Chief Academic Officer

Chief Academic Officer

Background

 

The mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Caliber provides students with a challenging and engaging personalized education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in competitive colleges, careers, and communities. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world.

 

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide their work. Caliber is a community-based organization and celebrates the diversity of the communities it serves.  Caliber parents are active partners, frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

 

Founded in 2013, Caliber now proudly serves more than 1,300 students in the Bay Area at two schools-Caliber: Beta Academy in Richmond and Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo. Beta Academy is in its 4th year of operation, serving 800 students in grades K-8; ChangeMakers Academy is in its 2nd year of operation serving 500 students in grades TK-4, 6-7. Both schools outperformed the District on CAASPP testing for 2016-17, and each year, the organization has more than doubled the number of students scoring proficient or above on SBAC Math from fall to spring. Caliber is in the process of developing a high school model so that it will be able to serve students from kindergarten through college matriculation.

 

The Opportunity

 

Caliber Schools is searching for a Chief Academic Officer (CAO) to join the Senior Leadership Team at its School Support Organization (SSO). The CAO will be the first to serve in this new position and will play an integral role in the continued development of Caliber schools’ guiding principles, academic framework, vision, and growth, as well as the development of the Caliber High School model. The CAO will lead the charge to define the measures of academic success at Caliber, design relevant and engaging professional development, and create sustainable systems and structures that can support the organization as it grows. Working with stakeholders across both schools, this leader will move Caliber from startup phase to established excellence.

 

The ideal candidate is an adaptive self-starter who drives all decisions from a student-centered approach and is dedicated to social-emotional learning and equitable practices. The new CAO will have a minimum of five years of experience running a high performing elementary, middle, or K-8 school in an underserved community. S/he will be a credible leader and coach who has an exceptional ability to work across and motivate teams.

 

The CAO will manage a team that includes the two Executive Principals and the Director of Special Education and Multi-Tiered Student Services, as well as additional SSO-based staff as appropriate.

 

Responsibilities

 

Managing and Developing Staff

  • Manage and evaluate K-8 Executive Principals at Caliber: Beta Academy and Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy;
  • Work with the Executive Principals and their leadership teams to integrate the four pillars: Heart, Smart, Think, and Act into curriculum, assessment, instruction, and school culture;
  • Develop and coordinate professional development for school leaders and school leadership teams to build instructional leadership capacity in areas such as pedagogy, data analysis, intervention, culture building, and coaching and development of teachers;
  • Coach and manage Caliber’s Director of Special Education and Multi-Tiered System of Support, setting priorities and measurable goals to advance the quality of our special education program through student outcomes.

 

Leading Curriculum and Instruction

  • Drive the implementation of the Caliber academic vision over a 3-5 year period. Ensure a curriculum aligned to rigorous standards that foster inquiry, college-readiness, and further development of Caliber’s social emotional learning model using best practices, measurement, and assessment;
  • Ensure staff training and professional development is aligned to Caliber’s instructional design and teaching methods and grounded in research and best practice;
  • Lead the development and implementation of educational policies, procedures and planning to ensure students’ success;
  • Work collaboratively with the school leadership team and teachers to ensure all courses are aligned to previously agreed upon standards and frameworks potentially including CAASPP (SBAC), MAP, Nextgen science standards, CA state standards, and various critical thinking and CS frameworks.

 

Overseeing Systems and Growth

  • Partner with principals to determine staffing and configuration based on year to year growth.
  • Work closely with SSO team to improve Caliber’s academic systems and practices that enable educators and school leaders to prioritize instructional leadership at their sites;
  • Oversee the development of the Caliber High School model;
  • Partner with talent management to provide support in recruiting, identifying, and promoting excellent teachers, administrators, and SSO staff;
  • Respond to staff and parent concerns as appropriate in a progressive appeals and grievances process, and advise the CEO on all related matters when necessary.

 

 

Qualifications

 

Experience

  • A minimum of three to five years experience in a school leadership role at a high performing elementary, middle, or K-8  school in an underserved community;
  • Experience with and commitment to integrated Social and Emotional Learning curricula;
  • Prior experience in high performing charter school strongly preferred;
  • A proven track record of improving student achievement with data documenting improved student outcomes;
  • Demonstrated success developing school programs, curricula, and building a strong student culture;
  • Record of success in managing people and teams, coaching teachers and leaders to improve and excel, and building a positive and collaborative adult culture.

 

Skills

  • Strong relationship building skills; appetite for and ability to engage families and community members; cultural competency with at-risk students and families;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously to accomplish urgent and important needs;
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to keep the big picture in mind;
  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented.

 

Mindset

  • Unwavering belief that all children can learn and high expectations for all students;
  • Commitment to equitable practices;
  • Respect and humility: seeks to understand other perspectives; capacity to respond to new information, adapt, and learn;
  • Entrepreneurial energy to work with innovative new model;
  • Intellectual curiosity.

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Administrative Services Credential preferred

 

TO APPLY

For more information on the opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

 

Caliber Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.