Operations Assistant

About the Position

Accelerate Institute is seeking a talented Operations Associate. Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, the Operations Associate is responsible for overseeing or assisting with the following functional areas: administrative support, office operations, accounts payable support, human resources support, events and program support, data management and coordination with IT and facilities management. The Operations Associate evaluates and makes appropriate improvements to administrative processes to ensure that practices are in line with the overall goals of the organization. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, results-oriented, creative, entrepreneurial, and have exceptional interpersonal and organization skills. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversee day-to-day operation of office: Receive visitors; Schedule meetings and maintain reservation calendar of shared office spaces; Answer telephone

  • Maintain office: Order and keep inventory of supplies and equipment; Support IT; Ensure the cleanliness of shared spaces; Work in concert with staff of a co-located company

  • Accounting: Serve as liaison between staff and accounting office: obtain paperwork, signatures, and information as requested, review accounts payable invoices, and manage expense report process for company credit cards, including completion of leadership team reports

  • Human Resources support: Handle HR paperwork for all staff including new hire, insurance enrollment, and paid-time off records and reporting; Provide onboarding to new staff on office procedures and equipment

  • Events: Support the Director of Finance and Operations to plan, organize, and execute our major fundraising event for the organization and other major program professional development events throughout the year; Support work of other organization teams, including assistance with travel planning, event coordination, and material preparation for events

  • Data management: Support the Director of Finance and Operations in monitoring and ensuring integrity of donor information, program participants, and staff; Responsible for records management of organization: includes filing, directory updates, information flow, and preparing updates for CEO

  • Ryan Award: Support communication, travel, and other touchpoints with Ryan Award nominees and awardees.

  • Organization-wide Support: Support work of other organization teams and special projects, as needed.

Required Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience

  • Extremely detailed-oriented and organized with the ability to execute multiple projects simultaneously

  • Proven ability to work unsupervised and solve problems independently, effectively, and creatively

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for multiple target audiences • Ability to effectively manage up, including proactive communication on project status and challenges • Advanced knowledge of MS Office

  • Experience working with donor tracking databases preferred (Salesforce)

  • Results-oriented team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to produce high quality work in a timely manner

  • A strong commitment to education reform and the mission of Accelerate Institute


Salary Range - $50,000 - $55,000. Accelerate Institute offers a full benefits package which includes: health and dental insurance; 10 days of vacation; 6 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick and personal leave; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.

To Apply

Please submit the following to Erin Brooks (ebrooks@accelerateinstitute.org) using the subject line “Operations Associate Position:”

• Cover letter describing your skills, interest, and passion in creating equal access to education for all children

• Resume that clearly articulates your qualifications to the required skill sets defined above

Our Commitment to Diversity

Accelerate Institute embraces diversity. It is something we have believed in and supported from day one. Having a diverse organization aligns with our commitment to an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or other legally protected status. We are also ready to accommodate physically challenged or special needs individuals who require any special assistance. Accelerate Institute is proud of our history of diversity and is a strong supporter of the communities where we work. 

About Accelerate Institute

Mission Statement: In order to enable every child – regardless of their zip code – reach their full potential we partner to create high-performing urban schools by dramatically accelerating student achievement.

Founded in 1991, Accelerate Institute is grounded in the belief that demographics are not destiny and that all children can achieve at high levels given equal access to quality education, Accelerate Institute identifies and develops high-performing, results-focused leaders with a passion for closing the achievement gap in urban education. Through the School Accelerator, Principal Fellowship, and Leadership Academy programs, we draw on the leadership model used to achieve success at our nationally recognized school, Alain Locke Charter School..

Accelerate Institute has trained more than 100 school leaders who are currently working in more than 20 cities across the United States. Our work is grounded in Accelerate Institute’s core values:

  • Students First: We make decisions in which student achievement and well-being are prioritized while honoring individual student experiences.

  • Absolute Excellence: We bring our best work, are productive, are present, and get accelerated results.

  • Synergy: Our interactions and cooperation produce a combined effect greater than the sum of the separate effects.

  • Equity and Inclusion: We value all dimensions of diversity and seek to model the fairness and justice that we want to see in the world.

  • Gratitude: The work is hard. In that we find joy and are thankful to each other and show appreciation for all stakeholders.

Accelerate Institute is located in Chicago, Illinois.