Middle School Office Manager

Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: 07-12-2017
Please note: we will only consider candidates for this position who are fluent in both oral and written English and Spanish. 
 
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
 
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
 
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to: 
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% receive Special Education services.
  • One or more STRIVE Prep schools consistently ranking in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.

About STRIVE Prep-Montbello:
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello is one of three STRIVE Prep campuses serving the Far Northeast communities of Denver.
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello had the highest academic growth of all DPS middle schools during its opening year, 2012-2013, and received an award the past two years for, "exceptional success in supporting student TCAP growth."
  • The Montbello campus runs extensive after-school programming, which includes competitive sports and teacher-led clubs, such as tutoring, drum-line, step team, etc. Teacher stipends are available.
  • The Montbello campus serves 340 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 70% Latino or Hispanic, 20% African American, and 10% Mixed-race or other races. Approximately 60% of students are ELL, and 10% receive Special Education services.
 
Our Students and Results:
  • STRIVE Prep operates nine schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southeast Denver.
  • In order to realize our vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, STRIVE Prep is growing from nine schools serving 3,200 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • Approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% receive Special Education services.
  • One or more STRIVE Prep schools have consistently ranked in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • We welcome any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Live the STRIVE values in all interactions with students, staff, families and guests who enter our building.
  • Respond to family concerns promptly, professionally and effectively.
  • Manage phones (answer calls, re-direct calls, take messages, place calls, and create school announcements).
  • Correspond regularly with families regarding school policies, trips, events and milestones.
  • Manage and oversee the school’s overall culture and physical condition.
  • Manage mail (distribute received mail, prepare school mailings, and make mail drops).
  • Manage the collection and maintenance of student, personnel, and school information (receive forms and paperwork, track missing forms, manage databases, update contact information, and keep records current).
  • Manage school wide daily systems (manage student attendance and track the student discipline system).
  • Account for and properly deposit all cash and checks received at the campus on a weekly basis.
  • Help to plan and manage logistics and preparations for school events and activities as needed (space reservations, guided tours, photocopies, set up for special events, and phone calls to confirm attendance).
  • Greet and document all visitors (sign in visitors, ensure that students only leave with authorized parents/guardians, and monitor and control access to the school).
  • Process student applications.
  • Create a filing system for the school’s electronic and paper documents and file everything accordingly.
  • Assist with student recruitment.
  • Manage all responsibilities and tasks as required by the district through Charter Secretaries, including October Count.
  • Write and edit letters, promotional materials (e.g. brochures, newsletters), and website content. 
 
Our Aspiring Office Manager:
  • Is fluent in oral and written English and Spanish (required).
  • Holds at least a bachelor’s degree (strongly preferred).
  • Has experience working in an urban setting (strongly preferred).
  • Is committed to constant growth, reflection, and practice through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Is dedicated to educational success for all urban students of color.
  • Is fired up about social justice, eager to empower our scholars, and committed to being change-makers.
  • Brings enthusiasm, professionalism, and positivity to the school and our adult community.
  • Assumes the best in others and is willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students. 
  • Is hard-working and views challenges as opportunities for improvement
  • Approaches every day with unapologetic high expectations, persistence and a sense of humor.
  • Has high expectations of themselves and others and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
  • Is effective at building relationships with students and families through consistent partnership and communication
 
What we Offer our Office Managers:
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living performance based raises.
  • Participation on the Colorado PERA retirement program including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
 
This position begins immediately and continues through the 2017-18 school year.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
Visit our Careers Page at http://www.striveprep.org/join-our-team/lead-at-strive/ to learn more about who we are looking for and the hiring process.
Questions? Contact Susan Andersen at sandersen@striveprep.org
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