• Operations Manager

    Career Area
    All Schools
    Start Date
  • Overview

    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.


    The operations manager is responsible for supporting school-based staff with operational information systems, maintaining and analyzing operational data, managing student recruitment and enrollment, supporting with and managing special projects, and coordinating any network-wide academic or operational purchasing.


    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.


    To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes. Watch Ascend in action.


    The operations manager works under the direction of the chief operating officer and closely with directors of operations and operations staff at the schools to support the highest quality of instruction and accelerate scholars’ learning. Additionally, the operations manager will:

    • Ensure that all schools in the network tap the full potential of the Infinite Campus student information system by training staff and instituting protocols to ensure system-wide consistency in use
    • Support schools in ensuring that ATS and state level data systems are up-to-date and accurate
    • Conduct data entry, analyze and report on operations data, including data required for school, board and regulatory reporting
    • Manage student recruiting and enrollment under the guidance of the director of operations
    • Help continually improving school operations systems and procedures and lead or support with special projects in this area
    • Supports the purchasing of required curricular materials (e.g., textbooks, workbooks, or science kits) and other operational network-wide purchases, such as furniture.
    • Supports academic operations managers in ensuring that academic materials at the schools are inventoried on a regular basis.

    Staff and reporting relationships


    The operations associate reports to the director of operations.


    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Experience with data management systems, similar to Infinite Campus, Illuminate DNA, Automate The Schools (ATS), a must
    • Two or more years of experience in an office environment, preferably an education-related organization
    • Very strong computer skills, including fluency with Microsoft Excel, and preferably experience with Microsoft Access 
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including experience with data analysis
    • Excellent skills of organization and follow-through
    • Ability to work under pressure and tight timetables
    • Ability to self-manage in a highly professional work environment, which requires interfacing with constituencies at the network and schools levels

    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.


    Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.


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