About the Opportunity

Democracy Prep Public Schools seeks a Vice President of Operations who will be responsible for supporting the Chief Operating Officer in ensuring strong school-charter management organization (CMO) relations and systems. In addition, the VP of Operations will be a key player in ensuring that our strategic plan is implemented in a way that is inclusive, transparent and successful in achieving our established targets. 

This role can be based out of any of our school regions. Priority will be given to applications submitted by April 19, 2021.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • With the COO, support school-CMO relations and operational systems so that the network is using seamless and transparent systems, protocols, calendars.
  • At the direction of the COO, support and manage the Directors of Operations on their planning and people management. 
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Staff and the Chief Executive Officer, collaborate with senior CMO leaders to ensure timely and successful implementation of the strategic plan 
  • In collaboration with senior leaders, ensure timely and strategic communication with school leaders, teachers and other stakeholders to ensure that there are appropriate supports and opportunities for investment and co-creation. 
  • Collaborate with the Finance and Operations teams to ensure that there are strong, sustainable systems, such as procurement, to ensure that school operations are effective and efficient, and schools are financially solvent. 
  • With the COO, make recommendations for organizational structure to foster a healthy, unified culture among central office staff and school sites, ensuring all team members feel valued, supported and inspired
  • With the COO, incorporate a strong customer service orientation into all aspects of CMO and school operations
  • With the COS, work to cascade communication about strategic priorities to Executive Directors, principals,and other school-based staff; collaborate with the CEO on providing updates to Board members about multi-year strategic priorities


  • Bachelor’s degree with equivalent work experience required; MBA or Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of school or operational leadership experience, ideally with success overseeing many of the following functional areas: student recruitment and enrollment, school operations, meals, transportation, procurement, student information systems, compliance and reporting, real estate and facilities, safety, and school openings
  • A track record of leading teams in diverse teams, and managing with influence
  • Strong systems and process orientation, with experience designing complex and scalable systems/processes from scratch and improving upon existing ones
  • Ability to define strategic issues clearly despite ambiguity, provide sound recommendations, and take all critical information into account when making timely, tough decisions
  • Record of achieving strong results, ability to establish meaningful metrics to support data driven decisions, and ability to bring people along in the process. 
  • Passion for the mission of Democracy Prep and public education
  • Commitment to the values of integrity, collaboration, humility, candor, and collegiality
  • Operations experience or leadership within a school-based setting or high-functioning social sector organization strongly preferred


Democracy Prep staff members are provided with a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a working environment that includes the necessary technology and resources to succeed.


Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertises, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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