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Chief Operations Officer - Harvest Network of Schools, Minneapolis, MN

Posted on 5/18/2017 7:45:49 PM

Listing expires 6/15/2017

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Chief Operating Officer (COO)




Salary Grade/Level/Range

          Based on Experience


Reports To:

          Chief Executive Officer






This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Harvest Network of Schools.  This position will allow someone who is energetic, organized, and interpersonally strong to make a difference in advancing the mission of the Harvest Network of Schools.  The COO will be a key member of the senior leadership team, guiding HNS’s growth strategy and building the operational and financial infrastructure necessary to achieve our ambitious mission.  Reporting to the CEO, the COO will oversee Operations, Finance, Facilities, Transportation and Technology.


The COO is charged with leading continuous operational improvement with the goal of enabling instructional staff to focus on programming and student achievement.  The COO will oversee all operational staff and will be responsible for the leadership of all aspects of HNS’s operations, budget compliance, vendor management and regulatory compliance. The COO should be passionate about HNS’s mission and should inspire dedication in his/her team.


The ideal candidate will have proven leadership, management, strategic thinking, communication, relationship building, and project management skills.  Additionally, s/he will be adept at managing competing priorities and a high volume of work.  S/he should have a history of managing diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders through both direct supervision and influence.  S/he will also exhibit the entrepreneurial spirit required for a startup organization, and deeply believes in a no excuses/high expectations approach to student success.



Leadership and Vision

  • Assemble and lead a high-performing operations team that will ensure HNS’s vision is realized through clear prioritization and high impact operational execution

Growth Strategy and Planning

  • Serve as a thought partner to the CEO and collaborate with the senior leadership team on the annual strategic plan development;
  • Lead the operational and financial strategic planning process;
  • Develop a system of measurement and evaluation that supports the achievement of HNS’s operational goals;


  • In coordination with the CEO, manage outside professional services firm, Designs for Learning.  Designs for Learning provides budgeting support to help execute on school leadership strategic and financial leadership, manage annual budget and tracking, audits, oversight reports, tax reports, and compliance-related reporting, ensure Board is well informed of all critical operations projects, work, and risks; produce and oversee operations-related Board materials;
  • Manage the Finance team and oversee the creation and maintenance of sound financial systems, procedures, and internal controls;
  • Lead the organization’s annual budgeting and planning process, in collaboration with the senior leadership team and school leaders;
  • Oversee the development of long-term financial projections, enabling HNS to achieve its objectives while remaining financially sustainable;
  • Oversee financial reporting and analysis, with timely and accurate reporting to the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders;

Operations Leadership

  • Build a coherent and effective operating system for HNS schools, including the systems, policies and procedures necessary to enable smooth and efficient operations at all levels of the organization;
  • Build a culture of customer service and continuous data-driven improvement;
  • Collaborate with the executive team and school leaders to determine the optimal staffing model and allocation of responsibilities for school and network operations;
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal reporting and regulatory requirements;
  • Supports student recruitment efforts;
  • Negotiate and manage mission-critical vendor relationships;


  • Develop and manage plan to provide students with safe and timely transit;
  • Ensure transportation is in compliance with applicable laws and that spend is within budget;


  • Develop and execute a facilities plan to achieve permanent facility solutions for HNS schools;
  • Ensure that HNS facilities are maintained to a high standard, so all HNS students can enjoy a safe and inspiring learning environment;
  • Manage janitorial staff to develop and implement a facilities master plan;


  • Ensure HNS has the technology infrastructure and support necessary to operate its programs effectively and securely;
  • Collaborate with the senior leadership team and school leaders to support continued innovation and improvement of HNS’s learning model.
  • Provides support for  school-wide regulatory compliance and data analysis and reporting, including student academic, health and attendance records for the Student Information System;



  • Driven:  HNS staff members have a sustained commitment to the school and workplace that demonstrates persistence and drive to complete a job;
  • Entrepreneurial:  HNS staff members demonstrate risk taking, innovation, self-confidence and the ability to push oneself beyond one’s comfort zone;
  • Relationship builder:  HNS staff members demonstrate how they have leveraged relationships to improve outcomes for students and will develop strong relationships with HNS students, families and staff;
  • Flexible:  HNS staff members adapt to meet the needs of the organization and a startup work environment;


This job operates in a professional office environment.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.



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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger; handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; stoop, kneel, talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.



This is a full-time, year round position.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.  The Harvest Network of Schools has a unique culture with a high work standard.  At times, employees are required to work long hours, including nights and weekends (as needed), as well as maintain a flexible schedule to meet the needs of students and staff.  As such, additional duties beyond those highlighted may be required.





  • Minimum of five to ten years of progressively increasing operational management experience in a growing organization;
  • Experience creating and successfully implementing strategic plans;
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to develop and optimize business systems and processes;
  • Deep team leadership experience, including supporting and coaching top performers and developing other managers;
  • Strong financial skills, including familiarity with accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow management;
  • Strong execution and leadership abilities including inspirational vision, conflict management, team building, mentoring and coaching, goal-setting, prioritization and strategic planning;
  • Excellent organization and analytical skills; ability to implement programs, manage details, and work independently; ability to develop, revise, and implement procedures and systems, and ability to manage multiple projects and set priorities accordingly;
  • Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to be flexible, resilient, and adaptable to changing priorities;
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong strategic planning and organizational skills;


Negotiable based on experience


Please submit a cover letter and resume to NRobinson@seed-harvest.org