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OPENING: Envision Schools Colorado; Vice President of Operations

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    ORGANIZATION: ENVISION SCHOOLS COLORADO POSITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS LOCATION: DENVER, CO REPORTS TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BACKGROUND  Envision
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2008
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      ORGANIZATION: ENVISION SCHOOLS COLORADO

      POSITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

      LOCATION: DENVER, CO

      REPORTS TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


      BACKGROUND 

      Envision Schools Colorado (ESC) is a new nonprofit charter management organization (CMO), the first in Colorado, which will ultimately operate a network of six schools in the Denver-metro area. Our CMO is based on the successful model and track record of Envision Schools, a CMO based in San Francisco that operates four high schools in the Bay Area. The first two ESC schools, which will open in 2009 and 2010, will be located in Denver Public Schools. Locations for the remaining four schools remain to be determined but will be in Front Range districts. When fully built out, each ESC school will serve ~700 students in grades 6 through 12 (it will take four years to build out a school). 


      The mission of Envision Schools Colorado is to transform the lives of all our students, especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college, by preparing them for success in college and in life. Our schools will be true communities marked by intentional diversity, rigorous academic discipline, and excellence at every level. Compassion and high expectations will inspire and empower our students to succeed. Each Envision school is academically rigorous and integrates art and technology across the curriculum to instill the critical thinking, life experience and creative skills necessary for students to be successful in college and beyond. 


      As a CMO, we are committed to allowing principals and teachers to focus on instruction and learning and to removing many of the administrative burdens often placed on school leadership at single-site charter schools. To this end, we will maintain a central support office that will provide comprehensive services to the network of six schools, including professional development, assessment and use of data to improve instruction, curriculum development, charter acquisition, and back office services such as payroll, benefits administration, fundraising assistance, facilities acquisition, human resources, and technology set-up and maintenance.


      OPPORTUNITY 

       

      Envision Schools Colorado is seeking an experienced and accomplished professional to provide hands on, day-to-day management of the organizationís central support office. In this role, the Vice President of Operations will serve as a key partner to the Chief Executive Officer in ultimately fulfilling the mission of the organization, particularly in the organizationís start-up years. He/she will be responsible for bringing world-class service and support to Envision Schools Colorado, fostering a collaborative culture across the network of schools, and building a scalable and efficient business infrastructure to support the eventual growth of the organization. Through a combination of building internal capacity and outsourcing, the Vice President of Operations and his/her team will provide a variety of business services to school sites, including support in the areas of human resources, payroll, accounting, budget development, operations, legal, facilities, technology, marketing, charter development and strategy.  The Vice President of Operations reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will have substantial contact with the Envision Schools Colorado Board of Directors.


      RESPONSIBILITIES 

       

      The Vice President of Operations will be responsible for managing:

       

      • Human Resources: staff recruiting, credentialing, benefits, payroll, compensation plans, performance evaluation, retirement plan administration

      • Facilities: site acquisition, project management, maintenance, financing

      • Technology: technology planning, e-rate program management, purchasing, security, student information systems, training, end-user support, intranet development

      • Finance and Accounting: budget development, audit, financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable, long-term forecasting, grant reporting, state and federal compliance, banking relationships

      • Operations: food services, transportation, insurance/risk management, school safety, procurement, attendance

      • Marketing: enrollment outreach support, website and collateral development  

      • Charter Development & Compliance: charter petition development, charter authorizer relationships, MOU negotiations, charter compliance

      • Legal: contracts, law firm relationships

      • Strategy and Growth: assist CEO in creating and articulating Envision Schools Colorado ís strategic vision; coordinate and execute growth plan; oversee new school openings and existing school expansion

      • Board Relations: assist CEO in managing Board of Directors

        

      QUALIFICATIONS 

       

      The ideal candidate will:

      • Have a proven track record of leadership in most, if not all, of the functional areas described above

      • Have experience building and managing a high-performing team

      • Be experienced in creating and implementing sustainable, scaleable systems to support a growing organization

      • Be committed to delivering outstanding customer service

      • Be comfortable with constant change, ambiguity, and rapid growth in an entrepreneurial startup environment

      • Be willing to wear a variety of hats and roll up his or her sleeves

      • Be committed to developing people

      • Have 5+ years of proven operations management experience in a multi-site setting or similarly complex environment

      • Have a Bachelorís degree with an MBA preferred

      • Embrace the mission of Envision Schools Colorado

        

      SALARY & BENEFITS 

       

      Salary: This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

      Benefits: Competitive benefits provided include: sick time; vacation; 403(b) retirement plan option;

      health, long/short-term and life insurance.


      HIRING PROCESS 

       

      Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@.... Envision Schools Colorado will invite select candidates for interviews. Interviews will continue until the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of employment verification and hiring process.

        

      Envision Schools Colorado is strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourages applications from African-American, Latino and other traditionally under-represented backgrounds. 


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