Chief Operations Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $160,598
Maximum: $216,933
Details: Placement within the quoted range is dependent on experience.



Start Date



United States



Seattle Public Schools seeks a Chief Operations Officer, a critical senior leadership role on the Superintendent's Cabinet. The successful candidate will be a visionary leader, strategic thinker and system/process guru who can drive a team to high-quality results on time and within budget. This is an outstanding opportunity for an executive with experience managing the many operational facets of a large urban public school system.

This position is responsible for providing leadership to the District's operations and related support activities. Partners with the Superintendent and other Division Leaders to coordinate district and division operations, and facilitates communication and alignment between enrollment services and enrollment planning.  


Essential Functions


  • Provides vision, direction and leadership for the division of Operations, which includes the departments of Logistics (Warehouse and Distribution, Transportation, Fleet Management, Enrollment Services and Mail Services), Safety and Security, Nutrition Services and Media Center; division of Facility Operations (Custodial Services, Maintenance Services, Grounds Services, Self Help, Environmental Services, Capital Zone Crews and Property Management), Capital Projects and Planning (Capital/BEX III, Capital/BTA/Small Works, Capacity Management and Facilities Planning, and Facilities Communication), Enrollment Planning, and the Department of Athletics.
  • Supervises and evaluates assigned administrative, managerial, professional and support staff.?
  • Advises the Superintendent, Board and District administrators on operational issues.
  • Acts as the key spokesperson for assigned areas of responsibility and executes District functions in meetings with governmental, legislative, business community and labor union representatives.
  • Serves on committees, task forces, and ad hoc groups, as necessary, to coordinate functions for areas of responsibility.
  • Establishes operational goals and objectives in support of the District Strategic Plan and policies, in conjunction with the administrative team.
  • Directs and promotes communications among and between all divisions in the District and between departments within assigned division.
  • Oversees budget development for assigned division and departments.
  • Encourages development of non-traditional funding sources and partnerships with outside agencies.
  • Ensures fiscal expenditures and tracking in compliance with District procedures and practices.
  • Provides direction in and maintains up-to-date knowledge of operational reform and best practices in all aspects of PK-12 urban education.
  • Participates in on-going training to enhance professional skills.
  • Acquires, maintains and provides current state-of-the-art status in methods and techniques in operational administration and coordinates with peers in other large, urban school districts.
  • Ensures the development, implementation, and maintenance of communication systems within the departments of assigned division.
  • Ensures that necessary reports are prepared, including reports for state and federal compliance purposes.
  • Monitors and assists with monitoring compliance issues and maintains currency on the rules, regulations and other requirements for compliance.
  • Develops and assists with developing District policies to ensure compliance and ensures that legally mandated health and safety standards are met within reporting departments.
  • Serves as a member of the Superintendent's Executive Management Team and attends or participates in all required District, Board and committee meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the Superintendent, in order to accomplish the objectives of the position and for professional achievement.
  • May represents and act on behalf of the Superintendent in his/her absence


  • Provide leadership, direction and expertise for the District's Facilities program.
  • Ensures that District's time, cost and additional objectives of projects are met and that planning, architectural and construction processes have effective controls and meet all obligations of the District.
  • In consultation with the School Board, District leadership, and the public, coordinate development, implementation, and periodic revision of a long-term District facility use plan.
  • Coordinates development and implementation of periodic, voter-approved, capital levy programs.
  • Ensures that facility planning and capital program planning is done in conformance with the District's Five-Year Facilities Master Plan and ensure that optimum, strategic use is made of capital and general fund revenues in both short-term and long-term projects and program planning.
  • Develops and implements effective budget tracking and reporting systems and communicate project and program status to the School Board, District leadership, advisory groups, and the public. 
  • Provides leadership for the District's building maintenance department, work order management, custodial and grounds operations, and utilities to ensure that District's time, cost, and educational objectives are met.
  • Provide timely and effective communication to the Board, administrators, and building leadership and staff.
  • Ensure that the overall needs and requirements of these functional area are identified, planned and implemented.
  • Coordinates community involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the District's construction and renovation efforts.
  • Recruits members for, serves on, and supervises the organization of committees, and represents the District on councils and task forces.
  • Serves as a liaison with community and business programs that impact construction and renovation projects.
  • Communicates project status to the general community.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with business and community groups and members.
  • Ensures that bidding procedures and contract awards comply with District policy and applicable statutes and regulations governing public sector construction projects.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and expertise of the District's apprenticeship program, small works rosters, and other applicable Board-approved programs related to contractor and workforce diversity.


  • Performs a variety of special projects as requested, such as interventions in sensitive and controversial matters, and a variety of public relations and community relations activities.
  • May perform related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.


This position is eligible for District benefit plans, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending plans.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required