Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Curtis School

Los Angeles, CA   |   July 10, 2020

About Curtis School

Founded in 1925, Curtis School (“Curtis”) is an independent co-educational day school that educates children in grades Developmental Kindergarten through 6. Situated on 27 acres of gentle hills and grassy playing fields on Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains, Curtis School provides an exceptional educational experience for its 486 students. Through the hard work and dedication of its 68 faculty members, Curtis is proud to foster an active partnership with families to fulfill their mission “to develop, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body governed by a compassionate heart”. Central to the school’s mission is its commitment to providing an exceptional and well-rounded education for the whole child.

Academics, the arts, and athletics are taught in an environment that encourages personal growth and excellence. Curtis has a strong tradition of developing character in young people through its emphasis on critical thought, good citizenship, sportsmanship, and social responsibility. Curtis fosters an active partnership with families and welcomes the involvement of parents and guardians in fulfilling its mission. Curtis School is an inclusive community that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission and educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

The contemporary, Spanish-influenced architecture of Curtis School buildings blends with the beauty of the natural surroundings to create an inviting, open setting that accommodates the wide variety of activities and events that are a part of our programs. Classrooms, an administration building, and a large multi-use pavilion for athletics and school performances were completed in 1996 as part of an $8.5 million capital campaign. In 2011, the school library was completely renovated, and a media center and outdoor reading patio were added. In 2013, all existing visual and performing arts facilities—including the auditorium—were renovated and upgraded and new classrooms were built for the Lower Elementary performing arts and Choir and Orchestra programs, as part of a $3.5 million capital campaign. At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, construction was completed on a new, expanded playground. In 2016, the playground for our youngest students, the Developmental Kindergartners and Kindergartners, was also expanded and completely redesigned with innovative new play structures.

Curtis has two DK classrooms, three classrooms in each of Grades K-2, and four classrooms in each of Grades 3-5. Grade 6 has six home base/advisory classrooms. In addition to the grade-level classrooms, Curtis has the following specialized facilities: multi-purpose pavilion; auditorium; Curtis library, maker space; computer lab classroom and a mobile computer lab; three science classrooms; robotics lab; two visual arts classrooms; three performing arts classrooms; three grade-level playgrounds; two teaching gardens; three covered lunch areas; two athletic fields; indoor and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts; P.E. locker rooms; a swimming pool, and a Parents Association room.

Curtis School is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising parents, past parents, alumni, and friends of the school. The Board establishes policy and works closely with the head of school and administration to ensure that these policies are implemented. New trustees are elected by the board and generally serve two or three 3-year terms. Trustees may serve on various committees, subcommittees and taskforces including: Advancement Committee, Building & Grounds Committee, Committee on Trustees, Finance Committee, Head of School Committee, Planning Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Annual Fund Sub-Committee, Master Planning Sub-Committee, and the Diversity & Inclusivity Task Force.

Curtis School is accredited by both the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

For more information on Curtis School, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer (CSOO) will lead long-term strategic initiatives, the management of complex projects, and serve as an indispensable partner to the members of the senior leadership team. Curtis School recently embarked on a 14-month strategic planning process, culminating in “Envision Our Future”. In spring of 2019, the Board of Trustees approved the proposed plan which sets out the school’s goals and ambitions for 2019-2024 and beyond, including the groundwork for a 25-year facilities master plan. It is in the context of this exciting point in Curtis School’s growth that the CSOO position is being created to assist in the implementation of the School’s strategic vision, ensure timely delivery of key milestones, and lead special projects and longer-term strategic initiatives.

The CSOO will be a passionate, innovative, and self-directed professional who will be a key contributor to the leadership and administration of the School. The CSOO will have the unique opportunity to bring their strong analytical skills and decision-making capabilities to lead the school’s response and ongoing monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSOO will then leverage this experience to further build out the school’s emergency preparedness and response protocols to ensure the safety and security of the Curtis community. Moreover, the CSOO will provide leadership for the master planning process and make informed, yet timely decisions regarding facilities maintenance, design, permitting, variances, and construction (including change orders) and renovation, including exploring potential solar energy production and a greenhouse/garden for educational programs.

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