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Executive Director, Teaching and Learning

Job Title:

Executive Director, Teaching & Learning

Grade Level/Terms of Employment:

Grade 135 (260 days) (12 months)

FLSA Status:


Work Location:

Academic Office

Immediate Supervisor:

Chief Academic Officer

General Description:

The Executive Director, Teaching and Learning serves as the primary deputy to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), coordinating and leading a team of division-based Academic Office Directors to ensure that schools receive excellent, partnership-oriented guidance and support to achieve academic success for all students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads, coordinates and evaluates a team of directors within the Academic Office to successfully execute the vision and strategy, including the coaching and development of team leaders to improve practice, build capacity, and maximize talent
  • Ensures effective coordination and collaboration across all division departments to ensure consistently aligned vision, strategy and communication to school leaders, teachers and families to meet the division’s academic goals
  • Develops and facilitates cross-functional annual planning processes for the Academic Office which articulate the comprehensive strategy for ensuring the school division meets its academic performance goals, and ensures the perspectives of key stakeholders are used to inform strategy
  • Establishes processes and systems to monitor long and short range goals and facilitates a regular data review cycle across the Academic Office in order to coordinate and build school support systems with the necessary resources; provides regular status updates and recommendations to the CAO aligned to academic goals
  • Proactively elevates challenges and proposes key strategies to ensure academic success for all students; utilizes effective practices to ensure changes are implemented successfully and sustainably
  • Empowers and supports directors within the Academic Office to strategically manage and allocate resources (including money, people, time, etc.) aligned to students’ needs
  • Shapes and supports cross-departmental teams to ensure support of all schools and the effective delivery of instructional programs and services
  • Collaborates with Principal Directors to develop a two-way feedback loop from school sites to division teams to strengthen service to schools
  • Establishes the direction for school improvement efforts by monitoring the progress of school performance, student achievement objectives, and academic excellence indicators to align strategies for school improvement, including leading the development of Federal grants program objectives; provides annual recommendations to the CAO
  • Ensures the Academic Office supports the conditions that enable all educators to provide rigorous, authentic, and personalized experiences for all students, particularly historically underserved populations
  • Supports directors to build the capacity of teachers and leaders to implement inclusive practices and progress monitoring for students with personalized learning needs such as Students with Disabilities and English Learners
  • Facilitates the development of division technical assistance models for schools with low student achievement; and continuous improvement for schools with average-to-high student achievement
  • Ensures that initiatives for school leaders and school teams are coordinated and integrate both academic content and instructional strategies (e.g. Universal Design for Learning, culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy)
  • Collaborates with peer school systems, community agencies, local universities, and research laboratories to promote shared learning
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in Education in an area related to instruction required
  • Endorsement in Administration and Supervision
  • Five years of supervisory/administrative/management experience in school and/or district administration, including knowledge of academic and accountability testing; preferably in an urban school division
  • In depth of knowledge of methods that redirect or redefine the use of resources, processes, budget allocation, or other modes of operation that significantly shift/change an organization and focus on goals and results
  • Proven ability to develop and execute approaches to preparing and supporting individuals, teams in making systemic improvements division wide
  • A record of improving academic outcomes for students and eliminating disparities in achievement, opportunities and services for students
  • Evidence of the ability to proactively offer innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems
  • Excellent project management skills, including close attention to detail, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Bilingual/fluency in Spanish preferred