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Chief Academic Officer

OFFICIAL TITLE: Chief Academic Officer CODE: 0175 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Chief Academic Officer GRADE: NS MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: The chief academic officer (CAO) under the direction of the deputy superintendent of schools (ODSS) coordinates the work of the offices of Curriculum and Instructional Programs, Organizational Development, Special Education and Student Services, and School Performance. In addition, the CAO is responsible for ensuring that the work of the ODSS is aligned with the work of other offices and departments in the school system. The CAO ensures that the four offices of the ODSS work collaboratively to implement strategic initiatives to eliminate the achievement gap and to improve the academic achievement of all students. The CAO provides leadership to communicate system priorities, promote the integration of the work of these four offices, and ensure collaborative work processes in order to promote effective teamwork. The CAO is responsible for aligning the budgets for these four offices to effectively and efficiently utilize resources. The CAO oversees and monitors the implementation of systemwide cross-functional strategic projects and initiatives, provides support to project and program managers, and monitors these initiatives and programs to ensure that they lead to high student achievement. The CAO fosters a work environment that is student-focused and results-oriented and places priority on student learning and performance. The CAO articulates the strategic initiatives and alignment of programs of the school system to various local and state officials. The CAO is a member of the executive leadership team.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Extensive understanding of Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence, the strategic plan of the school system, in order to coordinate the work of all offices that report to the deputy superintendent of schools. Broad knowledge of curriculum development, program implementation, and assessment processes. Thorough knowledge of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements as well as local and state laws, policies, and procedures. Thorough knowledge of how schools operate. Keeps current on national trends in the areas of instruction, curriculum, organizational development, special education, and educational leadership. Ability to build a well integrated instructional team that exhibits excellent cross-functional communications and execution capabilities that support the strategic initiatives of the school system. Must be able to demonstrate success in managing change in a constructive manner and leading and facilitating collaboration among offices. Knowledge of effective instructional programs and methodologies and experience in evaluating such methods for effectiveness in meeting school improvement targets. Uses data-driven decision-making to determine effectiveness of programs and initiatives. Proven ability to execute programs effectively and produce results. Significant skill in directing the work of others and resolving complex problems and expertise in educational program design, development, and implementation in a diverse school system. Excellent conceptual, analytical, problem solving, organizational, and leadership skills. Exceptional oral and written communication skills and a proven track record of working collaboratively with various constituencies.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: A master's degree from an accredited college or university in educational administration, supervision, or curriculum development. Doctoral degree is desirable. School-based and central office administrative leadership experience. Experience with educational accountability measures including the No Child Left Behind Act requirements, state and local assessments, curriculum development, and managing a variety of programs and initiatives. Knowledge of testing and program evaluation procedures. Experience in project management, including the ability to deploy resources and manage multiple projects. Experience in leading large-scale educational program development and reform.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland state certification requirements for principal and superintendent certification.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.)
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Ability to work frequent nights, weekends, and holidays, as required.


Oversees, monitors, and facilitates the integration of the projects/initiatives of the Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Schools.

Identifies program and project managers and ensures that all project timelines are met.

Collaborates with all members of the executive leadership to ensure coordinated planning and consistent implementation of MCPS strategic plan, making certain that programs and priorities are focused on eliminating the achievement gap and improving student achievement.

Works with the deputy superintendent¿s leadership team to define problems, collect and monitor data, and make recommendations to address issues.

Works with all offices that report to the deputy superintendent of schools to design and implement ¿best practice¿ instructional systems that address the goals and priorities in the strategic plan.

Assists in the development and continuous assessment of school system targets.

Reviews and monitors individual office budgets and expenditures to ensure that they are aligned with the strategic initiatives of the school system and that resources are directed appropriately.

Oversees the comprehensive approach to Pre K¿12 reform.

Presents information to the superintendent; the Board of Education; Executive Staff; public groups; and national, state, and local officials.

Advises and updates the deputy superintendent of schools on the integrated work of the offices of Curriculum and Instructional Programs, Organizational Development, Special Education and Student Services, and School Performance.

Monitors education research, trends, and developments to support school improvement efforts and program development.

Is an active member of superintendent¿s Executive Staff and supports the overall performance delivery strategy of the district while ensuring that all curriculum and instructional leaders across the school system function as an integrated team.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 4/2007
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This description may be changed at any time.

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