Chief Academic Officer

New Haven Unified School District

Class Title:

Chief Academic Officer


Give direction to and assumes administrative responsibility for the Education Services Division, which includes curriculum, assessment, professional development, technology, pupil services, special education and strategic planning.


Superintendent of Schools


1. Translate the district office’s educational philosophy, goals and objectives into action terms that directly benefit teachers and students of the district.
2. Provide leadership for innovative curricular/instructional program development.
3. Ensure that all educational programs and activities are operated within the limits and the interest of the state and federal law.
4. Assist the Superintendent in the determination of resource allocation and the levels of services according to established policy; oversee the preparation and execution of the budget for the Education Services Division.
5. Work to improve the quality of educational services and programs to the district; assist district to implement educational programs and procedures.
6. Ensure achievement of New Haven Unified School District goals and implementation of the district Strategic Planning process.
7. Work cooperatively with leaders of other administrative programs in integrating and coordinating individual effort into a unified program for the district office.
8. Devise comprehensive and effective systems of record keeping in accordance with the needs of the district office programs and the policies, regulations and laws affecting those programs.
9. Remain abreast of development and innovations in the field by reading current literature, attending professional association meetings, conferences and by discussing developments and issues of mutual interest with others in the field.
10. Prepare and submit reports and other documents as requested by the Superintendent; oversees development and publication of other documents within the office.
11. Initiate development of new programs, self-supporting services and strategies for streamlining services.
12. Plan, design, implement, evaluate and coordinate delivery of services, determine and implement appropriate changes and improvements to ensure effective, cost-efficient programs.
13. Research and analyze administrative, fiscal and operational problems; review findings and implement solution.
14. Meet with a variety of federal, state, regional and local officials regarding current and future police and procedural aspects of the education services, programs and functions assigned.
15. Attend all regular meetings of the Board of Education; prepare board reports, and present reports to the board.
16. Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s executive staff and attend all Superintendent’s Cabinet meetings.
17. Develop, evaluate and make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding policies and procedures governing the operation of the district’s schools, special services, special projects, research and evaluation, and curriculum and staff development.
18. Provide direction and supervision over the various services provided: Curriculum, assessment, professional development, technology, pupil services and strategic planning.
19. Select, train, supervise and evaluate staff.
20. Perform related duties as assigned.


Education code, administrative and board policy, federal and state laws, codes, regulations and requirements pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility and bargaining unit contracts.
Principles and practices of modern management including personnel administration, administrative planning, organizational development, budgeting, collective bargaining, purchasing and information processing.
Funding sources for educational programs and the variety of related regulations, controls and reporting procedures.


  • Respond promptly to request of internal and external clients; provide them needed direction, assistance, training, materials and resources.
  • Express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in both oral and written form; use language and medium appropriate to audience.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationship with individuals, groups, public and private agency personnel.
  • Motivate, challenge and guide others in the improvement of educational programs and district office services.
  • Analyze data and situation(s); render judgment, make decisions and solve problems efficiently and effectively.
  • Develop and administer budget(s) related to area(s) or responsibility; anticipate revenue and expenditure needs and changes.
  • Plan, organize and conduct train, in-service and staff development activities; coordinate curriculum and instruction projects, conferences, events and activities.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the maintenance and operation of site(s); providing a safer and healthful environment for students, staff and clients.
  • Oversee a wide range of educational programs and relate to the personnel associated with those programs; set standards and assist others in meeting those standards.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate staff relative to program objectives; observe and document performance; design data-based improvement process.


Any combination equivalent and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Master Degree from an accredited institution of higher education.


Appropriate California Teaching Credential California Administrative Services Credential


1. Curriculum and instruction experience.
2. Staff Development training experience.
3. Research and evaluation experience.
4. Teaching experience.
5. Principal experience.
6. Experience in management positions with demonstrated results.

How to Apply


The application process is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Browse New Haven US job listings and submit an online application on Ed-Join.
  2. When the hiring principal is ready to interview, applicants will be considered and may be selected to interview.
  3. If selected to interview, you will be contacted by the school to set an appointment.
  4. Once you have interviewed, if you are selected for the position, you will be contacted by the personnel department. If you are not selected for the position, you will be notified by the school.