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25 Feb 2022

Operations / Administration President/CEO

 Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Job Title:                    President/CEO

Reports To:               Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy Board of Directors

Approved By:            Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy Board of Directors

Date Approved:         February 21st, 2022

FLSA Status:             Exempt

Salary Range:            $95,747 – $159,426 BOE plus benefits

The President/CEO is responsible for providing strong, decisive, energetic leadership to all levels of the school, and is charged with overall organizational operation and leadership within the boundaries established by the Board of Directors. The President/CEO is responsible for upholding the vision and mission of the school. The role of the President/CEO is one of a visionary leader who maintains open lines of communications on campus and in the community and who engenders confidence by being trustworthy, accessible and visible. The K-12 President/CEO is the primary link between the school and the Board of Directors, and plays a significant role in setting the climate for the entire K-12 program. The President/CEO has responsibility for all shared educational resources for the K-12 school. This person reports to the Board of Directors and serves as a non-voting member of that Board.


  1. Serves as the executive leader of Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy (CHPA), unifying program levels and departments and ensuring the fulfillment of the vision and mission throughout every aspect of the K-12 program.
  • Implements the vision and mission for the school through direct reports.
  • Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and ensures board initiatives are implemented and acted upon.
  • Fosters a climate of innovation and excellence through a positive school culture with an appropriate distinction of implementation by program level.
  • Interacts with school community members to build supportive relationships.
  • Fosters communication and collaboration among faculty, staff, parents, volunteers, and students to support school goals; encourages participation from all stakeholders in school programs and activities.
  • As a part of the communications pathways, supports the Chief Academic Officer and the Principals with the resolution of any problems that might arise among staff, teachers, students, and parents.
  1. Guides and integrates curricular and instructional programs on a K-12 level to ensure that student achievement is maximized.
  • Ensures the implementation of the K-12 standards and benchmarks, curriculum and assessments in a manner consistent with the CHPA mission statement.
  • Oversees vertical and horizontal teaming initiatives throughout the K-12 program.
  • In collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer, Principals and Specialist for data, oversees the effective use of data to monitor and evaluate student progress and collaborate leadership of instructional/curricular improvement.
  • Stays current in and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of effective, research-based practices and professional development for staff and faculty to improve student achievement.
  1. In conjunction with Chief Officers, the Business staff, the Finance Staff and other advisors oversees the financial and business health of the K-12 school; directs the equitable distribution of all K-12 educational shared resources.
  • Participates in budget planning and management process with the Chief Officers, Business staff, the Finance Staff, other advisors, Principals and the Board of Directors.
  1. Fosters a positive and cooperative team atmosphere through clear, high expectations for all staff.
  • Ensures philosophical alignment in leading and supervising direct reports.
  • Inspires and empowers school leaders to develop their leadership capacity for the benefit of the entire K-12 program.
  • Leads the Leadership Team and assists the Chief Academic Officer with K-12 program development and maintenance.
  • Participates in hiring and evaluations for all full-time employees including direct reports.
  • Serves as administrator in charge when on campus or when duty is not delegated to one of the designated Executive Leadership Team Members.
  1. Serves as primary spokesperson for the school to raise awareness of CHPA K-12 programs, to support student recognition and opportunities outside the classroom, and to foster connections with colleges, universities, and local community
  • Serves as primary public relations spokesperson for the school; communicates regarding CHPA K-12 programs to the community, the state and nation.
  • Builds beneficial relationships within the business community and higher education.
  • Builds beneficial relationships within the educational and charter school community.
  • Supports the Chief Academic Officer in generating leads and opportunities for student internships.
  • Helps guide the fund development program by creating partnerships and networking outside the immediate CHPA K-12 community.
  • Participates in open enrollment meetings for annual benefit offerings and elections.
  • Represents CHPA and communicates the mission and programs to the school community and to the community at large, the Pueblo District 60 Superintendent or designees, and D60 constituents as needed in support of CHPA K-12 programs.
  1. Aids fund development at a high level by cultivating and supporting key strategic relationships and advancement work including grant writing processes as appropriate.
  2. Encourages and supports department heads in recruiting parent/volunteer engagement in a strategic way for the benefit of the school. 
  1. Oversees, in coordination with Chief Officers, the Operations staff, the Finance Staff, and other advisors; compliance with policies, procedures and regulations for the following entities: federal, state, district, CHPA K-12 Charter School authorizer of the charter contract, and granting authorities.
  • Participates in the accountability initiative including relations with the Colorado Department of Education, and assists as necessary with the preparation and submission of required reports to the Pueblo D60 Board of Education concerning achievement of school mission and objectives.
  • Serves as a liaison to the Pueblo D60 Board of Education for educational school-wide issues.
  • Participates in District and Charter education forums as relevant.
  • Serves as the liaison with various educational associations and professional communities related to Charter Schools as well as other organizations as appropriate.
  1. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


The President/CEO has direct supervisory responsibility for the following direct reports: Chief Officers, Director of Enrollment & Marketing, Executive Director of Student Services, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and the Board along with any other positions as determined by the CHPA K-12 Board of Directors. This position is also responsible for the overall campus and assigned supervisory duties during the school day including other school sanctioned events that may occur outside the regularly scheduled school day and weekends.


