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Chief Academic Officer, Elementary (Assistant Superintendent Level)

  • Management

Salary range: Placement on the Contracted Management salary schedule

Reports to: Associate Superintendent, Educational Services


The Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Education supervises and coordinates effectively the planning, implementation and evaluation of the district's Pre-K-5 education programs.

  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Broad knowledge of curriculum development, elementary instructional best practices, supervision and evaluation, and issues related to elementary education
  • Completion of a Master's degree and demonstrated school site or program administrative experience
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Services Credential as required by the California Education Code
  • Three (3) or more years of successful experience in teaching at the elementary level and experience developing curriculum
  • Prior to first day of contract year, provide TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Direct and coordinate the planning, implementation and evaluation of Pre-K-5 programs.
  • Work collaboratively with supervisors and other instructional staff to review the current state of our curriculum and to recommend curriculum changes, as needed, to ensure that the curriculum is aligned with Common Core State standards.
  • Provide leadership to ensure consistent delivery of content standards, common assessments, and best instructional practices to maximize student achievement.
  • Assist the principals in planning and administering a cohesive instructional program, supporting teacher growth and improvement, and in resolving school related issues.
  • Work collaboratively with the elementary principals to ensure an articulated and coordinated curriculum between and among the elementary schools.
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services to ensure vertical articulation of curriculum.
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services in the development and implementation of the District Strategic Plan and Focused Goals.
  • Plan and facilitate elementary principal meetings.
  • Develop annual goals and objectives with the elementary principals for each school.
  • Support building principals in the development of school-wide plans to increase student achievement.
  • Develop specific recommendations, in collaboration with elementary principals, to improve student achievement, especially of those students with identified performance risk.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of common assessments
  • Direct and coordinate K-5 selection of textbooks and instructional materials to be recommended for adoption in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Professional Development to plan and facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning activities for Pre-K-5 that aligns with the District Strategic Plan.
  • Supervise and evaluate teachers-on-special-assignment (TOSAs)
  • Ensure consistent implementation of the K-5 Report Card by ensuring opportunities for teacher collaboration and facilitating the collection of authentic student work to illustrate benchmark expectations and supports calibration efforts
  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate 5/6 articulation meetings in collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer of Secondary Education.
  • Provide district level administrative leadership for elementary Summer School programs.
  • Provide district level administrative leadership for RtI2 and Tier II support programs.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Academic Success to support BTSA, VTP and ELD programs at the elementary level.
  • Oversee programs including elementary Art programs (assisted by the Art Coordinator), elementary Traveling Team (assisted by the Music Coordinator), and Transitional Kindergarten and preschool programs (assisted by the Principal of Young 5s and Transitional Kindergarten)
  • Prepare an annual budget to meet the instructional support needs of the elementary program.
  • Maintain current knowledge of State Education requirements related to standards, assessment and graduation.
  • Prepare State Education Department required reports as related to elementary education.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Title I as it applies to elementary schools.
  • Represent the District, as appropriate, in collaborative elementary education program efforts with other institutions.
  • Serve on District committees, attend Board of Education meetings and write/present reports as required.
  • Supervise assigned personnel, conduct annual performance appraisals and make recommendations for appropriate employment action.
  • Perform other specific job-related duties as directed or as the need arises
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action within designated areas of responsibility
  • Ability to contribute significantly to staff development programs and planning; to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and to promote positive staff morale and to work independently with little direction
  • Collaborative yet decisive in decision-making, seeking consensus whenever possible
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and its relationship to curriculum and instruction
  • Demonstrated success and knowledge of software programs appropriate for the disaggregation of assessment data, with capacity to format assessment results in a variety of report formats
  • Effective interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledgeable in planning, organizing and directing the educational assessment services of the District; the laws and regulations, codes, policies and procedures relating to testing, assessment, and evaluation; the current and emerging educational research as well as "best practice"; and multiple measures of student achievement
  • Successful record of three (3) or more years as an elementary school principal and as a visionary leader

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 224 Days

Revision Date: 11/01/2016

Initial date: 03/24/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.