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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Minneapolis, MN

POSITION PROFILE - Chief Operating Officer (COO)

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Chief Operating Officer for Summit Academy.  This position provides executive-level leadership and direction for Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness while supporting the mission of the institution. This person should be mission driven and be passionate about making a difference in students’ lives.  



Summit Academy OIC is an accredited, nonprofit Career and Technical Education (CTE) Institute located in North Minneapolis.  Summit offers specializations and industry certifications for in-demand careers in Information Technology (IT), Construction, and Medical Administrative Assistant through 20-week accredited programs, delivering academic rigor alongside marketable skills and connections to employers. Summit’s workforce-driven model also offers accelerated 10-week GED training.  Summit Academy OIC was created after two established training and job placement programs merged forces in 1996: Twin Cities Opportunities Industrialization Center and Two or More. The resulting Summit Academy was a vocational training center focused on giving low-income adults access to skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Embracing a comprehensive community focus, we located ourselves in the heart of North Minneapolis, where we now have two campuses today.

Today, our mission is still to empower individuals to develop their ability to thrive and become contributing citizens in their communities and economic drivers of the State of Minnesota. Our vision is that Summit Academy OIC will be recognized as a regional leader in workforce development, educational services, initiatives, and policy innovation.  Our six pillars of Summit Core Values are Leadership, Transformation, Tenacity, Results, Respect, and Legacy.


This position is responsible for the overall planning, management, evaluation and improvement of Summit’s student support services, daily operation of Summit’s North Star Innovation Center campus, participation in the STEM District of Minneapolis, and operation of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center located at Summit’s main campus. This position ensures compliance with standards of Summit’s accrediting and regulatory bodies. Responsibilities include: management of enrollment, advising, and career placement services; providing guidance in the development and implementation of programming and policies; and managing the budget for all related departments.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Lead the daily operation of the North Side Innovation Center extension campus.
2. Lead department managers in enrollment, advising, career placement services, volunteer management, the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, and the STEM District.
3. Establish and implement policies and procedures to support institutional accreditation and state licensure requirements.
4. Develop, implement, and evaluate strategies for growth and meeting contract obligations for funder requirements.
5. Support and maintain effective relationships among instructional divisions, student services, administration, staff, faculty, students, and external partners through strategic planning, goal-setting, and evaluation.
6. Work with organizational leaders and teams to support the recruitment, retention, and placement of students and graduates.
7. Establish and promote appropriate linkages between institutional programming and workforce development.
8. Provide leadership in guiding, planning, implementing, evaluating and modifying administrative processes and operational procedures across the institution and STEM District.


  • Commitment to addressing educational and economic disparities.
  • Excellent communication skills: verbal, listening, written, presentation, and interpersonal.
  • Detail-oriented and outcome-focused.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize duties.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively manage external
  • partnerships.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt quickly to changing situations.
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately in a fast-paced environment with multiple interruptions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, education, or a related field 
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in campus or organizational leadership
  • Master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Leadership experience working in a higher education institution with accreditation and regulatory responsibilities.

Interested candidates should submit a cover  letter and resume no later than 9:00pm on Monday, August 15, 2022 to https://kprecruiting.catsone.com/careers/28261-General/jobs/15559157-Summit-Academy--COO/ You can also email mary@kpcompanies with any questions.  

 **This is a full-time, exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It is eligible for overtime pay if previously approves hours exceed 40 hours per week.  The expected hours of the position are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is onsite.  This role operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computer, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.  This is largely a sedentary role; There may be some walking, bending, carrying of light items, standing, etc.

 **Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 **Frequent local travel may be required to meet with employer partners and to attend professional development opportunities.

Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as salary and compensation - reach out to mary@kpcompanies.com, I’d be happy to discuss!


It is the policy of Summit Academy OIC to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Summit Academy OIC will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Summit Academy are equal opportunity employers.




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