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19 Sep 2019

Principal or Vice Principal Assistant Principal of Operations

 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description


Do you want to build and lead best-in-class school operations that positions and supports students and instructional staff to deliver on the promise of excellent instructional results?


STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of K-12 public charter schools, that challenges every student to discover and develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond.  The Assistant Principal of Operations (APO) will co-create a shared vision and lead the implementation and maintenance of clear operational systems that allow the instructional team to focus on teaching and learning. This individual will also serve as the key liaison between the operations, finance, human resources, data, and external affairs team at the Central Office.


Do the following must haves resonate with how you are wired and demonstrable in your unique talents and experiences? If so, we invite you to apply and can’t wait to learn more about you!

  • You have a strategic mind: You are exceptional at digesting large amounts of disparate and contradictory information and getting to the point quickly. You can rapidly identify the root cause of problems, and are tenacious in seeking out information that informs these decisions. You have a sixth sense for creating the right next steps in managing emergent situations.  Your communication skills are exceptional and you pride yourself on translating unfamiliar information to your colleagues in an easily understandable fashion.
  • You are a people whisperer: Your experience has shown you that an investment in people and culture can lead to transformative change in an organization. You proactively build meaningful and authentic relationships with your school staff, central office colleagues and external partners, which positions you to influence these stakeholders to live out your vision for operational excellence.
  • You know and love Ops: You are good at “making things work.” The idea of coordinating a volunteer day for clean-up of a school gym gets you just as excited as management of complex scheduling processes. You understand that as operations we do back-of-the-house work and you advocate for operations in intentional ways among academic leadership. You do what it takes to get the job done and motivate others to do the same.
  • You never panic: You are cool as a cucumber. When things feel out of control, you keep a level head and inspire the others around you to do the same. You have an intuitive ability to talk people off the ledge and put them in a position to manage the situation. You take challenges and master them with the right action steps, and clear communication to/accountability for the other staff impacted.


Project Management:

  • Utilize effective project management skills which includes, but is not limited to: identifying key milestones, designing backwards plans, getting investment from all necessary stakeholders, driving project completion through effective execution.
  • Collaborate and manage with leadership team to implement standardized test administration and serve as the Site Assessment Leader.
  • Create and manage school-wide master schedule. This includes development of the schedule in anticipation of the following school year and management of all alternative schedules (in the event of half days, teacher absences, etc.).
  • Support with student recruitment and enrollment.

Systems and Processes:

  • Develop, implement and manage systems and procedures for arrival, lunch, and dismissal that are safe and efficient and ensure adequate staff supervision.
  • Create, implement, and manage school’s emergency response processes, including evacuations, shelter in place scenarios, and lockdown/active shooter situations.
  • Manage campus budget ensuring resources are appropriately allocated to meet instructional needs, minimize waste and protect excess funds.
  • Manage and oversee the school’s physical condition in relationship with DPS Facilities.
  • Coordinate with the Principal and other administrators to ensure campus vision is being executed and operations systems are being adhered to.
  • Ensure school-wide compliance with Emergency Response Crisis Management, health and safety laws, charter contracts, and state education mandates
  • Schedule and provide logistical support for family/teacher conferences and Parent Council. Assist with logistics and preparations for other school events and activities as needed.
  • Provide tier 1 support for student computers, staff laptops, classroom AV systems and escalate incidents to the Central IT team for resolution.
  • Manage tracking systems for staff PTO and leave requests.

School Leadership:

  • Ensure students are safe and maximize learning time by upholding school-wide behavioral expectations and supporting larger student discipline issues, as needed.
  • Develop, implement and manage systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful and welcoming school environment.
  • Lead campus administrative team to set campus vision and identify areas of operational project ownership and campus priorities as well as oversee the ongoing operations of the school.
  • Collaborate with Principal to design and implement excellent professional development.
  • Supervise the Office Manager and other campus based operations staff.
  • Manage external relationships with shared campus partners(nursing services, food services, transportation, etc.)


  • Bachelor’s degree (strongly preferred)
  • 2-3 years of previous operational leadership experience (preferred)
  • 2-3 years of previous experience in education (preferred)


  • Competitive compensation package and annual performance-based raises
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans
  • Approximately three weeks of summer vacation and eight days of paid time off annually


STRIVE works to make a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. We are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment. STRIVE is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Our culture of inclusion is rooted in the belief that when we create the conditions that align…

  1. Your unique gifts (Bring your full self, skills/knowledge, & unique lens on the work)
  2. Your purpose/desire for impact(What challenges do you most want to tackle?)
  3. The organization’s needs(STRIVE’s strategic goals and value we seek from this role)

…then you will have the opportunity every day to unleash your strengths–individually and collectively with your colleagues–to ensure our students are Learning to Change the World. We create these conditions with intentional, strengths-based coaching through an equity and inclusion lens, and a culture that leverages the rich diversity of our team to inform the work and achieve breakthrough results for our students.

How to Apply

Please apply here

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Principal or Vice Principal. Job Tags: ap, ap of operations, assistant principal of operations, leadership, and operations. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.