Chief Executive Officer (Immediate)

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Chief Executive Officer (Immediate)

Posted date
May 19, 2022

Denver, CO

Employment Type

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Location: STRIVE Prep- Central Office (Denver, CO)
Salary: $180,000 to $220,000*

Status: Full time, exempt, in-person position

Note- In lieu of submitting an application, applicants must submit their current resume and a letter of interest (maximum of two pages) via email with the subject line "[LAST-NAME] CEO Application" to Desiree' Beckett, Director of Talent Acquisition, at

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2021 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here. 

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are committed to growing as an anti-racist educator.


Do you want to lead an innovative network of ten schools and 3,200 students across Denver into its next chapter of community transformation and impact?  Over the past sixteen years, STRIVE Prep has served thousands of Denver’s highest-need students with a robust college-preparatory education through core values of achievement, justice, and perseverance as an aspiring anti-racist organization.  STRIVE Prep’s Board of Trustees seeks a dynamic, accomplished leader to lead the organization’s next chapter.


The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the vision, strategy, and ultimately direction of the network.  The CEO collaborates closely with the Board of Trustees to set vision and objectives and leads the senior team to achieve these objectives on behalf of scholars and community.  The CEO balances strategy and tactics, internal and external constituents, and the support of scholars, families, and staff throughout the network. The ideal candidate ensures exceptional outcomes for all scholars, has a deep commitment to racial justice and educational equity, and knows how to unlock the full potential of people in a relationship-based, results-oriented, and mission-driven organization.


The successful CEO will excel at the following competencies and functions: 

Academic Excellence:

Demonstrated results in leading outstanding educational outcomes through innovation across multiple sites simultaneously
Strategically gathers and thoroughly understands data and seeks feedback continuously
Demonstrated results in improving academic outcomes in schools that have historically and persistently struggled

Strategic Vision

Ability to develop bold organizational strategy in the midst of complexity and uncertainty to maximize organizational impact
Collaborate with board, community, and internal stakeholders to chart a bold path for STRIVE Prep's future in an increasing adversarial context
Can develop and name the STRIVE Prep Vision in a manner that is inspiring, attainable, and resonant across all stakeholders

Operational Excellence

Builds clear tactical plans and executes with discipline, tenacity, high standards, and attention to detail
Strong analytical skills and ability to creatively solve complex problems under time pressure
Capacity to make difficult decisions in order to ensure that resources are effectively allocated to address student needs and that both schools and the organization are financially sustainable

People Management

Can build and lead a senior management team that demonstrates trust, healthy conflict, and a relentless focus on results
Effectively manages direct reports by inspiring, developing, and holding school and central office leaders accountable to exceptional outcomes for students
Excellent at evaluating talent and effective at delegating key responsibilities to address individual skill gaps

Communication & Public Ambassador

Can effectively engage and inspire staff, families, and community through multiple media of communication
Capacity to manage through adaptive challenges in times of political change, with particular willingness and skill set to engage DPS Board in order to ensure operational stability for schools
Communicates with transparency and openness in service of broad consensus to lead organizational change

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leadership

Is able to engage and inspire diverse internal and external stakeholders through multiple means of communication and engagement
High emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, deep listening skills, empathetic, and ability to deploy adaptive approaches to different contexts
Demonstrated progress on their personal DEI journey and the capacity to facilitate and hold space for others to engage in theirs

STRIVE Prep Mission & Values

Deep belief in STRIVE's mission; believes that all children regardless of background are capable of reaching their full potential
Demonstrated respect for, care of, and belief in the communities STRIVE serves
Clearly and consistently embodies STRIVE's core beliefs and leads systems and cultural change accordingly


Bachelor’s degree; Advanced degree preferred
10+ years of leadership experience in K-12 school settings
Experience with data-driven instruction and demonstrable gains in student achievement 
Speaks Spanish and has experience working with bilingual students (Strongly preferred) 
Demonstrated success working with students of color (Strongly preferred) 
Experience in Title I schools (Strongly preferred)
Experience in a charter network (Strongly preferred)
Experience working in a school setting with students with varied disabilities (Strongly preferred)
Leadership development experience (Strongly preferred)
Campus culture management experience (Strongly preferred)


Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep. 
Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary. 
Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 6+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh. 
Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO 
All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities. 
Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum. 
Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here. 


STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias. 

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