Assistant Superintendent For Business And Operations – Aspen, CO

Application deadline closed.

Job Description


The Aspen School District is seeking a highly skilled, team-oriented Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations to begin on or before July 1, 2023. THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY IN ONE OF COLORADO’S TOP SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE HEART OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. The individual will provide and be accountable for the leadership, strategic direction, management, quality control, and evaluation of all the district’s financial operations, processes, and procedures as well as oversight of district operation. The Assistant Superintendent will need to be a clear communicator, authentic collaborator, a regular and visible presence in the schools and community, and a role model for attention to detail and process management. An individual who thrives in the outdoors and immerses oneself in, and contributes to, the culture of the greater community will be a strong candidate. The compensation package will be highly competitive, with a salary range of between $120,000 and $180,000 commensurate with experience and will include access to employee housing.

The Aspen district educates 1600 students (PK-12) in four schools that share a campus and the charter Aspen Community School (K-8). The district is well-resourced, with an excellent faculty and staff, high performing students, and an engaged, supportive community. Aspen is a year-round thriving community of outdoor activities and world class artistic and cultural events located in of America’s most naturally beautiful locations. It is an ideal setting for one who embraces the outdoors and the arts, and both understands and appreciates mountain culture.

The ideal candidate will be forward thinking, have a degree in Finance or a related field (CPA License Preferred) and experience leading financial operations in a school district, non-profit, or government entity. The Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations reports to the Superintendent, attends all School Board meetings, and serves on the District’s Leadership team.  The Assistant Superintendent needs to inspire confidence and credibility while ensuring that district leaders, staff, and community understand the current and potential future implications of financial decisions using a transparent and open approach. The Assistant Superintendent supports and should exemplify the relationship between the Aspen School District and all stakeholders with a service oriented, “customer support” mindset.

A critical responsibility of the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations will be to engage staff and stakeholders in achieving this goal from the District’s 2022-26 Strategic Plan:

STEWARDS OF RESOURCES: We will be responsible stewards of District resources, ensuring that students and staff have access to superior technology, human resources, sustainable energy, nourishing food, and quality extracurricular activities.

  • The District will use bond proceeds openly and transparently, regularly communicating about the projects and the results.
  • Professional development goals are built around educational efforts directly impacting teaching and learning.
  • The District will move in a direction that is Net Zero for energy consumption and is environmentally friendly, reducing water consumption and air pollutants.
  • The District will develop a housing strategy to attract and retain employees while endeavoring to become self-funding for repairs and maintenance.
  • Develop a robust set of systems to control expenses and align our budget with the strategic plan.

A Master’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration, or a related field preferred. At least five years of experience leading financial operations in education or governmental operations or equivalent preferred.

Additional benefits include district-funded employee and dependent health benefits including medical, vision, dental, and life insurance to benefit-eligible employees. Other benefits (as eligible): paid leave, CO PERA (pension plan) enrollment with district contribution, TSA options, free transportation for employees from Carbondale to Aspen, employee assistance program, wellness program, supplemental insurance (i.e. cancer, disability, etc.).

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining why they are seeking this position and what they can contribute to the District along with a resume, an electronic or hyperlinked example of a school board or community presentation, and a list of three references who can be contacted with your approval.  References must include name, title, phone number, and email address.  Application materials should be emailed to Glenn “Max” McGee, President, Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates at with ASPEN CFO in the subject line.

Applications are due on or before January 18, 2023. Screening interviews begin January 3, 2023, and semi-finalist interviews will he held starting February 1st .