Job Description

Academy District 20 Mission Statement

The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.

We Believe:

  • An educated citizenry is the cornerstone of a democratic republic.
  • Every individual has innate worth and is entitled to be treated with respect.
  • Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
  • Every individual can learn and does so in a variety of ways.
  • The education of each student is a responsibility shared by students, families, schools, and communities.
  • Parents have both the right and the responsibility to choose the school, curriculum, and program(s) that best meet the needs of their student(s).
  • The development of virtuous character is equal in importance to academic growth and critical to developing responsible citizens of our community, our nation, and the world.
  • Whether in the classroom or at home, students achieve best in a nurturing environment where physical, intellectual, and emotional health is emphasized and safety is assured.
  • Students must be held to the highest standards of academic achievement while recognizing the true success of our academic program is measured by the success of each student relative to his or her unique potential and individual progress.
  • Every graduate must be fully prepared for the post-graduation path of his or her choice.
  • Every student, staff member, and volunteer is responsible for the effective and efficient use of supplies, facilities, and financial resources.

Academy District 20

Academy District 20 (ASD20), founded in 1957, serves more than 25,000 students in northern Colorado Springs. A growing district, ASD20 added approximately 7,000 students in the past 15 years, and anticipates adding 5,000 in the next 10 years. With more than 30 schools, including 19 elementary, five middle and five traditional high schools, plus several alternative, hybrid and online options, the district is considered, "The Peak of Excellence." Since 2010, the district has been Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education and thanks to the overwhelming support of its constituency, ASD20 passed a $230 million bond measure in 2016. The bond funds are providing improvements to each school and are also being used to build two new elementary schools, one new middle school, a Center for Modern Learning and a permanent home for the School in the Woods.

Organization Description / Mission Statement

Learning Services, committed to meeting the unique needs of each student, provides visionary leadership and strategic support to maximize the growth and well-being of each individual through collaborative partnerships with educators and the community.

Job Goal

Provides leadership and vision to teachers and administrators for implementation of Colorado Academic Standards and the alignment of curriculum and instruction PK-12; provides leadership that supports instructional best practices and research-based instruction for academic and social emotional learning.

Job Description: Essential Position Functions

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.

  • Reports consistently for work as scheduled
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
  • Oversees all responsibilities within the division of Learning Services related to standards-based curriculum development, instruction, adoption, and implementation.
  • Oversees the development and delivery of a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all schools in the district by providing guidance and support for use of Standards Based Report Cards in elementary school; collaborating with Directors for Information Technology (IT), Assessment, and College and Career Services to support schools in the implementation of graduation requirements; providing guidance to secondary schools on course offerings and sequence; collaborating with the Director for College and Career Services to develop courses for Career Pathways; collaborating with stakeholders in the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and standards-based instruction using the Standards Implementation Review Cycle; overseeing and lead district-wide adoption of newly revised Colorado Academic Standards
  • Ensures ongoing compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, and Board of Education policies as they relate to standards, curriculum and instruction by collaborating with Directors for Information Technology and Assessment to coordinate development, maintenance, analysis, and reporting of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Reading To Ensure Academic Development (READ) Plans in the student information system; collaborating with Director for Assessment to coordinate training for administration of READ Act assessments; collaborating with the Director for Assessment to provide oversite and state reporting for the READ Act; overseeing the budget and appropriate use of Significant Reading Deficiency (SRD) funds associated with the READ Act; collaborating with the Director for Assessment to provide oversite and state reporting for the School Readiness Act for kindergarten students; overseeing the process of review and presentation to the Board of Education of all new course proposals; maintaining the district course catalogue in the student information system in compliance with state expectations; Overseeing annual state reporting on courses in Teacher Student Data Link; oversee National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Higher Education Admission Recommendations (HEAR) approvals for high school courses; overseeing the process of review and presentation to the Board of Education of textbooks; overseeing the administration, analysis, and reporting of the bi-annual drug and alcohol survey; collaborating with Director for IT Digital Integration Services to oversee the process for approval of digital instructional materials; providing consultation for bi-annual Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Data Collection on course offerings and course enrollments; reviewing and revising administrative policies regarding instruction
  • Researches, develops, and implements programs and practices to ensure widespread use of research-based instructional strategies by providing oversight, training, guidance and support to schools on the development and implementation of practices and processes for Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS); collaborating with Directors for Special Education to coordinate general education and special education intervention processes and supports; collaborating with Directors for Special Education to provide on-going training and support for co-teaching; collaborating with the Director for Professional Learning to provide oversight, training, guidance and support for literacy instruction and interventions; collaborating with the Director for Professional Learning to provide oversight, training, guidance and support to instructional coaches and teacher leaders in schools; collaborating with Learning Services Directors and the Director for IT Digital Integration Services to optimize the use of digital resources for instruction; providing training and oversight of the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program as the District AVID Director; overseeing operation and services of the Science Center
  • Provides high quality, just-in-time training for principals, teachers, and parent community in all areas of academic and social emotional learning by collaborating with the Director for Assessment and the Director for Professional Learning to support Instructional Leadership Plans for schools and provide customized on-site support to schools; collaborating with the Director for Professional Learning to lead the district’s social emotional learning initiative; collaborating with the Director for Professional Learning, and Director for Communication to design, implement, and market Parent Academy classes; mentoring Learning Services Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA); overseeing Human Sexuality Curriculum training; collaborating with the Risk Management Office to oversee training for the Challenge Adventure Program
Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems
  • Ability to effectively utilize technology to enhance learning
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with individuals from many diverse backgrounds and professions including supervisors, administrators, coworkers, staff, students, parents, and the general public
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to greet and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to listen and learn from colleagues and adjust accordingly
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, performing a wide range of supportive tasks
  • Ability to plan and manage budgets including state and federal grant money
  • Ability to work days, hours, locations, and assignments as directed by the supervisor within the position responsibilities
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Broad knowledge of educational pedagogy
  • Collaborative and facilitative work style committed to shared decision-making
  • Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
  • Computer proficiency including office productivity applications
  • Considerable knowledge of computer equipment and related software for diagnostics
  • Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
  • Demonstrates effective planning, organization, implementation and communication skills, including the ability to problem solve and resolve conflict
  • Desire to be a part of a strong, student-centered, administrative team in a high-performing school district
  • Detail-oriented
  • Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
  • Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
  • Expertise and/or experience in the design and implementation of standards-based learning systems and program evaluation
  • Expertise in Colorado Academic Standards and how to implement system wide
  • Knowledge of best practices in K-12 literacy instruction
  • Knowledge of effective professional learning practices for adult learners
  • Knowledge of research-based best practices in assessment, curriculum, and instruction
  • Proven ability to articulate and implement a vision within a learning organization
  • Proven ability to effectively and positively facilitate and lead committees
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
  • Successful experience as an instructional leader at the building level
  • Understands and can successfully lead change at many levels of the organization
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing training
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education or directly related field
  • 3 years administrative experience in a school and/or central office position
  • 5 years of classroom teaching experience
  • Colorado Administrator or Principal License or be eligible for at time of application
Reports To Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services Terms of Employment 225-day position Salary
The district offers a comprehensive compensation package. Placement is dependent upon experience at Administrative Salary Level B with a starting salary of $112,000. The district also offers a supplemental stipend, medical benefits, life insurance, and salary benefit dollars if an individual chooses not to take the medical benefits plan.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.

  • The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
  • The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
  • The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
  • The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.

Physical Demands:

The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions.

  • Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
  • Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
  • Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils

Cognitive Functions:

The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.

Additional Information:

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact those applicants not selected for interviews. