Operations Director (2018-2019)

Job Type

Full Time Contract


Details: competitive with benefits




35 West 124th Street
New York
United States


Harlem Village Academies

Harlem Village Academies is a K-12 charter network committed to the ideals of progressive education. Based in Harlem, HVA is also the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute.

The Opportunity

Join an incredible community of educators who are passionate about progressive pedagogy while embracing a sense of urgency, a strong work ethic, and accountability for student learning. We select individuals who share our vision and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve it.


  • “Own” all operations and logistical issues and systems, ensuring that the Principal can focus on instructional leadership
  • Be a school culture leader with all members of the school community, including by planning events, building strong personal relationships and leveraging relationships to work through challenges
  • Plan and execute educational programs and activities such as Saturday school, field trips, special events and other professional development and community activities, ensuring the proper resources are available and the programs run smoothly
  • Mastermind the school scheduling, to optimize the scheduling of class time and available facilities, both day-to-day and throughout the school year
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with our neighboring school and surrounding community
  • Create systems to ensure effective communication between staff, students, and families
  • Lead a successful annual student recruitment process
  • Manage relationships with key vendors and ensure effective systems for purchasing and maintaining supplies and materials
  • Be the “first line of defense” on technology issues
  • Manage non-personnel expenses and track school operating budget


The ideal candidate will focus relentlessly on putting teachers’ needs first, by creating high-quality school operations systems and following through down to the smallest details. He or she must be a highly intelligent, driven individual with a warm character and exceptional integrity, and must thrive as part of a highly motivated, committed team.

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience; school-based experience required, teaching experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and motivate a team
  • Excellent team player, with willingness to be hands-on and do whatever it takes
  • Strong project management skills to lead complex projects to successful completion
  • Demonstrated creativity and problem-solving skills in tackling organizational problems
  • Tremendous organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Dedication to providing top-level customer service to teachers and families
  • A positive, high-energy attitude and a drive for personal excellence
  • Bachelor’s degree

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


First, learn about us! Review our website and consider whether Harlem Village Academies is the place for you. If your skills and experience are a match for this role, please apply through the careers section of our website.

Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff.

Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply through the Careers section of our website: http://bit.ly/HVA-Careers.