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Chief Academic Officer

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nnJob DescriptionnChief Academic Officer“Finn Academy, an Elmira Charter School is currently accepting applications for a Chief Academic Officer.  The CAO will report directly to the Board of Trustees and serve as the instructional/academic leader of the school.  The CAO's function is to ensure achievement and growth of all scholars and instructional staff.  In addition to a strong philosophical commitment to Finn Academy's mission and core values, the ideal candidate has charter school experience at the elementary or middle school level, demonstrated excellence in educational leadership, and a master's degree (or higher) in education.To apply, please visit:****and Responsibilities                School leadershipMotivate and lead staff to execute upon the Charter and academic workplan of Finn Academy.  Work collaboratively with Chief Operations Officer to ensure and sustain smooth daily operations and fiscal viability of the school.Report to the Board of Trustees on topics of academic achievement and teacher developmentPositively evolve the school's culture. Instructional LeadershipServe as instructional/academic leader of the school.Support a highly functioning leadership team; effectively delegate responsibilities to leadership team.Work collaboratively with Dean of Scholars to sustain an inclusive school culture reflecting Finn Academy's core values, and to ensure an effective behavior management program that maximizes instructional time for all scholars.Oversee data and assessment system in collaboration with Dean of Scholars.  Constantly analyze and reflect upon school data at the scholar, class and grade levels.  Conduct monthly data meetings with teachers and use that data to inform both day-to-day and long-term decisions that improve academic outcomes.Supervise the Coordinator of Special Education and Intervention services, ensure fidelity to academic programming. Staff OversightProvide training, coaching and support to all instructional staff.  Design and coordinate professional development in collaboration with members of the leadership team.Oversee performance and formal evaluations of all instructional staff in collaboration with Dean of Scholars, provide regular feedback, determine goals and track progress in instructional practices. Curriculum DevelopmentResearch, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum for all subjects and grades based on successful models and approaches.Align the academic curriculum with state standards and EL Education.Help teachers develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement for all scholars.Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement.Supervise the mapping of skills and content (e.g. Pacing Guide/Curriculum Deadlines; Scope and Sequence; Curriculum Maps); and planning (e.g. design and format of Lesson Plans)Develop instructional policies and procedures.Train staff on implementation of curriculum, policies and procedures.QualificationsProfessional Experience and EducationPhilosophical commitment to Finn Academy's mission, core values and EL Education model.Experience and proven effectiveness with charter school settings preferred.Demonstrated ability to effectively provide teacher supports including coaching, evaluations, professional development.Demonstrated understanding of instructional practice in the elementary and/or middle school grades, curricular development, classroom management.Demonstrated effectiveness in improving academic success and growth outcomes for students.Depth of experience managing special education and intervention services.Minimum of five years professional experience in elementary teaching required.Minimum of two 2 years professional experience in education leadership preferred.Master's Degree (or higher) in education, administrative degree preferred.Skills and TraitsBold and engaging leader who inspires, motivates and unites both students and adults.Relentless commitment to improving the minds and lives of all students, to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic success, including those from underserved communities.Passion for the work and unwavering insistence on academic excellence and rigor.Models high standards of personal and professional integrity, trust, and openness; an ability to treat all members of the school's community with respect.Exceptional self-motivation, problem-solving skills, multitasking, organizational and planning skills, with strong attention to detail.Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills.Solutions-oriented approach; creates effective teams; motivates team members and creates a positive team culture; assesses, coaches and supports teams and gets excellent results from others.Self-aware and self-reflective, with an accurate idea of one's own strengths and weaknesses; recognizes the value of feedback and shares a commitment to continued professional growth.Initiates, develops, and maintains strong relationships and partnerships with key external individuals and organizations to keep abreast of new research and best practices in the field; builds resources and capacity for the school's present and future needs.

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