Assistant Chief Academic and Continuous Improvement Officer

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Envision Education
Oakland, CA
Published 21 days ago


The mission of Envision Education is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life. 

We accomplish our mission through our nationally replicated Portfolio Defense assessment model, which authentically measures the most important things students need in order to succeed in college and career: academic content, leadership skills, and deeper learning competencies such as reflection and growth mindset.  Portfolio Defense uniquely prepares students, particularly those who are historically underserved, to get into college and then to persist until they earn a degree. Envision is also differentiated by a focus on whole-child education that integrates rigorous academics, high-quality social-emotional learning, and critical cultural literacy. Read about our approach here.

We operate three high schools and two middle schools, serving approximately 1,500 students in the San Francisco Bay Area: 70% are low-income; 94% from communities of color; and 75% first generation college bound.  100% of our graduates are accepted to 2- or 4-year colleges, with 78% accepted to 4-year institutions.  What’s more, our students persist in college once they enroll. Our college persistence rate is 87% from first to second year, compared to the national average of 74%.  We also operate Envision Learning Partners, a coaching and training division working with schools across the country to adapt and adopt the Portfolio Defense model.  ELP is working with more than 1,000 educators in 30+ school networks and reaching more than 200,000 students.

Envision Education has made an explicit commitment to becoming an exemplar network of schools with an instructional and cultural vision rooted in an anti-racist and pro-Black framework. We believe that targeted universalism–focusing on the needs of a group that has historically been marginalized–will support not only that group, but everyone, and that being explicitly anti-racist and pro-Black is essential to changing the status quo for all of our students.


Envision is seeking a skilled leader in instructional program design and data-driven continuous improvement cycles to oversee implementation and systematic improvement of the instructional program across Envision’s five schools. The Assistant Chief Academic and Continuous Improvement Officer will be a key partner with the Chief Academic Officer, Education Directors, and Principals in establishing Envision Schools as exemplar schools of equity and excellence for our students and for Envision Learning Partners. The role will also develop and implement a strategic plan for continuous improvement of Envision’s instructional programs, supporting academic success across the entire network of schools. They will establish comprehensive data systems and processes, plans for taking regular action based on data, and professional development experiences for the network related to continuous improvement. They will bring a skilled combination of program, analytical and change management skills. This is a new role at Envision, and will require someone with an entrepreneurial spirit to set the vision and goals for the work and the department.

Reporting: This position sits on the Academics Team, reports to the Chief Academic Officer, and manages other members of the Academic Team with the CAO (e.g., principals, directors, Senior Manager of Data & Assessment Systems).

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Continuous Improvement

  • Creates a vision and plan for network-wide continuous improvement cycles, aligned to Envision’s annual instructional priorities and 5-year strategic ambitions
  • Builds a data plan for continuous improvement, including: establishing clear metrics for success and progress monitoring (KPIs); creating structures for gathering data; leading processes to analyze, interpret and act on data on a regular basis; iterating on data structures
  • Uses insights from student performance data across the network to inform continuous improvement of curriculum, instruction and assessment, incorporating input from the Education Team
  • Recommends innovative programs and approaches to incorporate into academic model
  • Partners with and coaches Principals and Directors to implement data-driven continuous improvement cycles
  • Promotes a data-driven and continuous improvement culture throughout Education Team and network of schools; ensures an environment that encourages innovation and creativity, and that reflect on results, identifies challenges, and shares mistakes made
  • Articulates the case for change and translates into actionable plans, managing internal dynamics around change efforts and adapting communication as needed to influence others to achieve results
  • Builds network-wide leader and teacher capacity to implement continuous improvement cycles, through professional development and effective change management
  • Supports the spread of best practices throughout the network

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Principal Management and Coaching 

  • Directs and coaches school leaders on school management, including planning, staffing, program, culture, curriculum, instruction, and assessments
  • Leads the schools in continuous improvement of programs and systems, including the development of school plans and key performance indicators, and setting high expectations and standards for quality teaching and learning that align with mission and organizational culture
  • Acts as sounding board and advisor to principals to support and coach them in moments of challenge, continuously providing thought partnership, moral support, and drives toward student achievement
  • Defines and monitors key metrics to determine success of school network and foster data-driven continuous improvement
  • Fosters a collaborative and results driven culture across the network of schools

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Induction Program and New Teacher Support

  • Supports Induction coaches to provide high quality coaching (using the New Teacher Center Formative Assessment System) to identified new teachers
  • In partnership with ELP, provides summer orientation for all Envision Schools new teachers

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: College Pathways and Post-Secondary Success

  • Cultivates a strong college-going culture for all students across Envision; in the absence of a Director of College Pathways and Post-Secondary Success:
  • Develops and implements a 6-12 grade scope and sequence for college counseling initiatives and exposures at Envision Education, aligned with our Graduate Profile
  • Develops a comprehensive data collection & tracking and progress monitoring plan related to college access, including an organization-wide plan around student interventions in response to that data.
  • Provides general oversight of the college counseling program at each Envision Education site.

Other projects and duties as assigned.


  • 5+ years of direct experience as a principal required
  • Experience in instructional program design and implementation
  • Experience designing and implementing data driven feedback and planning work
  • Experience leading a department and/or team (preferred)


  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of students, especially those furthest from opportunity
  • Successful management of complex projects involving diverse stakeholders and multiple sites, including a demonstrated ability to drive a complex plan toward timely milestones and outcomes
  • Previous experience leading continuous improvement cycles
  • Ability to navigate a complex organization and understand the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders to drive organizational change
  • Previous experience with leading best practice implementation of inclusive practices that support all learners
  • Willingness to engage in critical conversations about race and structural inequities and to self-examine one’s own practice and implicit biases
  • Ability to communicate clearly with key stakeholders, including regarding the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of continuous improvement
  • Ability to collect, analyze, present and interpret data to drive decisions
  • Self-awareness and use of feedback to improve self and department
  • Experience as an educator or working closely with teachers and school leaders is a plus
  • Experience managing others is a plus
  • Expertise in improvement science is a plus
  • Experience preparing and facilitating high-quality, engaging professional development is highly preferred

SALARY: This is a 12 month position. The starting salary range for this position is $110k - $130k. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience.

APPLY HERE: Envision Careers

As an equal opportunity employer, we believe deeply in diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people. Envision recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and the many other characteristics that make us diverse.


The mission of Envision Education is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life. 

We accomplish our mission…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 29, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


$110,000 - $130,000


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Oakland, CA
Associated Location
Oakland, CA, USA

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