Open Positions - Five Keys Charter School - San Francisco, Los Angeles, East Bay, Solano — Five Keys Schools and Programs

Operations Assistant (Temporary)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-590159
    • Job Location: Castaic, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Temporary
    • Date Updated: September 07, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Salary: $19 per hour
    • Site/Location: Pitchess Detention Center (Castaic, CA), other sites as needed
    • Work Schedule: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, varying/additional hours as needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, occasional evenings and weekends
    • Reports to: Operations Manager
    • Union: Non-Union
    • Retirement: Optional 403b retirement plan
    • On-site Hours/Week: 37.5 Per week
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Job Description:


Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice Principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.


Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail, today Five Keys is a nationally recognized education management (non-profit) corporation that operates accredited charter schools and programs for TAY youth and adults at 70 locations across California.

Five Keys operates with the goal of restoring communities through education and other programs that respond to the students’ and community needs---which in turn creates safer communities. Five Keys provides a range of educational programs and services including: high school diploma, career and technical education, digital literacy, ESL, cognitive behavioral, recovery programs, case management, correctional education consulting and college access to transitional aged youth and adults in six California counties.


This position provides support to the teachers, administrators, students, and other administrative staff in the mission of the Five Keys Charter Schools. It is the responsibility of each staff member to strive to raise the standard of professionalism to ensure the highest educational standards and opportunities are offered to our students, our teachers and other admin staff.


  • Collaborate with Custody and Site Director to ensure the smooth functioning of the school
  • Maintain effective operations of all aspects of daily school operations
  • Conduct intakes and orientation with new students prior to entering classes or being assigned to an ISP teacher
  • Administer the TABE test upon student intake and at regular intervals
  • Ensure that students are placed in appropriate classes utilizing TABE information
  • Ensure that accurate daily class rosters are created and maintained
  • Collaborate with Site Director and Operations Coordinator regarding class assignments for students close to graduation
  • Maintain the Student Information System for Five Keys Charter School and Five Keys Independence High
  • Work with Operations staff to ensure ADA is met daily
  • Support Site Director and teachers as needed
  • Support Operations staff in resolving operational issues at all facilities
  • Other tasks as needed to ensure the success of Five Keys Schools
  • Provide coverage for other administrative positions as necessary
  • Conduct group and individual orientations and outreach sessions for new students, including completing enrollment paper work and explaining the requirements and programs of the school
  • Ensure that enrollment and other intake paperwork is complete, accurate, and shared with appropriate staff, including scanning, uploading, and emailing documents to appropriate Five Keys staff and other stakeholders
  • Administer testing required for enrollment and placement, including TABE tests for incoming students, CAHSEE tests and practice GEDs. Assist with training of new staff and community partners in the administration of education screenings, assessments and referral paperwork
  • Manage wait list and flow of students into various Five Keys campuses and programs; including informing new students that a slot is available and providing enrollment reports to authorized partners
  • Meet with incoming students to discuss assessment results, placement options, and educational needs with students; including graduation plans and expectations
  • Ensure that students’ rights to confidentiality, equal access, and other legal mandates are honored and explained during intake, and make placement recommendations that comply with legal and ethical guidelines
  • Assist with or provide informational sessions to partner agencies regarding Five Keys enrollment and programs
  • Answer phone calls and emails and attend assigned meetings concerning enrollment / outreach and for the school
  • Make and distribute files and other informational materials for incoming students and community partners
  • Enter enrollments and update other information in the student information system (OASIS) and navigate OASIS to determine students’ status and enrollment need
  • Discuss transcripts and educational history (along with present needs) with students and staff to determine optimum placement and programming needs of new students
  • Encourage students and provide approved resources and referrals to incoming students with barriers to school participation
  • Communicate new and returning student’s needs to the appropriate staff
  • Remain informed about current staffing, structure, and enrollment practices for all Five Keys campuses in order to facilitate smooth, transparent, and appropriate placement of students
  • Clearly communicate with students, teachers, administration, and community partners
  • Train and support staff in need of information and assistance regarding new student enrollment and placement
  • Abide by Five Keys and Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:

  • Friendly and calm demeanor
  • Ability to work in an organized, efficient, and focused manner
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional demeanor when interacting with diverse community partners, students, and staff with diverse heritage and backgrounds
  • Must be adept using MS Office, phone, internet, and email
  • Able to learn and use Student Information Systems effectively to perform daily tasks
  • Must be proficient in databases
  • Willingness and ability to grow professionally, be accountable, expand skills, and adapt to evolving school environments is required
  • Committed to the mission, vision, and values of Five Keys are necessary, along with an understanding of the challenges and needs of Five Keys students
  • Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with students or community or program partners, and while at any school location or community or program partner site
  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/concerns

This position typically requires:

  • 3-5 years in an administrative assistant position required.
  • Experience working with in-custody populations preferred.
  • Frequent and prolonged standing, walking, and sitting
  • Frequent talking and hearing conversations
  • Occasional reaching with hands and arms
  • Occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to follow oral directions in emergency situations
  • Travel to multiple sites required
  • Clear TB Risk Assessment (or results, as needed) dated within 60 days of hire to be submitted within 10 days of hire required
  • Must be willing and able to work in a correctional facility and travel throughout the area to community sites
  • Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population
  • Moderate noise level


All Staff Benefits

• Medical with very low employee premium contributions
• Employer paid Dental
• Employer paid Vision
• Employer paid Life Insurance
• Employer paid AD&D, Short- and Long-term Disability
• HRA Benefit
• Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Accounts
• Pre-Tax Transit and Parking Accounts
• State Teachers Retirement (STRS) with Employer Matching for eligible employees
• 403 (b) retirement plan with Employer Matching for non-STRS positions
• Free Employee Assistance Program
• Generous Paid Time Off
• Gym membership reimbursement up to $100 for employees


Five Keys Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.