Founding Director of Operations
Why Atlanta Unbound Academy?

AUA will serve as a beacon of academic promise and create a community of students who are the seeds of their ancestor’s wildest dreams-authentic, engaged citizens and leaders of their community who achieve beyond expectations and fuel the advancement and glory of their people. Through rigorous, culturally relevant teaching and a creative, nurturing environment, AUA will empower students who achieve intellectually, interpret the world critically, and dream beyond measure. There are lots of ways you can make an impact and we have a team that is all in. You have the privilege to work with incredible students, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a challenging day to helping you grow professionally and personally. While our environment is urgent, fast-paced and ever-fluctuating, you’ll have all the support (and caffeine) you need to feel successful.

Compassion. Courage. Critical Thinking. – We are AUA.

Why You?

The time is now. There is no more urgent and pressing mission than to provide a rigorous and culturally relevant education to students from low-income communities. We hire passionate professionals determined to ensure that 100% of their students succeed. Anything less would be unacceptable. It’s fast-paced, tiring, sometimes all-consuming, yet fun and rewarding. We need passionate educators committed to raising the bar of excellence for our children. Educators, who believe in open doors, welcome feedback and aren’t afraid to ask for help. An AUA teacher is a self-starter, results-oriented, thinks critically about problems, compassionate and courageous enough to come back each day renewed, with a smile and a sense of humor.

AUA is a great fit for the person who

  • enjoys creating from scratch and is excited to create a school 
  • can take a vision and make it reality when few see it. 
  • believes in the value culturally relevant teaching
  • can remain calm in the midst of pressure, especially in difficult conversations with stakeholders 
  • has a sense of humor, humility, and urgency, with a customer service mindset
  • believes in doing whatever it takes to meet the goal 
  • has strong project and time management skills; ability to effectively backwards plan, juggle multiple priorities with great attention to detail, and deliver consistent and timely results. 
  • has an unwavering commitment to AUA’s mission and willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of AUA’s students, families, and staff.

Reporting to the Principal, the Founding Director of Operations is a senior, school-based leadership role. This person will create and oversee all finance and operations functions necessary to run a high-performing start-up school campus. This includes budgeting, purchasing, facilities, food services, transportation, technology, medical/health services, school safety, student recruitment, student data, regulatory compliance, human resource support, and academic operations support. The Founding Director of Operations serves as a key member of the School Leadership Team, acts as the Principal’s right hand, ensuring campus operations meet high standards of operational excellence, and enables instructional leaders and staff to focus on driving strong student achievement outcomes.

Job Responsibilities

School Operations Leadership & Operations Team Management 25%

  • Creating and implementing all operations policies for a start-up state charter school
  • Builds the operational team vision alongside the principal.
  • Serves as the eyes and ears of the campus to ensure that all school operations run seamlessly each day, proactively problem solving and developing systems where needed
  • In partnership with the Principal, implements the campus-wide operation’s vision that supports and operationalizes the academic and cultural vision of the schools
  • Plays a leadership role in developing the strategic annual plan and budget, and facilitates campus-wide operations planning
  • Hires, manages, coaches, and develops school operations team members
  • Holds the school operations team and vendors accountable to goals and outcomes
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the state of Georgia, responding to requests and collaborating with the state when necessary
  • Serves as “admin on duty” in the absence of the Principal and during coverage of any extracurricular activities.

Student Information, Testing, and Academic Operations Support 20%

  • Is the expert and can manage systems for and maintains accurate student data and information in compliance with federal, state, regional, and campus expectations
  • Responsible for federal and state reporting and all LEA responsibilities
  • Lead student assessment process, working closely with the Assistant Principal to fully manage the logistical elements of all major student assessments
  • Manages logistics of report cards/progress reports/transcripts

Student Recruitment & Enrollment 15%

  • In collaboration with the principal, develops and manages student recruitment strategy to ensure that the school begins the academic year with full classes and actively recruits to fill open seats
  • Ensures that parent info sessions, school tours, and the lottery and enrollment process are tightly planned and executed

Finance & Purchasing 10%

  • Works closely with the Principal and CFO to develop the school’s annual budget and actively manages the school budget throughout the year
  • Manages the campus purchasing process by establishing clear systems for staff to request items, placing orders with vendors, tracking delivery, and coding and submitting purchase orders, invoices, and reimbursement requests; approves school purchases under a specific financial threshold
  • Serves as the first school-based point of contact regarding finance and works with principal and CFO to ensure financial compliance and reporting
  • Manages Title I budget and compliance

Facilities & Maintenance 10%

  • Oversees most facilities issues, including maintenance, managing staff/vendors, aesthetics, lease agreements, and campus safety
  • Regularly conducts facilities walkthroughs and liaises with custodial staff/vendors to ensure that the facility looks clean, professional, warm and inviting.
  • Ensures that the main office is neat, organized, welcoming and has all important parent-facing materials

Risk Management, Compliance, and HR Administration 10%

  • Ensure that the school is prepared for emergencies by creating emergency procedures that are compliant with the state and conducting all drills and training staff on emergency plans
  • Partners with Principal on the new hire process (e.g. interviews, new hire offer letters, onboarding)
  • Ensures all visitors and personnel interacting with students have appropriate background checks on file; and schools comply with all areas of legal compliance (e.g., HR, FERPA, etc.)
  • Completes the exit form for terminating employees and partners with the Principal on any action items surrounding the exit logistics
  • Reviews time-off data provided by the Principal to ensure accuracy and assess leave trends
  • Partners with the Principal to determine leave needs and critical dates, and assists in the facilitation of leaves

Student & Family Services (School Ops; Communications; Field Lessons/Events) 5%

  • Creates and oversees policies for food service administration, setting and managing meal schedules, staff duty schedules, and student transitions for all meals
  • Creates and oversees policies for transportation, including campus arrival and dismissal procedures, setting and managing staff duty schedules for arrival and dismissal
  • Creates and oversees the logistics of communications and external relations through parent letters, weekly staff notes, and surveys
  • Owns all logistics (e.g. transportation, lodging, meals, staffing plan, etc.) of all off-site field lessons and all on-site special events (Report Card Nights, Performances, Graduation, staff celebrations, etc.)
  • Serves as the point person for hosting visitors on school tours.

Technology & Equipment 5%

  • Ensures that students and staff have access to needed technology and works with vendors to plan technology related enhancements
  • Leads the campus opening/start-up process each year to ensure that doors are ready to open by ordering furniture, equipment, and instructional supplies are ready to go
  • Manages the school’s supply and inventory (e.g., computers, textbooks)
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred
  • 7 years minimum work experience, preferably in education and/or business or operations management
  • 3 years minimum work experience managing a team and large projects
  • 2 years minimum work experience with financial oversight and budget management
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Atlanta Unbound Academy offers a competitive compensation and benefits package
  • Salaries based on experience
  • Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
  • Contributions to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) in accordance with Georgia state law
  • Optional 403(b) retirement account
  • Robust professional development

AUA is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. AUA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Employment Type
Full Time
Job Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Date posted
December 5, 2019
Valid through
March 30, 2020

Position: Founding Director of Operations

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