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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2016 3:31 PM

Build the Future Education Collaborative

Build the Future Education Collaborative provides support services to schools that work with integrity to enable predominately disadvantaged students to further their achievement and joy in school, society, and life. At this time, Build the Future does this by acting as a not-for-profit charter support organization for the Freire Charter Schools, which consist of three campuses in Philadelphia, PA and one in Wilmington, DE.

The Freire network of charter schools was founded in 1999 with the opening of Freire Charter School in Philadelphia. With the opening of our campus in Wilmington in 2015, it became necessary to form a separate legal entity to provide support services to all Freire schools, which was named Build the Future. As a charter support organization, we assist schools in areas including leadership recruitment and development, governance, facilities management, strategic planning, accounting and financial management, legal compliance, information technology services, fundraising, and marketing.

Our team works creatively to do whatever it takes to get the job done, and we are willing to do things differently to get them done well. We believe that relationships matter and we respect diversity and individuality so that everyone feels included on the team. Working with us provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about charter schools and to gain exposure to the workings of both the education and nonprofit fields.


Build the Future is a small and dynamic organization that is committed to remaining flexible and therefore ready to grow or adapt to a changing education landscape at any time. Responsibilities are shared across the team, and duties shift between staff and change altogether over time. This position will report to the Director of Operations. The following is a list of examples of areas where the Operations Coordinator is likely to be involved:

Work with the leadership at each campus to ensure smooth day-to-day operations
Become familiar with federal, state, and local laws and guidance to assist schools with compliance
Research proposed and newly enacted legislation relating to education and school operations
Assist in developing policies, procedures, handbooks, and other written materials
Assist in the implementation of federally-funded education programs
Prepare for operational (non-financial) audits by regulatory agencies
Routinely serve as a physical presence for Build the Future in our schools, attending meetings and providing assistance with operations (each campus has staff of its own responsible for daily activities)
Assist schools with managing activities such as the lunch program, school safety, and transportation
Develop standard operations systems and write procedures that can be used across campuses to provide the best outcomes, then work with school leaders to implement and adjust them
Liaise with the school’s insurance broker, lawyer, and other service providers
Maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Work both the Build the Future team and school leaders to ensure that school operations are optimized to provide the best outcomes for students and uphold our standard of excellence
Contribute to meeting any other needs that Build the Future or our schools may have, with ad-hoc duties or special projects that may relate to fundraising, communications, planning, or office administration


Qualifications for the Operations Coordinator position include:

A bachelor’s degree, preferably in public policy, management, education, or another related field
Preferably, two years of experience in education, public policy, or other related field
Ability to travel routinely to all four campuses, including Wilmington, Delaware
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to dissect and make sense of sometimes obtuse legal language
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Attention to detail
Competence in project management
Ability to manage time wisely, as the position will respond to both scheduled and unanticipated needs
Strong work ethic and self-motivation
Passion for urban youth and a no-excuses approach to how to serve them
Interest in education as well as growing as a professional
Commitment to collaboration and collegiality
Ability to contribute positively to a growing organization

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary for this position will be negotiable depending on experience and qualifications. Build the Future provides medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage and offers employees the option to pay in to other types of insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and tax-free transit. Paid time off is currently aligned with school holidays and breaks during the school year plus two weeks off during the summer.

How to Apply

Please prepare a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as PDF files. Include your salary expectation in the cover letter. The work sample may be entirely written, or it may in another format such as a detailed analytical or planning chart. It should demonstrate thoughtfulness and effective communication. Please keep the work sample to no more than 8 pages. When these documents are prepared, visit this page to submit your application:

• Location: Philadelphia

• Post ID: 35814810 pennsylvania is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017