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Academic Operations Lead



Florida, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

About Primer

Our goal is simple: help the next generation of kids be more ambitious, more creative, and learn to think for themselves. To do that, we're creating a new education system— one that takes kids seriously.

At Primer, students learn at their own pace, pursue their passions, and get the support they deserve every day. We started Primer because standard schools can’t possibly make space for every kid’s curiosities. But a small school connected to a big network can. Our goal with Primer isn’t to teach you everything under the sun—it’s actually the opposite. We want you to go deep on whatever it is that drives you. Because we think passion is the surest path to learning. And the world could use more of it. Come join us, and do your life work.

About the Role

As the Academic Operations Lead, you will set operational excellence standards across all 23 Primer microschools. You will be the architect, implementer, and evaluator of all the operational components and systems that enable the school to run smoothly (think IT, legal support, real estate needs, systems and processes). Every day you will wake up with the primary goal to ensure the schools' operations support and align with Primer's three commitments.


  • Manage operations budget for each campus

  • Maintain 12 month operations calendar

  • Create and implement crisis management plans and solutions to recurring problems

  • Oversee the planning and execution of non-academic components of school day (i.e. space use, visitor protocol, crisis management, organization online and in person, etc.)

  • Manage a variety of third-party vendors and contractors

  • Develop scalable systems to implement across campuses (i.e. ticket system)

  • Execute staff, parent, and student onboarding with thoroughness and excellence


  • College degree or 10+ years experience in similar roles

  • Experience managing teams across multiple geographies

  • Big Picture Thinking: Ability to view a problem from a macro organization-wide perspective, then dive into the details

  • Demonstrated strong decision making and communication skills

  • Flexibility: Ability to work in a changing environment; Preferred experience in a high-growth environment or start-up

  • Execution: Proven track record of taking a project from initial idea to complete resolution of problem with attention to detail and ongoing performance reviews

  • High Work Capacity: Organized beyond comprehension with the ability to keep multiple work streams moving forward

  • Proactive by nature

If this sounds like you, fill out the application below with a bit about yourself and we'll take it from there! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at