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Posted: 12/27/2017
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 24746

Job Description


Associate Chief, Academics

Traditional 235 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience


Essential Functions and Objectives:

 -  The Associate Chief of Academics is a key member of the Academic and Innovation Office (AIO) leadership team that is tasked with leading the change that is necessary to ensure that every day, every student receives a highly personalized, standards-based learning experience that prepares him or her for success in life.  The Associate Chief will build the capacity and support the success of schools by leading a team that provides the highest quality curricular resources, professional learning opportunities, and other supports. 

 -  The Associate Chief will lead the Academic Supports Department, which is comprised of four teams:  Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Learning, Personalized Learning, and Data Driven Instruction.  This role will be responsible for ensuring that all resources and supports provided by the Academic Supports Department are tightly integrated and delivered with the highest quality to educators, school leaders, and school leadership teams.  The Associate Chief will build strong collaborative relationships with other AIO teams (e.g., English Language Acquisition, Student Services) to help ensure that the Academic and Innovation Office is an invaluable resource to schools.  The Associate Chief is also responsible for building effective collaborative relationships with the Chief Schools Office (CSO), which directly manages schools. 

 -  The Associate Chief will build team culture, drive continuous improvement, and achieve the goals of the Academic Supports Department using a distributed leadership approach.   With direction from the Chief Academic and Innovation Officer, the Associate Chief will establish strategic goals for the Academic Supports Department, align staffing and financial resources, and drive performance to ensure goals are achieved.

 -  Live the DPS Shared Values of Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun by providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction to the Academics Support Department.  

 -  Implement the Academic Supports Strategic Plan that is aligned with the district’s academic goals defined in the Denver Plan 2020. 

-  Ensure that the four divisions within the department are working in a cohesive manner to successfully implement the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in all DPS elementary, middle, and high schools beginning in the 2015-16 school year and beyond.

 -  Supervise the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction to ensure the team develops and delivers curricular and instructional programs and services for all content areas that are based on best practices and are aligned with the CAS.

 -  Supervise the Executive Director of Professional Learning so that teachers and principals have the knowledge and skills to deliver effective academic programming that is aligned with standards and assessments. The programs offered by Professional Learning should motivate teachers and principals to innovate and execute with excellence so as to accelerate student achievement and close opportunity gaps between racial, ethnic and economic groups.  (Educator Learning includes principal and teacher professional development)

 -  Supervise the Executive Director of Personalized Learning so that students, teachers, parents, and central office staff have the resources, tools, and supports needed to engage in/deliver rigorous learning environments that align with the district’s framework for personalized learning.  The Personalized Learning team should also create conditions on in DPS education ecosystem that stimulate and support the creation, launch, and expansion of personalized learning environments.

 -  Supervise the Director of Formative Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction so that teachers and principals have the resources and supports needed to implement data-driven instructional practices that ensure every student receives a highly personalized, standards-based learning experience. 

 -  Align staffing and the budget of the Academic Supports Department with the team’s strategies to ensure goals is achieved.

 -  Execute financial and human resources management practices (with support from the Budget Office and Human Resources) to ensure resources are optimally used in support of student success.

 -  Develop systems to communicate and collaborate effectively with other members of the AIO team, and other DPS departments, particularly the CSO.  Engage the Instructional Superintendents within the CSO to enthusiastically support the implementation of academic programming.   Effectively share knowledge and expertise.

 -  Act as a spokesperson and champion to the community on DPS academic programming, as needed.

 -  Remain knowledgeable on and shape research and best practices regarding leadership and management, implementation of standards, adult learning, personalized learning, and student assessments.

 -  Strategically manage multiple grants and relationships with grant funders, as needed.

 -  Performs other related duties, including special projects, as requested by the Chief Academic and Innovation Officer or her designee.


Education and Licensure Requirements:

 -  Bachelor’s Degree Required

 -  Master’s degree in an education discipline; doctorate degree preferred

 -  Ten or more years of executive district leadership experience

 -  Experience developing and implementing a departmental/unit strategic plan.

 -  Demonstrated experience cultivating and leading large high performing teams, including building a strong performance-based culture and implementing and managing supporting systems and structures.

 -  Experience in increasing student achievement and closing opportunity gaps in racial, ethnic, and economic groups.

 -  Experience in leading, planning, managing and large and complex programs to successful outcomes.

 -  Experience leading complex change initiatives.

 -  Experience in relationship management and networking.

 -  Experience working with diverse populations, community organizations, and other advocacy groups.

-  Experience managing large and complex budgets, ensuring alignment of financial resources with the mission and vision of the Academic Supports Department and the AIO

 -  Principal or Administrators’ License preferred

 -  Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.


Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

Mindsets & Habits

 -  Students first mindset.

 -  Driven by a burning desire to see all students succeed.

 -  Demonstrates a relentless focus on achieving equity.

 -  Works with a sense of urgency.

 -  Is self-reflective and has a growth mindset.

 -  Is a self-directed agent of his/her own learning.

 -  Will embrace risk, fail forward, and pivot to capitalize on opportunities.

 -  Believes in radical collaboration.

 -  Encourages and embraces productive conflict.

 -  Highly effective interpersonal skills.

 -  Drives positive outcomes.

 -  Deep knowledge of standards and standards-aligned pedagogy.

 -  Deep understanding of English Language Learners and how to best meet their needs.

 -  Knowledge of effective instructional programs and methods and measuring their impact on student achievement.

 -  Experience in adult learning and building the capacity of educators and school leaders.

-  Profound knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns related to public education and the administration of a large, diverse urban school district.

 -  Understanding of outcome-based performance evaluation of programs and services.

 -  Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of student assessment and data collection and their use in optimizing the learning experience for students.

 -  Ability to be a team player and collaborate with others inside and outside of the Academic Supports Department and AIO on challenging and time sensitive projects.

 -  Ability to meet deadlines and work in a highly organized manner.

 -  Ability to work with ambiguity in a complex and dynamic environment.

 -  Ability to think strategically and execute with excellence.

 -  Strong verbal and written communication skills.

 -  Deep knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices related to instruction.

 -  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.








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