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Assistant Principal of Operations: Tarrant County

The Assistant Principal of Operations (APO) manages campus operations for each IDEA site (2 schools within 1 school site). Each IDEA School Site has 2 schools: the Academy (Grades K-5) and the College Prep (Grades 6-12). The APO is responsible for achieving operational excellence across non-instructional areas, including: front office management, student information systems, child nutrition, transportation, health services, business office, facility maintenance, new construction management, technology coordination, student recruitment and enrollment. APOs have two managers (Academy Principal and College Prep Principal) that share responsibility for coaching, mentoring, and day-to-day capacity building. Additionally, APOs receive strategic direction, technical support and direct teaching from the regional and national Operations team.

Important Note: A “Launching School” APO is hired an entire school year ahead of a projected School Site Launch date in order to lay the groundwork required to launch a new IDEA school site. The Launching APOs for Tarrant County will be hired in spring 2018 to start in July 2018 and will work for an entire school year (2018-19) to build the campus operations team, recruit for students, and ultimately launch a brand new IDEA school site in the Fall of 2019. A Launching School APO must commit to staying in the role for at least 2 years.



  • Drive 100% student enrollment at campus through student recruitment efforts

  • Drive average daily student attendance and student persistence year-over-year

  • Ensure students and teachers enjoy a safe and clean building every day

  • Manage student pick-up, drop-off, and bus routes logistics

  • Manage student recess and lunch schedules and logistics

  • Manages over 8 campus operations staff members that include: receptionist, SIS coordinator, registrar, cafeteria manager, transportation manager, health aide, business clerk, and facility manager, among others

A Typical Day at IDEA:

IDEA Assistant Principals of Operations (APOs) are often the first campus-based staff members to arrive to school in the morning and the last to leave the campus at the end of the day. APO’s manage the student drop-off and pick-up processes and are on on duty for the entire extended school day of 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. Many APO’s typically arrive at 6:30 am and leave at 5:00 pm according to their duty, recruitment, and meeting schedules.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It:


  • Achieve 100% projected enrollment by the first day of school

  • Meet (or exceed) an average daily attendance (ADA) of 97.5% across the network

  • Maintain 90% student persistence year-over-year

  • Lead school readiness efforts: Every school ready 2 weeks prior to the first day of school

  • Oversee operational and financial excellence in auxiliary services through direct and indirect management

  • Achieve 85% staff retention rate by hiring, developing and retaining top performers

  • Live IDEA's core values

  • Create a culture of joy for students

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Proven track record of personally achieving success and of leading others

  • Background in education preferred

  • Spanish fluency preferred

  • Belief in and alignment with IDEA’s mission and values is non- negotiable    

Values and Mindsets:


  • Unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children

  • Strong work ethic and drive to do whatever it takes to meet student achievement goals

  • Openness to observation and critical feedback with a desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher

  • Comfort with extensive data collection used to inform instruction

  • Excitement about working for a school system that is changing the status quo of education in the United States

A Few Good Reasons to Join Our Team:


  • Comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability, plus Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) of $1000 a year

  • Retirement programs, including the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and optional 403(b) plan

  • Up to 8 weeks paid family leave

  • Supportive career environment with an extensive onboarding plan for new to IDEA leaders, planned professional development days, and once a week coaching

  • All leaders receive IDEA cell phones to conduct communication with IDEA students and families

  • Perkspot- a program offering exclusive discounts at national and local merchants

Selection Process: After submitting your online application, IDEA will review your materials. Candidates with a track record of success who pass the initial application screening will be invited to a video or phone  interview. Candidates who are successful with the video or phone interview will be invited to complete a set of written exercises. A successful phone/video screening and written exercise submission will determine your eligibility to be invited to a final interview with the principal and a hiring committee of the school at which they are under consideration. Application screening occurs on a continual basis throughout the year.


Application Instructions: please select "Apply Now" in the upper-left hand corner of this page. You will then be taking to the application portal entrance. After you create a new profile, you will be able to apply directly for this role. If you have already created a profile, you may simply login to begin your application.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.