Chief Academic Officer

Aspire Public Schools
California or Memphis, Tennessee
Mission Statement: 

Aspire Public Schools operates 40 high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools serving 16,000 students in underserved communities across California and in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest open-enrollment public charter school systems serving predominantly Latino and African American students, and delivering a rigorous College for Certain education to students in grades TK-12.Our promise at Aspire Public Schools is that every child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college, career and life. Every day, our community of students, parents, teachers and staff come together to learn and grow so that every child’s aspirations are within reach. Currently in its 17th academic year, Aspire is one of the nation’s first charter school systems. 

Position Description: 

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and will lead a core part of Aspire Forward, a 5-year strategic plan the organization is embarking on.  The CAO will be responsible for the network-wide design and development of its TK-12 instructional program, ensuring cohesion and rigor across all subject areas in support of Aspire’s five-year ambition to quadruple the number of college-ready Aspire students by 2022.  Utilizing a collaborative, entrepreneurial style, the CAO will own the development of a focused program to deliver strong student achievement results while narrowing the disparities between the highest and lowest performing students and realizing the Aspire mission for all students and families. The CAO will cultivate a culture of high expectations in which every student has equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction.In the near-term, the CAO will focus on the design and development of Aspire-wide program components in core subjects (Math, English-Language Acquisition, Social-emotional Learning, and Science). The CAO will oversee central content teams and Aspire-wide programs directly related to the instructional program including Special Education, Postsecondary Access and Success, Blended Learning, and Expanded Learning (after school program). This role will partner closely with the Chief Schools Officer (CSO) to support a successful implementation of the newly developed Aspire-wide instructional program. This is a full-time position and can be located in one of the four regions where Aspire is located


The ideal candidate for this position will also possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:  Proven track record of leading efforts to deliver strong student academic outcomes; Demonstrated success leading school improvement initiatives that improve student achievement in a meaningful way for all racial, ethnic, and economic groups; Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, growing entrepreneurial organization; Experience in supervising compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies; Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skill; Adaptability and humility; Thrives in a changing environment and demonstrates a lifelong commitment to learning and flexibility; Master’s degree in Education; A minimum of five years of experience successfully driving student achievement as a principal or school leader, with experience working in urban communities strongly preferred.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 16, 2018
Application Instructions: 

Aspire Public Schools has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.Aspire Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. 

Position Level: 
Alicia Salerno
Country/US Territory: 
United States