Team

Led by the Vice President of Operations, this team collects, analyzes, and presents student data for operational and instructional purposes, and manages the technology infrastructure of the campuses.

Talent Team

Led by the Head of Talent, this team recruits high-quality teachers and other staff, manages our selection processes for all roles, and supports school leaders in making hiring decisions.

Enrollment Interest Forms are now available for the 2021-2022 school year! Sign up below for your spot on the list for seats for next school year!