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Chief Academic Officer

Company: The Wonderful Company
Location: Delano
Posted on: March 14, 2023

Job Description:

Company Description

Wonderful College Prep Academy is seeking a leader to foster academic excellence throughout our schools so that we can fully realize our mission of preparing students for the best universities throughout the country to pursue promising careers. The Academy is located on two, new state-of-the-art campuses, serving 2,500 students in TK through 12th grade across Lost Hills and Delano.

Reporting directly to the Superintendent, the Chief Academic Officer is responsible for ensuring all academic staff are best positioned to meet their annual outcomes throughout the organization. The CAO oversees four principals and works closely with the curriculum and instruction team to ensure the Academy delivers an excellent academic experience for all students.

The CAO will drive a culture of high expectations and shared responsibility for equitable access to high quality, rigorous curriculum, and instruction. The CAO will identify student, school and organizational needs and priorities, and work to ensure closer alignment of Academy resources with these identified needs. The CAO will work with their leadership team to implement an instructional plan for the Academy that ensures effective teaching in every classroom and will create conditions that ensure systemic improvement of practice over time in every classroom.

Job Description

Here's what you'll do:

Lead a student-focused academic leadership team, including:

  • Principals/Leaders
  • Literacy Director
  • STEM Director
  • Director of Special Education and Student Supports
  • Assessment coordinators Inspire a world-class vision for academic excellence, while tracking, evaluating, and supporting continuous improvement that ultimately prepares 100% of our students to thrive and complete degrees at competitive four-year universities. The CAO will:
    • Work in partnership with the Superintendent to establish a forward-thinking vision for teaching, learning, leadership, achievement, and impact that will ensure high levels of success for all students at WCPA and meet our targets for college, career, and life success
    • Report, analyze and develop action plans for key data metrics to meet annual goals
    • Develop a cohesive, action-oriented system of interim and summative assessments
    • Ensure a robust student case-management system is fully executed and reviewed regularly
    • Ensure and foster consistent opportunities for high-quality instructional feedback to support reflection and action planning toward excellence. Develop an articulated academic program from Kindergarten through Grade 12, which through early college pathways includes awarding of Associates degrees in high school.
    • Adopt and oversee implementation of a rigorous college-prep academic program, including annual K-12 pacing plans, in all disciplines
    • Continuously support staff to utilize cutting edge and proven learning materials
    • Execute most effective research-based inclusionary learning materials for English learners and students with special needs
    • Oversee early college partnership with Bakersfield College to support students in dual enrollment
    • Ensure academic programming at the Academy is compliant with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Serve as an integral member of the accreditation, audit and charter oversight teams. Oversee teacher training, development, and evaluation. The CAO will:
      • Foster interaction and collaboration between and among departments to ensure shared resources and supports are prioritized to meet individual school needs.
      • Manage annual Professional Development (PD) calendar
      • Develop and facilitate professional development for new hires, summer training, staff professional learning communities and ad-hoc training needs, in collaboration with school principals
      • Support instructional coaching throughout the schools
      • Facilitate and oversee university and higher education partnerships, including supporting new teacher programs, including Teacher Induction Programs, Teach for America Loyola Marymount, and others.
      • Build pathways for "growing" teachers and instructional leadership at WCPA, including utilizing the current instructional support positions of Instructional Assistants, and Small Group Teachers, supporting them in their professional pathways.
      • Develop a system of student and family supports that positions every student to reach their full potential and meet ambitious academic outcome goals.
      • Set student and school culture and climate, creating supports to meet student needs while driving personal and academic excellence throughout all campuses Qualifications

        Education and Experience:
        • Minimum of 10 years of leadership experience, at the school or district level; charter school experience preferred
        • Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience, preferably across multiple levels
        • Experience in a rural setting and/or serving high-risk populations a plus
        • Experience in an early college model or college preparation program (IB, etc.) preferred
        • Graduate of a recognized college or university with a master's degree or higher
        • A valid California Administrative Services credential preferred, but not required
        • Bilingual Spanish speaker preferred
        • COVID vaccination will be required for this position unless candidate has a legally valid exemption Skills and Traits:
          • An entrepreneurial spirit capable of managing many complex tasks with competing priorities
          • Proven track record developing and delivering rigorous academic programs within challenging student settings
          • Strong leadership and execution abilities including goal setting, strategic planning, prioritization, and capacity-building
          • Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
          • A self-reflective leader who is committed to ongoing learning and growth of self and others
          • Familiarity with the TNTP model, Aeries or similar SIS, Parent Square, School Mint Grow, and other common platforms for teacher and school management
            Pay Range: $152,000 - $190,000 and is eligible for a discretionary bonus. Final compensation will be dependent upon skills & experience.

            Additional Information

            Who We Are:

            Wonderful College Prep Academy is a charter network in California's Central Valley committed to providing a world-class education for all students. The Academy's mission is to graduate students prepared to earn a college degree and to put them on a promising career path for life. We believe this begins with a nurturing, engaging, community-centered school environment where students develop a strong and well-rounded academic foundation. Ultimately, this will prepare generations of leaders in the Central Valley who are critical thinkers and life-long learners.

            The Academy's first school opened in Delano in 2009, serving students from across the Central Valley in grades 6-12. In 2016, we moved to our new, state-of-the-art college prep campus in Delano, and in the Fall of 2017, added an elementary school in Delano and opened a second charter school in Lost Hills. In Delano, we serve over 1,800 students in grades TK-12, while in Lost Hills, we serve almost 400 students in grades K-9 and will grow to serve students through 12th grade over the next four years.

            Our fully equipped science labs and makers spaces ensure students engage in hands-on learning with access to state-of-the-art technology. Our comprehensive art, music and athletic programs provide students with the opportunity to pursue passions outside of academics, and we prioritize health and wellness as a critical life skill from outdoor classes in learning gardens and our farm-to-table cafeterias, to our on-campus student health centers. The Academy aims to provide every opportunity for our students that often is not found in public or charter schools, including the ability to graduate from high school with a free Associate Degree. In addition, all graduates are eligible to earn a four-year renewable college scholarship through the generous support of Lynda and Stewart Resnick.

            We seek thoughtful, inclusive, skilled communicators, and creative problem-solvers who value continuous learning and who are excited to serve our students and families. Now is the time to join a team making enduring change within the Central Valley of California and beyond.

            Wonderful College Prep Academy has a unique partnership with the Wonderful Company. Click here to learn more about the Wonderful Company's other great philanthropic partnerships.

            Wonderful College Prep Academy offers highly competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, which includes generous performance bonuses.

            Full-time staff benefits include medical coverage, dental, vision, and life insurance at no cost for the employee. We also offer an optional 403b, with company match, as a supplement to STRS retirement pension. In addition, employees have free access to the Wonderful Wellness Center and gym

            Quality of Life in the Central Valley:

            Framed by the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west, California's Central Valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions and the base of The Wonderful Company's agricultural operations. This vast area enjoys a moderate climate and offers residents a high quality of life, low cost of living, and a host of diverse cultural and recreational activities. From wine tasting and hiking to rafting, fishing, skiing, and surfing -- all within a two-hour drive -- the family-friendly Central Valley has much to offer.

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Keywords: The Wonderful Company, Delano , Chief Academic Officer, Executive , Delano, California

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