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Director of School Operations - Camden

Here’s what you need to know

We need YOU to make our schools run smoothly so that teachers can focus on teaching and students can focus on learning. 

As Director of School Operations (DSO), you’ll be the leader of operations. You will manage all non-instructional systems and staff in a co-located school.

A bit more about you…

  • You are entrepreneurial and you are excited about building systems from the ground up. 
  • Challenges excite you. 
  • You are proactive. 
  • You exhibit strong organizational skills and are a communications ace. 
  • You are flexible and cool under pressure. 
  • You find ways to make things work. 
  • Above all, your focus is on students and you get things done!

Must Haves (ie. what you need to rock this role)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An interest in education or the non-profit sector
  • A history of building relationships and driving results
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for traveling around the city
  • Evening and weekend availability

You also have:

  • A passion for the mission, vision, and values of KIPP New Jersey
  • Comfort with financial oversight
  • Flexibility – able to solve problems in a complex, at times ambiguous, and fast-moving environment
  • Comfort working both on teams and independently
  • Comfort with giving and receiving feedback
  • A willingness to continually learn and improve
  • 2+ years of work experience, preferably in business or operations management

Here’s what you’ll be doing as a Director of School Operations:

People Management: Manage the school operations staff and all other school support workers on the operations team. Implement and execute a performance management system for direct reports. Conduct weekly individual meetings, team meetings, and provide professional development.

Finance and Purchasing: Develop and manage the school’s budget and oversee purchasing for the school.

Academic Support Operations: Manage the operational logistics of all student test administration, in coordination with school leadership and/or teaching staff.

Student Recruitment/Enrollment: Ensure that the school meets annual enrollment targets by backwards planning from target enrollment numbers and dates, planning events and outreach to families, and establishing partnerships with local businesses and organizations.

Technology: Oversee day-to-day operations of school-based technology projects by ensuring that school leaders, students and staff have access to the technology they need. Plan any technology-related enhancements or additional purchases for the subsequent school year.

Facilities: Oversee day-to-day operations of facilities and maintain a beautiful school.

Vendor Management:  Procure and manage all vendors needed for the smooth and successful operation of the facility including contractors, service providers and maintenance workers.

Nutrition program: Oversee the food service management company to ensure the meal program meets the network’s expectations and maintains compliance for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.

Compliance: Ensure school-wide compliance with health and safety laws, staff certification and fingerprinting, onboarding requirements, city and state education mandates, and all federal and state workplace regulations.

Community Partnerships: Manage the protocol for community use of the building that includes MOUs, background checks, and compliant use of the facility.

School Operations: Ensure that day-to-day school operating systems run smoothly and efficiently including front office systems, transportation, routines, transitions, arrival and dismissal.

Compensation & Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, KIPP NJ offers a full comprehensive benefits plan, including health care, retirement, an optional subsidized wireless plan through Verizon, a laptop and transportation benefits for TEAMmates commuting into New Jersey from the New York City area. 

About KIPP New Jersey         

KIPP New Jersey schools are part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to teach over 5,100 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. 92% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Today, we have grown to 16 (K-12) schools throughout Newark and Camden, NJ and Miami, FL.  Learn more about KIPP here.


KIPP New Jersey/Miami is an equal opportunity employer.


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