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Associate Director of Operations - Upper Division, New York

New York, New York
Operations, Finance & Strategy

Associate Director of Operations - Upper Division

New York, New York

About Avenues

Begin by thinking of Avenues New York, Avenues São Paulo, Avenues Shenzhen, Avenues Silicon Valley, Avenues Online, Avenues London. Avenues is one school with many campuses, providing transformative, world-focused learning experiences to students around the globe. Avenues prepares students for engaged global citizenship during a time of unprecedented complexity and accelerating change, combining language immersion, interdisciplinary learning, a global curriculum, and a culture of creativity and deep collaboration.

The Opportunity

On any given day, Avenues New York students might be building a 3D printer, in China, with peers from around the world. Or constructing a tiny houseas they learn about sustainability. Or putting on an original TEDx conference as part of a Mastery project. These are only a few examples of how an Avenues education prepares students for a globally connected, innovation-driven, and largely unknown future. The Upper Division, with an enrollment of nearly 800 students spanning grades 6-12, is where our ambitious goals for Avenues graduates, defined in our mission statement, are most comprehensively realized. 

The Associate Director of Operations is a key leader in the division, dedicated to maintaining an exceptional operating environment and outstanding experience for our students, colleagues and families. S/he joins a talented leadership team which ensures that the division is an extraordinarily engaging place to work, a laboratory of deeper learning for all, and a thriving community. 

What You'll Do

This role's essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Operations and Leadership

  • Ensure that the division operates smoothly and efficiently, spearheading and continually improving our systems around scheduling, attendance, facilities, health and safety, etc.
  • Contribute significantly as a key member of the division's leadership team, partnering with the division head to continually improve the team's functioning, cohesion and overall effectiveness
  • Partner closely with other divisional leaders and colleagues across functions to problem-solve, simplify, and clarify any "pain point" areas, in service of improved experience for our stakeholders
  • Lead planning and execution of major division-wide projects as assigned, impacting across areas like operations, academic programming, scheduling, and others 
  • Develop and execute a clear and comprehensive work plan and playbook for top-notch Upper Division operations; collaborate across Avenues to share better operations practices. 
  • Align with, shape and implement campus-wide priorities around operational excellence, stakeholder experience, and other relevant areas
  • Manage the non-personnel budget of the division, ensuring that our financial resources are used wisely in alignment with divisional priorities


  • Lead a culture of relentlessly focused on high quality service and continually improving the experience of students, colleagues and families and colleagues 
  • Build and lead a high-performing, highly engaged divisional operations team of three direct reports
  • Enthusiastically tackle the innumerable responsibilities and challenges that come with growing and improving an ambitious and innovative school

What You'll Bring

  • A track record of leading high-performing operations in an educational setting, with teaching and/or school leadership experience strongly preferred
  • A keen analytical, problem solving approach, including in ambiguous situations that require figuring out new solutions rather than taking predetermined paths to success
  • A track record of building highly effective, engaged teams and that get great results
  • Ability to lead effectively through relationships, collaboration and influence
  • Tremendous ability to plan, design, and manage operational systems; excellent project manager
  • Sense of deep personal responsibility for the organization's success
  • Precise and clear written and verbal communication; a knack for creating simplicity and clarity


To learn more and apply, visit the Careers section of the Avenues website (http://www.avenues.org/en/careers/). Make sure to include a very thoughtful cover letter with your application. 

Diversity, Inclusion and Safeguarding

Avenues is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization. We strive to uphold a culture in which every colleague feels that they belong, are trusted, and are valued. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities or groups to apply. Avenues offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

Avenues upholds the highest standards for safeguarding the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. As an essential aspect of this commitment, all offers are contingent upon successful completion of careful reference and background checks.

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