Associate Director of Operations
- Newark, NJ, USA
- Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 19-20)
Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 54 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.
The Associate Director of Operations is a member of the High School Leadership Team and crucial to the day-to-day operating of the school. The Associate DOO is responsible for managing up to two team members, and ensuring the successful implementation of school systems and routines. The Associate DOO oversees several large aspects of High School operations and long-term projects while also attending to the short-term demands of the school. The Associate DOO will report directly to the High School Director of Operations.
- Support all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the school;
- Serve as main point of contact for all operational needs in circumstances when the DOO is not available;
- Participate actively in the School Leadership Team;
- Manage 1-2 operations staff members, at the DOO’s discretion, and oversee the successful implementation of their projects;
- Manage High School-specific initiatives, for example the HS Advisory Dashboard, SWIPE, etc.
- Implement coverage system on a daily basis;
- Develop annually the High School academic schedule;
- Own facilities management to ensure facilities are safe, well-maintained, and meet needs of students and faculty;
- Work with Deans, Social Workers, and School Support Team to drive Truancy process for High School;
- Any additional responsibilities identified by the DOO.
- Required knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters, and lives of students both in and out of school;
- Strong critical thinking skills;
- Demonstrates grit and personal responsibility;
- Demonstrates ability to think strategically and innovatively, in order to continuously improve school operations;
- High quality communications skills with multiple audiences including teachers, students, families, vendors, and colleagues;
- Able to have difficult conversations in a respectful manner;
- Proactive problem-solver who is able to work successfully in a high-paced environment;
- Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings;
- Work as needed; this is a full-time, salaried position;
- Work on a year-round administrative schedule with school holidays and two weeks of summer vacation.
- Minimum educational level
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Experience required
- 1-3 years of consulting experience preferred;
- Project planning experience required, with demonstrated ability to see large projects through to completion;
- Experience managing others preferred;
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Access;
- Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines;
- Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures;
- Demonstrated flexibility and ability to juggle competing priorities;
- Displays maturity and ability to work independently;
- Welcoming and positive presence, sense of humor;
- Communicates well with others and demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues and community members;
- Has the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines;
- Relentless commitment to mission of educating urban students, enjoys working with children.
Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.