Democracy Prep Public Schools is seeking an experienced, mission-aligned leader to join our Senior Leadership Team as the Chief Operating Officer of our growing organization. Applications are due on April 28, 2023.
Democracy Prep Public Schools OverviewDemocracy Prep Public Schools is a tuition-free high performing public charter school network operating in New York, NY, San Antonio, TX and Las Vegas, NV educating over 5,500 students, preK-12th grade, on 17 campuses. DPPS is in the process of executing a five-year Strategic Plan to govern its growth, quality assurance, staffing, and sustainability. In the strategic plan, DPPS is building on past successes, ensuring strong academic outcomes at each of our 17 schools and a special education program, Pathways, as well as growing responsibly in existing regions. Our scholars are current advocates, future voters, and blossoming leaders in their communities.
Democracy Prep is well-known as an organization that puts people first. We believe inspiring talent is at the core of our success. We also believe in equipping great talent with the tools they need and then stepping back to allow them to be creative on behalf of the organization, our mission, and the scholars we educate. We believe in transparency, collaboration and excellence on behalf of our schools.
COO Role OverviewThe Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for all operational functions across Democracy Prep’s growing network of high-performing charter schools. The COO ensures that every school function—student recruitment and enrollment, school operations, meals, transportation, procurement, student information systems, compliance and reporting, safety, facilities management, securing new real estate and executing school openings, closings, and mergers—is performed with excellence, so that student learning can flourish everywhere.
ResponsibilitiesReporting to the CEO, the COO is a central member of the eight person senior leadership team, responsible for key operational functions that support Democracy Prep’s mission: to educate responsible citizen scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. The COO manages a large function of the organization, with a full team at the charter management organization (CMO) of ~30 staff members and a direct support line to operational staff in all schools and regions. The COO has 4-6 direct reports who are responsible for overseeing all operational functions including student recruitment and enrollment, school operations, meals, transportation, procurement, student information systems, compliance and reporting, safety, facilities management, securing new real estate and executing school openings, closings, and mergers. The COO ensures the seamless execution of Democracy Prep’s operational functions and serves as a critical thought partner to the CEO and members of the leadership team. The COO also works in partnership with the CFO, CEO, and General Counsel on managing DPPS’ real estate holdings and engaging in long-term strategic planning.
This is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader with significant operational experience to drive the operational strategy and systems for a national K-12 charter management organization.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
School Based Operations and Team Leadership
Drive excellence across all operational functions including student recruitment and enrollment, school operations, meals, transportation, procurement, student information systems, compliance and reporting, safety, facilities management, securing new real estate and executing school openings, closings, and mergers
Lead the design and implementation of systems, processes and services that support Democracy Prep schools and programs in delivering best-in-class educational outcomes
Ensure the implementation of a best-in-class enrollment and student retention program across all Democracy Prep regions and Schools
Manage School-CMO relations and operational systems so that the network is using seamless and transparent systems, protocols, calendars
Ensure operational strategies are translated into specific objectives and plans (with contingencies); integrate and align efforts across functions, locations; set realistic yet aggressive timeframes for achieving key objectives
Make recommendations for organizational structure to foster a healthy, unified culture among central office staff and school sites, ensuring all team members feel valued, supported and inspired
Incorporate a strong customer service orientation into all aspects of CMO and school operations
Real Estate & Facilities
Responsible for all facilities management and planning, lease and licensing agreements, hazardous materials management, security systems, capital improvement, maintenance and repair service, energy management, refuse collection and disposal, and recycling programs
Develops and organizes ongoing, long range, and preventive maintenance plans and programs for sites, buildings and equipment, including grounds keeping, transportation, and custodial services;
Participates, as assigned, with demographic planning
Negotiates contracts as appropriate; reviews billings and contract terms with contractors, vendors, etc.; confers with District legal counsel
Manages, oversees and coordinates Project Managers, Construction Managers, Contractors, and Consultants during the planning, construction, and closeout phases of site construction projects or modernization
Expansion and New Site Development
In partnership with the Chief of Staff, rally the team to execute launches of new school sites
Continue to refine and build a sustainable, scalable, cost-efficient operational infrastructure that supports Democracy Prep’s continued growth
Bachelor’s degree with equivalent work experience required; MBA or Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred
7+ years of operational leadership experience, ideally with success overseeing many of the following functional areas: student recruitment and enrollment, school operations, meals, transportation, procurement, student information systems, compliance and reporting, safety, facilities management, securing new real estate and executing school openings, closings, and mergers
A track record of leading teams in diverse functional areas while serving as a member of a leadership team
Experience scaling operations in a high growth, multi-site environment
Exceptional systems and process orientation, with experience designing complex and scalable systems/processes from scratch and improving upon existing ones
Ability to define strategic issues clearly despite ambiguity, provide sound recommendations, and take all critical information into account when making timely, tough decisions
Record of achieving aggressive results, ability to establish meaningful metrics to support data driven decisions
Passion for the mission of Democracy Prep and public education
Commitment to the values of integrity, collaboration, humility, candor, and collegiality
Operations experience within a school based setting or high functioning social sector organization strongly preferred
Experience with real estate projects strongly preferred
Salary is competitive and commensurate with your experience. Democracy Prep employees are provided with a benefits package that includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, 403B matching, parental leave, a smartphone, and a laptop.
Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertises, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
- Address New York, NY
- Salary Offer 250.000 +