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BRICK Education Network

Director of Operations

Newark, NJ
 OUR MISSION
 
The BRICK Education Network (BEN) mission is to relentlessly knock down all barriers to students’ academic success. Our innovative model aligns an individualized excellent education with the necessary family supports to make sure each and every child can succeed. It’s our vision that each and every child will have an unimpeded path to unlocking their limitless potential.    
 
To learn more about BRICK, please visit http://www.brickeducation.org
 
BRICK currently has schools in two regions: Gateway Academy in Newark, New Jersey, and BRICK Buffalo Academy in Buffalo, New York.

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Gateway Academy Charter School was formed this past summer by merging Achieve Community Charter School (K-8) and People's Preparatory Charter School (9-12), two schools that having been serving students and families in Newark for 13 years. As a full K-12 continuum, we start our college-focused academic programming in kindergarten and yield better results for Newark students for generations to come. We are so much more than a school; we are a full ecosystem of supports that spans from cradle to career. We provide our families with free wraparound services like prenatal care, career services, and housing support. Our high school alumni receive up to six years of post-graduate assistance. Gateway Academy attracts a diverse staff devoted to nurturing our students’ intellect and identities in order to prepare them to graduate from college and to chart their own course.

To learn more about our Newark location, Gateway Academy, please visit https://www.gatewayacademy.org
 
Benefits
Joining the BRICK Education Network is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting entrepreneurial organization. BEN’s unique approach to transforming public education puts successful students and world-class schools at the center of vibrant communities. Powered by diverse leaders and a commitment to fighting the status quo, BRICK is building resilient, intelligent, creative kids by equipping them with a high-quality, nurturing education and thriving, engaged families to support their success from cradle to career.
 

Overview
 
Role: The Director of Operations (DoO) holds a crucial role in spearheading all facets of building and maintaining an exemplary school infrastructure and operational systems. This pivotal position is dedicated to supporting world-class instruction. Collaborating closely with the principal, the DoO is instrumental in ensuring the school attains operational, social, emotional, and instructional goals.

In addition to the on-campus responsibilities, the DoO plays a vital role in interfacing with the network office. This involves designing and implementing effective operational systems that harmonize with the broader organizational objectives. The DoO is committed to maintaining a seamless connection between on-the-ground operations and overarching network strategies.

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the DoO is expected to bring substantial leadership experience to the table. Furthermore, alignment with BRICK's mission is a fundamental requirement. The DoO will play a key role in advancing BRICK's mission through strategic operational leadership, ensuring that every aspect of the school's functioning contributes to the overarching goals of excellence and innovation.



Essential Functions

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Budget and Finance
  • Collaborate with the school leadership team and BEN's central finance team to develop and manage the school's budget.
  • Maintain accurate records of all financial transactions, submitting them to BEN's central finance team for processing.Ensure strict adherence to the school's fiscal policy and procedures, actively participating in the annual financial audit process by providing necessary documentation.
  • Manage the school's purchasing process, from placing orders with vendors to tracking deliveries and maintaining inventory

  • School Operations
  • Coordinate school-wide events such as Back-to-School Nights, Parent/Teacher Conferences, etc.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the campus for the start-up or new school year, including ordering furniture, equipment, and classroom supplies, and establishing effective operational systems.
  • Design and lead the execution of daily systems, such as arrival, dismissal, transitions, etc., to optimize learning time throughout the day, including training relevant staff members.
  • Oversee the daily cleaning and regular maintenance of campus facilities.
  • Manage the school's food and transportation services, coordinating with service providers and overseeing deliveries.
  • Supervise the school's supply and asset inventory.
  • Manage the school's technology program, encompassing hardware and software implementation and maintenance.
  • Managing safety protocols and security managementDesign and manage visitor systems in the school to facilitate community access while ensuring the safety of the school community.
  • Collaborate with the Vice Principal of Culture to coordinate activities within BRICK's ecosystem.
  • Ensure board related items are submitted.
  • Coordinate the setup and execution of all testing [internal, network and state]

  • Compliance and Reporting
  • Ensure the timely implementation of all items on the school's annual calendar.
  • Maintain accurate school schedules, student records, and transcripts in accordance with school, local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate submission of all required local, state, and federal reports.
  • Establish a tracking system to monitor and report on progress toward operational goals and priorities.Oversee the administration of teacher coverage when needed.
  • Ensure the timely production of student Progress Reports and Report Cards.
  • Ensure proper maintenance and updating of student records at the school.Collaborate the planning and execution of student enrollment-related activities, such as open houses, feeder school visits (if applicable), and paperwork sessions.
  • Ensure compliance with all employment laws and policies.
  • Ensure compliance with all state, federal, and policies related to public school operations.

  • Leadership and People  Management
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently work and solve daily school challenges.
  • Manage and evaluate all operational staff, including contractors and in-house staffServe as a leadership partner to steward the academic vision of the school through excellent operational systems.
  • Address the school community as needed, providing leadership throughout the school year.
  • Oversee all customer service including general requests for information, proper telephone procedures, mail distribution, and transportation parking requests.
  • Collect and maintain proper human resources information for faculty and staff.
  • Hiring manager for Operations Team.
  • Review for submission of payroll.
  • Manage the Human Resource Information System (HRIS system)

Qualifications

  • Demonstrate Commitment: Show an unwavering commitment to the mission and vision of BRICK Newark, focusing on the betterment of the Newark community.  
  • Leadership Skills: Exhibit strong leadership skills with a proven ability to manage people effectively in a work setting. 
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, enabling effective collaboration with a diverse group of people.  
  • Organizational Skills: Have strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously.   
  • Collaborative Approach: Demonstrate the ability to collaborate as a co-leader in the implementation of the organization's mission and objectives.
  • Self-Starter: Be a self-starter with the capability to work independently.  
  • Adaptability: Exhibit the ability to multitask and make adjustments as needed in a high-speed environment.   
  • Cooperative Work Environment: Have the ability to foster a cooperative work environment.   
  • Training and Supervision: Demonstrate the ability to train and supervise employees, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.   
  • Technology Proficiency: Possess the ability to work with computers, various software programs, and other technology.   
  • Management and Operations Knowledge: Have knowledge of management and operations systems and strategies to run an effective organization.   
  • Educational Background: Knowledge of public education and charter schools is highly desirable but not required.

  • Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Management related experience of at least two (2) years
  • Professional or volunteer community engagement experience in the school or a similar community setting preferred  
  • Previous work leading or supporting charter school operations preferred
  • Ideally have practical experience within a school setting, enriching their understanding of the dynamics and intricacies of educational environments.

  • Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as maneuvering in classrooms and office space-reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two (2) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard and mouse and typing

Salary and Employment

  • Salary Range:  Competitive compensation package
  • Employment Period: Twelve Months
  • Retirement and Health Benefits are included with full time employment

BRICK is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. BRICK promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.
Client-provided location(s): Newark, NJ, USA
Job ID: ccc5badd-e9e2-47e4-8e9d-b15c489598d0
Employment Type: Other