Job Title: Chief Academic Officer

Reports to:Deputy Superintendent Board
Job Group:Administrative


Job Code:1155
Salary Schedule:APT13


Responsible for assisting the Deputy Superintendent by providing oversight and leadership for the following areas: Teaching and Learning; Student Support Programs and Services; Accountability, Research and Measurement; Career and Technical Education; and Early Childhood Programs. This includes fostering a work environment that is student-focused and results-oriented, placing priority on student learning and performance.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Serve as a team member of the Superintendent’s cabinet and actively participate in district-wide planning, development, and evaluation to support school improvement initiatives and processes and align the use of financial and human resources to the District’s goals and objectives.
  2. Responsible for overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of senior staff within the areas of responsibility in accordance with the school district’s policies and applicable laws.
  3. Assist in the development of policies and administrative guidelines for curriculum and instructional services and initiate the development of programmatic goals and instructional objectives on a district-wide basis within the scope of School Board policy, strategic plan, and assessed student needs.
  4. Advise and counsel with the Deputy Superintendent on all areas of responsibility and recommend action, including policies pertaining to the district school system as necessary for the most efficient operation.
  5. Provide leadership for a collaborative team to ensure that instructional initiatives are student-focused and results-oriented and aligned with the District’s mission and beliefs and strategic goals.
  6. Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the District and empower others to make decisions and carry out responsibilities in support of the District’s objectives.
  7. Articulate the strategic initiatives and alignment of programs of the school system to various local and state officials.
  8. Facilitate solutions for areas of responsibility and identify discrepancies between goals and current status in order to stimulate achievement and provide support for assigned departments’ continuous improvement objectives and strategies.
  9. Direct the overall development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all instructional and instructional support programs, and report on the status of such programs and services, including assessment and evaluation information.
  10. Direct and supervise the development and implementation of district performance standards and curriculum standards.
  11. Direct and supervise the development, revision, and implementation of the District’s Student Progression Plan in coordination with the Area Superintendents and the Deputy Superintendent.
  12. Oversee various educational processes, including grant proposal development and regional accreditation, and provide leadership in identifying and acquiring appropriate teaching materials, textbooks, and equipment.
  13. Coordinate instructional programs and services to assure efficient implementation and avoid duplication or overlap of efforts and establish a systemic approach to curriculum and instructional planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
  14. Assist in interpreting programs, policies, and philosophy of the District to staff, students, and community.
  15. Maintain good public relations with parents, business, and community groups to provide information and receive feedback, and represent schools at District-level functions as needed.
  16. Interact with businesses, community groups, the press, and other media to assist in generating, gathering, and distributing information of public interest in accordance with the law, School Board policies and procedures.
  17. Serve as liaison between the State Department of Education and the instructional staff of the District in communicating and planning program requirements of state statutes, State Board of Education rules and regulations, and mandated federal programs, and represent the District at state and regional functions.
  18. Provide input to the Superintendent’s staff to develop the annual budget and allocation of resources to schools, including development of the instructional allocation formula.
  19. Serve as a member of the recruitment and selection team for management positions; assist with the recruitment, selection, and placement of administrative and instructional personnel; participate in the transfer or assignment of personnel; and assist with organizational analysis and development.
  20. Assist in the preparation for collective bargaining negotiations.
  21. Respond immediately to emergency situations and serve as a district representative at emergency shelters as determined by the Superintendent. 
  22. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge of educational administration, including knowledge of evaluation systems, special education, and educational leadership.
  • Knowledge of learning theory, program planning, curriculum development, and effective instructional programs and methodologies, and ability to keep current on national trends.
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand and interpret applicable national, state, and local educational policies, statutes, and regulations in areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to use data-driven decision making to determine effectiveness of various programs and initiatives and develop strategies for improvement.
  • Ability to lead large-scale educational program development and reform.
  • Knowledge of the teaching/learning process in the school setting.
  • Ability to oversee implementation of a sound budgeting process.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and facilitate groups to consensus.
  • Ability to motivate, lead, and challenge a team, and establish goals, objectives, and action plans to achieve district goals.
  • Ability to understand and interpret School Board policy, including the Student Progression Plan and Code of Student Conduct.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences orally and in writing, including electronic media.


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Five years of experience in public school administration or public school district administration.
  • Experience in leadership of curriculum and instruction.


  • Certification in Educational Leadership, School Principal, or Professional School Principal.




Directly supervises the Director of Teaching and Learning; Director of Student Support Programs and Services; Director of Accountability, Research, and Measurement; Director of Career and Technical Education; Director of Professional Development and School Supports; and Director of Early Childhood Programs and assigned support personnel. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; promoting and transferring employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; evaluating performance; rewarding, disciplining, and terminating employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk and hear; stand and walk; use hands/fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Chief Academic Officer;   EST: June 18, 2013;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: June 18, 2013

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