Chief Operations Officer: EducationWorks

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 11:30 am.


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is focused primarily on internal operational and administration responsibilities, freeing up the President and CEO to focus on external matters. The COO oversees all programs, which include school day, after-school and summer programming; Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT); and Youth Courts and ensures their successful implementation and administration within specified timelines and regulatory requirements. This position will also partner with the President and CEO to develop and implement long term advancement strategies.

The COO reports to the President and CEO and is a member of the EW Leadership Team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Management

  • Collaborate with leadership team to maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of talented employees
  • Partner with the President and CEO to provide leadership and oversight in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Board and staff; as well as implementation of plans and policies authorized by the Board
  • Provide oversight of start-up operations for new programs
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field

Financial Management

  • Engage with Program Directors and Finance staff to develop a budget that ensures that the organization operates within its fiscal guidelines
  • Assist with the creation and review of proposals and grant opportunities


  • Collaborate with the President and CEO to create and sustain an organizational culture of excellence, accountability, and teamwork
  • Supervise Program Directors and the Data & Compliance Manager to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, including OST and 21CCLC in Camden and Philadelphia; ELECT; School Day; and Youth Courts,
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to ensure that all programs meet regulatory requirements related to licensing and staffing
  • Ensure timely submission of grant proposals and serves as the point person for grant funders, (i.e., Department of Human Services, PA Department of Education, and NJ Department of Education)
  • Ensure effective systems for tracking outcomes and evaluating program components
  • Provide oversight of EducationWorks emergency preparedness, including communication to all stakeholders and determining operational standards and procedures
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned


  • Familiar with school pedagogy and strategies such as literacy, STEAM, project-based learning, small learning communities, arts, sports, etc.
  • Strong writing and strategic thinking skills
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable representing the organization in meetings and larger venues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible
  • Experience developing and leading projects that involve multiple stakeholders
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
  • Excellent organizational skills; proven competence with collection and management of documentation and paperwork
  • Flexibility, professional demeanor, ability to respond calmly and positively to rapidly changing situations
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting the mission of EducationWorks
  • Experience interfacing with families, schools, communities, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Supervisory experience; oversight of remote staff in multiple locations preferred
  • Ability to conceive, develop, and complete tasks without close supervision
  • Proficiency in data reporting; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite 365 (SharePoint, Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Goggle (Hangout, Docs, etc.) applications

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree required
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience, preferably work experience in nonprofit education
  • Proven experience working in urban elementary, middle, and high schools and with school administration
  • Experience leading large groups of employees, including multi-location staff
  • Experience with managing quality programs and data-driven program management

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to physically perform the duties required and to work in the environmental conditions required such as
  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Maneuvering in an office space-reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to four (4) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard and mouse and typing
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.


  • Medical insurance,including prescription (employer subsidized);
  • Dental insurance;
  • Disability coverage;
  • 401(k) plan;
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) allotment




Master’s degree


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Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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