Deputy Chief of Academics

Tulsa Public Schools - Tulsa, OK - Full time

Tulsa Public Schools - Tulsa, OK - Full time


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Responsibilities and Essential Functions: The following duties are representative of performance expectations. 

• Support the district’s vision and strategic direction for academic services to improve the quality of learning experiences for students and prepare them for success in college, career and life.

• Support the reduction of the variability in curricula, instruction, and assessment and implement a vertically aligned curriculum and assessment system, which includes the management of the roll-out of learning standards, and consistent delivery of instruction . 

• Monitor accountability systems and evaluation rubrics and leverage resulting data to inform the chief learning officer of concerns, possible changes, ideas, or progress. 

• Collaborate with instructional leadership directors, talent management, and other divisions and departments to ensure support to teachers and the effective delivery of instructional programs and services to all schools. 

• Collaborate with schools to develop instructional programs and implement reform models designed to improve achievement of all students. 

• Serve as a district representative regarding academic affairs in meetings with governmental, legislative and business and community 

• Maintain current knowledge of educational reform and instructional best practices in all aspects of K-12 urban education.

• Collaborate with school departments, community agencies, local universities, research laboratories and other organizations to implement ongoing evaluation and improvement of instructional programs with particular focus to increase student achievement at under-performing schools 

• Support the chief learning officer in management of allocation of materials and staff resources for academic departments, ensure their use for the purposes intended, and enforce appropriate accountability for disbursements and expenditures 

• Support the chief learning officer in ensuring district compliance with State regulations and policies in monitoring, assessment, and reporting for all academic programs 

• Perform other tasks, duties, or services consistent with this position as assigned Skills and Abilities Required: The following characteristics and physical skills are important for the successful performance of assigned duties.  

Instructional Knowledge and Expertise 

• Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all student populations; know effective practice for differentiating instruction 

• Deep understanding of curricular frameworks, pedagogy, and quality classroom materials; experience developing and implementing curriculum for a wide variety of grade levels and subjects 

• Strong knowledge of high-quality instructional practices and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms and school sites 

• Thorough knowledge of effective instruction and knowledge of current theories of curriculum instruction and assessment

Empathy and commitment to cause: 

• Deep understanding of the urban school system environment and commitment to improving student achievement 

• Passionately believe that all students can achieve at high levels 

• Demonstrate cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing urban families Communication 

interpersonal and team skills: 

• Build and maintain strong relationships • Work successfully alone or on a team 

• Coach, coordinate, and lead teams 

• Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication • Actively listen to others and able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and perceptions. 

• Build consensus and resolve conflicts; exhibit willingness to have difficult conversations 

• Skillfully navigate existing political structures/systems 

Problem solving and systems thinking: 

• Understand how various systems / departments interact to achieve the long term goal 

• Make decisions using data and technology 

• Take initiative to solve problems and create stakeholder buy-in 

• Identify and prioritize mission critical issues with alignment of people, time and resources 

• Offer innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems 

• Exhibit strong focus on goals and results. Set clear metrics for success 

• Remove barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for principals to achieve their goals and ensure that school leaders have the resources they need to succeed 

• Demonstrate excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Leadership skills: 

• Motivate, inspire, and move other adults to action to achieve ambitious goals

• Skilled at re-envisioning, building, and managing a team, especially in a time of growth and change; excellent at identifying talent and taking advantage of each person’s skills and contribution to team effort  

• Build and maintain positive relationships with individuals and groups 

• Move groups to consensus and resolve conflicts. Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations 

• Build coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups 

• Establish clear expectations, deliverables and deadlines • Set clear agendas and facilitate effective meetings 

• Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate staff from different cultural backgrounds and skill sets 

Supervisory Responsibility: Oversee the following: 

• executive director of teaching and learning,

• executive director of professional learning and educator effectiveness 

• executive director of language and cultural services 

• director of competency based learning 

• director of assessment 

• support specialist 

Working Conditions: Exposure to the following situations may range from rare to frequent based on circumstances and factors that may not be predictable.

• Subject to stress caused by changing environment, complexity of the organization, tight deadlines and heavy workload 

• Regular office environment, including frequent use of electronic email, being able to sit for long periods of time without a break, etc. 

• Must be mobile in order to attend events and meetings outside of regular work hours.

• Normal effort of occasional periods of light physical activity. Tulsa Public Schools is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team of individuals who contribute to the district’s mission with their talent, skills and energy. 

Tulsa Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons because of age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, gender, ethnic or national origin, or veteran status. Tulsa Public Schools prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities.

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