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Chief Schools Officer, Relay Lab Schools

San Antonio, TX, USA | Relay Lab Schools

  • Industry:
    Education (Primary/Secondary)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Chief School Officer will:

Set the vision for and systematize Relay Lab Schools’ instructional model.They will create instructional systems and playbooks to be used across all Relay Lab Schools regions, including those for:

An observation and feedback framework

Data-driven-instruction, including:

Interim assessments

An assessment analysis framework

State test preparation materials

Professional development, including all professional development opportunities (i.e. weekly early release days for school-based PD, summer trainings, and other dedicated training sessions)

Instructional best practices

Student culture

Adult culture

Relay Lab Schools model refinement, including:

Daily schedules and academic calendars

Organization-wide pacing calendars to be implemented by schools

School observations and reviews.

Support the regional Instructional Superintendent in Texas (and those instructional leaders of additional regions) around the Relay Lab Schools instructional approach, ensuring they keep on-track with it. The Chief Schools Officer will support superintendents in supporting their principals and principal fellows around all things instruction.

Meet regularly with Executive Directors in support of Regional Superintendents and other areas of work.

Help support the Managing Directors of Instruction in existing regions to faithfully implement the Relay Lab Schools model and the organization’s curricular choices.

Vet and help select new curricula, both for new regions (where new curricula is warranted because of state compliance) and in grades where a change is needed; facilitate partnerships with external partners and vendors to make that possible.

Drive all instructional decisions with data and ensure we are collecting and analyzing all critical data points, including managing an individual on the Relay Lab Schools team dedicated to data collection and analysis.

Help set a vision for strong school culture and behavior models across Relay Lab Schools, including managing an individual on the Relay Lab Schools team dedicated to this work.

Be a constant presence in our schools’ hallways and classrooms, serving as an additional resource for instructional leaders and an eye for what’s working (and what’s not working quite yet).

Serve as a senior leader of the Relay Lab Schools team, helping to steer and strategically grow the organization into new cities and regions across the country.

Perform all other duties as assigned.

A successful applicant will have the following experiences and characteristics:

First and foremost, the Chief Schools Officer must share the team’s sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement in low-income communities everywhere, and a belief that excellent outcomes for our students can be achieved in an autonomous school context.

Additionally, candidates for the Chief Schools Officer role must have the following:

A minimum of ten (10) of education ; urban school district/charter is strongly preferred.

A minimum of five (5) of instructional leadership as a principal or school system leader, including coaching teachers, writing/revising curriculum, and building instructional systems.

Demonstrated commitment to the potential of urban youth to succeed in rigorous educational settings.

Success in creating, managing, owning and executing complex project plans to achieve and deliver effective learning.

Superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to develop concise and compelling content.

Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a team.

Desire to work at a fast-paced, collaborative, compassionate, start-up organization, where entrepreneurialism, innovation, and disruption are valued.

Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving within a growing, changing organization.

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