The President/CEO will report directly to the CHPA Board of Directors.


The President/CEO will need to demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in the fields of K-12 instruction, organizational leadership and management, business, finance, human resources, and communications.

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education, Business, Leadership or related field Required
  • Doctorate Degree Preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of Full-Time K-12 Teaching experience Required; 5 years Preferred
  • Experience with Higher Education Teaching in addition to K-12 Teaching is Preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years Senior/Executive Leadership experience Required
  • Willing to pursue an Administrator Licensure within the first year of employment and maintain throughout employment
  • Valid Administrative Licensure and/or Teacher Licensure held within last 10 years Preferred (does not have to be active/current)
  • Experience and knowledge of multi-million-dollar budget preparation, oversight, or management in alignment with strategic priorities for organizations
  • Bilingual Oral and Written Skills Preferred (Spanish/English desired)
  • Knowledge of current research, best practices and trends in K-12 education, including Special Education/ESS practice and the importance of developing technologies
  • Commitment to CHPA K-12 Mission & Vision
  • Demonstrated flexibility and experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with a variety of populations
  • Knowledge of and experience with fund development and grant writing/application development and processes
  • Demonstrated commitment to accountability requirements and strategic planning including CDE School Performance Statuses and Criteria to achieve higher levels and improve Academic Achievement
  • Expert-level written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of and commitment to relevant and current K-12 Curricula, Advanced Placement strategies and an overall understanding of a College Preparatory Learning Environment
  • Knowledge of and commitment to character development and charter school culture
  • Demonstrated initiative and skills in the following areas: relationship and community building, educational leadership, communication, conflict resolution, creativity, problem solving, decision making, and time management 

Professional Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to progressive, inquiry-based teaching and learning
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with an eagerness to turn obstacles into opportunities; wrestle with tough questions; and seek out opportunities, partners, and resources
  • Demonstrated knowledge, certifications or work experience in organizational management, accounting, and finance
  • Significant and proven experience in coalition building and community outreach, including forgoing relationships across diverse communities
  • Significant experience in building strong allies through media and public relations
  • Successful track record of cultivating financial and in-kind support from public and private sources
  • Familiarity with compliance requirements for the District, including charter school governance, financial management, and employment policies

 Interpersonal Skills

The President/CEO must be a self-starter with strong ability to take initiative, stay organized, juggle multiple tasks in a complex project, and maintain optimism and focus in the face of obstacles. Additionally, the ideal candidate will evidence:

  • Ability to establish strong, trusting and authentic relationships with a wide variety of individuals, including new and experienced teachers, parents and families, funders, political officials, and the business community
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive writing and speaking skills
  • Integrity and a sense of humor
  • Leadership style that is clear and strong, yet respectful, flexible, and collaborative

 Language Skills

  • Ability to communicate with Spanish speaking families desired
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and expectation documents, unified improvement plans, key performance indicators, a strategic plan, staff agreements, evaluation rubrics, district, state, and national policy documents that define required actions, charter school laws and documents, budget documents, curriculum proposals and relevant human relations procedures
  • Ability to effectively correspond with staff from all levels
  • Must have ability to read current literature and lead book studies on a given topic
  • Must have the ability to effectively document all required paperwork based on job responsibilities
  • Must have expert level written and oral communication skills and be able to effectively correspond with all stakeholders from all levels
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of staff, Board of Directors, administrators and parents

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts as required for budgets and interpreting statistical data

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The hours may be long when specific needs arise, thus some extended schedules will be necessary. This is a position that must attend the needs of staff, administrators, CHPA K-12 Board of Directors and parents. Work may consist of (10) plus hour days with weekend work required from time to time. CHPA K-12 is a dynamic school subject to changing work environments, adaptation of new educational principles and values, and evolving culture. Adaptability to change is essential.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: Visit our school website at to learn about CHPA Required Application Materials:
  • CHPA Application available here:
  • Current Resume
  • Letter of Interest / Cover Letter
  • Copy of Licensures and Certifications (if applicable)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letter of Reference/Recommendation
Please contact Shannon Behling, Chief Human Resources Officer, with questions at or call (719) 546-6263 Ext. 201 CHPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Bureaus: -Other-. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 100,000 and above.