Chief Academic Officer

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the responsibilities of the Chief Academic Officer include, but are not limited to:

Ensure high student achievement

  • Set clear, measurable, motivating goals at the beginning of the year for every grade/ subject and every class; ensure team is bought into the goals and feels motivated by and accountable to them; keep goals front and center and regularly assess student progress toward them; never make excuses when goals aren’t met but rather rally the team to improve and recommit to achieving them
  • Plan the instructional schedule and curriculum in partnership with the executive director and the rest of the leadership team based on school-specific data and results
  • Ensure academic rigor through curricular alignment with standards
  • Analyze school-wide data regularly with the executive director and teachers to champion effective instructional data practices and assessments
  • Manage the school assessment process to ensure that teachers are using data to drive instruction and run high-impact interim assessment data debriefs
  • Serve as a member of the Student Support Team (SST)
  • Ensure that systematic interventions occur whenever students are struggling; monitor quality and effectiveness of interventions to ensure they are rigorous, disciplined, and high-impact

Coach teachers toward instructional excellence

  • Identify clear learning goals for teachers, create and execute on development plans using a range of coaching strategies and improve teacher effectiveness; systematically develop a team of great coaches
  • Provide hands-on coaching to a portfolio of teachers and help them master the essentials of effective instruction
  • Observe lessons and provide on-going, specific, actionable, positive and constructive feedback that ensures the teacher can translate the feedback into improved instruction and fosters a “we’re on the same team” feeling
  • Model great instruction in your own teaching
  • Effectively plan both full units and individual lessons with teachers and the Director of Curriculum, guiding them through the entire backwards planning process
  • Manage and carry out a data based teacher evaluation system for all teachers

Facilitate high quality professional development

  • Accurately identify and prioritize professional development needs through careful analysis of student data, teacher growth areas and school goals; maximize the impact of formal PD time and ensure that all sessions are thoroughly and thoughtfully planned, engaging and actionable
  • Design and run high-quality professional development sessions
  • Write thorough, thoughtful, actionable annual growth plans for all the teachers in your portfolio at mid- year and end-of-year
  • Work with each team member to set clear, measureable, outcome-oriented academic goals for the year and plan professional development opportunities around those academic goals

Serve as an active member of the school leadership team

  • Reinforce the mission with staff and inspire them to act on the mission every single day; exude urgency, excellence, and optimism; use the mission as a litmus test for school- based decisions and to provide focus when prioritizing what will have the greatest impact on students; instill staff with a feeling that they are contributing to something greater than themselves
  • Reflect on actions and adjust behavior and systems accordingly; ask regularly for feedback; model humility and admit mistakes; seek out thought partners
  • Plan each day and week to ensure that top priorities are addressed and accomplished on time
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Director of Curriculum and other leadership to develop and maintain a positive school climate and culture
  • Support teachers in developing their leadership skills

Develop the school’s curriculum in preparation for growth and grade expansion

  • Oversee the school’s curricular documents and create the Scope and Sequence, Curriculum Maps, and Unit Plans for Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies to encompass Grades 2 and 3

Skills and characteristics

  • Knowledge of essential content, Common Core Standards, and highly effective teaching strategies in at least two subject areas
  • History of effectively coaching both new and experienced teachers
  • Strong instructional, classroom management and discipline skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Belief in the Sela PCS mission , educational model and core values
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a collaborative work ethic

Educational background and work experience

  • A bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university
  • At least 5 years of urban teaching experience with a record of high student achievement
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Common Core Standards and student assessments
  • Experience with the role and responsibilities of an instructional coach required
  • Proven success in the collection, disaggregation, and analysis of assessment data

How to apply

To apply, submit your resume and detailed, personalized cover letter to jobs@selapcs.org. Please indicate your salary history and requirement, as well as contact information for three professional references.

Washington, District of Columbia
2013-11-01
Sela Public Charter School
n/a
jobs@selapcs.org

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