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21 Jan 2020

Operations / Administration Chief Academic Officer

Envision Education
 Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States

Job Description



Envision is seeking a dynamic, experienced educator and leader to build on the successes of our three high schools and two middle schools and establish Envision Schools as exemplar schools of equity and excellence for our students and for Envision Learning Partners.  The Chief Academic Officer (CAO) will do this by providing vision, management experience, educational expertise, and operational oversight. The CAO will partner with Envision’s Senior Leadership Team to achieve our goals by 2025: 

  • 95% of graduates will be accepted into a 4-year college
  • All student subgroups will meet or exceed statewide performance on SBAC
  • 90+% of those who go to 4-year college will persist due to their growth on 1-2 key SEL measures (to be established based on upcoming research) through Envision’s Portfolio Defense system, thus tapping into their own power regardless of their marginalized status in society at large.


The Chief Academic Officer is responsible for ensuring academic success across the entire network of schools. The CAO leads the academic program and the implementation of our Portfolio Defense system, oversees our schools, and manages, coaches and develops our principals, the Director of Special Education, Director of Instruction, and Director of Math. The CAO leads the organization in the planning, development, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of instructional programs for all students; provides decisive, dynamic leadership and supervision of curriculum and instruction; provides direction and inspiration for our continual improvement in academic content standards and assessment, teaching and learning, and professional development; ensures compliance with policies, practices and procedures. 


Reporting: This position reports directly to the CEO and serves on the organization’s Senior Leadership Team.




  • Creates a bold strategic vision for the network academic model, guided by Envision’s graduate profile, incorporates evidence-based best practices, aligns curriculum, instruction, and assessments, meets state, federal, and college/career requirements, and meets the needs of all students 
  • With input from key stakeholders, develops network strategy for implementation of the academic model and resource allocation to achieve desired student outcomes
  • Ensures that academic model includes high expectations and an effective tiered system of supports to meet the needs of all students, including special populations (e.g., Special Education, English learners, and other groups)
  • Ensures (and is ultimately responsible for) continuous improvement of student outcomes
  • Promotes educational equity (equitable outcomes and processes) as a guiding principle across the entire school network, and ensures it is reflected in curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems
  • Ensures close partnership, mutual learning and synergy with Envision Learning Partners


  • Directs and coaches school leaders on school management, including planning, staffing, program, culture, curriculum, instruction, and assessments
  • Leads the schools in continuous improvement of programs and systems, including the development of school plans and key performance indicators, and setting high expectations and standards for quality teaching and learning that align with mission and organizational culture
  • Acts as sounding board and advisor to principals to support and coach them in moments of challenge, continuously providing thought partnership, moral support, and drives toward student achievement
  • Defines and monitors key metrics to determine success of school network and foster data-driven continuous improvement
  • Fosters a collaborative and results driven culture across the network of schools



  • Continually aligns and refines academic model, professional development, and coaching systems to drive improvement and achieve desired student outcomes across school network
  • Creates data-driven culture throughout academics team and network of schools
  • Ensures academic team efforts are effectively building the capacity of teachers and leaders across the system to meet the needs of all students and create conditions for students to thrive, especially students who have historically been marginalized



  • Collaborates with the CEO and the senior leadership team to establish and accomplish organizational goals, objectives and strategic plans, exploring growth opportunities and identifying key risks and success factors
  • Develops external partnerships with educational organizations, district and non-profit partners, and universities
  • Creates and reviews educational presentations in charters, grant applications, and for the Board
  • Works with key stakeholders in the development and revision of educational policies for recommendation to the Board


Other projects and duties as assigned.



  • A minimum of 5 years as a successful administrator, with 3 of those years as a school leader and 2 years supervising school leaders  
  • A Master’s in education or a related field, or comparable management-level experience
  • Administrative Services Credential – preferred 



  • A healthy blend of strategic, team, operational and equity leadership
  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of students, especially those furthest from opportunity
  • Expert knowledge, understanding and experience in developing equity-centered curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems, especially performance assessment systems
  • Supervisory and leadership development experience with school leaders, instructional staff, and teacher leaders  
  • A successful record leading effective teams and individuals, managing organizational change and initiating key innovations  
  • Experience and comfort in holding structured cross-race dialogues in teams about how dynamics of race, power, privilege and microaggressions are playing out within teams
  • An ability to connect with a diverse group of people and build strong relationships grounded in listening and high levels of challenge and support
  • Experience and comfort with giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback and track record of taking action and adapting style and processes based on the feedback
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences (e.g., large groups, staff meetings, senior leadership team meetings, public board meetings, memos)  
  • A strong analytic, performance management, accountability, and systems-thinking orientation necessary to inform strategy development and execution 



    Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Benefits: Competitive benefits including medical, paid sick, vacation, 403(b) retirement plan option, FSA plan (health and dependent care), and long/short-term and life insurance.

How to Apply

APPLY HERE: Envision Careers   As an equal opportunity employer, we believe deeply in diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people. Envision recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and the many other characteristics that make us diverse.  

Bureaus: D.C.. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Job Tags: Chief Academic Officer, education, Envision Education, Non Profit Charter, and Portfolio Defense. Salaries: 100,000 and above.