Chief Academic Officer

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Posted: 9/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: District of Columbia

Postal code: 20011

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

$20M +

Website:

https://www.elhaynes.org/

Mission statement:

MISSION

Every E.L. Haynes student of every race, socioeconomic status and home language will reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice. Every E. L. Haynes student will be adept at mathematical reasoning, will use scientific methods effectively to frame and solve problems, and will develop the lifelong skills needed to be a successful individual, an active community member, and a responsible citizen.


VISION

E.L. Haynes will be a model of educational excellence and make a lasting impact on urban education in Washington, DC and across the nation.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

At E.L. Haynes, our diversity is our greatest strength. Every member of our community strives to act with urgency to build a just and equitable school and city.


Our nation’s history of racial, economic, and social injustice lives on in today’s education systems. We believe that our most significant contribution to ending systemic injustice is through purposefully empowering our diverse community—as individuals and as a collective—with the skills and the conviction to be effective leaders for equity.


Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to Be Kind, Work Hard,
and Get Smart.


Be Kind.
We build meaningful relationships across our similarities and differences—affirming and celebrating every member of our community.


Work Hard.
We challenge ourselves and each other to interrupt inequities and build equitable alternatives.


Get Smart.
We hold ourselves and each other to high standards, knowing that our paths to achieve them will vary. We reflect on our experiences and learn from our mistakes.


HISTORY

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School is an award-winning Pre-K-12th grade school named for Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics and a DCPS teacher for nearly 50 years. E.L. Haynes was founded in 2004 by Jennifer C. Niles. From our humble beginnings above a CVS drugstore serving 139 students in grades Pre-K-2, E.L. Haynes has grown steadily and strategically. We now serve nearly 10 times as many students in grades Pre-K through 12. We have developed three beautiful facilities across two campuses in the Columbia Heights and Petworth neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Over the years, E.L. Haynes has become nationally recognized and is the recipient of numerous awards, accolades, and visits from state and foreign dignitaries. In 2015, we celebrated our first high school graduation.

Position Details:

Job Description:

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Job Announcement: Chief Academic Officer

 

E.L. Haynes seeks a strategic, mission-driven, educational leader to serve as Chief Academic Officer. This individual will work with the entire E.L. Haynes community to continue the growth and success of the school and its students.

 

Founded in 2004, the award-winning E.L. Haynes is among the top-performing charter schools in Washington, DC, and currently serves 1,135 students in Pre-K3 through 12th grade.

 

Our diversity is our greatest strength. Every member of our community strives to act with urgency to build a just and equitable school and city. Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to Be Kind, Work Hard, and Get Smart.

 

The Chief Academic Officer (CAO) leads and guides the E.L. Haynes community in the pursuit of our academic goals. Serving as a coach and manager to the principals and key academic leaders of our three campuses, the CAO ensures each student’s success. Ideal candidates will bring robust experience coaching leaders, leading cross-functional teams, and aligning curriculum across grade levels.


Be Kind – Believe in Every Student, Our Families, and Our Staff

Key Skills and Beliefs: Outstanding communicator; proven and exceptional manager; collaborator; a foundational belief that all children of every background can reach high levels of achievement; and, a deep commitment to equity and to building and leading in a diverse, inclusive community.

 

  • Foster and drive academic leadership development
    • Manage, coach, support, and evaluate Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals, Senior Director of Student Support Services, Director of Student Analytics, Director of Student Data Systems, and Director of Athletics to meet key performance targets throughout the year and ambitious goals that align to our strategic plan
    • Lead and collaborate with team members to develop training, structures, and resources to support school and student performance
    • Partner with the Talent Team to ensure data-driven and high-quality staffing decisions and supports; and the building and maintenance of a strong talent pipeline
    • Lead selection of new school leadership positions (as necessary)
    • Review and approve contracts and/or consultants related to the CAO’s area of oversight

