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Bridges Public Charter School is a growing PreK3 to 5th grade public charter school with 400 students and more than 120 staff. Our mission is to provide an exemplary educational program that includes all students. Our developmentally appropriate, student and family-centered educational approach nurtures students to expand their developmental skills, in order to build a foundation for life-long learning. Please visit our website at www.bridgespcs.org for more information about the school.
The Chief Operating Officer reports directly to the head of the school and is a member of the school’s leadership team. As a member of the school’s leadership team this individual supports setting the tone and culture of the school and ensuring the school achieves its mission. This position plays the key role of leading all facets of the school’s day-to-day and long-term operations. Additionally, this individual co-leads the school’s partnership with Briya Public Charter School in the management of the facility it shares with Briya and Mary’s Center.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Finance Serve as point of contact on all financial matters – budget, reporting, compliance, annual audit Review and approve bi-weekly payroll Review and approve weekly substitute teacher log from third-party service provider Review, categorize, and submit for processing expense authorizations for reimbursements, manual checks, and other expenses Review, scan, and submit invoices received by mail and e-mail Oversee recordkeeping of payments received at school (received by mail and in-person) Make bank deposits of all payments received at school (cash, check, money order) Ensure compliance with school’s Fiscal Policies Handbook Human Resources Serve as school’s point of contact, with outside HR specialist, on all HR matters Be a leadership resource to all staff Ensure Employee Handbook meets all external and internal requirements (legal, regulatory, Public Charter School Board, school) Review, recommend updates, and oversee distribution of Employee Handbook Review, recommend updates, oversee implementation of compensation scales Oversee onboarding and HR-related support of staff (policies, benefits, training, payroll, equipment, keys, access card, user id) Legal Serve as school’s point of contact with outside counsel on business, employment, finance, and related matters Review, edit, make recommendations on all legal matters and documents Serve as school’s point of contact with insurers Communications Manage, review, edit, and submit all newsletter articles for Spanish translation Review, edit, submit other school communications for Spanish translation Draft, review, edit, approve select internal and external communications Operations Oversee daily opening of building Oversee morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up of students; check-in routinely with DDOT crossing guards who manage street pedestrian traffic Manage operations staff of six who are responsible for student enrollment, facilities, student food service, front desk, information technology, school-wide communications, equipment, supplies, and building operations Lead school’s emergency response team responsible for all emergency conditions (e.g., fire or lock-down) Manage or oversee management of third-party vendors that support key functions (e.g., finance, HR, IT, student data, janitorial) Facility Serve as point of contact for major on-site contractors including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, elevator, and grounds Serve as school’s lead, in partnership with Briya PCS, on: Dealings with lenders, including routine reporting, equity drawdowns, and facility matters Banking matters Setting, tracking, and meeting annual budget requirements Submitting expenses for processing Reviewing and approving expenses for payment Insurance matters Membership and involvement with the Community Purchasing Alliance Manage school’s lease at separate location that is subleased to Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School Serve as point of contact with landlord on lease payments and property matters Serve as point of contact with tenant on sublease payments and occupancy matters Safety Serve as the point of contact with the Metropolitan Police Department Serve as the point of contact with DDOT crossing guards Serve as senior point of contact on all internal/external safety or security matters (staff, students, parents/guardians, neighbors, community) Community Relations Be a leadership point of contact with the parent community Be a leadership point of contact for neighborhood matters Serve as one of four points-of-contact with the ANC on facility and community related matters
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate must have the following experience, education, and skills: Minimum of 10 years of experience in the same or a similar role Master’s degree in business, non-profit management, or equivalent Demonstrated success helping an organization provide superior services on time and within budget Deep knowledge of systems and processes for non-profit organizations, including operations, finance, reporting, and governance Demonstrated ability to be a role model for others and source of positive reinforcement High integrity and strong work ethic Sets expectations, standards, and plans to achieve goals and allocates resources, holds people accountable, and rewards achievement Ability to manage multiple priorities, organize a diverse workload, handle multiple responsibilities, and meet deadlines consistently Strong ability to be both conceptual and detail oriented Works effectively with varying team dynamics Superior oral and written communication skills Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive information Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, in particular Excel, and other third-party applications Track record of being a team player and community minded Projects a welcoming image, representing and communicating the beliefs and values of the school Professional and feels comfortable interacting with a variety of people including adults and children Committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population
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