Director of Operations - Middle School

Career Area
Operations
All Middle Schools
Start Date
Immediate

Overview

At Ascend, we seek directors of operations who are passionate about creating the conditions for student success in school. The director of operations is responsible for all non-academic operations at the school, including the school’s business operations, finances, and compliance with its charter and all laws and regulations. He or she is responsible for the school’s budget, accounting, and financial reporting; enrollment and student records; human resources, payroll, and credential management; meals programs and receipts; the physical plant; nursing services; information technology; procurement; security and school safety programs; regulatory compliance; and relationships with the LEA, SEA, and charter authorizer. He or she supervises all non-academic staff at the school. At Ascend, we value leaders with a hunger for feedback and professional growth, and a dedication to excellence.

At Ascend, we're excited about professionals who are fired up about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serve all students. Join us as we foster innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think their own way through to answers.

Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend:

 

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

 

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls. By offering a rich liberal arts education in a supportive environment, we animate children's natural sense of curiosity and prepare students to think on their own, thrive on their own, and engage the world as informed, responsible citizens.

 

In school year 2017-2018 we will educate more than 4,000 students at five lower schools, four middle schools, and one high school. Ascend's college-preparatory liberal arts curriculum and warm and supportive school culture equip teachers with the tools to achieve exceptional academic outcomes and close the achievement gap in Central Brooklyn.

Leading at Ascend

 

As a leader at Ascend, you will grow deeply as an educator through ongoing training, support, and collaboration at every step in your career. You will also be able to express your voice and play a role in defining the future of Ascend, as we actively encourage Ascend school leaders to be part of their schools’ and the Ascend network’s development and growth. Learn more about leadership at Ascend.

Responsibilities

The director of operations is responsible for the daily financial and business activities of the school. Specifically, the director of operations will responsible for:

 

  • Financial transactions and operations: Manage the daily financial and business activities of the school; ensure proper cash management, including timely and accurate deposits, record-keeping, and receipts; ensure proper asset management and adherence to the school’s budget; manage and ensure compliance with grants; prepare the proposed school budget, in close coordination with the school director and Ascend network; coordinate with the school director to ensure that staff members adhere to the budget; and ensure that all reports are submitted accurately and on time.
  • Enrollment and funding: Ensure timely and proper enrollment and attendance reporting and the timely and accurate collection of public funds; maintain the school’s waiting list for admission and enrolls new students in compliance with the charter law and other regulations; and maintain all student records using the school management software and ensures compliance with student confidentiality laws.
  • Human resources: Oversee and administer personnel matters, including (through vendors) payroll, benefits, and COBRA; properly implement all school and Ascend network policies and procedures relating to human resources (HR); provide appropriate information and assistance to school staff regarding personnel matters and benefits; provide effective support and advice to the school administrative team on personnel and HR issues; ensure that all staff hold credentials required by law (including NCLB) and pass background checks; prepare and maintain legal personnel-related documentation (including employment statements of hire, disciplinary procedures, and terminations of employment); maintain up-to-date personnel files; assist the school director with salary budget planning and staffing requirements; and effectively coordinate with the school director and the Ascend network as needed.
  • External reporting and compliance: Ensure strict compliance with state and federal regulations; and maintain effective working relationship with the authorizer, the state, and other regulatory and oversight agencies.

Staff and reporting relationships


The director of operations reports to the school director and participates as a member of the school leadership team. He or she is also a dotted line report to the Chief Operating Officer of Ascend Learning. The director of operations manages operations team members as the school expands.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years professional experience, preferably in an educational organization or a school
  • An MPA or MBA, or equivalent experience, is preferred
  • Possess strong project management skills
  • Be able to lead a team
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be organized, self-managed, and able to handle many responsibilities simultaneously
  • Have highly developed problem-solving skills
  • Be dependable and have excellent follow-through
  • Be aligned with the education philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend Learning and the school

Diversity at Ascend

 

Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.

 

Compensation

 

Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

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