• Full Time
  • IN

Gary Community School Corporation

The Chief Academic Officer will have a unique opportunity to lead the excellence of the Gary Community School educational program across all grade levels. He or she will drive the school’s core education strategies that include the rigorous college preparatory curriculum, purposeful data-driven instruction and decision-making, effective and engaging instruction, joyful and purposeful school culture, and powerful talent development. For next year, the Chief Academic Officer also will guide the adoption and implementation of a Response to Intervention model to better serve our students who are struggling and those who are zooming, and develop Gary Community School approach to the effective use of technology, on-line resources, and students’ portal of performance data, class resources, homework, and calendar to support student achievement. The Chief Academic Officer will have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, collaborative organization that has developed a culture of excellence and entrepreneurship.

Second, the Chief Academic Officer will impact education beyond the school’s walls. Gary Community Schools’ is engaged in systemic reform efforts that shape policy, develop human capital, convene practitioners, and launch innovation, including projects with schools and teachers across the nation that have been funded by foundations, and investors. Each of these systemic reform projects is an outgrowth of successful practices in the education program.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by this position.

Ensure the excellence of the educational program across all grade levels:

  • School Performance: Ensures that schools are meeting student achievement goals by assessing performance of the school across grades and campuses.
  • Educational Model and Programs: Leads strategic decisions regarding the school’s educational model and programs, including the adoption and implementation of the Response to Intervention model.
  • Curriculum Development and Alignment: Guides development and continuous improvement of rigorous, college-ready curricula that is aligned vertically and anchored to the Indiana standards.
  • Data-Driven Decision-making: Leads design of Data Analysis Planning (DAP), coaches, principals in implementation of Data–Driven Decision-making; ensures rigorous use of data to drive the student outcomes in instructional systems, such as grade level team meetings, Academic and Student Support Team meetings, supervisor/teacher observation & feedback cycles, etc.
  • Instructional Quality and Consistency: Assesses and supports instructional quality and consistency across grade levels and campuses.
  • Differentiation: Leads the school’s approaches to differentiating instruction.
  • School Culture: Assesses and supports a school culture that is joyful and rigorous.
  • Family Engagement: Develops expectations, opportunities, and metrics for engagement of family members in students’ success with teachers.
  • Talent Recruitment and Development: Oversees the school’s talent cycle, including: teacher observation/feedback, professional growth planning, staff surveys, evaluations, and ensuring school leaders and operations staff are planning toward a strong talent pipeline.
  • Technology: Oversees the integration of technology into the educational program that supports teaching and learning, teaching tools that enhance instruction (e.g. Promethean Boards, Activotes, graphic calculators), and content that enhances learning (e.g. Achieve3000, Dreambox, MangaHigh).
  • High School Program: Oversees the further development of the high school program.
  • Optional Programs: Supports the development of optional Programs that:

Provide students with academic support.
Expand students’ experiences.
Foster social development.
Provide a safe place outside of regular school hours.

Drive leadership development and effective, collaborative oversight of the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet:

  • Supports each leader’s efforts to improve planning and instruction across all grades, uses data to identify areas for improvement, manages projects, and coordinates resources.
  • Reviews and approves contracts and/or consultants related to the CAO’s area of oversight.
  • Supports each leader in developing and implementing an effective professional growth plan.
  • Evaluates each building leaders.

Collaborate effectively with the elementary, middle school, and high school principals to prioritize, operationalize, and evaluate all aspects of the education program.  Serve as a member of the Executive Cabinet to lead both day-to-day management and decision making and long-term strategic growth:

  • Collaborates with the principals and district leaders to ensure that the organization runs smoothly including systems of attendance, enrollment, progress reporting, etc.
  • Develops the budget with the Superintendent, principals, and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Contributes to the development of school and education policies .
  • Reports to the Board of Education on the school’s educational progress.
  • Assists with leading the development, implementation, and monitoring of the School Improvement Plans
  • Oversees the implementation of Supplemental Educational Services, as needed.
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.
  • Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective working environment.

Direct supervision of the Academic Department and dotted-line supervision of principals

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:

  • Instruction, curriculum, standards, and assessments.

Skill in:

  • Management, with the ability to motivate, collaborate with and develop a diverse group of leaders, teachers, staff members, and community members.
  • Using a computer and related software applications.
  • Using modern office equipment.

Ability to:

  • Build and manage relationships with diverse stakeholders, including teachers, school leaders, Board members, parents and students.

Master’s Degree in Education Leadership.  Doctorate or ABD preferred.   The belief that all children of every background can reach high levels of student achievement.  A track record of success in leading school(s) to high levels of performance with at least five years of experience in key leadership roles. Strong analytical skills, facility, and experience with data-driven decision making.  Ability to think strategically and translate thoughts to action through to completion. Humility, a sense of humor, and flexibility in an entrepreneurial environment. Self-motivated, especially when managing competing priorities.

Indiana Building Level Administration/Supervision Certification

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Testing & Clearances                                                  

  • Drug Test
  • Background/CPS Clearance


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