Deputy Chief of Schools

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About InspireNOLA
As one of the highest performing open-admission charter networks in the city of New Orleans, InspireNOLA is working to inspire and transform an educational movement where students can develop the academic and personal skills necessary to be prepared for college, their community, and the world. InspireNOLA currently operates seven public charter schools and educates over 5,600 students, the majority of whom are African American and qualify for free or reduced lunch. With a focus on providing outstanding instruction and differentiated support to meet the needs of all students, InspireNOLA is achieving outstanding results and is a model for excellence within the education community. The work of our team makes a profound and enduring contribution to the revitalization of New Orleans.

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Position Summary
The Deputy Chief of Schools will drive excellence across all operational functions within the network of PK-12 schools. The Deputy Chief of School will directly manage network-level operational and support staff, and will provide oversight of operations, food service, transportation, technology, and the well-being of students. The Deputy Chief of Schools will report to the CEO and, as a member of the senior leadership team, contribute to the overall organizational health and mission of InspireNOLA. The ideal applicant for this position has a history of displaying a solid capacity for systems-level and strategic thinking, excessive consideration to detail, strong interpersonal skills in building relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and unequivocally comprehends the need for highly effective operating practices that move forward the academic and behavioral success within the schools for all scholars.  

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Safety & Well-Being
Develop and provide oversight of operational procedures to maintain safe school campuses 
Ensure implementation of emergency safety plans for schools
Monitor and support the training of a Safe School Crisis Team to respond to the various needs of the school during an emergency on or off-campus
Manage school nurses and ensure adherence to systems for day-to-day operations and incident reporting 
Ensure vision, hearing and dental screenings are completed annually by August 30th 
Coordinate physicals for students of ESS and athletic groups
Work with Chief of Strategy & Advancement to respond to legal issues regarding student incidents

Define operational excellence and build a dashboard to manage school-based and network operations staff towards achievement of organization goals and expected quality
Identify, develop and implement sustainable and cost-efficient operational systems and process improvements to ensure school and organizational efficiency and effectiveness
Build a unified culture among network and school-level staff that is student focused and results driven
Ensure a strong customer service orientation is woven into all aspects of InspireNOLA
Communicate effectively with InspireNOLA Board members and school community by preparing and providing various operational performance reports

Support the Director of Facilities in management of the InspireNOLA’s facility portfolio, ensuring facility solutions and plans are in place to achieve growth while integrating mission, finance, development and facility perspectives
Ensure effective oversight of the facilities plan and coordinate for inspections, repairs, and improvements for the network schools to ensure healthy and safe learning facilities for the students, staff and community
Monitor the routine cleanliness of campuses and manage and/or support custodial contract vendors to provide the highest level of excellence in school cleanliness
Support the Director of Facilities in the management of grounds vendors and ensure lawn care is maintained on a regular basis
Obtain bids from facility vendors for the procurement of grounds keeping, custodial, and building maintenance and provide recommendations regarding which bids/proposals are in the best interest of the organization and its schools
Interface and coordinate facility plans with local agencies (e.g., NOLA-PS) as it pertains to all school facilities and properties
Ensure the effective supervision the Building Maintenance Technician (BMT) and ensure cost efficient measures are in place and overall outputs are being maximized for school building repairs

Food Service
Ensure appropriate meals are provided to students and monthly menus are prepared and communicated
Be knowledgeable of and comply with the most up-to-date national food service guidelines and Department of Food Services mandates
Obtain bids from vendors for the procurement of food services and make decision regarding which bids/proposals are in the best interest of the organization and its schools
Manage the food service vendors in an efficient manner to ensure overall effectiveness for meal provision
Serve as a resource to schools to provide guidance on daily snacks and fundraising events that incorporate food items

Create systems for bus safety and work with transportation service providers to ensure all required state and local inspections are maintained and recorded
Communicate with service providers to ensure excellence in transportation day-to-day operations through monthly and/or quarterly meetings, reports, and bid negotiations 
Respond effectively to bus discipline concerns and accidents, create effective systems for reporting complaints, concerns, accidents and coordinate with network communications team to provide media request when school bus accidents occur
Coordinate with EDSS to ensure door-to-door service is provided per IEP requirements
Coordinate with the Athletic Directors and business managers to provide transportation services for extracurricular activities, in-state and out of state field trips, and summer and afterschool programming

Directs the installation of technology systems and tools that includes hardware, software, wiring, and applications
Manage the maintenance of  technology equipment and systems (e.g. servers, phone systems, software applications, promethean boards, document cameras, networks, etc.)
Authorize permissions and individual access to technology applications and services that adhere to federal systems guidelines
Maintain technology budget to align all expenditures to allocations and grant specified requirements

Risk Management
Create sound policies that reduce the liability and cost of governance, operational and regulatory risks (i.e., property management, athletics, vendor policies, compliance, etc.)
Develop an organizational and school culture that includes risk management and clear responsibilities for all members of the school community in controlling for and reducing the likelihood of risk
Proactively identify certain risks, classify risks and document them to be evaluated and mitigated
Help the organization CEO and executive team understand, evaluate, and act on all risk they face

Position Qualifications and Competencies
Belief in the mission and values of InspireNOLA
Bachelor’s degree (required), Master’s degree preferred
Minimum of two years of experience working within a school setting as a School Leader/Administrator
Proficient knowledge of school operational systems and strategic planning
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills including the ability to coordinate activities across team members at multiple locations 
Proficiency in Microsoft programs, and comfort using database programs

Compensation and Benefits
 Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. InspireNOLA offers a comprehensive benefits package along with TRSL.

InspireNOLA is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. People from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.  

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