Founding Director of Finance and Operations

Job Type

Full Time


Details: KCGPA offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and anticipated responsibilities.




Kansas City
United States



The mission of Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy (KCGPA) is to develop young women to discover their voice, succeed in college, and lead impactful, meaningful lives. KCGPA will be the first single-gender, open-enrollment charter public school in Kansas City. It will enroll 100 fifth grade girls beginning in fall 2019 and grow one grade per year to form a 5th-8th grade middle school and a 9th-12th grade high school.


The founding Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will be a full-time, exempt position beginning in Summer 2018. Prior to the beginning of this full-time position, KCGPA seeks to hire the individual who will fill this role as a consultant to support initial operational planning and systems implementation. Time commitment for the consulting role will vary from 4-20 hours per week and will be planned in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer. The exact start date of the full-time role is negotiable and may be adjusted as launch plans evolve.  

As the school grows, the founding DFO is responsible for building the operational foundations of the school in support of student culture and academic achievement. The pre-launch planning and first two years after launch will set the trajectory for the school’s long-term success. As the school grows, the founding DFO will oversee implementation and maintenance of clear systems that allow school leaders and teachers to focus on students. This role will work closely with KCGPA’s network team, outside consultants and vendors, and families and community partners. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Strategy and Finances

Collaborates with the Chief Executive Officer and school leaders to 

  • Create and oversee the school’s budget, finances, and relationships with outside vendors
  • Design and implement operational systems that address community, family, student, and staff needs
  • Facilitate flow of information to the Board and all school stakeholders 
  • Build long-term strategic plans and budgets for the organization

School Operations

  • Oversees all school operations 
  • Manages budget and financial systems
  • Creates a detailed start-up checklist and ordering list to ensure that the school starts each year prepared and fully stocked
  • Works with appropriate staff to construct advisory and class rosters
  • Creates and manages teacher, student, and classroom schedules
  • Manages and oversees KCGPA’s facility and physical condition, including: construction and ongoing maintenance; purchasing furniture, fixtures, and equipment; permitting; and relationship with a landlord or seller
  • Manages food and transportation services
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned

Recruitment, Enrollment, and Student Information Systems

  • Works with technology vendors to ensure that the school has a fully functioning technology infrastructure
  • Manages student information database system and generates reports as needed
  • Supports student recruitment through systems and assigns direct reports to project responsibilities in collaboration with the Family and Community Outreach Manager
  • Tracks student admission applications and maintains wait list
  • Manages visitor program and similar community engagement programming

Human Resources

  • Ensures school-wide compliance with health and safety laws, charter contracts, state education mandates (including staff fingerprinting), teacher certification, and all federal and state workplace regulations
  • Ensures that payroll and benefits are timely and accurate

Leadership and Management

  • Models KCGPA’s core values, advocate for our mission, and set the standard for our school culture
  • Builds an aspirational, values-focused culture that ensures staff and students grow both personally and professionally in a strong, trusting community
  • Manages an Operations Manager or Coordinator, Development Manager or Coordinator, Family and Community Outreach Manager or Coordinator, and a Data and Assessment Manager or Coordinator (note that “Manager or Coordinator” roles are typically hired at the Coordinator level with expectation of growth to a Manager level as KCGPA grows)
  • Manages the Office Manager/Registrar and staffs the Main Office when Office Manager is unavailable or not present, and ensures the smooth operation of the main office, including mailings, attendance reporting, office machine maintenance, etc.
  • Manages relationships with all outside organizations and leads the school’s efforts to partner with community leaders and organizations
  • Takes responsibility for outcomes for each team member and external vendors and partners; seeks support as needed to achieve results
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer


