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Chief Equity & Academic Officer – Superintendent’s Office

Poudre School District

This is a Full-time position in fort collins, co posted November 25, 2021.

The Chief Equity and Academic Officer is a member of the superintendent’s cabinet and provides administrative and
strategic oversight in developing, achieving, and maintaining the best educational programs and services for all students.

This position provides leadership in the design, planning, and implementation of all learning services, promoting high student
achievement through quality, equitable instruction for both students and employees of the district. This position is responsible
for providing leadership and facilitating collaboration with schools and departments to foster an environment that: is student-
focused and results-oriented; has a clear shared vision of great teaching and learning; builds educator capacity and investment;
and is data-driven and focused on accountability to ensure that all students thrive. This position directs the operation,
development, implementation, and coordination of programs and staff in the departments responsible for: curriculum and
instruction; professional development; student services; research and evaluation; language, culture, and equity; career and
innovation; and integrated services, all of which are part of the district’s Learning Services Team. A critical component of this role
is also the development and implementation of an equity plan that supports the district’s strategic plan (currently in
development), mission, and vision while specifically promoting inclusion for all and narrowing the gaps between the highest and
lowest performing students. This position, in partnership with the Learning Services Team, develops institutional policies,
practices, and programs that create a climate of equity and acceptance that respects, values, and responds to the diversity of
students, staff, parents, and the community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential
duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Description of Job Tasks

1. Provide leadership and facilitate collaboration with schools and departments to foster an environment that is:
student-focused and results-oriented; has a clear shared vision of great teaching and learning; builds educator
capacity and investment; and is data-driven and focused on accountability to ensure that all students thrive.

2. Provide leadership in the design, planning, and implementation of all learning services, promoting high student
achievement through quality instruction for both students and employees of the district.

3. Direct the operation, activities, development, implementation, coordination, and supervision, including evaluation
and hiring of programs and staff in the departments responsible for: curriculum and instruction; professional
development; student services; research and evaluation; language, culture, and equity; career and innovation; and
integrated services, all of which are part of the district’s Learning Services Team.

4. Engage stakeholders in the achievement of the district’s shared vision for teaching and learning.
5. Identify key instructional strategies to support the school system and oversee instructional programs and recommend

changes/additions based on research and established goals.
6. Lead the interpretation of curriculum and/or instructional changes and/or outcomes to the Board, administration,

staff, and the community by demonstrating a deep knowledge of high-quality curriculum and instructional materials.
7. Provide leadership to the administrative staff of the Learning Services Team in the development of the district’s

strategic plan and the coordination of activities, functions, and responsibilities of their departments that strengthen
our instructional core and align with school system goals.

2407 LaPorte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521 • phone: (970) 490-3488
web: www.psdschools.org

8. Collect, analyze, and use assessment, personnel, student, and other forms of data. Use data and research, including

assessment data, to continuously improve instructional programs, staff training, and services to schools.
9. Collaborate with school and community leaders in the development, identification, and implementation of best

practices for continuous improvement of instructional delivery and success of all schools.
10. Oversee the coordination of professional development efforts throughout the district, including but not limited to

curriculum implementation, high performing teams, DEI, and data-informed instruction.
11. Develop and oversee implementation of a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) rooted in our mission,

theory of action, and vision for DEI as it relates to equitable instructional practices.
12. Provide leadership for the implementation of the equity plan including regular reports on progress toward goals. With the

Learning Services Team, develop organization-wide scorecard and systems to collect input, analyze data (both qualitative
and quantitative) and monitor and report on progress. Manage relationships with external partners as needed to deliver
training and support to achieve our plan.

13. Lead equity-related district committees and other family/community components of the district equity plan.
14. Serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner to colleagues; support and advocate for teammates who are being impacted

by issues of equity and inclusion. Champion a positive culture including feedback and training for those who need to
develop their skills and/or awareness of the impact they are having on others. Provide coordination, consultation, and
assistance to the superintendent and the Cabinet on equity and diversity matters related to students, staff, and families.

15. Share knowledge of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues, especially in public
education. Share knowledge of culturally responsive teaching and education-related practices, social justice, and diversity
as fundamental aspects of academic excellence.

16. Support and influence colleagues to operationalize DEI vision. Provide leadership, collaboration, and support to teammates
to differentiate our organizational vision for DEI into role-specific actions and performance management and accountability
systems; and to ensure that our DEI vision is infused into the organization through its systems, tools, policies, structures,
and practices. Develop, organize, and implement professional development opportunities for all staff with an emphasis on
diversity, equity, and inclusion.

17. Develop consistent communication and feedback mechanisms to ensure we can identify, discuss, and address equity issues
impacting our students, schools, and staff. Stay abreast of research and best practice in equity and inclusion. Develop
communication systems to share best practices, highlight bright spots, and keep staff apprised of key initiatives and
activities.

18. Collaborate with district administrators to develop, lead, and implement a systematic process that identifies and addresses
inequalities and other experience that create barriers to student engagement and achievement. Develop and implement
systems and procedures to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, parents, and families.
Promote and implement district and site-based approaches to community access and engagement.

