The mission of Zeta Charter Schools is to build and sustain high-performing schools that forge thriving communities of lifelong learners, problem solvers, and innovators. Zeta launched in NYC with two public charter schools in the 2018-2019 school year, with plans to grow to approximately twenty elementary, middle, and high schools serving Pre-K-12th grades. Zeta Schools are committed to:
Academically Rigorous Education for a Modern Workforce. Zeta combines the best of an academically rigorous education, focused on critical thinking and problem solving, with cutting edge technology and tools. Students excel academically and work to solve the problems of the future, creating and inventing in “innovation laboratories” and developing coding fluency. Zeta invests in serving the particular needs of at-risk, high-needs, English Language Learner, special education, and advanced populations, with an aim to diversify the approach in order to mine their unique and highest potential.
Mindfulness and Wellness. Zeta Schools promote an environment of mindfulness for students, staff, and families. Mindfulness fosters kindness and serves as the foundation for a respectful school community. It further teaches students the value of treating others in a manner they would want to be treated and to learn self-regulation. Students engage in invigorating daily physical activity and learn healthy habits, and all members of the school community are encouraged to practice and model healthy habits to maximize their own well being.
High-Performance, People-First Culture. We are focused on hiring and developing great people and maintaining high expectations to enable team members to grow personally and professionally. Zeta cultivates a high-performance culture that fosters extraordinary outcomes, innovation, efficiency, and productivity, while practicing a sustainable people-first culture. With extensive professional development every year, we put our efforts where we think the biggest returns are: our people. The people-first culture extends to our community as well—we embrace family involvement in order to best serve the needs of individual children.
We are looking for a results-driven Director of Operational Strategy to join our team. This role is an opportunity for a creative, talented individual to join a committed start-up team dedicated to delivering excellent, free public education to children of all backgrounds and transforming the landscape of public education.
Execute high-impact initiatives, including rethinking strategic operational processes and working directly with network leaders to craft and execute against yearly objectives
Apply leadership, management, and analytical skills to critical organizational priorities in operations, facilities, and adjacent areas
Provide high-level strategic visioning and project management for critical network initiatives, including private facilities acquisition, design, and development and school growth plans
Building timelines and project schedules to ensure deliverables are completed and key deadlines are met
Engage in short-term and long-term thinking and planning on best operational practices using data, experience, and best practices to shape every aspect of our operations
Develop and document organizational policies and procedures
Build and leverage relationships with necessary external parties to increase operational effectiveness
Assess and perfect workflow processes throughout the organization
Collaborate with our Network and School Operations teams to improve operational effectiveness for all Schools and increase synergy across departments and between Schools and Network
Design, assess, and maintain a high standard of operational brilliance - visually, digitally, and physically
Evaluate Schools and Network against operations requirements and design action plans for ongoing improvement and scalability
Provide strategic support on high-level management and training of school-based operations team
Coordinate with Director of School Operations and other School and Network staff on operational priorities and planning
Create project plans and timelines to support team priorities and goals and ensure timely completion of facilities, operations, and other organizational projects, as well as provide recommendations for improvements in systems and processes
Simultaneously manage multiple projects at a high-level, coordinating with internal and external stakeholders
Wear multiple hats as a part of a lean start-up team, supporting the work of others on the team and taking on new projects and tasks as needed
Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision, and core values of Zeta Charter Schools
Strong project management skills and a sense of ownership over projects that drive efficiency and excellence in all aspects of work
Strong systems-thinking skills to create scalable processes across Schools
Excellent communication and relationship-building skills are essential
Strong problem-solving and analytical abilities
Excellent interpersonal skills, good judgment, and an ability to work both independently and in highly collaborative environment
Ability to work seamlessly between high-level strategy and detail-oriented work
Passion for driving innovation, disrupting the status quo, trying new approaches, and tackling problems from many angles to find creative solutions
Ability to work well under pressure and keep track of multiple projects/deadlines
Strong academic record and recommendations
3-5 years experience in operations or project management preferred, but all outstanding candidates will be considered
Zeta Schools is seeking candidates who can start immediately. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Zeta Schools offers a competitive compensation package.
Work authorization required (candidate must have permanent authorization to work in the U.S.). Zeta Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.