Excel Academy Charter Schools, Chief Schools Officer

Excel Academy - Boston, Massachusetts - Full time

Organizational Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory.

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do.

Growth Happens Here.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and serving as a senior leader within Excel’s Network Team, the Chief Schools Officer is responsible for the overall quality and strength of our Network’s educational program. Excel Academy has built an exceptionally strong academic program that has garnered national attention for producing exceptional student results. But there is still work to do and growth to be made. The Chief Schools Officer will set the vision and direction for further pushing our educational program by setting and holding a high bar of rigor and the highest expectations for what students can achieve.

Excel received preliminary approval to open a new school, Excel Academy Rhode Island (EARI), in School Year 2022-2023, beginning with 166 students in grades K, 1, and 5. At scale, in School Year 2030-2031, we will serve approximately 2,200 students total from Providence, North Providence, and Central Falls in grades K-12. The Chief Schools Officer will manage all Excel school leaders, including future school leaders in Rhode Island.

Specific responsibilities include:

Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • In collaboration with the CEO, set the organization’s vision for educational excellence - including academics and student culture - across the Excel Network.
  • Define and regularly and actively assess performance of the academic program in raising achievement for all students.
  • As a member of the Network’s senior leadership team, contribute to the development of Excel’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.

Management, Coaching and Support

  • Manage Excel middle school and high school school leaders in MA and RI and ensure they receive regular observation, feedback, and coaching for growing within their role and driving the growth of the school for which s/he leads.
  • Facilitate collaboration and support of school leadership across the Network to create and sustain alignment across the Network, maximize efficiencies of scale, and uphold organizational norms for decision-making.
  • Manage staff with academic-focused roles within the Network Team to support and drive the professional growth of these individuals and ensure that their functions are meaningfully supporting the vision and direction of the Network’s academic program. This team includes the Director of Data Strategy & Academic Projects, the Teaching Fellow Program Director, and the Network Director of Student Supports.
  • Create a vision for and oversee the development of a systematized approach to teacher management and development.

Curricular and Program Oversight and Quality Control

  • Ensure that Department Heads receive consistent feedback and oversight on network curriculum to support them in developing a rigorous, common core-aligned curriculum and assessment program.
  • Serve as the primary orchestrator of the Network’s approach to curricular alignment by developing and executing on systems, practices, and protocols to ensure a high bar of rigor across all Excel campuses.
  • Facilitate and oversee high expectations, alignment and quality control around key program design elements, including student culture, that drive student performance.


The Chief Schools Officer will bring a proven track record of success in an urban, high-performing school setting, preferably a charter school and at the middle and/or secondary school level. They will be deeply aligned to the core tenets of Excel’s school model and have a vision for continually pushing the attainment of educational excellence. Other qualifications include:

  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • Minimum of five years’ experience as a school leader or in a similar capacity (7+ years preferred);
  • Extensive experience managing people and projects; ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface and build purposeful relationships with a range of constituencies, including governing board members, school leaders, teachers, and funders;
  • Evidence of well-developed emotional intelligence and ability to read others;
  • Ability to operate as an effective strategic and tactical thinker;
  • Bachelor's degree required, M.Ed or similar advanced degree preferred;
  • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
  • An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.Preference will be given to applicants who also:
  • Have a track record that reflects the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture;
  • Have a track record that reflects the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Have managed school leaders or other senior administrators in the past;
  • Have led an organization through periods of significant growth/change (i.e. starting a new school);
  • Have experience cultivating strong school culture;
  • Have experience in a public or charter school setting and have experience working with schools that serve grades K-12;
  • Have experience leading schools that serve family populations that are similar to those at Excel Academy
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently.


Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

How to Apply

Please visit http://bit.ly/3d7Ryfb to apply, or reach out to Ron Rapatalo at rrapatalo@edgilityconsutling.com Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity,disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

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Excel Academy Charter Schools was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. We have grown from one middle school to a network of 4 schools with 1,400 students in grades 5-12.
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