Chief Academic Officer

Washington, DC
Full Time
Upcoming SY 2023-2024 Opportunities
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Chief Academic Officer

Who We Are

Achievement Prep is a college-preparatory public charter school network committed to historically underserved communities of Southeast Washington, DC. However, Achievement Prep isn’t just a school. We are a promise of progress. A promise to change the lives of our scholars, our community, and our future generations for the better. We promise to be the educational fuel that ignites a love for learning and knowledge. We believe that our teachers and faculty are the keys to closing the achievement gap. Not only do they encompass our vision but believe in it and live by it to help create the most impactful environment possible. Change begins now. Change begins here.  Our mission is to prepare students to excel as high-achieving scholars and leaders in high school, college and beyond.

What You Will Do

The Chief Academic Officer ensures that the Achievement Prep Academy Team is having the most significant impact on scholars and families. This happens by overseeing a myriad of areas directly related to scholar success and achievement.  The Chief Academic Officer is an entrepreneurial individual who deeply understands scholar enrollment, academic assessments, and scholar supports and interventions.  This role interfaces significantly with instructional staff as they orchestrate critical function areas for the organization. 

Your Work Matters!

You Are the Intervention Expert!

  • Build and oversee a school-wide approach to individualized and small-group remediation and acceleration through Intervention
  • Champion a culture amongst instructional staff and leadership of data-driven reteaching of content, in an effort to ensure all scholars master the standards
  • Utilize data collected through a myriad of sources (formal and informal assessments) to help instructional leaders and staff identify and group scholars in need of additional supports 
  • Direct the planning of small-group and individualized instruction for remediation and acceleration in collaboration with the interventionists
  • Monitor and modify all intervention programming for general education scholars based on data and evaluation
  • Support instructional staff and leaders in the development of individualized intervention plans specifically for scholars at risk of failing or in need of acceleration
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to ensure instructional leaders and instructional staff develop the necessary expertise in core curricula to achieve excellent results for scholars
  • Identify opportunities for further differentiation of curricula during regular classroom time to ensure all scholars succeed
  • Analyze potential and existing intervention programs to ensure effectiveness
  • Oversee the alignment of all intervention tools used across the school (i.e. online tools, teacher-created tools, and Results)

You Are a Data Wizard!  

  • Collaborate with Achievement Prep’s data partner in the production of all weekly, monthly and quarterly data dashboards, including all activities related to the collection and processing of data, the visualization of key metrics, and quality assurance
  • Align with leadership on scope and metrics of the data dashboards
  • Actively solicit feedback from school leaders as to the accuracy and usefulness of current data reports, incorporating all commentary into future iterations
  • Act as a front-end administrator of the PowerSchool application, providing technical and analytical support to all school data users


You Will Be the Assessment Guru!

  • Ensure that scholar progress is accurately and consistently tracked throughout the year
  • Serve as primary point of contact for management of assessment administration/logistics and assessment plans and dates
  • Create project plans for logistics of assessment administration and proactively communicate roles and responsibilities to staff
  • Coordinate all test logistics, including organization of assessment materials and scheduling, and oversee test administration
  • Remain current on local, state, and federal testing and accountability policies
  • Ensure communication and compliance of school-based staff with all assessment guidelines, procedures, and security regulations
  • Conduct frequent audits of the assessment landscape and assist leadership in refining processes 
  • Serve as the external point of contact and trainer on district required policies and procedures 


You Will Be the Coach! 

  • Provide training for staff to effectively maximize results by implementing developmentally appropriate interventions for individuals and groups of scholars
  • Meet with grade level teams and instructional leaders to problem solve for scholars
  • Support instructional staff in the implementation of interventions via model lessons, observation and feedback, lesson plan feedback and regular coaching sessions
  • Plan and implement professional development for instructional leaders to align adopted curricula (Eureka Math & KIPP Wheatley English Language Arts) with effective differentiation and interventions
  • Facilitate professional development sessions regarding assessment and scholar data, as needed
  • Assist and coach instructional  leaders to support data-driven instruction


You Will Set the Tone! 

  • Support the instructional leaders in determining and implementing the school’s academic priorities
  • Oversee the framework for reviewing and analyzing all scholar academic data
  • Obtain and use evaluative findings, such as scholar data, to examine curriculum and instructional program effectiveness
  • Play a key role in establishing and refining Achievement Prep’s strategy, communicating a big-picture view and championing goal alignment for all scholar academic and instructional supports across the organization
  • Participate as a member of the leadership team that sets and oversees the strategy for all Achievement Prep programming
  • Support the annual planning process and its alignment with the strategic plan, organizational objectives and targets, as well as the execution of short and long-term deliverables
  • Support the curriculum planning, instructional strategy, and implementation of Elementary and Middle School curricula 

To be considered, you will need….

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 5+ years experience as a high-performing and data-driven educator of record in a K – 12 setting, preferably in historically underserved communities
  • 2+ years experience with large-scale assessment systems and compliant testing environments
  • 2+ years experience coaching teachers and developing/delivering professional development
  • Exceptional analytical skills, including an ability to innovate ways of communicating complex information 
  • Extensive experience analyzing student, classroom, and assessment data and guiding instruction based on findings
  • Experience with external relations and/or strategic partnerships
  • Experience with PowerSchool and/or other student information systems

You’ll be a great fit if…  

  • You understand the power of education and have seen that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others. 
  • You are committed to serving historically underserved and marginalized  communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to transforming tomorrow today. .  
  • You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way.  
  • You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement.  
  • You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep. 
  • You are a results-driven educator who holds scholars to consistently high academic and behavior expectations because you know they can rise to the challenge and grow up to change the world.  
  • The grind of our mission ignites you to look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too. 

You’re Worth It!

Our teachers are worth more than gold, they’re platinum!

  • Development: Teachers receive ongoing (weekly or bi-weekly) development from school leaders:
    • Formal and informal observations and feedback
    • 1:1 meetings to discuss teaching practice, scholar data, curriculum, and goals
    • Content team meetings
    • Wednesday afternoon professional development tailored to teacher needs
  • Compensation & Benefits: Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and benefits
    • Salary Band: $68,000-$95,000; commensurate with education and experience
    • Our team is competitively compensated among public school teachers in Washington, D.C.
    • Medical, vision, dental benefits
    • Flexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses
    • 401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%
  • It Pays to StayUpon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentives
    • Gifts and Achievement Prep swag
    • Bonuses

Achievement Prep encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer fully committed to hiring a talented and diverse group of individuals. Achievement Prep does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.


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