Managing Director of Operations

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

65 percent of regional jobs in 2020 will require education beyond high school. Yet, only 28 percent of public high school students in Dallas County receive a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree within six years of graduation. The Commit Partnership is a coalition of 200 partners committed to a single, urgent vision: Our community working together to ensure all students receive an excellent and equitable education.

Because our real value is in our culture we strive to integrate Commit’s Core Values into everything that we do:

  • Equity & Inclusion: We work with others to transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We help set the table for an expansive conversation, welcoming and valuing every voice at the table, while actively and explicitly working to create outcomes that narrow opportunity gaps and shift power towards communities and individuals most impacted.
  • Systemic Impact: We maintain patience and persistence while relentlessly insisting upon efficient and highly-effective approaches to sustainably change systems to more effectively serve communities.
  • Humility: We embrace the fact that our success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and our community. We learn best together.
  • Students First: We are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately our decisions rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?
  • Integrity: We will act honestly and ethically in all internal and external decisions, in the ways we present data, and communicate with partners. This unwavering commitment allows us to best serve students, families, and the community.
  • Joy: We bring a constant sense of optimism and fun to this difficult work.

We are looking for an equity-focused systems leader and people savant who oversees the Finance, Human Resources, and Operations Services departments at Commit. As the next Managing Director of Operations, you will report to the President and be an integral part of a distributed leadership model. This is a great opportunity for an experienced individual with a track record of creative problem solving and change management in a mission-driven organization.

Commit requires expertise and passion, which means the Managing Director of Operations will be:

    • Providing financial oversight, monitoring, and reporting, as well as sophisticated financial analysis and modeling to support good decision-making by the CEO, President, Executive Team, and Board of Directors
    • Managing and developing a three-person Finance department that will oversee financial policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures, ensuring operation in accordance with all federal, state and local legal, fiscal and other financial reporting requirements
    • In collaboration with the President and the Managing Director of Strategic Relationships, leading Commit’s annual budgeting process
    • Supports monthly financial reporting and annual audit process
    • Contributing to and enhancing an equitable, inclusive, and strengths-based organizational culture that values continuous improvement and embodies Commit’s core values 
    • Managing, supporting and developing a two-person Human Resources department to create  human resources systems and strategies in support of the overall goals of Commit, specifically in the areas of recruitment and retention, talent management, professional development, compensation and benefits, and succession planning
    • Working closely with each member of the Executive Team and Director of Human Resources to implement recruitment, retention, talent management, and professional development strategies to ensure that every employee of Commit is having a consistent, high quality experience
    • Leading organizational systems analyses and improvements to streamline and optimize organizational structures
    • Managing organizational facilities, including furniture, office equipment, software, supplies, and maintenance
    • Providing administrative support to various Shared Services departments across the organization
    • Managing and developing operations services department to  achieve the objectives above
  • An ORGANIZATIONAL LEADER by serving as a member of Commit’s Executive Team, contributing to cross-organizational decision making, strategy, and continuous improvement

What We’re Looking For

This role is wide and varied, asking you to draw on numerous skills ranging from financial projections to people management to facilities planning. While we do have certain credential requirements, we are primarily looking for your potential to lead our organization to soaring heights. We’re looking for someone special and that means:

  • A Beautiful (Financial) Mind: Your ability to forecast financial cash flows borders on mystical. Some people might think in 1s and 0s but you see the world in restricted vs. temporarily restricted funds. Oh and by the way, if we have a game night with Monopoly, you’re the banker!
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: You have no problem making sense out of the chaos and running through roadblocks as they arise. If you don’t know how to do something, you find the person who has done it best and learn from them. Through all of this, you’re especially adept at synthesizing large amounts of information and deriving unique insights from it.
  • Coaching: You excel in helping others reach their fullest potential. You’ve got that special knack for making those around you feel comfortable in trying something new, failing, and trying again with you in their corner.
  • Leadership: You don’t wait to lead, but it doesn’t mean you’re aggressive or overbearing—and when you work with high performing teams it means you’re constantly identifying and celebrating the unique strengths of staff. Leading for you means building the capacity of those around you and more than anything you’re persistent. You work doggedly to ensure quality and success of our team members, our students, our families, and our teachers.
  • Mission Fit: You have a deep belief in the potential of all kids and a commitment to do whatever it takes to expand opportunities for students, often with a perspective informed by experience in low-income communities and an understanding of the systemic challenges of poverty and racism. 
  • Intentional Communicator: You deliver motivating key messages that include the “why” and “how” as context for the “what;” tailor and connect messages across all levels - grasstops and grassroots - to develop shared meaning; and socialize vision and key messages frequently to build understanding and buy-in

Professional Experience

  • Experience building and scaling financial, operations, and human resources capabilities in growing organizations through the development and continuous improvement of organization-wide systems
  • Seven or more years of management experience is required, including experience managing finance, human resources, and operations capabilities
  • Experience using multiple types of data, including stakeholder input, to set a vision and strategy and effectively manage teams in executing complex, collaborative strategies and projects across multiple constituencies
  • Experience managing and supporting the professional development of a diverse team
  • Demonstrated skills in budget management, internal controls, and financial analysis, including scenario planning


Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strategic, tactical, and data-driven orientation
  • Ability to develop authentic, trusting relationships with diverse internal stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to execute multiple concurrent projects at various stages of maturity
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills that support the ability to effectively interface with team members and constituencies at all levels
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; MBA or M.S. in Finance or Accounting is preferred; experience in an educational organization and/or the nonprofit sector is a plus


About the Commit Partnership

Founded in 2012, The Commit Partnership (“Commit” or “The Partnership”) has become the largest educational community-based collective impact organization in the U.S. as measured by either staff, by budget, or by total students supported (790,000+ ages 0 through 22). Encompassing 200+ partners across Dallas County, including almost every public school district, higher education entity and large foundation in the region, The Partnership also encompasses numerous independent private schools and public charter networks, businesses and educational non-profits. The Partnership’s overriding vision is relatively simple and straightforward: our community, working together, to ensure that all students receive an excellent and equitable education.

Over 100 different local, regional and national investors have supported the backbone to date. They include major foundations, high net worth philanthropists, and corporate partners, all of whom believe that investing in a dedicated backbone organization, armed with powerful data and the power to continually convene and align stakeholders, will lead to meaningful systems change as public and philanthropic funding streams align strategically behind what is needed to grow the number of students with a postsecondary degree or technical certificate.

While the Partnership’s current geographic scope is Dallas County, its early success has led to its recent agreement to support similar burgeoning efforts in Ft. Worth/Tarrant County (350,000 K-12 students) and Houston/Harris County (~900,000 K-12 students). Collectively, these three regions educate 1 in 3 children in Texas and roughly 4% of the nation’s K-12 population. When aligned in the future by common data and goals, these regions could prove a powerful force behind aligned advocacy to alter state public funding streams and key policies benefiting students.


This position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. For more information, read more about us or contact Dottie Smith at with questions. Interested candidates should apply via our Recuiterbox platform.


The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.