19. Utilize relevant data resources to track and analyze diversity, equity, and outreach strategies within the district and
community.

20. Model the characteristics of effective leadership including energy, integrity, high-level communication skills, and
strategic thinking processes.

21. Ensure all work is performed in accordance with standards, federal and state regulations, accreditation standards to
meet the district’s mission, vision, and goals.

22. Provide leadership in all functions of assigned departments, including budgets, program priorities, and performance
standards.

23. Participate in budget development and long-range financial planning at the executive level.
24. Serve as a member of the superintendent’s Cabinet.
25. Perform additional duties as assigned by the superintendent.

10215 – Chief Equity and Academic Officer

EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or Administration, or a related field; Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of educational administrative experience; experience in school and district level settings preferred.
  • Experience in curriculum design with an emphasis in learning services, student services, professional development, DEI, or
related area.

  • Experience in classroom teaching.
  • Progressive experience in leading and managing diverse work teams and building teacher efficacy through comprehensive
professional learning opportunities also required.

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Criminal background check required for hire.
  • Colorado Administrator or Principal license required.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license.

TECHNICAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES:

  • Deep knowledge and ability to exhibit a high level of expertise in all areas of public education and student achievement.
  • Extensive executive leadership and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to provide strategic direction and operational insights.
  • Demonstrated skills in cultural competence, strategic communication, problem-solving, and team development.
  • Demonstrated history of collaborating with diverse groups of stakeholders to achieve ambitious outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change management efforts and an ability to influence others especially when no direct
reporting relationship exists.

  • Deep knowledge of high-quality curriculum and instructional materials. Comprehensive knowledge of best practices in
instructional practices including intervention as well as student assessment and the use of data to guide instruction.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability in building teacher efficacy through comprehensive professional learning
opportunities.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability with best practices in change management and in leading change management for
teams.

  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Ability to effectively lead, manage, and develop direct reports.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations and accreditation standards.
  • Ability to interpret school district policy accurately and make appropriate decisions.
  • Knowledge of current legal issues and rulings specific to public education.
  • Knowledge and solid understanding of research-based curriculum, programs, and services.
  • Knowledge and solid understanding of health and safety procedures that apply to staff and students.
  • Ability to follow school and district procedures for dealing with students, staff, and the public.
  • Ability to work in a team environment cooperatively and effectively, including coaching and development.
  • Ability to effectively address key strategic challenges and opportunities.
  • Ability to utilize resources effectively. Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, prioritize, and manage multiple projects
effectively.

  • Ability to follow appropriate budgetary procedures and practices.
  • Ability to use effective consultation and/or resolution processes.
  • Ability to direct activities of subordinates appropriately.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff and the public.
  • Ability to mentor and lead change.
  • Ability to collect, maintain, and accurately analyze/disseminate relevant data.

10215 – Chief Equity and Academic Officer

  • Ability to be flexible, dependable, responsive, and creative.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision/oversight.
  • Ability to maintain honesty and integrity in all aspects of the job.
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to attendance requirements, including regular and punctual employee presence.
  • Ability to promote and follow Board of Education policies, Superintendent policies and building and department
procedures.

  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse ethnic and educational
backgrounds.

  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize

appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT OPERATING KNOWLEDGE:
• Personal computers and peripherals.

  • Operating knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and/or other
department software packages.

  • Operating knowledge of and experience with personal computers, word processing and database software.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS & DIRECTION/GUIDANCE:

POSITION TITLE # of EMPLOYEES

Reports to: Superintendent of Schools
Direct reports: Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Director of 7

Professional Development; Director of Language, Culture, and Equity;
Director of Student Services; Director of Research and Evaluation;
Director of Career and Innovation; Director of Integrated Services

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS: The physical demands, work environment factors and mental functions
described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of
this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: Amount of Time

None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Stand X
Walk X
Sit X
Use hands to finger, handle, or feed X
Reach with hands and arms X
Climb or balance X
Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl X
Talk X
Hear X
Taste X
Smell X

WEIGHT and FORCE DEMANDS: Amount of Time

None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Up to 10 pounds X
Up to 25 pounds X
Up to 50 pounds X
Up to 100 pounds X
More than 100 pounds X

10215 – Chief Equity and Academic Officer

MENTAL FUNCTIONS: Amount of Time

None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Compare X
Analyze X
Communicate X
Copy X
Coordinate X
Instruct X
Compute X
Synthesize X
Evaluate X
Interpersonal Skills X
Compile X
Negotiate X

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Amount of Time

None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Wet or humid conditions (non-weather) X
Work near moving mechanical parts X
Work in high, precarious places X
Fumes or airborne particles X
Toxic or caustic chemicals X
Outdoor weather conditions X
Extreme cold (non-weather) X
Extreme heat (non-weather) X
Risk of electrical shock X
Work with explosives X
Risk of radiation X
Vibration X

VISION DEMANDS: Required
No special vision requirements.
Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less) X
Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more) X
Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
Peripheral vision
Depth perception X
Ability to adjust focus X

NOISE LEVEL: Exposure Level
Very quiet
Quiet
Moderate X
Loud
Very Loud

10215 – Chief Equity and Academic Officer