Chief Operating Officer, Blue Engine
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Blue Engine is a New York based non-profit with a mission to harness the power of national service to combat a cycle of college under-preparedness by recruiting, training, and supporting professional teams of Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs), recent college graduates who devote 1-2 years of service to accelerating academic achievement in high-need public high schools. Working alongside teams of 3-4 BETAs, teachers have the instructional bandwidth and efficiency to teach a more rigorous academic curriculum that equips students with a growth mindset and college-ready skills in mathematics and literacy. Blue Engine’s unique instructional program focuses on building strong academic foundations in high school in order to ensure that high school graduates from low-income communities are prepared for the intellectual challenges of higher education while preparing a future wave of educators to succeed in the teaching profession.
Currently in its 4th year of operations, Blue Engine has a $3.7MM operating budget, 18 staff, and 52 BETAs working in 5 public high schools in New York City. With strong results to date, the organization is poised to further advance educational equity and excellence in America through direct service, teacher preparation, action research, and policy advocacy that over time will affect millions of students in hundreds of urban and rural communities each year.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will work in close partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and take a significant leadership role in building the administrative, operational, and program-support functions necessary to deepen Blue Engine’s impact in the communities it serves. In addition to being a strategic thought partner to the CEO, the Board of Directors, and various members of the management team, the COO will have the opportunity to launch and execute Blue Engine’s 5-year growth plan (2014-2018).
You are ready for a major challenge. “Inflection point” is such a cliché, but in this case, it’s true. We’re codifying our program model, securing key partnerships, and poised for growth in New York City and districts beyond.
You believe in earning the right to do the work. It’s an expression heard here every day, one that anchors us in humility and respect. As a leader, you check your title at the door, listen closely, learn constantly, and build coalitions inside and outside the organization that are rooted in teamwork and trust.
You eat data for breakfast (and lunch). You have significant, relevant experience managing by the numbers, but you’re also mindful of the corrosive power of blind allegiance to metrics. You’re comfortable translating a variety of information (qualitative and quantitative) into clear, actionable reports that help diverse audiences know how to work smarter.
You are a gifted manager of workflow. You think quickly on your toes, and are solution-oriented when problems arise. You are imaginative, flexible, inventive, and always default to action. When you identify a gap or room for improvement, you inspire teams to take initiative and lead by example. You enjoy developing creative ways to streamline and create processes + protocols to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
You are an (even more) gifted manager of people. Our people are the “engine behind the Engine,” our most valuable asset, bar none. You look forward to coaching and helping managers (and managers of managers) achieve aggressive, SMART! goals while creating a culture in which people can grow personally and professionally while sustaining their inner ohmmm.
The chief duty of the Chief Operating Officer is to ensure that Blue Engine develops the people, systems and tools required to achieve dramatic results and sustainable growth. The COO will manage 3-4 direct reports, including the Senior Director of Finance and HR (3 direct reports) and a Strategic Planning Fellow (Ed Pioneer), among other team members. The COO will also have an opportunity to develop the IT (outsourced), legal (outsourced), and performance management aspects of Blue Engine’s work across functional teams.
The COO will serve as a leader in the following key areas:
CULTURE + LEADERSHIP
You have a clear passion for working at a non-profit organization and an eagerness to work collaboratively on tasks big and small. You display exceptional organizational and communication skills, enjoy fast-paced, often unpredictable environments, thrive on interpersonal interactions, love working in teams, and are able to multi-task and manage projects effectively.
Blue Engine is committed to maximizing the diversity of the organization, striving to recruit a workforce that reflects the diverse communities in which it serves. Blue Engine seeks individuals of all backgrounds to join the team, embracing differences, big, small, seen and unseen, as crucial to the success of the organization’s mission.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
The Chief Operating Officer is a full-time, salaried position with benefits and a vacation package. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include 100% employer-paid healthcare, vision, and dental, employer-paid short-term disability, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits.
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