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Chief Academic Officer, Secondary (Assistant Superintendent Level)

  • Management

Salary range: Placement on the Contracted Management salary schedule

Reports to: Associate Superintendent, Educational Services


Under the supervision of the Associate Superintendent, the Chief Academic Officer of Secondary Education assists in the development, coordination, articulation and evaluation of curriculum, instruction, professional development, and assessment in grades 6 through 12. The Chief Academic Officer-Secondary Education will be active in the schools and highly visible to the staff and public.

  • 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 secondary level and experience developing curriculum
  • Prior to first day of contract year, provide TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code

Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Coordinate processes of curriculum review, development, and implementation.
  • Manage curriculum articulation grades 6-12 and collaborate with Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Education to monitor articulation of pre-K-12.
  • Coordinate Secondary Steering Committees and share coordination of pre-K-12 committees.
  • Coordinate the ongoing review and revision of district grade level standards, expected student learning results, and graduation requirements.
  • Coordinate the development of course descriptions and catalogs.
  • Coordinate and monitor selection, ordering, and adoption of instructional materials.
  • Assist in the development of district policies and /or services related to instructional materials
  • Seek out and disseminate research that addresses best practices to support instructional Improvement.
  • Assist in the planning and organization of the District's summer school program.
  • Prepare and assist building principals in preparing informational reports on instructional programs for dissemination to the staff and public.
  • Facilitate the development and alignment of curriculum for categorically funded programs, including SIP, ELD, ROP and Career Technology Education.
  • Coordinate secondary athletic programs.

Professional Development:In collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer-Elementary Education:

  • Plan, implement, and monitor District level professional development programs for teaching, management, and classified instructional staff in coordination with the Chief Academic Officer-Elementary Education.
  • Advise and assist individuals, sites, departments, and District staff regarding the design and implementation of staff development programs.
  • Supervise and provide assistance to District teachers on special assignment (TOSAs)
  • Provide leadership for secondary school literacy teams and the Coordinator of Professional Development.

Organizational Relationships:

  • Is directly responsible to the Associate Superintendent, Educational Services.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Superintendent's cabinet and with principals to coordinate the educational programs of the District.
  • Work closely with the Chief Academic Officer-Elementary Education, the Director-Education Technology, and the Director-Assessment on all matters related to pre-K-12 curriculum, instruction, professional development, and assessment.
  • Establish positive relations with the County Office of Education and other agencies to extend curriculum offerings.
  • Establish and maintain productive partnerships with a variety of local private and public organizations engaged in the support of educational programs.
  • Attend School Board of Education meetings as needed.

Student Services:

  • Facilitate counseling services for grades 6-12.
  • Supervise Coordinator for alternative programs, district nurse, and Adult Ed principal.
  • Is responsible for school attendance and review board (SARB) and expulsion process (grades 6-12).
  • Assist Associate Superintendent with parent complaints.
  • 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 a secondary 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.