Posted on October 26, 2012
Chief Accountability Officer
Syracuse City Schools
Syracuse City Schools - Chief Accountability Officer
The Syracuse City School District is undergoing a new phase of innovation and transformation with the goal of ensuring that all students graduate high school with the skills needed to be ready for college and career. For Syracuse, all means all – including students who fall behind or have been considered “hard to serve” for a host of reasons. The School Board community have charged Superintendent Sharon Contreras with improving student achievement, and she is seeking a dedicated leadership team to partner with her in moving the district toward its goals. The Syracuse City School District represents 31 schools and 4 alternative education programs serving 19,961 students K-12, of whom 84% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 21% are served by the Office of Special Education, and 72% are students of color.
The Chief Accountability Officer (CAO) reports to the Superintendent of Schools and is responsible for ensuring the district builds and maintains high quality data management and assessment systems that support effective instructional practices and lead to high student achievement in all of Syracuse’s schools. The CAO will supervise a team of approximately 65 people including the assessment and research team and the information technology staff. The CAO will provide leadership in the management, coordination and implementation of a system wide cross-functional accountability system. Finally, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the CAO will articulate the District’s strategic initiatives and alignment of programs to various local and state officials and provide relevant data to the Executive Leadership Team t inform their leadership and decisions as a leadership body.
This role is an exciting opportunity for a data and accountability expert with deep experience managing teams to have a lasting impact on Syracuse Public Schools’ teachers and students.
The duties and responsibilities of the Chief Accountability Officer include, but are not limited to the following:
Design and Oversee Implementation of High-Quality Data Management and Reporting Systems:
- Lead the Accountability team to prepare, analyze, and interpret data and key information, designing new processes and systems as needed;
- Ensure that the district meets all of its federal, state, and local accountability requirements;
- Manage the development of new teacher and principal evaluation systems, including data collection and reporting as mandated by state law;
- Serve as a key voice for the effective use of data in district-wide decision-making practices, supervising the development of district-wide goals and strategic planning.
- Expert on Education Research and Best Practices for District:
- Integrate best practices into current district data management processes and systems, maintaining awareness of current education resources and trends and serving as a resource to others throughout the district;
- Serve as liaison between District departments in developing, coordinating, and reporting data related to instructional improvement, leading all research projects conducted by outside agencies;
- Conduct evaluation of key program initiatives in order to inform the Superintendent and Board of Education about the effectiveness of District programming and recommendations for improvement.
- Develop School-Site Staff Capacity to Use Data Effectively and Hold Sites Accountable:
- Meet regularly with school administrators to educate, advise, and provide best practices information on how to use data effectively to move student performance;
- Ensure that all school administrators and their staff are meeting local, state, and federal accountability requirements related to monitoring attendance, electronic records, and information related to student academic performance;
- Oversee staff that provide direct assistance to school administrators in the legal and appropriate use of accommodations and modifications in assessment administration.
- Supervise Data Review and Analysis of District Assessments:
- Oversee the preparation and administration of all state and District assessments, serving as the LEA Testing Coordinator;
- Lead the strategy for and ensure accurate development of reports for all District accountability matters, presenting this information to schools, District staff and state representatives in a timely manner;
- Review and make strategic interpretations of assessment results, ensuring that all accountability reports are clear and actionable by District and school site personnel, disseminated and easily understood by the public and other stakeholders.
- Oversee Highly Efficient and Effective Information Technology Function:
- Oversee and evaluate IT operations functions to ensure effectiveness in meeting District and school-site needs, and recommending enhancements as needed;
- Identify emerging information technologies and create strategic, workable plans for introducing and integrating them within the organization;
- Lead the development of RFP’s for the competitive acquisition of state-of-the-art technology systems to ensure that all District programs and services operate smoothly;
- Responsible for the security of all IT systems and programs, as well as the development, review, and certification of back-up and disaster recovery procedures.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Strong working knowledge of both practical instructional issues of urban education reform and rigorous education research and analysis;
- Advanced understanding of and experience with research statistics and assessment;
- Strong ability to design and leverage systems for capturing and assessing impact and performance data;
- Understanding of federal and state assessment and accountability systems and how they impact District and school-site operations;
- Extensive team management and leadership experience including building and managing teams to meet ambitious goals and prioritizing and aligning resources to meet organizational needs;
- Strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to effectively respond to and manage conflict;
- Understanding of computer systems and the ability to manage the entire spectrum of IT operations;
- Strong problem solving skills, ability to analyze root causes and develop effective solutions as needed;
- Exceptional project management skills, able to balance big picture priorities with details.
- Masters degree from an accredited college or university (Doctorate preferred);
- Experience with school- and or system-wide education experience, particularly in the areas of assessment and educational accountability measures, strongly preferred;
- Experience planning with the implementation of IT integrations and understanding of how to leverage technology support effectively in a large organization strongly preferred;
- Experience conducting employee performance appraisals required;
- Extensive experience at the senior management level required.
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