Chief Operating Officer

New Haven, CT, US
Mar 02, 2021
Position Type:
Executive Management

Date Posted:

Gateway Center


REPORTS TO: Superintendent of Schools

SUPERVISES: Facilities Management, Food Services, Security, Health and Wellness, Transportation, Information Technology, and School Construction and Stewardship.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will hold a critical senior leadership position in the New Haven Public School District and will be responsible for the oversight of all New Haven Public Schools operational areas. The COO will be responsible for supporting the New Haven Public School District in reaching its ambitious goals, which includes transitioning the District into a variable-cost organization, reducing its fixed costs and liabilities, implementing tight financial controls to reduce wasteful spending, aligning district resources to the organizational priorities and improving operational support for schools. Additionally, the COO performs supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the New Haven Public Schools policies and applicable laws. This is an outstanding opportunity for an executive with experience managing many facets of an urban public school organization during a period of significant change.

  • Masters Degree in Business Administration, Public Policy or other similar fields, Juris Doctorate Degree strongly preferredAt least 5 years of senior level experience working directly with Chief Executive Officers, Superintendents, Boards of Directors, non-profits, or community representatives.Evidence of successful experience leading major change management efforts, preferably in urban public schools or municipalities.Evidence of successful experience in an urban school district, non-profit organization or higher education institutions.Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • The Chief Operating Officer's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:Advises and counsels the Superintendent regarding school operations.Communicates and presents information to governing bodies, policy makers, federal and state law making bodies, local community districts, parents, news media and other interested parties upon request of the Superintendent.Develops and maintains positive working relations with local, state and federal governmental and community partners.Represents the Superintendent at functions, meetings, conferences, etc. related to operations.Directs the operations of educational support management of contractors and other vendors; manage school district staff in the provision of daily services to include student bus transportation, food service, security, custodial and grounds maintenance, and other areas as assigned.Develops and organizes ongoing, long range, and preventive maintenance plans and programs for sites, buildings and equipment, including grounds keeping, transportation, and custodial services; reports the status to the Assistant/Deputy Superintendent.Participates as assigned with demographic planning.Administers and directs Bond Measure program in accordance with ballot measure.Prepares bid specifications for equipment and projects, and coordinates bidding process with Purchasing Department.Negotiates contracts as appropriate, reviews billings and contract terms with contractors, vendors, etc.; confers with District Legal Counsel and the Assistant/Deputy Superintendent as needed and appropriate.Works with architects, engineers, inspectors, and consultants in the development of planning and construction documentation.Monitors legislation and communicates its impact regarding education.Conducts staff meetings, as needed, to interpret changes in Board policy or administrative procedures, to discuss developments, and to evaluate trends in education as they pertain to the areas of assigned responsibility.Oversees compilation, preparation and distribution of statistical and other data for federal, State Department of Education, and local reportsDemonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.Leads the District in transitioning into a variable-cost organization and reducing its fixed costs and liabilities.Works in partnership with the Finance Team to implement tight financial controls to create and align district resources to the District's priorities.Takes on other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Superintendent.

SALARY AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Executive Management and Confidential Employees; 12-Month work year. Non-Bargaining Grid. Salary is commensurate with experience and by individual employment contract.

EVALUATION: Evaluated annually by the Superintendent of Schools

NOTE: The above description covers the principal duties and responsibilities of this position. The description shall not, however, be construed as a complete listings of all duties or as a contract. In all cases, these relationships, functions and their applications are subject to change by the Superintendent of Schools.

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