Chief Operating Officer

Position Details

  • Job Title: Chief Operating Officer
  • Department: Network
  • Job Category: Shared Services


Harlem Village Academies is a community of educators pursuing an ambitious approach to progressive pedagogy from PK-12. As a national thought leader in deeper learning, HVA is the only charter school network in New York offering Montessori and culminating in the International Baccalaureate. HVA also operates a graduate school for teachers, the Progressive Education Institute.

HVA believes in independent thinking, ethical leadership, intellectual curiosity, and intrinsic motivation. Serving 98% Black and Latino students, HVA consistently outperforms the district, city, and state. HVA recently earned a five-year renewal with commendations and has expanded to become IB for All. 100% of HVA high school students earn admission to college each year, and 83% are the first in their families to attend college. 


The Chief Operating Officer will design strategies and lead a multi-faceted team that is responsible for various functions, serving as the foundation for HVA’s educational model. This is an exciting opportunity to create and execute a vision for excellence across the organization, manage and expand the team, and partner with the CEO and educational leaders to deliver on HVA’s groundbreaking vision. The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, experienced, strategic, and deeply committed to educational equity. 


  • Develop operational vision and systems. Build and improve operational processes.

  • Manage team to oversee and strengthen school operations across all PreK-12 schools, as well as the teachers’ college and new national initiative.

  • Manage team to oversee and strengthen shared operational services for the organization, including facilities, safety, compliance, technology, and procurement.

Talent & Human Resources

  • Set and execute a vision for the HVA talent experience and value proposition in partnership with educational leaders.

  • Manage team to fully recruit, retain, and develop talent across the organization.

Student Enrollment

  • Set and execute a vision for the HVA new family experience in partnership with educational leaders.

  • Manage team to effectively outreach to families and successfully enroll HVA schools.


  • Set and execute a vision for HVA data and data systems in partnership with educational leaders.

  • Manage team to maintain full compliance and to ensure that educational leaders and teachers have the data they need to inform high-quality instruction.

National Initiative

  • Collaborate with CEO and other leaders to launch a new, national program that will share HVA’s model with others across the country.


  • 10+ years of related professional experience in a similar setting

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred

  • Previous experience managing school operations, compliance, facilities projects, and/or human resources across multiple schools

  • Prior experience in organizational leadership and managing through layers of teams


  • Prior experience in founding an organization or team


The salary range for this position is $175,000-$250,000, and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. HVA is committed to providing our team with a range of benefit offerings at a competitive value.


All team members are passionately and deeply committed to the mission, vision, and values of Harlem Village Academies; have a positive and professional attitude; exhibit a very strong work ethic; and possess an inner drive for personal and professional excellence. The ideal candidate will thrive working within an entrepreneurial and results-driven environment.

Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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