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Job Opening: Director of School Operations - Achievement School District

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    DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS Location: Memphis, Tennessee The Organization The Achievement School District (ASD) represents an unprecedented opportunity to
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2012



      Location: Memphis, Tennessee


      The Organization

      The Achievement School District (ASD) represents an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically expand transformational educational opportunities for students in Tennessee. By moving the bottom performing 5% of schools in the state straight to the top 25% in five years, Tennessee will prove that all students, regardless of where they grow up, can achieve at high levels. The ASD acts as both an authorizer of high-performing schools and as an independent school operator. For more information on the ASD's mission, please visit www.achievementschooldistrict.org.


      The Opportunity

      The ASD is currently seeking high-capacity Directors of School Operations (DoSO) to help launch and manage operations at our new Achievement Schools for the 2013-2014 academic year. Reporting directly to the principal, the DoSO plays an integral role on the school leadership team by directly managing a variety of operational areas, including but not limited to, finance, procurement, technology, food service, facilities, and student information. Effective DoSOs manage school services in a way that creates an environment for students, teachers, and the leadership team to focus exclusively on student achievement. DoSOs work closely with the ASD Support Team, which builds DoSO capacity by providing support, training, and coaching throughout the year.


      Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


      Budgeting & finance:

      • Actively support the principal in developing a school budget that is accurate, feasible, timely, and aligned with student priorities

      • Recommend necessary budget adjustments, and track planned versus actual expenditures

      • Oversee adherence to all fiscal policies as governed by district policy, or state and federal law

      Procurement & contracts:

      • Ensure school staff has access to materials and supplies they need to effectively instruct students

      • Own school level contract and procurement relationships; service scheduling, implementation, and quality management; communicate regularly with ASD Support Team

      • Supervise all auxiliary school services and third party personnel including safety/security, transportation, custodial services, and nutrition service

      • Conduct purchase request process for all materials, supplies, and equipment

      School site operations:

      • Lead a high quality, responsive front office and administrative team, including the direct management of the Office Manager and other non-teacher employees

      • Coordinate information technology services with internal and external providers, including communications systems, support, training, and equipment

      • Ensure compliance on all local, state, and federal health & safety laws and workplace regulations

      • Arrange logistics for special events such as parent nights, field trips, testing, and assemblies; act as the point-person for all on-site visitors

      • Liaise with Employee Services to ensure that payroll, benefits, and teacher certification are administered effectively to school staff

      Student information & reporting:

      • Ensure that student records are properly maintained and updated

      • Coordinate data for state and federal grant compliance reporting with ASD Support Team

      • Help with logistics and administration of student testing days, and ensure reports are delivered on time; provide regular data updates and analytics to the Principal and ASD Support Team

      • Oversee enrollment process and registration day; ensure school year begins with 100% enrollment

      Facilities, Food Service, and Transportation:

      • Communicate need for renovation, maintenance, and upkeep to the ASD Support Team

      • Track and conduct inventory of all school assets and property; maintain quality of equipment

      • Collaborate with ASD Support Team in school space evaluations and capacity planning

      • Manage day-to-day service and personnel issues with vendors and custodial staff; highlight potential roadblocks to the ASD Support Team on issues with shared vendors


      Skills and Characteristics for Success

      • Bachelor's degree from a competitive college or university (MBA preferred but not necessary)

      • 3+ years of work experience with a strong background in operational or project management roles

      • Experience managing individuals or teams in fast-paced, high-capacity work environments

      • Self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity and multi-tasking

      • Ability to set goals and develop work-plans, for both self and direct reports; demonstrated resourcefulness and ability to prioritize and focus on what matters most

      • Relentlessly results-driven: will do whatever it takes to help students succeed

      • Ability to work with financial statements and budgets



      The ASD offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. Base salary ranges from $68-72K; an additional merit-based bonus can be earned due to excelling performance.


      How to Apply


      In your cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, and how your background experience prepares you to meet the qualifications of the job. Resumes and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. DoSOs are expected to start between April 1st and 15th, 2013. Please direct any additional questions to Jeff Bergquist at jbergquist@....

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