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23 Mar 2020

Operations / Administration Chief Academic Officer

Jackson Public Schools
 Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, United States

Job Description

Are you a visionary leader, ready to shape the academic future of kids in Jackson, MS? 

Jackson Public Schools (JPS) is seeking a Chief Academic Officer to help the district achieve its key goals by setting the strategic vision and direction for the instructional framework and approach to academic programming. The CAO oversees the offices of Teaching and Learning, Exceptional Education and is the leader in all matters related to curriculum, instruction, pedagogy and learning. 


  • Developing and implementing a vision for the district’s instructional and curriculum services and setting a vision and goals for the Chief Academic Office, aligned with the district Strategic Operating Plan, to ensure rigorous and standards-aligned instruction and instructional supports in every classroom, for every JPS student.
  • Applying research and best practices to inform instruction and ensure consistent delivery of high quality instruction aligned with key standards (i.e. classroom-to-classroom, grade-by-grade, school-by-school).
  • Leading academic service areas (i.e. instructional improvement, curriculum and instruction, educator effectiveness, exceptional children services, gifted services, English as Second Language).
  • Supporting informed decision-making by the Superintendent, cabinet and senior staff by monitoring and effectively interpreting the latest research, trends and development in all areas of education.
  • Collaborating with Assistant Superintendents and Executive Directors in all academic areas to evaluate existing curriculum programs, using observations, walkthrough data and results of district and state testing to determine necessary midcourse corrections.
  • Working collaboratively with cross-departmental teams in Data and Accountability, Exceptional Education, and Teaching and Learning to ensure support of all teachers and the effective delivery of instructional programs and services.
  • Collaborating with principals, principal supervisors, and district departments to provide support for a variety of school settings and build school support systems with the necessary resources.
  • Building and leading a highly effective, innovative academic services department that is assessed on the ability to continually improve instructional practices.
  • Building the capacity of district teachers and leaders to implement inclusive practices for students with special needs.
  • Ensuring that initiatives for school leaders and school teams are coordinated and integrate both academic content and instructional strategies.
  • Establishing a culture of high expectations and shared responsibility for equitable access to high quality, culturally relevant instruction.
  • Creating opportunities for central office staff to act in service to schools, thus ensuring alignment of district resources with school needs.
  • Implementing an instructional plan for the district that ensures effective teaching in every classroom.
  • Overseeing a continuous improvement process to ensure systematic shifts in instructional practice and student achievement in every classroom.
  • Performing other related duties as requested or assigned.

Required Training & Experience

  • Evidence of improving academic outcomes for students and eliminating disparities in achievement, opportunities and services for students;
  • Ten or more years of supervisory/administrative/management experience in school administration, including knowledge of academic assessment, preferably in an urban school district;
  • Knowledge of best practice in instructing diverse learners;
  • Doctoral degree in Education in an area related to curriculum and instruction or academic accountability services preferred, but not required.

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Required Licensure/Certification

Possession of or eligibility for a valid state certificate endorsed in school administration (Mississippi Code 486).

Salary Information

Administrative Salary Scale

Days Employed: 246 per school year

Range: $105,000.00 – $155,000.00

Overtime: Exempt

Application Information

Deadline: Until Position is Filled Employment Date: July 1, 2020

All Applicants should (1) complete an online application at and (2) Attach a letter of interest, a résumé, a copy of current MDE license, and a copy of your official transcript to the online application.

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About Jackson Public School District

Jackson Public Schools is the second largest school district in Mississippi, serving nearly 24,000 students, representing more than 80 percent of school-aged children in the state’s capital. Jackson Public Schools is an innovative, urban district committed to excellence that will provide every student a quality education in partnership with parents and the community.

Jackson Public Schools does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age.

How to Apply

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Bureaus: -Other-. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 100,000 and above.