Rowe Elementary School: OPERATIONS Manager – 24/25 School Year!

Posted on: May 17, 2024 | |

Position: Operations Manager K-8

Reports to: Principal

Compensation: Competitive Salary and Robust Benefits

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

Rowe Elementary School seeks a dedicated professional with an appreciation for its mission. Under direct supervision of the Principal, the Operations Manager serves as a leader for all operational aspects of the school.

Rowe Elementary/Middle School is a stand alone charter school, with a K-5 campus, and a 6-8 campus. Both campuses are located in the West Town/Wicker Park area of Chicago. Beginning next fall, we will reconfigure our campuses to be K-3 and 4-8.

Rowe is proud to be a part of the Northwestern University Settlement House, a dynamic and innovative leader in creating transformational opportunities for children and families, in order to disrupt generational poverty. All programs nurture, educate, and inspire so that families can take personal responsibility for their futures and attain self-sufficiency and reach aspirations. Alongside a rigorous curriculum, our school focuses on the SEL component of education in great detail, as well.

If you are looking for a fast paced, collaborative, and mission driven teaching environment, Rowe could be for you!!!

Visit for more information on the Settlement, and to apply.

Reach out to Jason Smith, Principal, with any questions. (

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

Oversees core tasks of the Operations for Rowe Elementary School.
Maintain accurate budget records by collaborating with Accounting to ensure invoices, payments, purchase orders are accurate and completed on time.
Collaborate with Accounting on CGA and all other funding.
Collaborate with Human Resources to ensure consultants and stipends are maintained according to the approved budget.
Responsible for food program, including annual training for teachers.
Collaborate weekly with the Rowe Leadership team to ensure timelines are met and responsibilities are taken care of.
Ability to build the new school year in July through Aspen, includes: assign roles/classrooms to teachers, assign classrooms/schedules to scholars, add/withdraw scholars, verify transfers, ensuring progress reports and report cards are generated and distributed on time.
Collaborates with Dir. of Student Recruitment on organization, collection, and updating of current student records and fees.
Work with nurses/clerks to organize/implement mandatory screening for hearing, vision, dental.
Oversees staff absences, approves timesheets in electronic timekeeping software, includes working with sub agencies to ensure coverage for planned and unplanned absences.
Work with teachers to plan field trips, including buses and chaperones/volunteer background checks.
Coordinate Rowe’s picture day and yearbook by working with photography company, parents, and staff.
Responsible for verifying nurse timesheets and assisting scholars with medication and injuries when a nurse is not available.
Conducts in house drills, lockdowns and evacuations by working with CPD and CFD.
Assists EL team with home language survey.
Maintains student records, including transfers and medical to ensure Rowe meets compliance for audits.
Works with maintenance regarding building/classroom needs.
Collaborate with IT to upkeep technology equipment/supplies, including online programs, internet, staff/student computers and IT updates.
Meets with clerks on a weekly basis regarding tasks and ability to support if needed.
Performs other duties and functions as assigned by the Principal/Assistant Principal.

Ideal Skills/Traits:

A passion for Rowe’s work and commitment to the vision/mission of the Settlement.
Excellent communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills.
A positive attitude and solutions-oriented mindset.
Able to multi-task and be flexible.
Ability to properly organize and delegate.
Excellent time management skills and attention to detail; able to meet deadlines.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google products.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University.
Experience with compliance and school budgets.
Bilingual, English and Spanish preferred.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

Full-time/40 hours.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. We offer a robust health benefits package. In addition, all staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated workspace, laptop, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

Northwestern Settlement is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.