Chief Equity & Academic Officer - Fort Collins, CO
School District: Poudre School District
City/State: Fort Collins, CO
Where to Apply: https://psdschools.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=4084
Position Open Until: 12/9/2021
SUMMARY: The Chief Equity and Academic Officer is a member of the superintendent’s cabinet and provides administrative and strategic oversight in developing, achieving, and maintaining the best educational programs and services for all students. This position provides leadership in the design, planning, and implementation of all learning services, promoting high student achievement through quality, equitable instruction for both students and employees of the district. This position is responsible for providing leadership and facilitating collaboration with schools and departments to foster an environment that: is student-focused and results-oriented; has a clear shared vision of great teaching and learning; builds educator capacity and investment; and is data-driven and focused on accountability to ensure that all students thrive. This position directs the operation, development, implementation, and coordination of programs and staff in the departments responsible for: curriculum and instruction; professional development; student services; research and evaluation; language, culture, and equity; career and innovation; and integrated services, all of which are part of the district’s Learning Services Team. A critical component of this role is also the development and implementation of an equity plan that supports the district’s strategic plan (currently in development), mission, and vision while specifically promoting inclusion for all and narrowing the gaps between the highest and lowest performing students. This position, in partnership with the Learning Services Team, develops institutional policies, practices, and programs that create a climate of equity and acceptance that respects, values, and responds to the diversity of students, staff, parents, and the community.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB TASKS:
- Provide leadership and facilitate collaboration with schools and departments to foster an environment that is: student-focused and results-oriented; has a clear shared vision of great teaching and learning; builds educator capacity and investment; and is data-driven and focused on accountability to ensure that all students thrive.
- Provide leadership in the design, planning, and implementation of all learning services, promoting high student achievement through quality instruction for both students and employees of the district.
- Direct the operation, activities, development, implementation, coordination, and supervision, including evaluation and hiring of programs and staff in the departments responsible for: curriculum and instruction; professional development; student services; research and evaluation; language, culture, and equity; career and innovation; and integrated services, all of which are part of the district’s Learning Services Team.
- Engage stakeholders in the achievement of the district’s shared vision for teaching and learning. Identify key instructional strategies to support the school system and oversee instructional programs and recommend changes/additions based on research and established goals.
- Lead the interpretation of curriculum and/or instructional changes and/or outcomes to the Board, administration, staff, and the community by demonstrating a deep knowledge of high-quality curriculum and instructional materials.
- Provide leadership to the administrative staff of the Learning Services Team in the development of the district’s strategic plan and the coordination of activities, functions, and responsibilities of their departments that strengthen our instructional core and align with school system goals.
- Collect, analyze, and use assessment, personnel, student, and other forms of data.
- Use data and research, including assessment data, to continuously improve instructional programs, staff training, and services to schools.
- Collaborate with school and community leaders in the development, identification, and implementation of best practices for continuous improvement of instructional delivery and success of all schools.
- Oversee the coordination of professional development efforts throughout the district, including but not limited to curriculum implementation, high performing teams, DEI, and data-informed instruction.
- Develop and oversee implementation of a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) rooted in our mission, theory of action, and vision for DEI as it relates to equitable instructional practices.
- Provide leadership for the implementation of the equity plan including regular reports on progress toward goals.
- With the Learning Services Team, develop organization-wide scorecard and systems to collect input, analyze data (both qualitative and quantitative) and monitor and report on progress.
- Manage relationships with external partners as needed to deliver training and support to achieve our plan.
- Lead equity-related district committees and other family/community components of the district equity plan.
- Serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner to colleagues; support and advocate for teammates who are being impacted by issues of equity and inclusion.
- Champion a positive culture including feedback and training for those who need to develop their skills and/or awareness of the impact they are having on others.
- Provide coordination, consultation, and assistance to the superintendent and the Cabinet on equity and diversity matters related to students, staff, and families.
- Share knowledge of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues, especially in public education.
- Share knowledge of culturally responsive teaching and education-related practices, social justice, and diversity as fundamental aspects of academic excellence.
- Support and influence colleagues to operationalize DEI vision.
- Provide leadership, collaboration, and support to teammates to differentiate our organizational vision for DEI into role-specific actions and performance management and accountability systems; and to ensure that our DEI vision is infused into the organization through its systems, tools, policies, structures, and practices.
- Develop, organize, and implement professional development opportunities for all staff with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Develop consistent communication and feedback mechanisms to ensure we can identify, discuss, and address equity issues impacting our students, schools, and staff.
- Stay abreast of research and best practice in equity and inclusion.
- Develop communication systems to share best practices, highlight bright spots, and keep staff apprised of key initiatives and activities.
- Collaborate with district administrators to develop, lead, and implement a systematic process that identifies and addresses inequalities and other experience that create barriers to student engagement and achievement.
- Develop and implement systems and procedures to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, parents, and families.
- Promote and implement district and site-based approaches to community access and engagement.
- Utilize relevant data resources to track and analyze diversity, equity, and outreach strategies within the district and community.
- Model the characteristics of effective leadership including energy, integrity, high-level communication skills, and strategic thinking processes.
- Ensure all work is performed in accordance with standards, federal and state regulations, accreditation standards to meet the district’s mission, vision, and goals.
- Provide leadership in all functions of assigned departments, including budgets, program priorities, and performance standards.
- Participate in budget development and long-range financial planning at the executive level.
- Serve as a member of the superintendent’s Cabinet.
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the superintendent.
EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or Administration, or a related field; Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of educational administrative experience; experience in school and district level settings preferred.
- Experience in curriculum design with an emphasis in learning services, student services, professional development, DEI, or related area.
- Experience in classroom teaching. Progressive experience in leading and managing diverse work teams and building teacher efficacy through comprehensive professional learning opportunities also required.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS: Criminal background check required for hire Colorado Administrator or Principal license required. Valid Colorado driver’s license. For additional information and to apply: https://psdschools.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=4084
Information specific to this position: Compensation will also include family health benefits, monthly mileage, and the employee portion of PERA contributions.
Pay Range: $128,325 - $177,089/year
Work calendar days: 260 days
Duration of position: Ongoing
Benefits include: Health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, PERA retirement, paid time off, short and long term disability, as well as other optional benefit elections.
*Pay range listed above is for employees newly hired to PSD (existing employees please refer to the pay range on the appropriate salary schedule).
PSD engages in a salary placement process vs. a salary negotiation process. All salaries are set by Human Resources based on a review of qualifications compared to the requirements on the job description; therefore, listing all related education and experience on your application is recommended. Questions regarding this posting can be directed to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org