Chief Academic Officer

    Advanced Educational Staffing
    Detroit, MI
    Commensurate with Experience
Founded in 1999 as a K-8 program with only 87 students, Old Redford Academy has grown to include a family of over 2000 K-12 students and 200+ teachers and administrators. Old Redford Academy is a cutting edge urban charter school district, whose vision is to educate all students within a clean, safe and healthy learning environment, actively helping learners to reach their maximum potential by utilizing current technologies and higher order thinking skills to engage in collaborative activities with staff, students, parents, local, and global community members to develop solutions to the challenges faced within our contemporary society. It is our sincerest belief that it takes a village to raise a child, this village consisting of parental guidance, educator involvement, and strong community partnerships.  

We are looking for an outstanding senior instructional leader to serve as Old Redford Academy’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO of this twenty year old charter district will articulate and refine Old Redford’s academic program, manage principals, build systems and processes that will support Old Redford’s growth over time, and ensure that ORA’s students attain excellent academic outcomes while becoming productive members of a peaceful global society.

Position Responsibilities
  • Articulate and refine Old Redford Academy’s Vision of Excellence for instruction and academic culture, and invest teachers and leaders in this vision. 
  • Define ORA's academic program including a cohesive and well-defined approach to the following: standards, assessment, instruction, curriculum, school improvement, professional development and technical assistance. 
  • Continuously evolve ORA’s academic program to promote a culture of engaging, rigorous, and responsive instruction.  
  • Identify the strategic steps we need to take in order to realize ORA’s academic goals, including a careful analysis of the curricula and data tracking systems that will best support our work. 
  • Build systems and processes that will allow Old Redford Academy to serve our students academically and continue to support our students’ growth in the upcoming years. 
  • Manage, grow, and retain a team of instructional leaders, including principals and content coaches. 
  • Develop a vision to facilitate professional development and evaluation of instruction that effectively leverages talent and promotes a culture of sharing/collaboration that ensures instructional leaders and teachers receive outstanding coaching and professional development that accelerates their own growth and the academic achievement of their students. 
  • Provide leadership in the evaluation of instruction and programs, and recommends changes and improvements as needed. 
  • Assess principal leadership capacity, develop and support the execution of individualized leadership plans, conduct regular formal and informal evaluations, design and deliver professional learning opportunities for principals that are focused on building their capacities as instructional leaders. 
  • Collaborate with the principals in development and implementation of school and district improvement plans.  
  • Serve on ORA’s Executive Team and work collaboratively with all members of the team to ensure coordinated planning and consistent implementation of the District’s Improvement Plan, making certain that programs and priorities focus on eliminating achievement gaps and improving student achievement to provide the highest quality education for our students. 
  • Act as a liaison with other school districts, universities, and State Department personnel in order to keep abreast of new educational developments and ideas. 
  • Ultimately, own the responsibility for ensuring that Old Redford Academy students receive an outstanding education that prepares them to succeed in college and beyond as impactful members of society.
  • Must possess Master's degree in education administration, supervision, or curriculum development. 
  • Five (5) years’ experience in the area of school leadership 
  • At least three (3) years of successful teaching experience 
  • Administrative Certification is required

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
Old Redford Academy may be the right fit for you if: 
  • You have experience serving as an instructional leader, ideally in a high-performing charter network. 
  • You believe deeply in Old Redford Academy’s mission, and in our ability to achieve ambitious goals. 
  • You have successfully managed and developed teams by creating a feedback-rich and data-driven culture. 
  • You have deep experience using academic data to drive instructional and curricular strategies. 
  • You are a systematic thinker who has successfully built processes and systems that have helped instructional leaders and teachers be more efficient and effective in their work. 
  • You believe effective instruction is full of joy and rigor. 
  • You are relentless, innovative, results-oriented team member with high expectations and strong belief in transformational pedagogy. 
  • You are always looking to grow your own expertise and practice, and seek out resources and best practices from others. 
  • You have effectively implemented instructional leadership best practices, including providing observation feedback, leading data meetings, and executing other Leverage Leadership techniques

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