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About City on a Hill (CoaH):
City on a Hill graduates college-ready students that are responsible, resourceful and respectful democratic citizens, who are prepared to compete in 21st century community, culture and commerce. We do so by emphasizing academic achievement, citizenship, teacher leadership, and public accountability.
City on a Hill began with a single high school in Boston, opening its doors in 1995. Currently we have three locations: Circuit Street (Roxbury, MA) Dudley Square (Roxbury, MA) and New Bedford. We invite you to join our nationally recognized team of innovative and collegial educators who are fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
Please note that this position is based in Roxbury, MA at our Network Office location, with travel expected to all three school locations.
Chief Academic Officer (CAO) is the administrator responsible for academic performance of all the schools within the City on a Hill Network. The CAO reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the City on a Hill Network and works with the CEO to implement all academic and cultural standards, policies to ensure meeting all internal and external benchmarks and outcomes. Primary responsibilities include oversight of the network implementation of the academic programs; decision-making over the hiring, evaluation, and firing of direct reports. The direct reports of the CAO are the Director of Teacher Development and Licensure, ELL Network Director, and Instructional Content Specialists (3).
Collaborate with the Chief of Schools to recruit, train, and mentor all Network Principals, ensuring that they are professionally equipped to run a program that ensures the safety of all students, meets state and federal requirements, meets the terms of the City on a Hill mission, provides appropriate college preparatory rigor, and meets the diverse needs of all City on a Hill students
Support the growth of City on a Hill New Bedford
Recruit, oversee, mentor, and supervise and direct reports to ensure consistency, high quality, and compliance of the academic and support programs within each City on Hill school
Oversee network-wide Academic professional development initiatives
Oversee Academic collaboration with the Development department to ensure appropriate reporting of all schools’ academic outcomes for annual reports and regular funder reports
Serve on the Academic Excellence Committee of the Board of Trustees
Facilitate productive collaboration of Principals, faculty, and staff among all schools
Oversee collaboration with network Human Resources to track rigor, consistency, and compliance of teacher evaluations, monitor and refine the “Teacher Report Card,” monitor and refine systems of evaluation, and monitor certification and professional standing
Serve (personally or through proxy) as liaison to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in all curriculum, assessment, and compliance matters, ensuring appropriate staff is informed about professional development, changing requirements, or inspections
As a member of the Leadership Team, the CAO will provide leadership and direction on matters pertaining to network policies, strategic decisions, long term planning and financial recommendations, as related to Academics
Other duties assigned by the CEO.
The ideal CAO candidate is obsessed with setting the academic bar high, knows how to move teachers to get to that bar and pushes the academic team to develop the curriculum and professional development to ensure that every lesson in every class prepares students for college and career - and more so, to live lives of impact, influence and independence.
The City on a Hill Instructional Philosophy and Background:
City on a Hill is a Network of teacher-centered charter public high schools in Boston and New Bedford dedicated to improving urban education and getting all of its graduates into and through college. As one of the original fourteen charter public schools in the Commonwealth, City on a Hill schools have college-prep standards within a rigorous curriculum.
City on a Hill Charter Public Schools are high schools determined to teach each and every one of its students the academic skills he or she will need to succeed in college and beyond. Our school leaders, faculty, and students are committed and ready to dedicate the time, energy, and hard work to achieve the school’s mission. The school’s mission is predicated on the belief that not only can all students learn, but all students must learn in order to embrace their rights and responsibilities as American citizens and acquire the academic and cultural capital to improve their community.
It is the policy of City on a Hill Charter Public Schools to obtain all available Federal and State background information through both SAFIS (Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification Services) and CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information), as allowed by law, of all employees and prospective employees of the school.
City on a Hill provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, City on a Hill complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.