Full-Time Chief Learning & Innovation Officer
About the Organization
Making Waves was founded in 1989 as an education support program to help address the disparity in educational opportunities for low-income students in Richmond, CA and to help them prepare for and graduate from college. For decades, through comprehensive programming and services, Making Waves has helped prepare and support first-generation college students to graduate from competitive institutions across the country.
In 2007, Making Waves Academy (MWA) Middle School was founded, a public charter school offering a rigorous fifth to eighth grade academic program with a focus on college and career readiness. The Making Waves Academy Upper School opened in 2011 and provides rich academic course offerings, career exploration and extensive college advisement.
MWA currently serves about 940 students in grades 5-12 and 95% or more of its first four graduating classes were accepted to college. About 70% gained admission to and attend four-year schools and 25% or more gained admission to and attend two-year schools. The first phase of a five-year strategic growth plan is underway, with the new expanded middle school opening in the fall of 2018. In the future, MWA will ultimately seeks grow to serve roughly 6,000 students on three K-12 campuses, while our sister organization, Making Waves College and Alumni Program (CAP) will continue to support up to 2,000 of our alumni in persisting through college.
By the time our students reach 11th grade, they are outperforming their more affluent peers across the Bay Area. We honor this achievement and the effort of our students, staff and families to get there. We also know that there is so much more we could be doing for our students when it comes to learning, and in supporting teachers in tapping their full potential. With the desire to fully maximize learning, through maximizing the systems, use of time, and science about learning, we have created a critical executive role to think about and lead the implementation of this work.
The Chief Learning & Innovation Officer (CLIO) role signifies the fundamental importance and mission-critical nature of innovation and learning at all levels. Essentially the CLIO will lead the rethinking and reimagining of how we think about student and adult learning across the organization, and change the processes for how we implement learning. The CLIO brings the vision, ideas, innovations and practices that will allow MWA to transform and modernize teaching and learning over time. The CLIO will lead the design and implementation of an enterprise-wide instructional model or framework, building upon existing and designing new approaches to inform learning for both students and adults in all domains (curriculum & instruction, cultural competency, social emotional learning, technology), ensuring that we can do even more for our students and our teachers in their development.
The CLIO and the Learning Team (consisting of a Director of Teacher Residency, a Director of Instructional Technology, a Senior Director of Curriculum & Instruction & a Senior Director of Elementary Learning) will lead the organization-wide change effort to shift the practices and mindsets of school leaders, faculty, students, staff, and parents. This adaptive work will occur through observation, data analysis, monitoring, and training to support MWA campuses and offices with the implementation of practices and structures for maximizing student and adult learning.
This role is equal parts strategy and vision, and leading a team to execute. Ideal candidates have led the design of innovative school models or programs (initiatives, frameworks, codification of strategies, etc.) and have experience implementing in a system or network. Ideal candidates have also supported senior leaders in their development, have led effective teams that support schools, and have managed large-scale change.
How to ApplyThis search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position and their interest in MWA’s mission specifically to: http://axistalentpartners.applytojob.com/apply Making Waves Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply
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