Executive Director of Operations


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Peak to Peak 

Charter School

Executive Director of Operations

Opportunity Statement

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Peak to Peak Charter School is one of the premiere charter schools in Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District.  This K-12 college preparatory school serves more than 1,400 students and is nationally recognized as one of the most successful public schools in the country.  

Peak to Peak seeks an exceptionally qualified leader to join the school’s unique two-person executive team.  The Executive Director of Operations is charged with overseeing all non-instructional matters while partnering with the Executive Director of Education who is responsible for all academic matters at the school.  Both Executive Directors report to the Board of Directors. 

Peak to Peak Charter School

Mission

  • Provide broad access to an exemplary K-12 liberal arts, college preparatory education that challenges students to achieve their academic potential.

  • Be a community that values and recognizes scholarship, academic achievement, and creativity.

  • Provide an environment in which each student is known, respected, and valued as an individual of great potential and promise.

  • Prepare students to become active and responsible citizens of an interdependent world.

Vision

The Peak to Peak community will inspire students to fulfill their academic dreams for college, to develop their creative passions and athletic talents, and to become responsible community members.

Instructional Program

Peak to Peak is a K-12 charter public school offering a liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum that gives students a foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery. High expectations are an important part of the Peak to Peak school culture, and students are encouraged to work hard and strive to achieve their full potential. Peak to Peak students who demonstrate a mastery of knowledge and skills are challenged through appropriate placement in each subject area.

Peak to Peak’s elementary program focuses on standards-based learning and uses an academically rigorous curriculum. In addition to language arts (reading, writing, spelling, and grammar) math, science, and social studies, Peak to Peak elementary students participate in physical education, art, French, Spanish, music, and library time. Elementary students also have a variety of extracurricular programs available to them. 

Students entering middle school enroll in courses specifically designed to prepare them to succeed in Peak to Peak’s advanced college preparatory high school courses. In addition, they enjoy a variety of courses such as physical education, music, theater, art, and technology. Students are also encouraged to participate in Peak to Peak’s extracurricular sports program, as well as a variety of clubs, competitions, and visual/performing arts. 

Peak to Peak’s high school features Advanced Placement (AP) courses, offering over 20 of these college-level courses. To recognize students who desire a challenging, well-rounded high school experience, and indicate to highly selective colleges a student’s commitment to excellence, Peak to Peak offers the “Peak Scholar Award.” The high school also provides an assortment of courses in visual and performing arts, music, journalism, technology, and physical education.  Students are also encouraged to participate in Peak to Peak’s extracurricular sports, theater performances, clubs, and competitions.  

Location and Facility

Peak to Peak is located in beautiful Lafayette, Colorado about 9 miles from Boulder and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Peak to Peak K-12 campus encompasses 39.6 acres in east Boulder County.  Since moving to this location in 2002, the school has continued to expand the facilities available to its 1,450 students and the community.  The premises currently contain over 183,000 sq ft of building space housing seven science labs; a College Planning and Counseling Center; a Performing Arts Complex with auditeria; a Library Media Center, a tutoring center, and technology labs; vocal and instrumental music classrooms; three gymnasiums; a fully-equipped weight room; large cafeteria space with a variety of seating options both indoors and out; and a state of the art kitchen.  The campus also includes two soccer fields, including one high-quality synthetic turf field with lights; baseball and softball fields; tennis courts; and two playgrounds. 

Outcomes

Peak to Peak is nationally recognized as one of the leading schools in the country.  In 2021 the school ranked 114th nationally and 2nd in the state in the US News and World Report public high school rankings and 28th in Daily Beast’s Top American High Schools. The school consistently boasts a 100% high school graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate. The school has an “Excellent” rating on the Colorado Department of Education’s school performance framework. 