  • Equity is at your core. You bring a lifelong, heartfelt commitment to directly challenging historical and current inequities resulting from systemic racism and sexism. You advocate for change in the cultural, economic, and political factors underlying these inequities. 
  • You want to help young women discover their voice. You are passionate about providing an all-girls, open-enrollment school option for the families of Kansas City. You know the power for young women in developing a strong, positive self-concept and equally strong academic knowledge and skills. You seek to provide the supports for young women to become the next generation of leaders for Kansas City and beyond. 
  • You walk the walk. You’ve led exemplary operational systems in open-enrollment schools serving low-income students of color.
  • You’re a learner. You leave your ego at the door and have a deep hunger for professional growth and continuous feedback in areas ranging from self-management and emotional intelligence to school culture and curriculum design. You enjoy engaging in and leading live practice of new skills and knowledge. You embody the incredibly steep growth curve we seek for every student and staff member at KCGPA.
  • You’re an entrepreneur. You bring the energy, adaptability, and results-focus necessary to lead a startup.
  • You’re an influencer. You hold extremely high expectations of yourself, your colleagues, and your partners. You communicate those expectations in a direct, caring, and motivating way. You engage colleagues with humility and an unwavering, high bar of expectations.
  • You sweat the small stuff. And, you see the big picture. You intentionally zoom in to ensure perfection in the smallest details and zoom out to plan strategically.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred.
  • Able to work extended school year and extended day hours.
  • Conversational or better knowledge of a world language is preferred, especially Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, or Vietnamese.


Full-time in Kansas City, Missouri beginning Summer 2018. Options for remote, part-time, consulting, and/or full-time employment prior to Summer 2018 will be considered to begin onboarding and planning earlier. Limited travel is required between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 to engage in professional development. Specific dates and locations are to be determined in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and in alignment with the DFO’s professional development plan. 


KCGPA strongly values equity and works toward a more just society. KCGPA proactively seeks a diverse pool of candidates who seek an open and inclusive work environment. KCGPA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.


KCGPA will be an affiliate of the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a network of all-girls schools founded over two decades ago that has ensured college access for thousands of young women from low-income neighborhoods. In service of its core values of equity, community, and growth, KCGPA will create a space where young women develop their voice and build the academic skills and knowledge to lead meaningful, impactful lives.

KCGPA addresses a community need for more opportunities for young women in neighborhoods that have been negatively impacted by historical de jure segregation and contemporary de facto segregation. KCGPA will serve young women living in the Kansas City Public Schools district boundaries, with a geographic preference for students from zip codes with the largest gap between demand for and supply of quality schools. 

To ensure every student can achieve at high levels, KCGPA will partner with families and its community to build a strong network of support for every student. In particular, KCGPA seeks to serve students with special educational needs exceptionally well, including students with learning disabilities and students who speak a language other than English at home. KCGPA’s program will foster a strong community, confidence-building identity development, and a rigorous, college-bound academic culture, including:

  • More time. An extended school year and longer day will provide 32% more learning time for learning.
  • No tuition, fees, or admissions exams. KCGPA will recruit and enroll girls of all academic abilities.
  • Rapid literacy growth. Students will be immersed in rich texts in all classes and will receive daily personalized support to ensure they grow as readers faster than they could imagine.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). STEAM classes will build conceptual understanding and interdisciplinary connections in content areas that open doors to a vast array of future opportunities for young women.
  • Social and emotional learning. A daily advisory and curricular integration will ensure a tight-knit, trusting community where young women can challenge and support one another to be their best selves. 
  • High quality teachers who are always learning. Teachers and leaders will engage in 30 full days of professional development per year, not including weekly professional development sessions on an early-release day, weekly coaching, and weekly collaboration with colleagues to design rich learning experiences for students.

KCGPA’s founding board is inspired by the incredible growth and achievement that students attain when supported by a school that ensures high expectations through high support, and is excited to share that opportunity with the young women who will serve as Kansas City’s next generation of leaders.


Professional Development

The founding DFO will engage in development tailored to her/his personal growth and in alignment with the core competencies of a KCGPA DFO. Professional development will be a combination of coaching from the Chief Executive Officer, training from external partners, and collaboration with high-performing schools. Key areas of focus may include:

  • Establishing a strong, supportive team
  • Leading and developing operational staff in core competencies for their roles
  • Building a school culture of high expectations
  • Using data to drive decision-making and strategy

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply at Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The interview process consists of: 

  • Online application. Resume, brief survey, two short written responses.
  • Phone interview. Traditional interview questions, 30-45 minutes.
  • Video conference interview. Prepare a performance task and role play based on your work. 60-90 minutes.
  • Semifinalist interview. In-person, includes tasks, role plays, and interviews. 
  • Finalist interview. In-person, includes tasks, role plays, and interviews. 
  • Reference checks. 3 minimum, including a current or former supervisor.