The Alameda Unified School District seeks applicants for Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO is a member of the Executive Cabinet and a senior management position responsible for the oversight of curriculum and instruction. Ideal applicants will have progressively increasing responsibilities in school leadership, including school site leadership.
Give direction to and assume administrative responsibility for the Education Services Department, which includes curriculum and instruction, assessment, professional development, English language development, secondary education, summer school and categorical programs. Coordinate and manage assigned activities in the other District departments and related agencies; provide highly responsible and complex administrative support directly to the Superintendent and as a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet.
Supervision received and exercised
Receives general supervision from the Superintendent. Supervises classified and certificated employees as assigned.
Translate the District’s educational philosophy, goals and objectives into action terms that directly benefit teacher and students of the District.
Work to improve the quality of educational services and programs for all students: provide District leadership to implementation of educational programs, practices and procedures; work to ensure equity of educational experiences and opportunities for every student.
Work cooperatively with leaders of other administrative programs in integrating and coordinating individual efforts into a unified program for the district.
Provide direction and supervision over the various services provided: curriculum and instruction, assessment, professional development, strategic planning, English language development and categorical programs.
Maintains District responsibility for establishing and maintaining systems to ensure equity and equitable learning outcomes for diverse learners.
Provide leadership to identify, develop and implement systemic administrative reform designed to support District goals to improve achievement for all students and close the academic achievement gap; initiate development of new programs, instructional practices and strategies supporting educational services for all students.
Plan, design, implement, evaluate and coordinate delivery of services; determine and implement appropriate changes and improvements to ensure effective, cost-efficient programs focused on closing the achievement gap and improving achievement of all students.
Research and analyze administrative, fiscal and operational problems; review findings and implement solutions.
Assist the Superintendent in the determination of resource allocation and the levels of services according to established policy; oversee the preparation and execution of the budget for the Education Services Division.
Prepare and submit reports and other documents as requested by the Superintendent: oversee development and publication of other documents within the Educational Services Department.
Remain abreast of developments and innovations in the field by reading current literature, attending professional association meetings and conferences and discussing developments and issues of mutual interest with others in the field.
Devise comprehensive and effective systems of record keeping in accordance with the needs of the District Office programs and the policies, regulations and laws affecting those programs.
Ensure that all educational programs and activities are operated within the limits and the interest of state and federal laws.
Meet with a variety of Federal, State, regional and local officials regarding current and future policy and procedural aspects of the education services, programs and functions assigned.
Attend all regular meetings of the Board of Education; prepare board reports and present reports to the board.
Represent the District in its cooperative relationships with community members, community agencies, K-12 level District committees and councils and personnel in other organizational units and office.
Develop, evaluate and make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding policies and procedures governing the operation of the District’s schools, special services, special projects, research, evaluation, curriculum, and staff development.
Select, train, supervise and evaluate staff.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Education code, administrative and board policy, federal and state laws, codes, regulations and requirements pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility and bargaining unit contracts.
Principles and practices of organizational management including personnel administration, administrative planning, organizational development, budgeting collective bargaining, purchasing and information processing.
Funding sources for educational programs and the variety of related regulations, controls and reporting procedures.
Respond promptly to request of internal and external clients; provide them needed direction, assistance, training, materials and resources.
Express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in both oral and written form and use language and medium appropriate to audience.
Establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationships with individuals, groups, public and private agency personnel.
Motivate, challenge and guide others in the improvement of educational programs and district office services.
Analyze data and situation(s); render judgment, make decisions and solve problems efficiently and effectively.
Develop and administer budget(s) related to area(s) of responsibility; anticipate revenue and expenditure needs and changes.
Plan, organize and conduct professional development activities; coordinate curriculum and instruction projects, conferences, events and activities.
Oversee a wide range of educational programs and relate to the personnel associated with those programs; set standards and assist others in meeting those standards.
Select, train, supervise and evaluate staff relative to program objectives; observe and document performance; design data-based improvement processes.
Education and Experience:
Appropriate California Teaching and Administrative Credentials.
Master’s degree preferred.
Any combination that is equivalent to education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities in qualifying for the position.
Curriculum and instruction experience.
Staff development training experience.
Research and evaluation experience.
Experience in management positions with demonstrated results.
Additional Salary Information: Advance degree and cell phone stipend. Contributions towards health and welfare.
About Alameda Unified School District
Serving Alameda children since 1855, the Alameda Unified School District’s mission is to effectively use our limited resources to ensure that every child succeeds. We believe that our diverse community of students, given a rigorous academic program in an inclusive, safe and secure environment, will be prepared to be responsible citizens.
The district, which serves about 9500 students, has a wide range of school offerings, including a preschool, nine elementary schools, four middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, an Early College High School, and an adult school. Approximately 18% of students are English language learners, reflecting the richness of cultures represented in our island city.
We are very proud of the high quality education our staff provides. U.S. News and World Report has recognized Alameda and Encinal High Schools as two of the top 1500 high schools in the nation. Our schools have also received gold, blue, and green ribbon awards from both the California and U.S. Departments of Education, and our graduates go on to a wide range of colleges and universities, as well as apprenticeships and jobs.