 

Executive Director of Operations

SUMMARY 

The Executive Director of Operations maintains accountability to the Board of Directors, plays an important leadership role and thinks strategically to leverage non-instructional services to maximize student learning. The Executive Director of Operations oversees the daily non-instructional operations of the school excluding any curricular components directly related to the students and teachers, which remain the purview of the Executive Director of Education. Working closely with the board, the Executive Director of Operations oversees all financial, operational, and facilities-related components of the school. This position will serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

All employees and volunteers at Peak to Peak work together to fulfill the Peak to Peak mission statement. Our instructional and non-instructional staff inspire learning every day. We are many people from different backgrounds and experiences. Values we hold high are; trustworthiness, diligence, open communication, fairness, equity, and justice, and we expect to see them evidenced in our staff, parents, and students. When we join together, our professional team shines bright and pushes the bounds of what’s possible. We believe that all students can learn and grow to their fullest potential. We are dedicated, caring, and concerned about the social, emotional, and academic prosperity of the whole child. We pride ourselves on being a collaborative, curious, and creative group. Together, we are committed to cultivating a growth mindset in ourselves and our students, celebrating the power of vulnerability in the pursuit of development.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Oversee the daily non-instructional operations of Peak to Peak Charter School, including facilities, finances, food services, fund development, human resources, risk management, transportation, and wherever called upon by the Board of Directors

  2.  Unify the program levels at Peak to Peak by serving as a central point of contact for all non-instructional issues.

  3.  Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

  4. Participate in a variety of leadership and networking activities to raise Peak to Peak’s profile through local, state and national presence in the charter school sector and the greater K-12 educational community

  5. In collaboration with the EDE, oversee K-12 school communication systems and structures. Provide support and guidance for Executive Leadership Team communications.

  6. Provide leadership for the development and updating of the school’s strategic plan, including collaboration with the Board of Directors, gathering input from all stakeholders, and the final development and distribution of the strategic plan.

  7. Ensure financial and legal compliance with policies, procedures and regulations for Peak to Peak Charter Schools, Inc., Prairie View Inc, and Friends of Peak to Peak, Inc. with the following entities: federal, state, municipal, district, charter contract, granting authorities, bond trustee, tax authorities, bond rating agencies, and bonding authority.

  • Serve as the primary contact with the Boulder Valley School District and Peak to    Peak’s attorneys on non-instructional issues

  • Oversee the annual bond credit rating review process

  • Ensure compliance with bond covenants and continuing disclosure requirements

  • Review and update financial and operational policies on regular basis

  • Co-lead the charter contract negotiation process with the Executive Director of Education and ensure ongoing compliance with the charter contract

  1. Oversee the financial and business health for Peak to Peak Charter School, Friends of Peak to Peak, and Prairie View, Inc.

  • Supervise, support, evaluate and develop the Director of Finance

  • Ensure excellence with the budget planning process for the school in conjunction with the Finance Director

  • Ensure adherence to the established budget and required reserves in conjunction with the Finance Director

  • Serve as a signer for commercial bank accounts

  • Ensure accuracy with quarterly/annual financial reports

  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of salary structures

  • Present operational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on the strategic plan to the Board of Directors and community

  • Oversee the annual financial audit process in conjunction with the Finance Director

  • Oversee tax filing in conjunction with the Finance Director for Peak to Peak Charter School, Inc. and Friends of Peak to Peak, Inc.

  • Ensure all tax and corporate related reports are completed in a timely fashion (i.e., 501(c)(3) status, corporation in good standing, sales tax licenses, etc.)

  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements

  • Maintain responsibility for all fundraised monies through Friends of Peak to Peak, and ensure accurate preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements in conjunction with the Finance Director

  • Serve on Finance and Budget Committee

  • Secure all insurance coverages as necessary and as required by contracts

  • Ensure BAASC licenses and insurance are in place

  • Attend applicable Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) and Colorado Department of Education (CDE) meetings and seminars

  1. Oversee the facilities, buildings, and grounds for Peak to Peak.

  • Supervise, support, evaluate and develop the Facilities Director

  • Work with city and county officials on facility expansion, permitting, and any other local entity issues in conjunction with the Facilities Director

