K-5 School Administrator

POSITION: K-5 School Administrator
DAYS/ HOURS: This is a salaried, full-time exempt position
SALARY RANGE: $98,000 - $118,000 annually, depending on qualifications
CLOSES: April 26th at 5:00pm

This is a full-time, salaried, year-round position, with some scheduled calendar breaks included based on the academic and reporting year. The Emerson School is a K-5 non-profit, public charter school. This position requires a high level of executive and administrative responsibility, including contact with the PPS District, Oregon Dept. of Education, school staff, school families, the business community, media, and the school’s Board of Directors.

The School Administrator is a full-time, administrative director position responsible for providing assurance to the school district, school staff, parents, and to the school’s Board of Directors that all aspects of the school’s charter are being met; including academic, financial, and operational standards and goals.  The position reports directly to The Emerson School Board of Directors. 

1. Must have at least 3 years’ experience in managerial or directorship role, including budgeting, staffing, and strategic planning
2. Must have comprehensive knowledge of charter school law, district policies, and state regulations
3. Must have experience with confidential records-keeping (personnel, student, medical, etc.)
4. Must have experience with budget planning and accounting controls
5. Must have proven record of organizational management with successful results
6. Experience working with public preferred
7. Experience as spokesperson for media preferred
8. Experience in flat management structure or participatory management preferred
9. Must have experience in detailed record keeping
10. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
11. Must be able to complete first aid and CPR training
12. Must complete a criminal background check prior to employment


  • Reports to The Emerson School Board of Directors monthly: including budget and financial reporting, state of the school reporting, recommendations for school policy and procedures, and implementation of mission and strategic plan.
  • Responsible for all scheduled reporting to Portland Public Schools, Oregon Dept. of Ed., The Emerson School Board, and all pertinent funding organizations.
  • Responsible to the Board of Directors for all Emerson School requirements related to its effective operations.
  • Responsible for evaluating the performance of the Instructional Coach and the Office Manager, (and any other administrative or contract employees), and for overseeing evaluation of teaching staff and educational assistants.
  • Prepares the annual school budget for Board approval and distributes as appropriate to all required reporting organizations.
  • Ensures all financial records, including accounts payable and receivable, are current and available for review within 48 hours of Board requests.
  • Responsible for overseeing and furthering staff wide work on racial equity, growing the welcoming and inclusive community for families and students of color and other historically underserved populations.
  • Responsible for ensuring all classroom and non-classroom regulatory training, certification, background checks and other critical activities are current for staff, facility, contractors, and volunteers.
  • Acts as central contact for Board of Directors, parents, Portland Public Schools, landlord, tenants, insurance agents, building services, fire and safety services, media, public relations, and community organizations.
  • Acts as central contact for designated school parent groups, including FES (Friends of The Emerson School).
  • Partners with Instructional Coach to ensure teacher evaluative teams, annual performance evaluations, teacher professional development, employment issues, and teacher compensation and employment records are current and reviewed/ maintained in a timely and correct manner.
  • Responsible for health and safety of all occupants of building at all times. 
  • Oversees fundraising strategies and goals, participates actively in fundraising.
  • Manages the recruitment, hiring, disciplinary action, termination, compensation, benefits, purchasing, reimbursement, inventory, position descriptions, policy and procedures, and personnel records of all on-site personnel and assets.

Must be credentialed through TSPC either by Charter School Administrator Registry (conditional, must be obtained immediately after employment) or Oregon Administrator’s License

Master’s Degree preferred; Bachelor's degree required

A minimum of three years of experience in non-profit management, directorship, or school administration is required.


Download the application here. Please submit the completed application form along with a cover letter and resume as attachments to an email to [email protected]. Name the attachments with your last name, then your first name, and then the name of the document, as below:


Please title the subject heading of your email with your full name and the word “application” (“Jane Johnson application”).

No phone calls or visits, please.

Mission and Equity Statement:
The mission of The Emerson School is to provide a developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and challenging education for a diverse group of children in an environment that recognizes, values, and responds to their individual abilities and needs. We will nurture compassionate, capable, and life-long learners who see themselves as being engaged members of their communities whose actions can make a positive difference.
In alignment with our mission, The Emerson School is committed to the success of every student; to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity, and equitable outcomes regardless of address, income, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, language, nationality, race or ethnicity.

The staff and board of The Emerson School have an ongoing commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and are committed to eliminating institutional bias that serves to predict outcomes based on race and poverty. We value a multi-dimensional school community with diversity among staff, students, and families that includes race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, religion, family composition and socioeconomic status. We strive to approach our commitment to equity with cultural humility in our interpersonal interactions, our educational approach, and our community engagement. We are committed to supporting historically underserved and underrepresented populations and creating a community that is welcoming and supportive of all people.

The Board and employees of The Emerson School represent a diverse group of people who have a common commitment to the equality of opportunity for all. The Emerson School is an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, or mental or physical disability.