Neighborhood House Charter School

Dorchester, Massachusetts (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3728795
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted: November 24, 2021
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Job Title: Chief Operating Officer
Job Code: Exempt
Reports To: Executive Director
Date: 11/24/2021

Neighborhood House Charter School is seeking an experienced and accomplished professional to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO will have direct reports in the Campus-based Operations, Compliance, Enrollment, Facilities, Human Resources, and Technology functions of the organization with significant financial oversight responsibilities as well. They will report to the Executive Director, will serve on the Leadership Team, and will work closely with other members of senior leadership to ensure effective management and oversight of the organization.
We are an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, age, disability, marital status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We encourage you to apply even if you feel that you do not meet all the stated requirements for the position.

Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS) is a tuition-free open enrollment charter school for grades K1-12 in Dorchester that is a public alternative to traditional district schools. We serve over 800 students across two campuses. One of the Commonwealth’s first charters, NHCS was founded in 1995 by parents and community members seeking a high-quality educational option for children from their community who, with the right support – both academic and social-emotional – had the potential to perform at or above the level of their more affluent peers.

We offer a full spectrum of programs at NHCS: general education and full-inclusion as well as partial-inclusion and substantially-separate programs for small groups of students with significant disabilities, ensuring that we are able to meet the diverse needs of a wide range of students. Our low student-to-teacher ratio and inclusive community means that every student, regardless of need, engages fully with adults and peers each day and completes grade-level work or work at an individually-appropriate level where applicable. Because many of our students come to us with significant needs and/or traumatic backgrounds, social-emotional support is prioritized for all students, allowing them to reach their full potential in the classroom.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
?Ensure that all non-instructional systems and processes are well planned, executed and coordinated with the overarching goals of maximizing teaching and learning time and providing a high level of service and support to staff and families;
?Support campus-based team members in effective collaboration with principals to ensure smooth service delivery in all relevant areas including, but not limited to reception, enrollment, schedules, attendance, substitute teachers, food service, IT, transportation, space allocation, and supplies;
?Ensure thorough, timely, and accurate reporting on compliance and regulatory functions to pertinent agencies such as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Federal Department of Education (DOE), and other local, state, and federal agencies and serve as the organization’s Compliance Officer including public procurement requirements.
?Lead a robust student retention, recruitment, and enrollment process that results in full enrollment with data systems that inform, anticipate, and adjust to fluctuations in enrollment patterns due to internal or external factors;
?Lead and manage NHCS facilities team and ensure that NHCS’ short and long term facilities needs are met, establish priorities regarding capital improvements and to ensure approved projects are appropriately managed with regard to schedule and cost;
?With the Director of Finance, ensure that the budget is effectively managed within Board approved parameters;
?Collaborate with external vendor and Director of Talent to oversee and guide the provision of HR services, policies, and programs for the organization including, but not limited to, internal HR systems, handling of employee relations, ensuring compliance with regulations, assessing staffing needs, recruitment and hiring of staff, and developing compensation plans;
?Help develop and implement the strategy for the financial operations and risk management of the school, including financial strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, the ongoing development and monitoring of financial control systems and insurance and other risk mitigation factors for the school;
?Lead NHCS’s technology strategy including overseeing and managing NHCS’s outsourced technology vendor, procurement of technology devices and services, and management of inventory and asset control processes.
?Serve as a key point of contact for the School and Foundation Boards and support the Boards in executing their oversight responsibilities and strategic focus areas; regularly attend Board meetings and meetings of the Executive, Finance, and Compensation Committees;
?Coordinate with other members of the LeadershipTeam to envision and realize strategic priorities and execute in collaborative and thoughtful ways across the organization.
?Ensure strong relationships with consultants and contractors for finance, facilities, HR, legal, and school-based operations functions including, but not limited to banking, lending, governmental and auditor relationships;
?Establish high quality supervisory systems and relationships with all members of the team to support sound planning, accountability, and professional growth;
?Perform other related responsibilities as required.
?Above all, support staff, families and scholars and serve the mission of NHCS.

? Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred;
?Minimum ten years of experience in non-profit management or related field;
?Proven track record in two or more of the following functional areas: compliance, enrollment, facilities, finance, human resources, technology, or school-based operations;
?Evidence of highly effective management and leadership of people, evidencing positive team dynamics, effective accountability systems, and strong team results;
?Significant experience assessing and making strategic decisions with both the short and long term implications for the organization in mind;
?Prior experience in charter school or public education setting preferred.

?A passionate commitment to urban education and the belief that education and hard work are the keys to life success
?An entrepreneurial spirit in creating a new vision for urban high school students and the commitment to see it through
?Belief that every child can be successful
?Belief in two messages, simultaneously, in balance: “We love you” and “We have the highest expectations of you – and you can and will meet them”
?Belief that the best learning happens through experiences that are both rich and structured
?Belief that problems are hurdles, not roadblocks, and that there is a solution if a student is willing to work harder, smarter, and more creatively
?Belief that teachers must learn and influence social emotional strengths of all children in and out of the classroom
?Desire to continually reflect and grow as an educator through professional development, peer feedback, and observation
?Belief in a school community where students, families, teachers and school leaders demonstrate accountability, flexibility, humor, effort, responsibility, respect and hope
?Strong interest in implementing data- driven instruction to help produce measurable goals and results.

Thank you for your interest in our school. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and we look forward to speaking with you to learn about how you see yourself as part of our community. Please send a cover letter and resume using the provided link.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Salary: $90,000 to $123,000 Per Year
  • Job Category: Administrator > Business/Finance
  • Employer Description

    Neighborhood House Charter School was founded over 20 years ago with a mandate to both provide a better education for Boston’s low-income families and to incubate the best in teaching and learning practices. Serving nearly 500 children from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods, we have become one of the most sought-after public schools in the City. The 70 percent low-income, 80 percent minority families we serve truly reflect the diversity of Boston. In keeping with our commitment to provide a better education option for Boston children, we opened a Neighborhood House Charter School High School in the fall of 2017. We are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing Boston students as they move into high school, and we are both honored and excited to be able to offer a high school that will address these challenges and give families a new, distinctive option. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Neighborhood House Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 10 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

    Contact Information

    • Mary McCarthy, Director of Talent
    • 21 Queen Street
    • Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122

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