  • Oversee the owners’ representative and new construction projects, and manage the competitive bidding process and construction budgets

  • Oversee allocation of capital funds, lead the prioritization of capital projects, and ensure compliance with the competitive bidding process

  • Serve as member of the facilities team

  • Oversee facility maintenance and compliance requirements in conjunction with the facilities director

  • Ensure insurance and legal requirements are adhered to for facility usage and rentals, and for new construction

  1.  Oversee the fundraising efforts of Friends of Peak to Peak.

  • Supervise, support, evaluate and develop the Fundraising and Community Relations Manager and oversee the Friends office

  • Establish fundraising goals in conjunction with the Finance Director and Friends staff and oversee fundraising budget development

  • Oversee strategic planning efforts for fundraising and ensure compliance with established

  • Oversee the scholarship fund endowment and ensure good stewardship with investments and allocations for scholarship awards

  • Oversee plans for community engagement and maintain positive community relations in conjunction with the Friends staff

  • Lead the Fund Development Advisory Council (FDAC) to facilitate relationship building with external partners, build fundraising capacity, and establish corporate and foundation partnerships that result in experiential opportunities for our students, and fundraising and operational opportunities for the school.

  1. Oversee the human resources function of Peak to Peak.

  • Supervise, support, evaluate and develop the Human Resources (HR) Director

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws surrounding HR

  • Ensure high levels of employee satisfaction and high employee retention rates

  • Work closely with HR Director in developing and maintaining a positive employee work culture

  • Review and update the compensation and benefits program in conjunction with the HR Director

  • Review and update the employee performance evaluation process in conjunction with the HR Director

  • Oversee a successful hiring program for the school in conjunction with the HOD and HR Director

  1. Oversee the student transportation program at Peak to Peak.

  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations governing school bus student transportation

  • Supervise, support and develop bus drivers and ensure ongoing compliance with all legal requirements for bus driver qualifications

  • Oversee the procurement, maintenance and operation of school buses for the school

  • Oversee the development and updating of the bus schedule for the school

  • Work closely with transportation partners, i.e., Highland Electric Fleets, BVSD, CDE

  • Respond to and problem solve/manage parent concerns and issues with student transportation

  • Establish and comply with transportation budget in conjunction with the Finance Director

  1. Oversee the food services program at Peak to Peak.

  • Supervise, support, evaluate and develop the Food Services Program Manager and Food Services Kitchen Manager

  • Ensure compliance with provisions of School Food Authority through CDE

  • Ensure a nutritious, healthy, and sustainable food services program

  • Ensure high student participation levels in the food services program

  • Assist food service managers with ongoing operations of the program, including vendor management, technology, kitchen operations, and financial management

  • Oversee the development of and compliance with the food services budget in conjunction with the Finance Director and food service managers

  1. Work collaboratively with the following:

  • Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

  • Executive Director of Education

  • Peak to Peak Board of Directors

  • Peak to Peak, Friends of Peak to Peak, and Prairie View, Inc. Treasurer(s)

  • Attorneys for BVSD, Peak to Peak Charter School and Prairie View. Inc.

  • Board committees: Finance and Budget Committee, Accountability Committee, Hiring and Organizational Development Committee, Equity Committee, and Facilities Committee 

  • Bond trustee, bond underwriter, and bond holders

  • State of Colorado and City of Lafayette contacts: planning, engineering, etc.

  • Insurance contacts 

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct reports to the Executive Director of Operations include Facilities Director, Finance Director, Food Services Program Manager, Food Services Kitchen Manager, Fundraising and Community Relations Manager, Human Resources Director, and owners’ representative.

