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Organization Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Location Los Angeles, CA
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 11/13/2017
County CA



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 25 free, public charter high schools and middle schools.

We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. Next, we must strive to ensure our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our students.


Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization
deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people
from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We
want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a
culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions to
achieve our goals in service of our 12,500 students and families.


The Area Business Manager ("ABM") supervises operations for a portfolio of Alliance schools and provides coaching and mentorship to the school operations and office staff. The ABM is a critical role that helps schools establish operational procedures and solve non-instructional challenges so that principals and teachers can focus on educating students. The ABM also works with Home Office staff in the areas of operations, procurement, technology, finance and budgeting, facilities and human resources to identify ways to make school operations more efficient and improve the overall effectiveness of our school services.


We expect our ABM to:

School Operations

Serve as the main liaison between schools and Home Office for a number of schools in one of Alliance’s regions (known as an “Area”)
Support the Area Superintendent and School Administration in managing day-to-day, non-instructional school operations: food service, vendor management, enrollment, attendance, procurement and purchasing, safety/security, finance and budgeting, transportation, facilities, information technology, and human resources
Conduct local program reviews to ensure compliance with federal, state, and authorizer requirements
Develop and support implementation of operational systems and processes across schools
Perform data analysis to help Alliance schools make sound operational decisions
Identify, codify, and share best practices in school operations
Lead (or co-lead with Home Office team) special projects affecting school sites (e.g., school moving from temporary to permanent facility, improving attendance at schools, student recruitment)
Support the Vice President of Operations and Chief Business Officer on programs and initiatives
School Operations

Develop curriculum and implement trainings for school operations and office staff to maximize efficiency and ensure adherence to compliance requirements
Provide regular coaching and mentoring to school operations/office staff


Belief in alignment with Alliance's core beliefs and educational philosophy, and a passion for improving urban public education
Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture
Proven track record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive strong performance results
Experience in a fast-paced, highly analytical environment - with the flexibility to shift responsibilities over time as the role and department evolve
Strong project management skills with the ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and deadlines, work across departments and functions, and translate strategies from plans to action
Analytical and critical thinking with an aptitude for finding and using data to identify and solve problems
Ability to develop and implement internal systems and processes to increase effectiveness and efficiency across multiple functions
Dynamic interpersonal and teamwork skills that build trust at all levels of the organization
Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented, organized, and resourceful
Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
Intrinsically curious and not afraid to ask questions or challenge the status quo
Strong customer service mindset with a sense of humility
Relentless commitment to, and high standards for, high-quality execution and follow-through
Ability to treat sensitive issues with respect, empathy, and confidentiality where required
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Spanish fluency a plus
Travel to and from school sites will be an essential part of this role

Bachelor's degree from an accredited, competitive college/university is required; MBA is preferred
At least 4 years of full-time work experience in the private sector and/or K-12 education field; consulting or other strategic, analytical experience preferred.

Alliance is committed to being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision. Alliance covers 100% monthy premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.


Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.