  • Ensure a common vision of positive school culture and learning environment that is joyful and rigorous
    • Lead continued roll-out and revision as necessary of our school culture model, including Responsive Classroom, Developmental Designs, and Restorative Justice programs
    • Manage and collaborate with Senior Director of Student Support Services and Director of Student Wellness to ensure our student wellness program continues to meet the needs of our community
    • Ensure concrete expectations for student and adult behavior are communicated and applied across campuses

  • Support cross-campus family engagement
    • In partnership with the Senior Director of Development and Communications, develop expectations, opportunities, and metrics for family engagement in students’ success with teachers; serve as an outward face of the school to families and community members

 

Work Hard – Strive for Excellence, Improvement, and Innovation

Key Skills and Beliefs: Strong analytic and systems-thinking skills; deep expertise in instruction, curriculum, assessments, and data-driven decision making; and, 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; school principal experience preferred.

 

  • Lead academic program in implementing and executing the next comprehensive strategic plan
    • Play a central role in our strategic planning process and articulation of its mission and goals over the next 5-10 years (2020-21 and beyond)
    • Develop and manage implementation plan for the academic goals set out by the strategic plan
    • Set accountability measurements and timeline for academic team to track progress and success toward organizational goals

  • Ensure the rigor and effectiveness of the academic program across all grade levels
    • Ensure that campuses are meeting student achievement goals by tracking performance and assessing instructional quality and consistency
    • Lead strategic decision-making around the school’s educational model and programs
    • Collaborate with senior leaders to produce an annual budget, report to the Board of Trustees on the school’s academic progress, and oversee compliance reporting to the Public Charter School Board and Office of the State Superintendent for Education.

 

Get Smart – Foster Reflection and Growth to Achieve Goals

Key Skills and Beliefs: Constant learner; growth mindset for self, staff, and students; data-driven

  • Oversee the school’s annual teacher and instructional staff talent management cycle, including: teacher observation/feedback & evaluation; professional growth & teacher development planning; and, staff surveys
  • Partner with the Chief Operating Officer to oversee the successful integration of technology into the educational program that supports teaching and learning, teaching tools that enhance instruction, and content that enhances learning
  • Ensure rigorous use of data to drive student outcomes, including the oversight and management of the school’s data team and student information system

Qualifications:

Be Kind – Believe in Every Student, Our Families, and Our Staff

Key Skills and Beliefs: Outstanding communicator; proven and exceptional manager; collaborator; a foundational belief that all children of every background can reach high levels of achievement; and, a deep commitment to equity and to building and leading in a diverse, inclusive community.


Work Hard – Strive for Excellence, Improvement, and Innovation

Key Skills and Beliefs: Strong analytic and systems-thinking skills; deep expertise in instruction, curriculum, assessments, and data-driven decision making; and, 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; school principal experience preferred.


Get Smart – Foster Reflection and Growth to Achieve Goals

Key Skills and Beliefs: Constant learner; growth mindset for self, staff, and students; data-driven


Benefits:

Salary & Benefits
We offer a competitive salary depending on experience and qualifications. Our benefits package includes:

  • 403(b) retirement account with 3% employer contribution vested after 2 years
  • Medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Personal, sick, and parental leave

 

E.L. Haynes is an equal-opportunity employer, and it is our policy to recruit, hire, and promote for all jobs on the basis of merit, qualifications, skills, and competence. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. E.L. Haynes will fully comply with all employment-related and other laws. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the individual's qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:

10/15/2019

How to Apply:

To Apply

Please visit the Join Our Team page on the E.L. Haynes website (https://www.elhaynes.org/apply-for-a-job) to apply. If you have any questions about the role please contact Erin Rowsey, Director of Human Resources and Talent Management at [email protected] You may upload your resume and other relevant documents. Our goal is to hire a CAO to join our team mid-year or in June 2020. Apply by October 15, 2019 for best consideration.


 

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