RePublic Schools, Manager of Academic Operations (2018-2019) (Jackson, MS)
Date published: 5-Sep-2018
RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. In addition to providing a world-class traditional academic curriculum, we empower our students to be change-makers by teaching them to code – starting in the 5th grade.
Despite the fact that our scholars come from traditionally underserved communities (approximately 85% identify as low-income, and nearly 95% as students of color), we have seen them defy the odds to achieve outstanding results. RePublic’s schools have scored in the top 5% of all open-enrollment public schools across the state of Tennessee for both student growth and absolute achievement – making ours the first (and only) charter schools in state history to achieve this dual distinction.
At RePublic, we cultivate a cohesive community of families, staff, and scholars committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars succeed. We are looking for a dynamic, determined Manager of Academic Operations in Nashville, TN or Jackson, MS to develop systems that will allow RePublic to continue to achieve exceptional results as we grow. An organizational and systems-driven leader, the Manager of Academic Operations leads through better plans, execution, documentation, and communication. Candidates must share our unwavering belief that all children can achieve at high levels and change the world. Sound like you?
What You’ll Do
Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, the Manager of Academic Operations (MAO) will ensure that students, teachers, leaders, and network team members are well equipped with the academic and development tools necessary to measure and reach our ambitious Network Priority goals. The MAO ensures that schools meet a high bar of operational and academic excellence with students-facing systems that impact our ability to win on the priorities.
- School Facing.
- School Book Management. Develop and implement a system for purchasing, tracking, and managing the student-facing books at schools, both class sets and library books.
- School-level Academic Calendars. Manage the development, implementation, and distribution of school and family facing calendars, including professional development, leader development, assessment, and vacation.
- School-level Schedules. Manage the development, iteration, and distribution of school schedules, including assessment schedules and event schedules.
- School-based Field Trips. Coordinate the field trip schedule for schools to ensure that schools offer field trips, that they are well-organized, and meet RePublic’s standards for educational quality.
- Network to School Academics Communication. Develop, implement, and manage communication portal for academic information from network to schools.
- Network Surveys. Develop and manage the implementation of network-wide staff surveys.
- Internal Assessments. Operationalize the implementation of internal assessments, including MAP assessments, F&P testing, Interim Assessments, and Unit Assessments. Collaborate with school-based operations team and network academic and data teams.
- External Assessments. Operationalize the implementation of external assessments, including Tennessee and Mississippi state testing.
- Leader Development Management. Manage the scheduling, purchasing, and operational implementation of leader development across the network. Manage the technology needed to ensure dual-regional development, currently highfive.
- Summit Operations. Manage the operational implementation of Summits, including scheduling, supplies, and space. This includes Leader Summit, Teacher Summit, and year-long Summits.
- External Professional Development Management. Systematize the external professional development available to our teachers and leaders, both inservice and external. Ensure that RePublic staff have access to the best possible development.
- Academics Team Scheduling. Operationalize and manage the goal cycles for the Academics Team, including meeting purpose, meeting schedule, and team locations.
- Academics Team Retreat Planning. Operationalize the semester retreats for the Academics Team to plan for piloting and implementing.Network Team
- Academics Team Intellectual Property Management. Manage the intellectual property produced by the Academics Team and ensure that all materials are properly preserved.
Who You Are
Our ideal Manager of Academic Operations will have an unwavering belief that all our students can achieve at an exceptionally high level and that the work we do is transformative and worthy of sharing. Beyond that, a successful candidate will be:
- A serial optimist. You've got a deep, personal commitment to the mission of RePublic Schools, and a genuine belief that all students can achieve academic excellence, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. You've got a "healthy rage" about the state of public education in the South - and you want to be a part of a team that is doing something about it every single day.
- A driver of results. You've demonstrated ability to drive results in the pursuit of an ambitious vision and strategy, and you combine your exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical thinking skills with your penchant to use data to drive decision-making to achieve impressive outcomes.
- A systems builder. You're comfortable with ambiguity, and thrive in situations where you get to build something out of nothing, or create order out of chaos. You choose start-up over bureaucracy any day - even if it can be beautifully messy.
- An organizational mastermind. You appreciate big picture, but you know it's all in the details. You manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion.
- An entrepreneurial learner. You are a self-directed go-getter. You take initiative, generate ideas/solutions to problems, operate with a growth mindset, and seek opportunities for feedback. You're also committed to giving quick and actionable feedback to any Academics Team or School-based staff member for the betterment of our schools, scholars, and network.
- Other qualifications and certification:
- Minimum of 2 years of experience serving scholars who are traditionally underserved, in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred;
- Preferred experience in a management or leadership capacity;
- A bachelor’s degree with a preference for a graduate degree in a related field.