Operations Manager

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School is accepting applications for an Operations Manager. The school is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic, and thoughtful individual with proven experience in organizational operations and management. The Operations Manager oversees daily business operations of the school and is a versatile operations, logistics, and administrative specialist.

At the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a professional learning community of master teachers and teacher residents ensures that a diverse group of students achieve their potential as accomplished learners, thoughtful citizens, and imaginative and inquisitive problem solvers through a demanding, inquiry-based curriculum. With its clear mission and prominent location in Washington, DC, the school serves as a model of instruction for students and training for teachers, with the goal of becoming a leader in changing the way teachers are prepared and supported and students are educated nationwide.

THE ROLE OF OPERATIONS MANAGER

Inspired Teaching staff possess the beliefs, skills, and accomplishments that lead all students to achieve at high levels. To establish a true professional learning community, all adults in the building are considered educators, as they all interact regularly with students. As such, a firm belief and grounding in the philosophy and values of the school's mission is crucial for every employee.

The Operations Manger provides school-wide support and initiates the ongoing growth processes of the school. Duties specifically include human resources, serving as a liaison with government agencies, school inventory and supplies, vendor relationships, and developing strategic systems and relationships. The Operations Manager supports the Chief Operating Officer in areas of finance and personnel, as appropriate.

The Operations Manager will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing day-to-day office functions and general office administration, including ordering school and office supplies, maintaining and organizing the school supply areas, maintaining office equipment, collaborating on phone and equipment support, and maintaining the general school environment;
  • Managing relationships with external vendors and various government agencies relevant to the school to ensure standard procedures and administrative and legal requirements are met. This includes but is not limited to OSSE for school lunch and wellness programs, and DOH for nursing services;
  • Managing human resources, including personnel files; coordinating job searches and serving as point person for staff on HR matters, including benefits, leave records, and new staff orientation;
  • Supporting the COO with ongoing budgetary and recordkeeping tasks, including accounts payable and vendor files;
  • Managing supply inventory and requisitions;
  • Overseeing the school’s food service program, including ordering, preparing the menu, enrolling families, and overseeing lunch payments;
  • Serving as the school’s volunteer liaison to ensure appropriate background checks, volunteer expectations and orientation, and volunteer acknowledgement;
  • Managing student records related to FARM and transportation/Kids Ride Free;
  • Ensuring the school facility is neat, clean and presentable; support all staff in keeping common areas neat and clean; and
  • Following all school and employee policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful applicant will demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in the field of operations, human resources, and/or finance.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred;
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in an operations and/or human resources role;
  • Demonstrated experience with finance and budgeting processes and procedures;
  • Experience with human resources processes, procedures, and laws;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, including the ability to create and maintain systems and track the status of multiple projects;
  • Experience working with databases, including but not limited to Microsoft Excel, as well as other online platforms
  • Ability to thrive in an innovative environment and an interest in building the systems and structures that support a growing school;
  • Hard working and enjoy multitasking;
  • Ability to work independently and as effective team member; ability to work across the organization and externally;
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; good analytical skills and ability to communicate requests, gather and process information quickly and accurately, solve administrative problems;
  • Welcoming presence: ability to generate enthusiasm for the school and elicit cooperation from a wide variety of audiences;
  • Positive attitude, patience, and flexibility;
  • Personal commitment to excellence; and
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.

In addition to the criteria described above, all staff must:

  • Be deeply committed to creating a school that not only provides an excellent education for the student, but also creates an open, trusting learning environment for the teachers and staff.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to advocate for the school's philosophy of teaching and pedagogy – and be willing and able to share experiences, ideas, and strategies with all colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to reflective practice, an ability to give and receive feedback openly and without defensiveness, and a desire to constantly question and improve their practice.
  • Have a strong ability to persevere in the face of ongoing challenges. The school environment is demanding, regularly requiring one to go above and beyond, to solve problems quickly and in the moment, and to find the positive in difficult situations. We will look for these qualities in all of our staff.

 

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

With its clear mission and prominent location in Washington, DC, the school serves as a model of instruction for students and training for teachers, with the goal of becoming a leader in changing the way teachers are prepared and supported, and students are educated nationwide. At the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, students learn through an academically challenging, standards-based curriculum that supports and builds the four “I”s: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Within its walls young people learn and achieve at high levels without having to surrender their intellectual curiosity and passion for learning.

The school focuses on developing student potential in four areas: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Students master content in Reading & Literature, Communication, Math, Science, and Social Studies—and have the ability to apply their knowledge to relevant and current situations, problems, and experiences; students develop the skills of a researcher, using their intellectual curiosity to pose and solve problems; students exhibit the skills of divergent thinkers, with the courage to create, the willingness to approach problems with a joyful spirit, and the ability to play; and students develop the skills and dispositions necessary to function as members of a democratic society.

Teachers are held to a high standard of excellence and professionalism. Teachers demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subjects they teach; draw on an extensive repertoire of authentic and engaging strategies for instruction and assessment, steeped in the knowledge of how children and adolescents learn; contribute to a vibrant and active professional learning community; and forge strong and positive relationships not only with students, but also with community stakeholders, including families.

The school hosts Teaching Residents enrolled in Center for Inspired Teaching’s Teacher Certification Program in which Inspired Teaching Fellows study under the guidance of classroom teachers. Fellows earn their Washington DC teaching certification through the DC state-approved teacher certification program run by Center for Inspired Teaching.

As a demonstration school, staff works to disseminate our instructional approach through inviting education influencers to visit the school, and disseminating the model outward via preparation of Teaching Residents, conference presentations, and other opportunities to speak in the community.

The school is a place where children, adolescents and adults thrive and find joy in their work.

  • The physical space communicates a genuine focus on learners.
  • The emotional space requires an approach to academics and discipline that focuses on helping children and adolescents develop compassion, empathy, respect for others, self-discipline, and problem-solving skills.
  • The intellectual space of the school asks teachers and students to act as leaders, share opinions and ideas, identify problems and generate solutions, and collaborate and work together as a community so that everyone experiences success.
  • The school emphasizes parent and community involvement. Parents play an active and important role in the school - volunteering in classrooms, creating special events for families, supporting student learning, and contributing to the positive climate.

Primary methods of instruction include inquiry and active learning, where the teacher serves as facilitator and coach to support student learning. Instruction includes an emphasis on social-emotional learning, and classrooms are characterized by student-centered organization styles such as differentiated instruction, collaborative groups, and child-initiated play.

SCHOOL GOALS

For Students: The school focuses on developing student potential in four areas: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Students master content in Reading & Literature, Communication & the Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies—and have the ability to apply their knowledge to relevant and current situations, problems, and experiences; students develop the skills of a researcher, using their intellectual curiosity to pose and solve problems; students exhibit the skills of divergent thinkers, with the courage to create, the willingness to approach problems with a joyful spirit, and the ability to play; and students develop the skills and dispositions necessary to function as members of a democratic society.

For Teachers: Teachers are held to a high standard of excellence and professionalism. Teachers demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subjects they teach; draw on an extensive repertoire of authentic and engaging strategies for instruction and assessment, steeped in the knowledge of how children learn; contribute to a vibrant and active professional learning community; and forge strong and positive relationships not only with students, but also with community stakeholders, including families.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The Inspired Teaching School offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience. The school offers a strong benefits package that includes health care (multiple plan options), retirement plan (employer match available), Flexible Spending accounts, supplemental insurance through AFLAC, and pre-tax public transportation/Metro benefit.

 

The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. All employment decisions are made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications as related to the requirements of the position being filled.