Chief Academic Officer
Position Function: The Chief Academic Officer in collaboration with the superintendent sets the strategic vision and direction for the instructional framework and pedagogical approach to Omaha Public Schools academic programs. The Chief Academic Officer is the leader, spokesperson, and resident expert on curriculum, instruction, pedagogy, and learning. This role develops the short and long-term instructional vision for OPS and works to establish a culture of high expectation and shared responsibility for equitable access to high quality instruction. This individual plans, develops and implements functions related to curriculum, instruction, pedagogy, and student learning.
The Chief Academic Officer works to create authentic partnerships between district offices and schools that ensure closer alignment of district resources with school needs, to implement an instructional plan for the district that ensures effective teaching in every classroom, and to create conditions that ensure systemic improvement of practice over time in every classroom.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Minimum of a master’s degree with major emphasis in educational administration. A doctoral degree is preferred.
- Valid Nebraska Teaching Certificate with endorsement in area of administration and supervision required. Superintendent’s endorsement is preferred.
- Minimum of two years of successful district level administrator experience preferred.
- Minimum of five years of successful administrative/supervisory and teaching experience in the public schools required. Experience in an urban school district preferred.
- Prior experience in an urban school district with a large racially and economically diverse population are preferred.
- Possess knowledge of curriculum and educational trends with a vision for the highest educational standards.
- Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
- Ability to meet frequent and changing deadlines with a high attention to detail with the ability to multi-task.
- Ability to work independently, with minimum supervisory direction and to establish work priorities and follow-up actions required to meet strict deadlines and other requirements accurately and completely.
- Ability to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing, and to prepare marketing documents and press releases.
- Strong leadership skills and thorough knowledge of the school improvement process. Experience in facilitating large and small group processes.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the Board of Education, Superintendent, media sources, employees, as well as officials of state agencies and public and private organizations, and members of the public.
- Work collaboratively to create and effectively deliver information and instruction to staff.
Essential Performance Responsibilities:
- Work with the Executive District Leadership Team to organize efforts and resources to support district’s strategy for school improvement, curriculum, instruction, and supports for students and staff.
- Ensure that the development and delivery of the academic programs is effective and efficient, incorporates district goals, and supports student achievement.
- Develop and implement a compelling vision for the district’s instructional and curriculum services and to ensure rigorous and standards-aligned instruction and instructional supports are in every classroom for every OPS student.
- Utilize knowledge of national and state curriculum standards and best practices to evaluate the instructional programs and provide equity of opportunity and services.
- Provides leadership in planning and conducting curriculum audits, analyzing the impact of the instructional programs.
- Collaborate with the Research Office to create a system that uses data to establish a culture of data- based decision making; build capacity to use data collaboratively, continuously, and effectively to improve teaching.
- Provide leadership and expertise in the alignment of instructional strategies and student learning.
- Facilitate acquisition of instructional and other resources necessary (including textbooks, software programs and other resources) to close the gap between students.
- Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
- Provides leadership in the supervision and overall operation of special education programs in the school district.
- Research, adopt and implement best practices and materials for Pre-K -12 instruction as appropriately defined by the Superintendent.
- Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Council, Data Leadership Team, Crisis Team, as well as other key district committees or initiatives as assigned.
- Provide professional development to assist staff with identifying student needs and suggest instructional strategies to promote continuous improvement in student outcomes.
- Work collaboratively with Executive Directors, Chief of Accountability, and other District leaders to plan and conduct professional development and support principals and teachers on a range of issues, including curriculum implementation, assessment of student progress, instructional strategies, Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies, parent and community involvement, data analysis and use, instructional leadership, and performance.
- Maintain communication with NDE in regard to curriculum needs, standards, academic requirements and other curriculum and instruction items.
- Provide accountability for all programs and funds within the areas of supervision.
- Build and maintain community partnerships that support Omaha Public Schools mission and strategic plan.
- Manage budget and compliance monitoring and reporting for assigned State, Federal and Local grants.
- In collaboration with the Chief of Accountability will oversee reporting for Federal and State projects and initiatives to include but not limited to IDEA, Title I ESSA, Title III, Title VI & VII, Learning Community, Head Start, etc.
- Conduct coaching visits and walk-throughs and provide training to key staff on conducting coaching visits and walk-throughs; ensure that key staff are supporting schools in implementing effective instructional strategies.
- Provide direct supervision and to Curriculum, Instruction and Support staff as they work to support buildings.
- Provide reports and other data to Superintendent and/or Board of Education as appropriate.
Individuals serving as the Chief Academic Officer will demonstrate the following:
- Demonstrated experience and courage to ensure that all students have access and opportunity to high quality programming.
- Ability to work collaboratively to support school.
- Possess strong instructional leadership.
- Possess strong research and curriculum background.
- Demonstrate strong management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to develop, execute, and monitor high-impact professional development.
- Proficiency managing a data-based, change-management process, and expertise in assessing, understanding, and using data to identify a change in instructional practice that will accelerate learning for all students.
Additional Duties: Assists with additional duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools or designee.
* NOTE: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine well as video recording equipment. Employees must always comply with OPS guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Frequent travel between schools and central offices will be required. Occasional travel outside of Omaha or Nebraska will be required.
Physical and Mental Demands:
- Regular attendance is important.
- Ability to perform task independently.
- Ability to work extended hours on short notice may be required.
- Works in standard office environment.
- Ability to travel in and outside of Omaha as requested.
- Ability to correspond verbally and written at a high level.
- Ability to represent OPS to community, media, and governmental agencies.
- Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors and state/federal personnel.
- Will be working under the direct supervision of the Superintendent in order to complete day to day tasks.
- Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
- Expected to interact with all internal and external stakeholders in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service.
Employee Punctuality and Appearance:
- In order for OPS to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a professional manner that reflects a positive image.
Terms of Employment
This position is treated as a full-time exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.
Terms of employment are contingent upon:
- Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license.
- A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position).
- Execution and delivery to OPS of an Administrator Contract presented by OPS.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)
The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.
Location: Teacher Administrative Center (T.A.C.), 3215 Cuming St. Omaha NE 68131
Reports To: The Superintendent of Schools
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 12 month / Exempt
Salary Schedule: Commensurate with education and experience
Desired Start Date in the Position: July 1, 2022