 

REPORTING STRUCTURE

The Executive Director of Operations reports directly to the Board of Directors.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in related field strongly preferred (business, public relations, organizational management) or combination of degree and relevant work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Significant management or administrative experience required

  • Expert-level skills with Microsoft Excel required

  • Ability to effectively operate and manage fund accounting software

  • Demonstrated flexibility and experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach

  • Demonstrated responsiveness to accountability requirements

  • Expert-level written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills

  • Knowledge of and commitment to character education

  • Demonstrated initiative and skills in the following areas:  relationship and community building, communication, conflict resolution, creativity, problem solving, decision making and time management

  • Entrepreneurial outlook and charter school commitment, leadership experience in a charter school is preferred

  • Commitment to Peak to Peak’s mission and vision

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and expectation documents, and financial statements

  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills and ability to effectively correspond with staff at all levels

  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of staff, Board of Directors, administrators, and parents

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to develop and manipulate budgets, ability to provide financial calculations where needed, and provide analysis of financial statements.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The hours may be long when specific needs arise, thus some extended schedules will be necessary.  This is a highly visible position among the community that must attend to the needs of staff, administrators, Peak to Peak board of directors and parents. Work may consist of ten or more hour days with weekend work required from time to time.  Peak to Peak is a dynamic school subject to changing work environments, adaptation of new educational principles and values, and shifting culture.  Adaptability to change is essential.

 

Anticipated Salary 

The salary range for this position is $140,000 to $165,000 annually, commensurate with relevant education and experience.

BENEFITS

Peak to Peak offers competitive pay and a robust total compensation package including:

  • -MEDICAL: There are three options for medical coverage. Peak to Peak pays the full cost of this benefit for you as the employee.

  • -DENTAL: Dental insurance is provided by Delta Dental of Colorado. Peak to Peak pays the full cost of this benefit for you as the employee.

  • -LIFE/AD&D: You are provided a $50,000 group term life insurance through CIGNA Life Insurance Company. Peak to Peak pays the full cost of this life insurance policy.

  • -STD/LTD: Peak to Peak pays the entire cost of both short and long-term disability benefits.

  • -PERA: Administered by Colorado PERA, this is a tax deferred retirement account to which you contribute 10% of your monthly earnings.  Additionally, Peak to Peak contributes 20.9% to the PERA pension trust fund on your behalf. 

  • -VOLUNTARY VISION: EyeMed is the voluntary vision program available to Peak to Peak employees.

  • -RETIREMENT OPTIONS: You have the following options to participate in deferred income for retirement purposes:  PERA Plus 401 (k), AXA Equitable 403(b) and PERA 457. 

  • -MEDICAL and DEPENDENT CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: This account allows you to save money for unreimbursed medical expenses or dependent care expenses to be used within the plan year (July to June) on a tax-exempt basis.  This reduces your taxable income. 

  • -TIME OFF COMPENSATION: As a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee you are provided with 10 days of Paid Annual Leave Time. If your position is less than 1.0 FTE, your leave time will be prorated accordingly based on your FTE. Additional Paid Leave from work (Bereavement pay, Jury Duty pay, paid Professional Development Leave)

  • -PAID SICK LEAVE COMPENSATION: All staff receive an amount of paid sick leave calculated based on an accrual rate of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked.

  • -PRIORITY ENROLLMENT STATUS: Children of staff members receive priority enrollment of their child/children at Peak to Peak Charter School.

  • -Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities

  • -Staff Appreciation Meals and Events

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Peak to Peak Charter School is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status in admission or access to, and treatment and employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries: Office for Civil Rights.

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Timeline

The application process is currently underway. The search committee will conduct its first review of candidates in early January and candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. The position will remain open until the new Executive Director of Education is selected. The start date for the position is July 1, 2023. 

Application Requirements

Cause Effect Advisory Services is assisting Peak to Peak with the search process. To discuss the opportunity in more detail, please contact: 

Amy Slothower – amy@causeeffectadvisory.com 

Candidates should submit, as soon as possible, materials including the following: 

  • A cover letter indicating why the candidate is particularly interested in and qualified for the position 

  • A current resume

  • Any supporting materials the candidate deems relevant

  • The names, email addresses, telephone numbers of five references, to include the relationship with the references. (We will obtain permission from candidates before contacting references.) 


All materials should be submitted by email to Amy Slothower – amy@causeeffectadvisory.com