An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Director of Operations

Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School

Brooklyn, New York


What is the Role?

The Director of Operations will design, implement, and manage clear systems so that Coney Island Prep runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. The school’s mission drives every decision that is made, and the school’s operations are designed to support an academic program of uncompromising excellence.


The Director of Operations serves as a co-leader with the Principal, ensuring he/she/they/them and the classroom teachers can focus on ways they can improve students’ academic experiences, rather than on all else that is required to keep the school running. The Director of Operations will be primarily responsible for ensuring that programmatic guidelines for reporting and implementation are properly followed. The Director of Operations will manage the Academic Operations Manager, Operations Manager, and the Operations Coordinator.  The Director of Operations will be hired by and will report to the Chief Operating Officer. 


What You’ll Be Asked To Do

School Leadership

  • Works alongside the Principal and with the support of the Chief Operating Officer to: 
    • Track and evaluate school performance, ensuring the use of data in school-wide decision-making
    • Develop, refine, and/or codify school policies, systems, and procedures
    • Ensure smooth operations, identify needs, and facilitate the flow of information
    • Support change management, engage in difficult conversations, and promote a positive staff culture


Operations Team Management 

  • Manages the school-based operations team and ensures each individual and the team as a whole are performing at the highest possible level.
  • Instills a team mentality and maintains a focus on making the instructional environment and practices better and easier for scholars, families and staff.


School-Based Operations

  • Employs all available resources to ensure the following school responsibilities are handled efficiently and with a fine attention to detail:
    • Student Recruitment: Manages student recruitment, admissions applications, registration, and waitlist and engages new families in school activities.
    • External Relations: Acts as point person in hosting visitors for school tours and for community presentations.  Ensures family communication is clear and consistent with a high-level of professionalism.
    • Facilities: Manages and oversees the school's facility maintenance, design and strategic development.
    • Finance and Purchasing: Oversees the school's budget and finances; oversees school-based purchasing and ensures adherence to school's fiscal policy and procedures.
    • School-Wide Systems and Logistics: Develops and holds staff accountable to meeting expectations for school wide systems (arrival, dismissal, lunch).  Plans and coordinates logistics for school-based events, and other logistically complex activities and events, including school-wide family events, field trips, showcases and ceremonies.  Oversees food services, transportation, health and safety.
    • Technology: Oversees the strategic procurement and maintenance of staff and scholar technology equipment in partnership with the Chief Operating Officer.
    • Student Information and Reporting: Oversees the integrity of the school's student information system, data analysis and reporting.
    • Academic Data and Programmatic Support:  Oversees collection of and analysis of student data and other key academic systems which support student learning 
    • Compliance: Works with the Chief Operating Officer and/or HR Manager to ensure school-wide compliance with health and safety laws, teacher certification and fingerprinting, city and state education mandates, and all federal and state workplace regulations.


What You’ll Need

  • Passion for education and a dedication to Coney Island Prep’s mission 
  • Steadfast belief that all students can achieve at the highest academic levels and deserve an opportunity to succeed in the college of their choice
  • Professional demeanor and excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-reflective and open to frequent feedback, with the ambition and desire to grow and develop
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in a growing organization
  • A positive, solutions-oriented attitude and drive for excellence
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Results-driven, with commitment to operational excellence and ownership of outcomes
  • At least two years of operations management experience, preferably in a school setting
  • Detail and solutions oriented
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, delegate and lead by example
  • Cultural competencies to work in low-income communities and a willingness to examine own biases across lines of sameness and difference
  • Ambition and desire to grow as a leader
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A strong track record of building positive relationships across various stakeholder groups demonstrating a value towards diversity and inclusivity


Who are you?

You’re all in.  You believe there is no more urgent task than to educate students from low-income backgrounds, so you are committed to the core.  Our work is high-energy, fast-paced, tiring and sometimes all-consuming, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.  You own your work and when you reach your goals, you reach higher.  You work incredibly hard, and are inspired by the urgency of what we do.  You aren’t afraid to ask for help, feedback, and support; you’re equally eager to give all of the above.  You’re driven by personal accountability, data, and results, and you’re not above doing whatever’s asked.  You make friends at work, smile through hectic days, and add a little levity along the way. You have the opportunity to work with students, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a challenging day to helping you grow professionally. And while the environment can be fast paced and ever-changing, you’ll have all of the technology and caffeine you need to get the job done.


Who are we?

Coney Island Prep is a college preparatory public charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Merging growth, performance, and commitment, the Coney Island Prep community takes its responsibility to prepare students for the college and career of their choice very seriously, but not ourselves. We balance our sense of ownership and responsibility with humility and levity and support each other every step of the way. Coney Island Prep currently serves over 1,000 scholars across its four schools, including:


  • 290 scholars in kindergarten – second grade at the lower elementary school
  • 290 scholars in third – fifth grade at the upper elementary school
  • 320 scholars in sixth – eighth grades at the middle school
  • 350 scholars in ninth-twelfth grade at the high school


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Coney Island Prep is committed to building a team that collectively reflects the various backgrounds, experiences, and identities of our scholars. We recognize and respond to different points of access, so that everyone maximizes their highest potential. We also recognize that because of institutionalized racism and systemic oppression, historically marginalized groups are at a disadvantage when it comes to most application and hiring processes. We want to ensure that all candidates, regardless of their identity, are able to demonstrate their qualifications and are not limited by a lack of opportunity or access. We are also committed to creating a space where everyone feels like all aspects of their identity are acknowledged, respected, and welcomed. We are intentional about creating an environment where people feel comfortable being their authentic selves at work by constantly examining our organization culture and challenging our traditions.


Our Response and Responsibilities During the Pandemic


Recognizing how this pandemic disproportionally affects communities of color, we have taken steps to meet our mission in a number of ways. In addition to sharing our blueprint in approaching virtual and distance learning, we have allocated resources for familial support, distributed hundreds of devices to sustain techquity amongst students, and provided over 100,000 meals throughout the South Brooklyn neighborhood to date. 


As we have navigated our return to school and broader COVID-19 recovery efforts, it is clearer than ever before that having all staff members fully vaccinated is an exceedingly important aspect of protecting the health and safety of our school community. We know that educators city-wide will continue to lead the movement for safe and healthy school communities, and we are excited to be a part of that!  To adhere to New York City’s mandate, all Coney Island Prep staff members will be required to be fully vaccinated. If you are not yet vaccinated and looking to do so, we will be more than happy to provide resources to assist in that process. 


Benefits and Compensation

  • Employees at Coney Island Prep are provided with a generous salary.  Our salaries are highly competitive, set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual’s skills and experiences relevant to the role. The starting salary for this role is $110,000.
  • As a regular full time employee of Coney Island Prep, you will be eligible for benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match and Paid Family Leave.
  • Staff are provided with a MacBook Air and access to all the necessary technology and resources needed to succeed in their role.


Are you “All In?” The start date for this position is flexible, but no later than July 1, 2022. To apply, head to our Careers Page!


Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, citizenship or disability. We want Coney Island Prep to be a place where students and staff of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities feel as though they feel valued and can excel.

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