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Director of School Launch

Posted 2014-06-27
Job Description

Director of School Launch

The Director of School Launch will work closely with leaders of the Academics, Operations, Talent, and Finance teams to ensure all future UP Education Network schools are launched successfully. This individual will design a strategic launch plan and process and will create a set of analytical tools to evaluate future growth opportunities. The Director of School Launch will manage UP Education Networks Directors of Operations in Residence, ensuring they are ready to successfully launch future UP schools. The Director of School Launch will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Specific Responsibilities:
Work with department heads of the Academics, Operations, Talent, and Finance teams to create a new, streamlined launch strategy and process that enables the network to launch multiple schools each year while ensuring quality and consistency across schools. The launch strategy will address the following:
o Developing network-wide standards, playbooks, policies and procedures to enable the network to launch several schools per year or grow in another district;
o Identifying specific support services the network office should provide to schools during school launch;
o Ensuring there is cross-department communication and coordination during each launch period;
o Identifying the data systems and project tools required to manage effective launch processes; and
o Establishing goals and interim milestones for each unique school launch and ensuring staff are held accountable.
Work closely with the Director of Strategy and Evaluation to design analytic tools to evaluate future growth opportunities based on internal and external capacities for success;
Manage Directors of Operations in Residence, ensuring they develop professionally and meet the standards of excellence required to advance and become Directors of Operations for launching or existing schools;
Ensure Directors of Operations in Residence are effectively managing school launch task lists by meeting key milestones and holding team members accountable to meeting deadlines;
Present, along with the Director of School Operations, professional development sessions related to network-wide systems to future school leaders; and
Collaborate closely with the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Talent Development to evaluate each Director of Operations in Residence and work closely with the Director of School Operations on the successful transition of Directors of Operations in Residence as they launch new or existing schools.

A passionate belief in UP Education Networks mission, values, and educational model;
An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve them;
An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges;
A sense of humility in the face of success;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
A strong attention to detail;
Data and analytic skills;
Experience in project management and work plan development;
Skills in Microsoft Excel and project management software;
4-8 years of work experience in strategy consulting, education, non-profit management, operations, or a related field;
Bachelors degree is required, masters preferred; and
Current authorization to work in the United States A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment.

We offer a competitive compensation package including comprehensive health benefits.

To Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit and formally apply for this position through our on-line application system.

UP Education Network is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable law. This policy extends to, but is not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, training and termination.

Hours: Full-Time
Type: Job


Tarah Mohika

Company Description

UP Education Network is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. Our turnaround schools ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. UP Education Network currently operates four schools, UP Academy Charter School of Boston (grades 6-8), UP Academy Leonard Middle School (grades 6-8), UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (grades K1-5), and UP Academy Oliver (grade 6). Across our network, we will serve more than 2500 students in Boston and Lawrence in fall 2014.

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