2022 – 2023 | Directors of Operations (Middle School & High School)
About the Organization: Boston Prep Charter Public School (Boston Prep) is an integrated middle school, high school, and alumni support program rooted in a belief that all students deserve access to an exceptional public education. With a mission to prepare students to succeed in four-year colleges and embody, in thought and action, lifelong ethical growth, we are fueled by a shared belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels, and that excellent public education is one of the most critical and effective tools we can employ in our efforts to dismantle systemic racism to ensure equitable opportunity for all.
We are guided day to day and in our long-term planning, by two community-developed visions, each created through extensive iterative processes involving the shared input and leadership of students, families, alumni, community members, and faculty.
● Our Anti-Racism Vision Statement establishes our commitment to centering anti-racism in our intentions, words, and actions at all times and our commitment to working to create a culturally responsive environment that is rooted in liberation, equity, and affirmation for all.
● Our Portrait of a Graduate names the core skills, mindsets, and habits that we aspire for all Boston Prep graduates to develop. Specifically, we aim for all Boston Prep graduates to be: Independent Thinkers, Tenacious Learners, Creative Problem Solvers, and Conscious Contributors.
We strive each day to increasingly embody what these visions call upon us to do. In this exciting phase of our development as a school, we are implementing these visions as we design for the future – reimagining what public education can be and designing a rich educational experience that dismantles traditional systems of power, solves deep problems, and supports students in their efforts to create the bright futures they imagine and deserve.
Relationships are the heart of our community. We believe that we must develop the whole child, devoting attention to both the heart and the mind, balancing academic learning and social emotional learning because they are interconnected. Further, we believe that in order to support students in their growth as whole people, we must provide an environment in which faculty are able to develop as whole adults – professionally and personally. We invest in the creation of safe, productive, and affirming communities grounded in shared commitments to one another and to ourselves, and provide dedicated time for practices that support personal and professional growth of students and adults alike.
In 2022-2023, our community will include 700 students in grades 6-12, nearly 500 alumni, over 125 faculty members, and hundreds of families. The majority of our students and families reside in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. As a charter public school, we welcome all students via an impartial public lottery, and hold the same high expectations and ambitions for all of our students, including those with special needs and English language learners.
Boston Prep’s strategies have proven to be effective, helping students achieve at high levels, get into college, and succeed in college. For eleven consecutive years, all years in which Boston Prep has graduated students, 99% of Boston Prep graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges. Over half (54%) of Boston Prep’s graduates have successfully earned bachelor’s degrees, a rate four times that of their peers from similar economic backgrounds and nearly twice the national average. While we are incredibly proud of our alumni’s achievements, we know we can and must do better, and we will not rest until our students graduate college at the same high rates as their peers from our nation’s wealthiest communities.
Over the past eighteen years, Boston Prep has continuously developed and improved. We are committed to continuing to refine and improve our practices. We know that our adult team is our most valuable resource and the strongest driver of our success. We seek innovative, passionate, skilled, diverse team members to join us as we seek not to “return to normal,” but instead to build a new, better, more just learning environment.
Position Description | Directors of Operations (Middle School & High School)
Boston Prep has expanded its team and student population quickly in the last five years, necessitating its systems and operations to also grow accordingly. Given our desire for operational excellence, Boston Prep will be hiring two Directors of Operations. Joining a well-regarded Operations team, the Director of Operations will have the opportunity to lead, shape and craft systems and operations to have high-impact for students, teachers and families.
There will be two Directors of Operations, one for the MS and one for the HS. In that capacity, each director will be responsible for specific areas in their school including facilities, systems, attendance, events, family relations, and additional operational needs. Additionally, since we are a 6-12 school, there are some areas that span the entire school. This includes enrollment, transportation, food service, assessment, coverage, and emergency procedures. These will be assigned to one Director, and together, Directors and other Ops Team members will collaborate as appropriate to deliver success across the school.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Operations will design and implement systems that support the daily and annual operations, which will strengthen the school’s mission.
Key Responsibilities of the Role
Leadership & Growth Mindset
● Embody a growth mindset for themselves and the team, and a focus on operations as customer service; build clear, well-implemented systems that support teachers to deliver effective student learning
● Lead with a vision for operations, allowing teachers to focus on teaching and students to focus on learning
● Manage and support professional development of 3-5 Operations Team Members, likely including Operations Manager, Cross-functional specialist and Front Desk team member
● Model the Boston Prep commitments to students, faculty and families
Middle School & High School Directors of Operations are responsible for the following in each of their schools (Grades 6 - 8 and Grades 9 - 12)
Middle School & High School Directors of Operations will be assigned the following areas of focus across the two roles, given these span Grades 6 - 12
● Facilities: Support facility management including weekly and monthly facilities walk-throughs to ensure that facilities are up to Boston Prep standards of excellence and management of facilities team. Ensure that the physical space is ready for teachers at the beginning of every school day, week, and year, including summer set up of classrooms and office spaces. Execute on overall facility mapping and readiness for the school year, including furniture procurement and placement
● Systems: Support the school’s schedule, rosters and attendance system; create modified schedules for special events. Routinely observe school spaces to ensure that students are meeting expectations and duties and spaces are facilitated appropriately, including transitions and after school time
● Attendance: Oversee attendance systems and accountability. Ensure that daily attendance achieves the school-wide school year goal
● Event: Oversee, plan, maintain and implement school-based annual projects, traditions and events. Prepare the school annually for orientation and new school year launch
● Family relations: Oversee and support family communication within the school partnering with relevant stakeholders to strengthen the home-school relationship
● Additional Operational Needs
● Enrollment: Work with COO and operations team members to direct student recruitment and enrollment, including communication with the BCA, the annual lottery, backfill process and waitlist management
● Transportation: Work with COO and operations team members to direct transportation, including yellow buses and MBTA program
● Food Service: Work with COO and operations team members to direct food vendor FreshPicks, nutrition requirements, breakfast and lunch programming and meal duties
● Assessment: Work with COO and operations team members to direct all testing, including ACCESS ELD testing, MCAS state testing, Semester Final Exams and College Board tests
● Coverage: Work with COO & Coverage Manager to implement processes for Coverage and PTO
● Emergency Procedures: Work with COO and operations team members to direct, plan and implement all emergency procedures for the school, including emergency response team, fire drills, active shooter trainings and stay put
Partnering with Students and Families
● Communicating frequently with students, families, and school leaders around academic and behavioral progress
● Attending occasional after-school events
Building of School Culture
● Partnering with team members, students and families, to actively uproot racism and inequality in our community
● Modeling empathy, embodying the mindset that “kids do well if they can”
● Upholding school and grade level systems and structures with fidelity
● Assuming extracurricular responsibilities, if desired
Maintenance of Organizational Culture
● Actively engaging in one’s learning; seeking and acting on feedback regularly
● Actively pursuing professional development, inside and outside of the school
● Collaborating with other teachers and school leaders to advance the school’s mission
A successful candidate
● Has excellent written communication, strong organizational and time management skills
● Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience
● Has a proven track record in systems building, proactive solution-finding and management of a team
● Learns quickly and can implement feedback immediately
● Is highly proficient in MS Excel, MS Word and MS Powerpoint and parallel programs in the Google Suite
● Places high value on delivering high quality customer service
● Is able to work in a fast-paced, high-performance environment that may be unpredictable at times
● Practices humility, strong work ethic and a can do attitude
Applicants must possess the drive, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit to craft an outstanding urban public school. Boston Prep is committed to a diverse workplace.
For more information and to apply, please visit our website at www.bostonprep.org/careers.
Boston Prep is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.