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Director of Strategy & Operations (Remote)

Company: Higher Ground Education
Location: Austin
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Higher Ground Education's (HGE) mission is to mainstream and modernize the Montessori movement. HGE is the parent company of a global network of schools and programs operating under the brands Guidepost Montessori, Academy of Thought and Industry, Guidepost at Home and Prepared Montessorian. Since 2016, our schools have spread the transformative power of Montessori education by opening high-fidelity brick and mortar, virtual schools, learning pods and teacher training worldwide.
HGE is a dynamic environment that prides itself in being responsive to market and strategic changes, and all team members are encouraged to be prepared for occasional pivots and reassignments in order to maximize collective impact in service of our shared mission. The job responsibilities detailed below should not be seen as an exhaustive list but should be expected to evolve in response to the organization's evolving needs and opportunities.
Job Responsibilities
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer and coordinating closely with the Vice Presidents of Development and Construction & Real Estate Development, the Director of Strategy & Operations on the Expansion Team will work remotely as a leader in Higher Ground's Expansion Department. The Expansion Team is responsible for sourcing school expansion opportunities, sourcing project capital, feasibility analysis, due diligence, negotiating/executing legal agreements, design, entitlements, construction, and school open. This Team has a significant growth mandate with many moving pieces.
Due to the increasing complexity and volume of projects, the Expansion Department requires strategy and operations support to manage and streamline processes, to ensure all team members are working in concert with each other in accordance with our priorities, and to ensure Expansion is coordinating/communicating effectively with other HGE departments with appropriate systems/processes to facilitate that coordination/communication.
The Director of Real Estate Operations will also support the development of a comprehensive Bricks & Mortar strategy, and to ensure that the team has decks, presentations, flyers, websites, and other materials to support its efforts to secure new deals, new landlord/developer partners, additional project capital, etc. They will also report relevant information on Expansion to other departments, HGE's Leadership Team, Board, and shareholders, and to support Expansion in operationalizing new avenues for growth. This role will also play a key role in supporting the execution of HGE's school licensing and school open teams.
Key Responsibilities
- Lead and evolve the expansion teams bricks & mortar project financing / capital strategy; supporting the execution of existing capital strategies and working to define new ways pathways to accretive project financing.
- Implementation and ongoing development/maintenance of new project management, tracking systems, and processes (including documenting same) to ensure all team members are working in concert with each other in accordance with department priorities
- Implementation. And ongoing development/maintenance of reporting systems (including continuously keeping the information up to date) - reporting and tracking of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), dashboards, reports, presentations, decks, etc. to the Expansion Team, other departments, HGE's Leadership Team, Board, and shareholders.
- Managing current real estate ops team and of HGE's licensing and school open teams.
- Lead the creation of marketing materials and presentations (and continuously keep the information in these materials up to date) for HGE aimed at landlords, developers, real estate partners, lenders, brokers, etc.
- Ensure Expansion is coordinating/communicating effectively with other departments with appropriate systems/processes to facilitate that coordination/communication
- Conduct ongoing assessments of industry and competitive landscape, identify key industry trends impacting education, and characterize associated opportunities for growth
- Standardizing processes by creating templates, know-how pages, written descriptions of Expansion policies/processes, and other infrastructure.
Qualifications -
Our ideal candidate will bring both strategic thinking to help define HGE's Bricks & Mortar growth strategy, and project management skills (e.g. maintaining systems and processes for tracking the status, due diligence, documentation, updates, etc. for each project). A strong candidate will also possess a strong bias for getting things done quickly (e.g. creating executive-level decks, updating trackers/dashboards, putting together data on spreadsheets, etc.).
- University degree(s) (e.g., bachelor, MBA, etc.)
- Minimum 7 years of applicable experience, ideally in management consulting or business operations
- Additional, relevant experience in real estate development and/or in the education/childcare industry, and a startup environment would be an asset
- Strong written communication and presentation skills
- Strong financial analysis and modeling experience and skills
- Strong project management experience and skills
- Strong leadership and management experience and skills
Personal Attributes for Success:
- Strong communicator, comfortable working in a close and dynamic team environment
- Willingness and ability to be flexible, self-directed, and organized
- Demonstrated ability to build effective and trusting relationships across an organization
- Ability to problem solve and come up with solutions
We Offer:

  • A competitive total compensation package -
  • Career growth opportunities - -
  • Flexible remote working
  • The opportunity to substantially contribute to a mission-driven organization -
  • A leadership team who wants you to thrive on your own terms -
  • 100% free tuition for your children at Guidepost Montessori -

    Want to get to know us better? Check out:

    • The Higher Ground Story: - -
    • The Higher Ground Mission: -
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