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23-24 RI Director of School Operations

Achievement First
Providence, RI, United States

Job Details

School Year: 2023-24

About Achievement First:

Change requires change agents. Across our growing network of high-performing public charter schools, our students in historically underserved communities enter our doors looking for a great education. We are looking for you. We are a network of innovators, of dedicated educators committed to pursuing excellence for ourselves and our students, of content nerds with a deep knowledge and love of subject matter, and of advocates with an unwavering commitment to inspiring all students to reach the high expectations that help them succeed.

We believe in the fierce urgency of now. In our classrooms, our students benefit from high-quality, rigorous and engaging instruction infused with a contagious enthusiasm for content and learning. Our students know they can and will achieve, and every day we work to provide them with opportunities for deep intellectual engagement across all subjects and content areas. Our students will graduate from top colleges and universities and then will have access to all of the life and leadership opportunities that flow from a great education. Our students will change the world.

About the Role:

Achievement First is currently seeking a strategic and dynamic Director of School Operations. Reporting to the Regional Director of Operations and the school principal, the Director of School Operations will be responsible for all matters of school administration that do not directly relate to instruction or student behavior. The Director is a cornerstone of the Achievement First school model, which seeks to relieve the principal of non-instructional obligations so that s/he can focus almost exclusively on student achievement and the professional development of the teaching staff. This position will take on a variety of operational responsibilities from overseeing the development and implementation of the school budget to gathering and analyzing school data to ensuring that the school has sufficient materials to serve its students. The Director of School Operations will also supervise a team of operations professionals including student services managers, office coordinators, and principal assistants.

Responsibilities of the Director of School Operations will include but are not limited to:

Budget & Finance
  • Work with the school principal and Achievement First network finance staff to develop and manage the school's budget
  • Maintain accurate records of all financial transactions and submit them to the Achievement First network finance staff for processing
  • Participate in monthly meetings to review/account for budget variances; monitor usage of the school credit card
  • Ensure adherence to school's fiscal policy and procedures; participate in annual financial audit process by providing documentation as needed to auditors
  • Manage school purchasing process by placing orders with vendors, tracking delivery and maintaining inventory
School Operations
  • Each year, prepare the campus for start-up/new school year by ordering furniture, equipment, and classroom supplies as well as ensuring that school services (i.e., student food services, student transportation services) are lined up and ready for action
  • Process new hires and maintain employee records to prepare the facility for occupation
  • Manage the tracking and follow up regarding teacher certification and employee benefits
  • With the support of Achievement First's network office, ensure compliance with all state, federal, and local employment laws and policies
  • Ensure the maintenance of campus facilities by managing custodial personnel and third party contracts for trash removal, recycling, and security
  • Manage the school's food and transportation services by coordinating with service providers and overseeing deliveries
  • Manage the school's supply and asset inventory
School Administration
  • Ensure the timely implementation of all items on Achievement First's monthly administrative calendar
  • Ensure that the school is adhering to all local compliance and reporting requirements, as per calendars and guidelines provided by Achievement First
  • Provide oversight of the planning and execution of school special events, such as field lessons, Report Card Night, and graduation
  • Oversee the administration of all student tests
  • With the support of the Achievement First network data analysts, disseminate progress reports to school staff and ensure the timely production of student report cards
  • Ensure that student records are properly maintained and updated at the school
Management and Leadership
  • Directly supervise the student services manager and office coordinator
  • Actively serve on the school's leadership team, which also includes the school's principal and deans
Skills and Characteristics
  • Belief in the Achievement First mission and educational model
  • Comfort level with financial oversight and budgetary tracking to support strategic growth
  • Willingness to work autonomously, collaboratively, and/or under the direction of senior staff, as needed
  • Acute attention to detail coupled with the ability to think and act strategically
  • Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a "whatever it takes" disposition
Educational Background and Work Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year institution; Master's Degree preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of operations management experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience managing cross-functional teams to develop and implement systems and processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a growing organization
NY Compensation & Benefits
  • Employees at Achievement First are provided with a competitive salary. Our salaries are set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual's skills, education, and years of experience relevant to the role. Dean and Director of School Operations' salaries range from $80,078 - $89,244, based on experience.
  • As a regular full time employee of Achievement First, you will be eligible for benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match and paid Family Leave.
Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here:


Our mission is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. We know that every child—regardless of race, zip code or economic status—deserves access to great schools. At Achievement First, our students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to graduate from college, succeed in a competitive world and serve as the next generation of leaders in our community. We are a growing network of 37 non-profit, high-performing K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. But we’re more than that. We’re changemakers. In order to make long-lasting and transformative change, we believe in focusing on what we know to work: serving all students, growing in our communities, sharing and learning from others, and committing to innovation. It makes us who we are. And who are we? We are high performing. We have some of the best schools in the country. Our students are outperforming kids across our cities and states. And they’re going on to college to become whatever they dream of. We care about people. We can help you become who you’re meant to be, whether you’re 8 or 38. Because at Achievement First, we know that taking care of kids means taking care of teachers, too. We are innovating & growing. We never stop learning and evolving. It’s a part of everything we do, from our bold new programs to the way our network of schools continues to grow in the communities we serve.

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370 James Street
Suite 404
New Haven

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