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Chief Academic Officer

Posted 2014-06-27
Job Description

Chief Academic Officer

Reports to: President
Start date: July 2014
Location: Boston area only

The Chief Academic Officer will manage the vision and strategy for the alignment of curriculum and assessments across the network and ensure that every principal is demonstrating excellent instructional leadership. The Chief Academic Officer sits on the executive leadership team and will report directly to the President.

You are a compelling and persuasive visionary. We are at an inflection point in our organizations growth. You enjoy using data and evidence to ground stakeholders in a compelling vision. You instill confidence and buy-in from critical stakeholders who may hold different goals and different agendas. You enjoy being at the seat of change in an organization and state that is at the forefront of education reform.

You live and breathe curriculum, instruction and assessments. You have deep and relevant curriculum and assessment experience in the K-12 education sector. You deeply believe in the need for growing organizations to standardize curriculum and assessments, while still providing school leaders with the flexibility and autonomy to lead their schools. You know what excellent principal leadership looks like and what works and what doesnt in high performing schools. You are comfortable translating a variety of information (qualitative and quantitative) into clear, actionable steps that help diverse audiences work smarter.

You are a talented manager of workflow. You enjoy developing effective ways to streamline and create processes and protocols for maximum efficiency. You enjoy digging into complex initiatives. You are an organizational guru. You are the one others seek out when they need support with organization or with prioritization. At the same time, you are flexible and always default to action.

You are a talented manager of people. Our people are our most valuable asset. You look forward to coaching and helping managers (and managers of managers) achieve aggressive goals while creating a culture in which people can grow personally and professionally. You hold yourself to incredibly high standards and expect the best from your people.

You find turnaround work motivating. Even as we put our existing schools on a path to excellence, we firmly believe that we must continue to grow given the depth of the need for excellent schools in our communities. You believe in our mission of transformation and believe that we are equal partners with districts, communities and families.

You believe in earning the right to do the work. This expression anchors us in humility and respect. You check your title at the door, listen closely, learn constantly, and build coalitions inside and outside our network that are rooted in teamwork and trust.

The primary duty of the Chief Academic Officer is to ensure that every UP Academy meets its academic targets by ensuring that curriculum and assessments across the network are best in class and that every principal is demonstrating excellent instructional leadership. The Chief Academic Officer will manage the Director of Principal Leadership, the Director of Special Education, the head of English Language Learner Support, the Math and English Language Arts curriculum leads, and one or more of our networks Principal and/or Principal Residents. The Chief Academic Officer will:

Standardize curriculum and assessments across the entire network of UP Academy schools;
Ensure the right systems, processes and infrastructure are in place such that curricular and assessment can be continually improved across the network;
Establish a residency year experience for principal in residents that prepare individuals to be ready to serve as UP Academy principals 12 months later;
Ensure that every UP Academy school has a best-in-class approach to educating students with disabilities and ELLs;
Ensure that principal management, professional development and principal-to-principal collaboration protocols and practices allow every principal to make meaningful improvement and growth in their role every year; and
Ensure that every UP Academy school effectively implements our networks school culture protocols.

Ability to effectively communicate a compelling vision for academics and instill confidence and buy-in from critical stakeholders;
Ability to organize effectively, ruthlessly prioritize and oversee implementation of multiple complex initiatives;
Ability to adapt quickly in the face of change;
Demonstrated track record of building and managing large high performing teams;
Incredible work ethic and ability to do whatever it takes to get the job done;
Incredibly high standards of excellence for self and for others;
Deep belief in our mission and vision for partnering with districts to transform chronically underperforming schools into extraordinary schools;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Obsessive attention to details;
Bachelors degree required (advanced degree preferred); and
Current authorization to work in the United States A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment.
The Chief Academic Officer role is a full-time, salaried position with benefits and a vacation package. We offer a competitive compensation package, including comprehensive health benefits.
Commitment to Diversity
We believe that we have a responsibility to recruit, attract, select, retain, develop, and reward a diverse and talented staff. As the future leaders of our country, our students must be exposed on a daily basis to a diverse group of powerful role models - in their teachers, their school leaders, and their supporters in the home office. With this in mind, we are committed to recruiting the most talented individuals from the widest possible range of backgrounds to join our creative, mission-driven team. We have set strategic and ambitious goals related to hiring a more diverse workforce in our schools and home office.

To Apply
Please email a resume and answer short questions as to why you are an ideal candidate for the position. Interviews will begin on January 13, 2014 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Finalists will be invited to meet CEO and members of his leadership team. Submissions should be sent to The Offor Walker Group by clicking HERE.

UP Education Network is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable law. This policy extends to, but is not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, training and termination.

Hours: Full-Time
Type: Job


Tarah Mohika

Company Description

UP Education Network is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. Our turnaround schools ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. UP Education Network currently operates four schools, UP Academy Charter School of Boston (grades 6-8), UP Academy Leonard Middle School (grades 6-8), UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (grades K1-5), and UP Academy Oliver (grade 6). UP Education Network serves more than 1,500 students in Boston and Lawrence. UP Education Network is working to open a fifth school (UP Academy Holland) in the summer of 2014.

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