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21 Mar 2021

Operations / Administration Head of School

Aspen Ridge Preparatory School
 Erie, Weld County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Position Overview: The Aspen Ridge Board of Directors is currently seeking candidates for our Head of School (HOS) position.

Head of School has the ultimate responsibility for the overall operational management and vision of the school according to the strategic plan set by the Board of Directors. This includes the development and delivery of the school’s program consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy, and goals, overseeing the school’s business operations and financial health, and assuring adherence to policy and procedure.

The Head of School works with the Principal and Dean of Students to ensure robust classroom and educational programs that serve each new generation of students and families. The Head of School is hired by the Board of Directors and is the sole employee of the Board of Directors. The Head of School is responsible to the Board and reports to the Board at meetings on the conduct, affairs, and operations of the school.

Essential Responsibilities

The Head of School leads and coordinates the administrative and educational activities of the school by executing the following functions either personally or through personnel delegation. These essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Vision and Strategy

  • Articulate, advocate and manifest the school vision consistent with the school’s Core Knowledge mission in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
  • Ultimately responsible for the overall success of the school; providing the school community with educational leadership consistent therewith; ensuring curriculum goals and programming are implemented.
  • Continuous improvement toward application and certification as a Core Knowledge School of Distinction.

Finance and Business Operations

  • Provide oversight for business operations and ensure annual audit.
  • Spearhead the work of the Finance Committee.
  • Assist in the development of the budget and approval of
  • Supervise admissions, marketing, and fundraising efforts.
  • Oversee accountability for organizational policy and procedure for staff, teachers, and the organization.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all students and employees under the School’s jurisdiction; supervise the operation and maintenance of all school facilities.

Staff Management

  • Supervise and support office and faculty.
  • Ensure regular performance reviews for all staff.
  • Collaborate with the Principal and Dean of Students to define the teaching and non-teaching positions needed to implement the School’s programs and ensure selection and employment of competent personnel to fill positions as needed.
  • Oversee and act on hiring and terminating personnel, in consultation with the Principal and Dean of Students when this applies to faculty.

Curriculum Management

  • Ensure educational quality through periodic program evaluations. Oversee and implement decisions to move forward on any curriculum upgrades and/or changes.
  • Ensure adherence to student disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
  • Submit reports to external agencies as required.


  • Represent the school to all its constituents including faculty and staff, parents, students, alumni, neighbors, and the broader community.
  • Collaborate and represent with external community partners.
  • Manage demands and interests of the various constituencies of the school.
  • Monitor and address emergent school community issues in a timely manner.


  • Act as an advisor to the Board including bringing to the attention of the Board such matters and data as are appropriate to keep the Board fully informed to meet its responsibilities. This includes annual budget, tuition, enrollment, fundraising recommendations, long-term planning needs, suggestions for board policy development as well as strategies for institutional betterment.
  • Sustain open communication with the Board’s leadership including attending Board meetings and supervising maintenance of Board agendas and minutes.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board and support committees and task forces of the Board.
  • Support the Board in its efforts to raise funds for the school.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors that may be required to meet the ongoing needs of the school.


  • Ensure the school conducts its affairs in a manner congruent with its bylaws and state and federal statutes.
  • Represent the school in its relations with our charter authorizer, and with other state and federal agencies, including, without limitation, local, state, regional, and national educational organizations, and accrediting agencies.


  • Oversee grounds and maintenance.
  • Direct maintenance and janitorial staff.
  • Oversee school’s IT personnel.


  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit leadership.
  • Significant experience in education, ideally including classroom teaching experience, although not required.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Substantial knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations, specifically related to Charter schools.
  • Familiarity with current best practices in Charter schools.
  • Demonstrate strong financial intelligence and long term vision for fiscal stewardship; allocate resources according to school and board goals.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills. Ability to think strategically and synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to generate creative solutions and meet challenges with resourcefulness.
  • Ability to balance priorities and meet hard deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently in a multitasking environment employing organizationally sound decision-making.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills facilitating work with all constituencies of the school community.
  • Ability to manage difficult situations and maintain confidentiality and trust.
  • Inspire respect and trust; display passion and optimism.
  • Enjoy being an active team member of an administrative team.
  • Strive to continually build knowledge/skills and share expertise with others.
  • Experience successfully leading a Charter school is strongly desired.

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary based upon experience. Salary range $100,000 to $110,000. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement (PERA) and paid time off.

How to Apply

Application Process: To apply for the Head of School position, submit a resume and statement of interest, 3 letters of recommendation for consideration to:  Salary will be based on experience.  Credentials will be considered if received by 5pm MDT on March 31, 2021. In the statement of interest (no more than 2 pages), applicants should address the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in working at Aspen Ridge Preparatory School?
  • How do you define academic success?
  • Explain what you can contribute to Aspen Ridge.
Employment Status: This is a full-time, exempt, at-will position.  Aspen Ridge is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Job Tags: charter school and Head of School. Salaries: 100,000 and above.