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Director of Operations

Director of Operations

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PAVE Schools, Inc. (PAVE) prepares Kindergarten to 8th grade students to thrive in competitive high schools and four-year colleges. PAVE provides its students with a rigorous academic program and a community built on the organization’s core values of Perseverance, Achievement, Vibrance, and Excellent character. PAVE supports the establishment and operation of:


  • PAVE Red Hook, a Kindergarten – 8th grade public charter school in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2017 – 2018, PAVE Red Hook will educate 480 Kindergarten – 8th grade scholars.
  • PAVE Southeast, a Kindergarten – 8th grade public charter school in Raleigh, NC.  In 2017-2018 PAVE Southeast will educate 320 Kindergarten – 3rd grade scholars.
  • Future schools founded on the core values of Perseverance, Achievement, Vibrance, and Excellent character.


PAVE seeks a school-based Director of Operations to serve as a critical member of the School Leadership Team. Reporting to the Principal and supported by the Chief Operations Officer, the Director of Operations serves as a senior leader of the school who partners with the Principal to oversee the general management of the organization, with specific focus on the non-academic elements of the entity. While responsible for all the minute functioning of day to day facilities, technology, and operational systems, the DOO acts not simply as a task master or technical specialist. Rather, the DOO exhibits leadership on which students, parents, teachers, network, board members, and instructional leaders depend. While not afraid to do the most basic of tasks, the DOO is also high level administrator, setting agendas and facilitating meetings to push the organization’s strategic initiatives forward, serving as an internal consultant and coach to the Principal and providing strategic and operational insights from a non-academic perspective.


CLEAR AND CONSISTENT HIGH EXPECTATIONS IN A STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT: PAVE team members believe firmly that all children can achieve at high levels, both academically and behaviorally, in a positive and structured school environment. PAVE team members demonstrate a willingness to hold themselves and others accountable to high expectations/excellence at all times and do not accept or make excuses when things get hard.


CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET: PAVE team members are hungry for opportunities to learn and grow professionally, no matter how effective one may be in his/her practice. They have an ability to accept and implement feedback for real-time improvement and thrive in the intense environment of a high-performing charter school network.


THE TIMELESS NATURE OF CORE SKILLS + CONTENT: Closing the achievement gap is no small feat, and PAVE team members work hard to realize our mission and do what is best for our kids at all times. We believe that the bellwhethers of life-long success are timeless - the abilities to read and comprehend sophisticated texts, communicate complex ideas, and compute and problem-solve at a high level. PAVE team members believe that teachers should facilitate and scholars should do the heavy lifting when it comes to learning. We believe that ELA and math are at the core of everything we do.


  • Embody, advocate and operationalize the mission, vision, and strategic direction of PAVE
  • Serve as a member of the School Leadership Team, along with the Elementary Principal and Middle School Principal, to ensure that the school is safe, efficient, and successful, and that PAVE’s mission is realized
  • Serve as a school leader representative to the community, engaging with parents and recruiting students
  • Provide input to and facilitate the actualization of the organization’s strategic initiatives
  • Supervise the Operations team
  • Respond to technology requests, including issues involving: computers, SMART Boards, internet, mobile devices, databases, copy machines, printers, the network and server, software installation, phone systems, and other trouble shooting related to technology
  • Ensure that PAVE’s Operations staff implement standardized network-wide systems
  • Work with PAVE’s facilities team and property management company to prepare the school’s facility for operation and ensure the facility is kept immaculately clean
  • Manage the student lottery and application/waitlist database
  • Document and work with others to document school systems and procedures
  • Work with the school’s operations and instructional team to organize resources
  • Set up and manage or work with vendors to set up and manage all instructional, student, and operational software and information systems.
  • Create spreadsheets that help track and analyze student assessment results
  • Assist in general office management, as the second responder to all office management needs
  • Participate in school duties, including but not limited to breakfast, lunch, recess, dismissal, and bus supervision
  • Implement the day to day procurement processes of the school according to GAAP (accounts payable and receivable, cash receipts and disbursements), including ensuring that purchasing controls are in place and remain strong, following purchasing requirements, and tracking inventory, as directed by the Finance Team
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal


  • A strong commitment to PAVE’s mission and vision
  • An uncompromising belief that all students can learn
  • A relentless work ethic, a high degree of patience, and grit to push through difficult challenges
  • High energy with the ability to multi-task and execute quickly
  • Proven emotional Constancy—staying poised under pressure
  • Proven systems oriented thinking—ability to create and implement systems
  • Proven strong time and task management—ability to plan, schedule, and execute
  • Proven strong leadership skills—takes initiative and influences others
  • Strong judgment, initiative, and decision making
  • A willingness to be held accountable
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Outstanding communication and writing skills
  • Technological expertise and adaptability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • The desire and humility to grow as a leader
  • At least two years of experience with a proven track-record in operations
  • Experience working in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters preferred


PAVE Schools, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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