What We Look For

At KIPP Detroit 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.

Instructional Roles

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


  • Bachelor’s degree or better from an accredited university or college (required)
  • Active Michigan Teachers Certification or active teachers license that can be transferred to MI (required)
  • At least two years’ prior success teaching in urban communities (strongly preferred)
  • A cleared Criminal Records Check.
  • All KIPP Detroit staff are required to provide documentation of full Covid-19 vaccination unless approved for medical or religious exemption.

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.

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

  • Respective Michigan 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

Supports and advises students in their journeys to and through college and career.



We strongly believe that all students can and will succeed. Our staff operates each day with this belief at the forefront. We are looking for staff members who align to this unwavering commitment.

Growth Mindset
A tenet of our beliefs is that we can constantly improve. Feedback is an important part of our organizational culture and all members of our team strive to improve through reflection and professional growth.

Organization & Communication
Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks is integral to roles. Our teams achieve lofty goals through thoughtful communication, project management, and organizational skills.

Team & Family
We are only as strong as our collective team. We celebrate, collaborate and lift each other up. In prospective team members, we look for candidates dedicated to building relationships with their colleagues and being part of a team.