Chief Academic Program Officer

January 6, 2021
Denver, CO
Job Type


Position Overview:

The Chief Academic Program Officer (CAPO) reports to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serves as a member of the region’s Senior Leadership Team. In partnership with the CEO, the CAPO is responsible for codifying and overseeing the programmatic experience of our students from Early Childhood Education through 12th grade, including support for alumni through college and career. The CAPO will lead the creation and execution of the academic vision and model for the region, and is ultimately accountable for the region-wide results for all the students and alumni. Using an anti-racist and equity lens, the CAPO establishes student outcome goals in alignment with the overall strategic plan, leads the design and implementation of a regional instructional model and program, and drives outstanding student results through school-based and regional staff by regularly progress monitoring student and school performance. The CAPO manages the Head of Schools, who oversees the principals, in addition to the Regional Academics team and the Through College & Career team.


The CAPO will oversee the organizational process to align on the most critical outcomes and measures of success for students, alumni, and schools to ensure we are serving families and operating high-quality schools. These metrics will make up our regional dashboard and be the ultimate measures of accountability for the person in this role. Metrics are inclusive of, but not limited...

  • Each school meets or exceeds expectations on the state of Colorado School Performance Framework (SPF)
  • 65% of Elementary school graduates are on grade level in math and ELA as measured by CMAS 
  • 70% of students score a 2+ on every AP exam; the number of students achieving 3, 4, or 5 on each AP exams increases by 10 students each year.   
  • 80% of students who start K/6th grade/9th grade graduate from the company CO. 
  • 100% of seniors will have a post secondary plan. 75% of seniors matriculate to college; 25% of seniors are career or CTE bound
  • 80% annual retention of school leaders and/or teachers 

Role and Responsibilities

TEACHING & LEARNING: Sets the vision and leads the implementation of Colorado’s ECE-12 instructional model to achieve breakthrough student results, promote a strong culture of teaching and learning excellence, and foster educational equity for all students. Directly manages Regional Academic Team of six content-specific Directors.

  • Establish a regional academic and cultural vision, strategy and goals.
  • Ensure academic alignment at all levels, and take ultimate responsibility for instructional quality and academic performance across the region. Currently, curriculum for most content areas is standardized by academy level, with differences based on program, but schedules and staffing are at the discretion of each school in the network.
  • Oversee the development of a strong region-wide change management plan to achieve this vision including metrics, indicators, and key initiatives that align to the broader regional strategic plan.
  • Lead the development and/or selection of high-quality curricular materials and aligned assessments across academic disciplines and grade levels that are designed to serve students at all levels and abilities, in partnership with schools and the teaching and learning team.
  • Oversee the support of teachers and school academic leaders to implement curriculum in a highly effective way, including professional development for teachers in pedagogy and their specific content areas, in partnership with the Head of Schools, Regional Content Leads and Principals

SCHOOL MANAGEMENT: Ensure high-quality ECE-12 academic and cultural experience for students through direct management and coaching of the Head of Schools who oversees six principals.

  • Supports Head of Schools (HOS) to set clear expectations for principals on academic outcomes, school culture and student experience, and related goals. Also works with HOS to actively coach and develop principals to deepen their effectiveness across all aspects of school leadership.
  • Ensure continuous school-based and regional monitoring of student progress toward outcomes and related goals, including regular data analysis and evaluation of aligned instructional and social emotional development strategies.
  • Leads the systematizing and standardization of centralized supports and services to fulfill the promise of a continuous and coherent PK-16 student experience.
  • Actively communicates academic progress against goals and outcome targets to school, regional, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Partners with Chief of Staff and Talent Team to ensure the development of a school leadership pipeline for all levels of campus leadership, in particular principals.

Support vision and direction to achieve their goals and life outcomes through attending college or other high-quality pathway to a successful career.

  • Ensure clear vision for the program aligned to national best practices, grounded in equity, opportunity, student-centered
  • Counselors are high-quality, student and family focused, and support each individual student to determine their life goals to set them on a path to achieve them by graduation
  • Regularly monitor student progress on goal setting and interim measures to ensure all students are on track for achievement of goals
  • Support development and execution of alumni strategy to ensure connections with graduates, to promote persistence in whatever path they choose, and to support path shifts or reformulation where necessary

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY: Promote educational equity (equitable outcomes and processes) as a guiding principle across the entire school network, and ensures it is reflected in curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems

  • Oversee regional instructional team and region-wide instructional equity audit to identify instructional and cultural practices that meet or exceed the same outcome with more culturally responsive methods
  • Establish and promote a clear vision of educational equity for all students as a guiding principle across all schools, and ensure it is reflected in curriculum, instruction, and program offerings, including for all special population students and services
  • Actively listen to others, understands nuance, and effectively interprets motivations/perceptions and data (both quantitative and qualitative); able to integrate feedback from others and additional data points to achieve better results.
  • Serve as a key member of the Senior Leadership team and contribute and leader portions of the 2025 strategic plan. 


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a school leader role with a record of achieving outstanding academic and social results for students from traditionally under-resourced communities or populations
  • Minimum 3 years of experience managing and/or coaching school leaders to drive student academic and social results
  • Ideally, experience directly leading or overseeing a high school
  • Ability to set a clear academic vision and aligned priorities, develop strategic plans, and empower others to achieve them
  • Deep knowledge and experience in the design, integration, implementation, and management of a school or school system including knowledge of curricula, instructional practices, school operations and management, and teacher and leader development
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in exceptional people leadership and management, including selection and hiring, coaching and development, managing and improving performance, building inclusive and effective adult culture, and retention and promotion of top performers
  • Demonstrated success in leading others to close learning gaps for students, particularly between subgroups and for special populations of students who are often the most marginalized (including special education, English language learners, etc.)
  • Experience working within predominantly Latinx and/or under-resourced communities
  • Experience dismantling systems of oppression for students with adults and in schools, generally
Drop files here browse files ...

Related Jobs

Assistant Community Manager   Denver, CO new
January 16, 2021
January 16, 2021
Marketing Manager   Denver, CO new
January 16, 2021
Marketing Content Manager   Denver, CO new
January 16, 2021
Marketing Operations Manager   Denver, CO new
January 16, 2021