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Lorain City Schools

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Chief Operations Officer

About Lorain City Schools

The International City is the home of the Lorain City Titans. We are a district that will disrupt the status quo
for 6,700 scholars across 15 campuses in Northeast Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. To do so, we will transform
the way that we look at educating our scholars, performing as leaders, and inspiring as people, all while having
fun doing it. Lorain City Schools is one of two districts in the state of Ohio who have been granted the authority
to redream what is possible for our young people with the passing of House Bill 70. This house bill empowers
the CEO to improve district practices and operate with a level of urgency and purpose that is unique to
traditional public school systems across the country. The districts academic improvement plan, The Lorain
Promise, outlines the ambitious yet obtainable outlook for Lorain City Schools with bold statements about how
we will operate as a district and a community. This innovative new direction for Titans, will not only change the
way we look at public school education, but seeks to set the new standard for what is possible when we put our
scholars first. To learn more about Lorain City Schools, please visit

Our Shared Values

Our Shared Values are the heart of our culture and the foundation of all of our work at Lorain City Schools,
reflecting input from people across the community. They will shape who we are and how we work together to
realize every scholars potential.

Scholars First Everything we do is focused on ensuring that students reach their full potential. We will
honor the voices of our students and their families and support each other as champions of Lorains
scholars, knowing that we all have their best interests at heart.

One for All Our differences as individuals strengthen our schools. We will focus on equity, work
proactively to eliminate bias in our systems and procedures, and invest in effective strategies to ensure
equal opportunity for all scholars and families.

Experience Joy Our schools will be places where all scholars and staff can pursue a love of learning
with enthusiasm and optimism. We will lift each other up and celebrate our successes.

Expect Excellence We will hold high expectations for every student and staff memberand hold each
other accountable to ensuring that every student succeeds.

Collaborate with Integrity We promise to be transparent, knowing that we can only get better if we
work togetherand are honest with each other. We will hold ourselves to the highest standards of
personal behavior, including trust, honesty, fairness, and integrity.

Take Pride We value, honor and respect one another, our schools, and our community. We will work
together to build schools where all adults look forward to coming to work and students are eager to

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Lorain City Schools
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About the Position

The Chief Operations Officer will play a critical role making sure that our schools and district run in an effective
and efficient manner while maximizing our non-instructional impact on our schools. Reporting to the CEO, s/he
will oversee the day-to-day operations of the district, ensure that we are fiscally sound, and have a pulse on our
collective operation impact and support to our schools. Working in partnership with the Chief Equity and
Achievement Officer and the Chief People Officer, the Chief Operations Officer, will drive the work to ensure
that our employees are set up for success that will lead to scholar outcomes that have been marred by systemic
inequities. S/he will work to ensure we have the task of ensuring we are receiving a clear return on our
collective district investments with the six core values in mind. This leader must be committed to transforming
the way we think about operating, allocating resources, and achieving educational equity throughout the

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader, who thirst for strategy development, return on
investment, and maximizing our operational functions. S/he has a desire to create systems that yield outcomes
that ensures that there will be no initiatives that do not align with our districts purpose and conviction and
ultimately create a surplus that can support the closing of the achievement and opportunity gaps that exist in
our school district.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

In close partnership with the CEO, lead the creation of the Operations and Accountability Office
Defining what excellent school operations looks like at all of our 15 sites
Create a comprehensive approach towards measuring return on investment
Create systems and processes that promote efficiency while not compromising effectiveness
Facilitate best practices across the district
Support school teams financially and operationally in their roles as instructional leaders and provide
avenues for ownership and collaboration
Manage and utilize data systems to drive results across the organization. Ensure that data is in service
to learning and is accessible to teachers, parents, and students
Establish short- and long-term financial goals, metrics, and policies, and regularly evaluate the
organizations performance against goals
Design and build annual and multi-year budgets
Lead annual audit process and ensure organization earns a clean opinion
Oversee financial management systems and processes (currently outsourced), determining over time
whether to bring those functions in-house
Create and integrate strong financial and operational reporting into grants management process

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Candidate Requirements:

A minimum of a bachelors degree from a four-year college or university; MBA or masters degree in a
related field preferred (but not mandatory)
At least 5-7 years of leadership experience in a high-performing organization, leading a high performing
department with proven and documented outcomes
Track record of successfully meeting or exceeding organizational targets, achieving ambitious goals, and
data that shows significant organizational or departmental impact
Strong people and organizational management skills, with a track record for developing and
empowering leaders to strive for more
Ability to create a vision for systems at the micro (school level) and the macro (organizational level) to
maximize outcomes
A thinker who is able to overcome challenges in creating improvements in low performing settings
Strong financial fluency; a demonstrated ability to create financial models, conduct analyses, and
evaluate financial metrics to support strategic decision-making
An ability to create systems and processes that do not exist
An unwavering belief in our school systems core values and vision
Experience in urban education and/or organizations that fight for equity and achievement of our
underserved populations

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