School Network Staff Managing Director
Position: Managing Director
Reports to: Chief Schools Officer
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2020 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here.
We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values every day:
Core Beliefs – Achievement
- Commitment 1: I commit to celebrating academic and personal success for all.
- Commitment 2: I commit to holding myself and others accountable to high expectations.
- Commitment 3: I commit to bringing passion and joy to my work.
Core Beliefs – Justice
- Commitment 1: I commit to intentionally disrupt inequity, bias, and systems of oppression.
- Commitment 2: I commit to creating an environment of safe body, mind, and heart.
- Commitment 3: I commit to building a community where each person can bring their full, authentic self.
Core Beliefs – Perseverance
- Commitment 1: I commit to the belief that we grow and get smarter through effort and by making mistakes.
- Commitment 2: I commit to showing up Con Ganas, where we never give up even when the work is hard.
- Commitment 3: I commit to showing up with integrity and doing the right thing even when the road is tough.
OVERVIEW OF ROLE
Managing Directors are the senior leaders in the organization ultimately responsible for the success of the schools in their portfolio. They supervise Principals directly and lead the cross-functional work ensuring Principals have the resources, support, strategic guidance, and coaching to excel. They are members of the senior leadership of the network and each owns an additional network strategy beyond school support.
- You prioritize social justice AND academic excellence as a leader of leaders. Your experience in education demonstrates the capacity to lead through others to achieve transformational academic gains. You are a champion of social justice and restorative practices and know they are integral in ensuring strong academic results, student agency, and preparing students to be agents of change. You treat each student as if they are your own and expect your colleagues to do the same. You know this is key to building and fostering an inclusive, high-performance environment where students and staff are known, empowered, and trusted to be active collaborators to ensure each student’s success.
- You have a strong lens on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). You value diverse perspectives, seek feedback to inform the work and keep those on the top of the margin of mind, which enables you to truly maintain an inclusive school environment. You proactively build meaningful and authentic relationships with your Principals, teachers, support staff, parents, students, & community members. You bring a deep belief in equity and action-oriented commitment to advancing DEI work, and you galvanize others to do the same.
- You execute the network vision for school culture and academic outcomes. You are a leader who is able to inspire trust, camaraderie, and support amongst your team to achieve success. You are a strong collaborator/communicator/problem solver who keeps the vision front of mind while inspiring students and adults and removing roadblocks that impact success.
Management of Schools:
- Observe and support schools regularly and partner with Principals to constantly evaluate and improve instruction, curriculum implementation, culture systems, and other aspects of the educational program.
- Use student achievement data to make decisions; build a culture of data-driven instruction throughout the network.
- Support Principals in the growth of their staff through consistent, high-quality coaching and professional development.
- Support Principals to build and sustain strong staff culture, student culture, and family engagement.
- Support Principals with the attraction and retention of high-performing staff.
- Manage a portfolio of 3-4 schools in the Denver metro area.
Management of Principals:
- Provide Principals with structured, weekly core work on the academic strategy, with frequent coaching and feedback.
- Support planning and implementation of summer and school-year training for all network instructional leaders.
- Participate in hiring of Principals, Principal Fellows, and admin teams.
- Design and lead professional development for Principals and admin teams.
- Model and hold adults accountable for excellence.
- Internalize and model STRIVE’s Core Beliefs in all staff interactions.
- Model professionalism at all times and set staff expectations around professionalism.
- Build a culture of collaboration and communication among Principals.
- Support the network academic strategy by promoting the implementation of curricular and instructional priorities through regular observation and feedback.
- Research and identify best practices within STRIVE Prep and from other organizations and help share these practices effectively.
- Collaborate with the STRIVE Prep central office to support operational compliance, student recruitment, and talent functions. Provide both input and accountability such that campus needs are prioritized.
- Serve as a member of STRIVE Prep’s senior leadership team.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES (MAY INCLUDE)
- Management of Weekly Principal Email
- License procurement
- Middle School Culture support
REQUIREMENTS (OR PREFERENCES WHERE NOTED)
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience
- Minimum of three years of Principal experience
- Experience working with an emphasis on data-driven instruction and demonstrable gains in student achievement
- Speaks Spanish and has experience working with bilingual students (Strongly preferred)
- Demonstrated success working with students of color (Strongly preferred)
- Experience in Title I schools (Strongly preferred)
- Experience in a charter network (Strongly preferred)
- Experience working in a school setting with students with varied disabilities (Strongly preferred)
- Leadership development experience (Strongly preferred)
- Campus culture management experience (Strongly preferred
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is a full-time exempt position and is eligible for the following compensation and benefits:
- *Competitive base compensation based on years of K-12 teacher of record experience and other relevant factors allowable by Colorado law and STRIVE Prep policy.
- Health benefits (eligibility for full-time employees only)
- 100% employer-paid premium for employee-only medical coverage
- Company Paid Employee Life Insurance
- Voluntary Life (Employee, Spouse, Child)
- Voluntary Critical Illness & Accidental Coverage
- Voluntary Short-Term Disability
- Employee Assistance Program
- Participation in the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) pension program (in lieu of Social Security tax) with an option to elect into a competitive 401(k) plan.
- Applicable Pay for Performance increase upon successful completion of a full school year.
- Time off benefits (eligibility for full-time employees only)
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Paid Designated Breaks
- Up to 6 weeks of paid Family Leave (upon eligibility)
- Paid Sabbatical (upon eligibility)
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias.