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18 Jun 2021


Denver Public Schools – Posted by Denver Public Schools Denver, Colorado, United States

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Traditional 235 work days 

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $118,590 – $148,238


Essential Functions and Objectives:


Provide visionary leadership to management and influence future growth opportunities to achieve long term performance goals & objectives (5 to 10 years). Responsible for executing the overall business plan and acting as a champion for strategic change across departments and community.


The Associate Chief of Academics is a key member of the Academic and Innovation Office (AIO) leadership team that is tasked with leading the change that is necessary to ensure that every day, every student receives a highly personalized, standards-based learning experience that prepares him or her for success in life. The Associate Chief will build the capacity and support the success of schools by leading a team that provides the highest quality curricular resources, professional learning opportunities, and other supports. The Associate Chief will lead the Academic Supports Department, which is comprised of four teams: Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Learning, Personalized Learning, and Data Driven Instruction. This role will be responsible for ensuring that all resources and supports provided by the Academic Supports Department are tightly integrated and delivered with the highest quality to educators, school leaders, and school leadership teams. The Associate Chief will build strong collaborative relationships with other AIO teams (e.g., English Language Acquisition, Student Services) to help ensure that the Academic and Innovation Office is an invaluable resource to schools. The Associate Chief is also responsible for building effective collaborative relationships with the Chief Schools Office (CSO), which directly manages schools. The Associate Chief will establish strategic goals for the Academic Supports Department, align staffing and financial resources, and drive performance to ensure goals are achieved. 

  Create and support district vision, culture and strategic roadmap, including developing policies, acting as a thought leader, and model continuous improvement.

Develop, manage and monitor budgets that support strategic goals, including: forecasting, linking financial decisions, setting annual costs, and providing recommendations to ensure fiscal integrity. 

Establish and cultivate effective working relationships with key district staff, governmental agencies, school districts, community groups and other resources in support of district initiatives and to maximize visibility.

Ensure compliance with state and federal laws, Board of Education policies and regulations, maintain and direct activities related to the District’s safety and security efforts.

Develop strategies and frameworks to support continuous learning. Ultimately responsible for creating organizational capacities, building a diverse culture and promoting a high performing district.

Implement the Academic Supports Strategic Plan that is aligned with the district’s academic goals defined in the Denver Plan 20.

Ensure that the four divisions within the department are working in a cohesive manner to successfully implement the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in all DPS elementary, middle, and high schools beginning in the 2015-16 school year and beyond.

Execute financial and human resources management practices (with support from the Budget Office and Human Resources) to ensure resources are optimally used in support of student success.

Develop systems to communicate and collaborate effectively with other members of the AIO team, and other DPS departments, particularly the CSO. Engage the Instructional Superintendents within the CSO to enthusiastically support the implementation of academic programming. Effectively share knowledge and expertise.

Remain knowledgeable on and shape research and best practices regarding leadership and management, implementation of standards, adult learning, personalized learning, and student assessments.

Strategically manage multiple grants and relationships with grant funders, as needed.

Performs other related duties, including special projects, as requested by the Chief Academic and Innovation Officer or her designee. 

Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

Ten (10) or more years of executive district leadership experience. 

Experience developing and implementing a departmental/unit strategic plan. 

Demonstrated experience cultivating and leading large high performing teams, including building a strong performance-based culture and

implementing and managing supporting systems and structures. 

Experience in increasing student achievement and closing opportunity gaps in racial, ethnic, and economic groups. 

Experience in leading, planning, managing and large and complex programs to successful outcomes. 

Experience leading complex change initiatives. 

Experience in relationship management and networking. 

Experience working with diverse populations, community organizations, and other advocacy groups. 

Experience managing large and complex budgets, ensuring alignment of financial resources with the mission and vision of the Academic Supports Department and the AIO.

Principal or Administrators’ License preferred.

Thorough industry knowledge.

Identifies key issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision.

Ability to effectively lead an organization.

Strategic planning and organizational development knowledge and skills.

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to lead a high-performing team.

Demonstrated experience performing as an effective leader and team player, and recognizing and resolving conflicts or potentially controversial situations through diplomacy.

Superior leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.

Ability to develop, plan, and implement long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources.

Encourages diversity and mutual respect among team members and demonstrates compassion and sensitivity.

Preferred: Mindsets & Habits Students first mindset. Driven by a burning desire to see all students succeed. Demonstrates a relentless focus on achieving equity. Works with a sense of urgency. Is self-reflective and has a growth mindset. Is a self-directed agent of his/her own learning. Will embrace risk, fail forward, and pivot to capitalize on opportunities. Believes in radical collaboration. Encourages and embraces productive conflict. Highly effective interpersonal skills. Drives positive outcomes. Other Deep knowledge of standards and standards-aligned pedagogy. Deep understanding of English Language Learners and how to best meet their needs. Knowledge of effective instructional programs and methods and measuring their impact on student achievement. Experience in adult learning and building the capacity of educators and school leaders. Profound knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns related to public education and the administration of a large, diverse urban school district. Understanding of outcome-based performance evaluation of programs and services. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of student assessment and data collection and their use in optimizing the learning experience for students. Ability to be a team player and collaborate with others inside and outside of the Academic Supports Department and AIO on challenging and time sensitive projects. Ability to meet deadlines and work in a highly organized manner. Ability to work with ambiguity in a complex and dynamic environment. Ability to think strategically and execute with excellence. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Deep knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices related to instruction. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) as well as Google Suite.    

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree is required.

Master’s Degree is preferred.


Additional Information:


Work Year Calendars (including accrued time off):

– Benefits (including DPS contributions):

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– Employee must live and work with a permanent home address in Colorado while working for Denver Public Schools.  


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.





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