School Network Staff Chief Academic Officer (CAO)
Job Title: Chief Academic Officer (CAO)
Department: Executive Office
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Type: 12 month
Chief Academic Officer
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (CRIPCS) is an adult charter school that delivers high-quality education, career training, and supportive services that enable adult immigrants to realize their dreams while strengthening our community and economy. When you join the team at CRIPCS, you become part of a unique, mission-driven organization that is actively and innovatively tackling some of the greatest challenges faced by adult learners and English language learners today, with a laser-beam focus on equity of opportunity for those we exist to serve.
We are seeking a Chief Academic Officer to set and execute on a long-term academic vision and to coordinate priorities across our two campuses. We are at a key juncture as an organization and in the field of adult education as we mine the lessons learned during the Covid 19 pandemic and contribute to the future of our field in the coming months and years. The CAO role holds a high potential for lasting impact for the Carlos Rosario School and the community we exist to serve at a critical and innovative time for the School. The CAO is a key member of the executive team and will play an integral role in our school’s SY21-22 plans as well as vision setting and strategic planning for the future. The CAO is responsible for ensuring exemplary quality of our programs and services in service of our School’s students and mission. The CEO works to develop and support our campus principals as they carry out our mission of excellence in teaching and learning within a compassionate and inclusive environment. The CAO provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the curriculum, instruction, assessment, student services practices, and professional development across schools.
- Proactively lead academic design and operations for both campuses
- Lead the development and adaptation of instructional programs, curriculum, and assessment practices in order to meet the short-term and long-term needs of the school community (e.g., hybrid, distance learning)
- Work closely with the CEO to implement instructional priorities
- Collaborate with internal stakeholders to ensure student information system (SIS) serves academic needs
- Engages in ongoing data analysis to inform educational planning, problem solving, and decision-making
- Engage in ongoing self-reflection of anti-bias, anti-racist practices and provide leadership to others around inclusive and equitable practices, particularly in the areas of teaching and learning
- Provide regular feedback and coaching to campus leaders and network-level instructional staff (Curriculum and Assessment Manager, Student Services Directors, Arts and Culture Manager)
- Set the vision and strategy for professional development across the school
- Oversee the teacher and leader credentialing program
- Set the annual school calendar, in collaboration with cross-functional team leaders
- Serve as a liaison and advocate with OSSE and PCSB regarding enrollment, accreditation, and other requirements as needed
- Work with the Community Capital Corporation Executive Director to determine school closures and work with school leaders to disseminate closure information to the School community
- Collaborate with the executive team on academic reporting and compliance in reporting to the DCPCSB, OSSE, and other District authorities
- Represent the school in various settings
- Masters degree from an accredited college or university in Educational Administration or related field; Ph.D. preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in education management, including successful principal-level leadership
- Recognized expertise in adult education and working with English language learners.
- Demonstrated success in in setting and working effectively toward an ambitious vision for a school community
- Demonstrated success in effectively building, developing, and leading diverse teams
- Experience leading teams in courageous conversations about race, power, privilege, and bias
- Capacity to accept feedback from others, make decisions, and exhibit sound and accurate judgment in a dynamic, fast paced environment
- Ability to work collaboratively with team members and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and build a culture that fosters diversity and inclusiveness
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to understand the perspectives of others and influence and motivate team members to meet goals
- Strong communications skills, including the ability to effectively facilitate meetings and produce compelling written communication
- Strong strategic thinking skills, with a data driven and generative approach to problem solving
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Bilingual/Spanish or Amharic and English
- Knowledge and experience using Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, and Windows applications.
- A demonstrated commitment to educational equity
- Deep commitment to CRIPCS’s core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners: