Chief Operating Officer | Equitas Academy

About Equitas Academy

Equitas Academy is a charter management organization in Los Angeles that provides a structured, achievement-based community that prepares students to graduate from four-year colleges and universities. We currently operate two elementary schools and two middle schools, with a growth plan to open four additional schools and serve over 3000 scholars by 2022. Equitas Academy has been recognized as a California Distinguished School and Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education because of our commitment to data driven instruction to provide a rigorous and equitable education for all students.

Position Summary

The Chief Operating Officer for Equitas Academy will provide strategic leadership and planning for the operations function, serve as a key member of the senior leadership team of the organization, and oversee all operations activities: facility acquisition and management, information technology, internal financial processes, human resources, vendor management, compliance, enrollment, lottery, and student information systems. The COO is a critical role that will help to build new systems and structures that will shape the future of the organization and set us up for sustainable success as we grow.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage the operations department; provide team leadership and develop direct reports to achieve results
  • Develop strategic systems to be used across our network of schools, in the following areas: facilities, lottery/enrollment, attendance, reporting, vendor management, inventory, procurement, and internal controls
  • Oversee internal financial systems for accounts payable/receivable, weekly deposits, and expense reports
  • Manage operations budget
  • Manage outside contractors
  • Manage the process of securing and maintaining facilities
  • Oversee the ongoing maintenance of updating information systems and infrastructure, including hardware, software, and applications
  • Coordinate business insurance and maintain best practices for risk management and safety
  • Ensure compliance with all reporting requirements in a timely and accurate manner
  • Oversee charter renewal, WASC accreditation, audits, compliance and yearly authorizer visits
  • Collaborate internally on special projects and provide leadership and strategic insight on cross-functional teams
  • Serve as a key member of the c-level team addressing organization-wide strategic topics

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Embody and advocate the mission, vision and strategic direction of the organization
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing Operations systems
  • Inspirational leadership and staff development experience
  • Effective and welcoming communicator with staff, scholars and families
  • Process oriented, analytical problem solver, strategic planner, solution oriented
  • Ability to serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization and articulate our mission to external constituents
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and database management
  • Self-starter with a proven ability to meet and complete multiple tasks with solid deadlines
  • Flexible, people-oriented team player 

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Charter school experience strongly preferred
  • Minimum 5-8 years of directly related experience, preferably in an operations department of a non-profit or educational organization
  • At least 3 years in a leadership role

Salary and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include medical/dental/vision coverage and paid sick and vacation time off.