West Contra Costa Unified School District: Chief Academic Officer


The West Contra Costa Unified School District serves the economically and ethnically diverse populations of Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules and other local unincorporated areas. The district enrolled 31,267 students in the ’16-’17 school year, has 54 schools and more than 3,300 full- and part-time staff. More than 70% of the district’s students qualify for free and/or reduced price lunch and 35% of students are English Language Learners. Although 83% of ELL students are native Spanish speakers, more than 47 home languages are represented within the student population.


The West Contra Costa Unified School District seeks a leader who believes that schools can be the transformative agents in the lives of students. We believe in the power of education to spark student interest and passion, and we seek an educational leader who is committed to collaboration, creativity, innovation, and teaching. The district has outlined an aggressive plan called Roadmap 2022 to get students reading by grade 3, have English Learners reclassified in a timely manner, and have students graduating ready for College and Career. With an emphasis on quality teaching and learning, positive school climate and culture, and sustaining an invested and thriving workforce, WCCUSD aims to build the capacity of schools to lead quality instructional programs that are sustained over time.

The Chief Academic Officer (CAO) is charged with providing clear and effective leadership to ensure district goals, beliefs, and policies are clearly communicated and implemented. The CAO is accountable for increasing student achievement, working directly with the Superintendent to conceptualize, develop, research, and implement programs/services to meet the learning needs of all students from Transitional Kindergarten through Adult Education. Additionally, the CAO is responsible to ensure all instructional programs meet state and federal guidelines.


  • Ensuring high quality delivery of academic and social-emotional support services for all students;
  • Leading the improvement of academic achievement for all students, including low-income students, students of color, English Language Learners and foster youth;
  • Developing a service-oriented culture within the central office departments that supports schools, school site leaders, and instructional staff;
  • Oversee the preparation, submission, implementation and evaluation of state- and federally-funded programs and grants;
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring processes for compliance, quality and fiscal accountability;
  • Supervising, evaluating, directing, and assisting Directors in the development of specific plans to meet identified school targets including the determination and acquisition of support services;
  • Supporting LCAP Development and implementation including coordinating advisory committees, stakeholder feedback, state and local metrics, and board and county adoption process;
  • Leading a focus on furthering others’ professional growth and building staff morale throughout the district;
  • Fostering creativity, innovation and a spirit of agency among all practitioners in the system;
  • Representing district interests on committees and before special interest groups, citizen groups, and other public meetings.


Knowledge of:

  • Large and complex educational systems and system change;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • School and district policies, rules and regulations;
  • State and Federal law regulations as they pertain to elementary and secondary education;
  • Current and emerging research around teaching learning and leading;
  • Adult learning theory;
  • Urban schools and issues facing urban schools including a personal vision of how to create high functioning schools in a diverse, urban PK to 12 environment;
  • Curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.

Ability to: 

  • Build a high functioning cross-developmental team;
  • Evaluate and set priorities in a constantly changing environment;
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action;
  • Promote positive staff morale;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students and the public;
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Communicate positively and effectively, orally and in writing, with district staff, patrons, parents, students, and various community partners;
  • Develop and support high quality, engaging public materials to inspire and explain the work of the district.

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university required; Graduate work in school administration preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of progressive management educational experience.
  • Site Leadership experience.
  • Prior experience as a classroom instructor.
  • Public speaking and community leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated results leading large teams in a complex system.
  • Spanish fluency preferred.

Licenses or Certificates Needed:

  • California Administrative Credential
  • Single or Multiple Subject Credential
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License


Please visit https://www.edjoin.org/Home/JobPosting/1046473 to submit your application.