Operations / Administration Executive Director
About Prospect Ridge Academy: Ten years ago, a group of families had a vision of opening a K-12 college-prep charter school in the northern Broomfield area whose mission was to create academic, social and ethical leaders. Since opening, the school has grown from a single building which housed kindergarten through 6th grade to a multi-building campus educating kindergarten through 12th grade students. This “K-12ness” is vital to the DNA of the school. At PRA, students are loved; their interests are nurtured; and academics are integral. PRA Miners learn that kindness and character matter; and they are encouraged to follow their passions. As PRA moves into its next ten years, PRA seeks to hire an Executive Director to build upon that foundation created by the founding families. For more information about Prospect Ridge Academy, please visit our website at www.prospectridgeacademy.org.
About the Executive Director Role: The Executive Director(ED) is the leader of PRA, and she/he is responsible for achieving Board of Director goals and administering academic programs. The ED will set the highest standards of excellence in operating systems and educational programs. She/he will promote a healthy climate of open communication and a sense of community among administration and staff and with one another built on PRA’s values, integrity, safety and alignment across stakeholders. They will cultivate a positive PRA culture and climate that promotes challenge and accountability supported by data driven decisions. The ED position is responsible for ensuring financial stability and proper budget management, and will manage risk, maintain accountability, support a positive public image and cultivate support within the community. Develop and implement an annual communication plan on behalf of the school to students, staff, families, BoD, authorizing agencies, local school district, local and state government agencies and business partners. The ED is the face of the school and as such is tasked with interacting with the community and district and being actively engaged in school fundraising efforts.
The Executive Director at PRA will:
- Serve as a non-voting (adjunct) member of the BoD, ensuring its initiatives are effectively implemented, through developing and implementing school policies and procedures, operations, finance, human resources and academic/school performance.
- Report to BoD relevant information, including but not limited to, legal or human resources issues on a timely basis.
- Ensure the school is compliant and reporting the measures required by authorizer, CDE and State.
- Complete and deliver all compliance and reporting measures required by Authorizer, CDE and State.
- Complete all tasks and projects in a timely manner as assigned by the BoD.
- Use the school’s mission and vision to develop annual and three-year strategic plans in collaboration with the BoD and the school administrative team.
- Produce and implement clear, evidence-based objectives and initiatives aligned with the annual and three-year strategic plans.
- Promote and encourage the success of every student by collaborating with staff and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
- Partner with the BoD and the school administrative team to ensure collective responsibility for building a unity of purpose, supporting a common vision and creating a positive organizational culture.
- With the assistance of the school administrative team, the ED must provide opportunities to further develop the knowledge, skills, ability and talent of teachers and staff, ensuring a guaranteed, viable curriculum is implemented and aligned with the intellectual tone of the school.
- Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set aspirational academic targets.
- Evaluate performance of all administrative and professional staff and provide effective growth plans as needed.
- Regularly track and report student academic progress. Adjust academic goals and performance benchmarks accordingly, and recognize academic excellence and growth.
- Ensure that school is performing academically at or above identified peer schools
- Regularly track and report student academic progress. Adjust academic goals and performance benchmarks accordingly and recognize academic excellence and growth.
- Oversee the development and the consistent/fair execution of all Human Resources processes and procedures including Talent Management and Development, Recruitmentand Performance Management.
- Recruit, develop and retain qualified talent to support the mission and strategic plan of the organization
- Supervise administrative and professional team, encouraging healthy cooperation, teamwork and fostering a culture of excellence.
- Prepare and conduct regular administration evaluations.
Operation (Financial, Facilities) Management
- Design and develop safety systems and procedures supporting a school setting ensuring a safe, secure and well-maintained grounds and campus.
- Direct the budgeting process, grant and fundraising proposals and determine budget allocations, including workforce, supplies, materials and equipment.
- Partner with the Finance Committee to create and implement a Financial Policy and Procedure Manual and recommend updates as necessary.
- Working with the BoD and the Finance Committee, create strategic financial plans focused on long-term viability and a continued pipeline of students (ex.: waitlist, maintaining enrollment).
- Previous PreK-12 classroom teaching experience.
- Ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively; superior presentation and communications skills, including the ability to be an effective school spokesperson.
- Approachable, accessible, highly visible to all stakeholders and open to multiple points of view.
- Inspiring thought leader who can help develop a strong, collaborative PreK-12 school culture.
- Colorado Principal License
- Master’s Degree in a related field and/or advanced degree in educational or business administration.
- Experience and knowledge regarding charter school issues, laws and their related stakeholders.
- Three years of experience in management, supervision and administration (education experience preferred).
- Experience in the adoption, allocation and assessment of an annual budget (school experience preferred).
- Strong business skills, including financial management, personnel administration, vendor relations and regulatory compliance.
- Demonstrated success in leading high performing teams within schools, school districts, private/charter schools, or non-education organizations.
- Demonstrates flexibility and experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive and collaborative approach.
- Experience recruiting, building and retaining a strong, diverse team.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
This position reports to the Prospect Ridge Academy (PRA) BoD of Directors
Work is occasionally regularly performed inside and outside with occasional exposure to extreme temperatures. Work is performed in all weather conditions and includes exposure to moderate and sometimes loud noise. This is a highly public position that includes contact with students, staff, Administrators, Prospect Ridge Academy Board of Directors and parents.
Benefits: We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance. PERA is the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado. All PRA employees are PERA members as this replaces Social Security.
Salary Hiring Range: $136,000 – $153,000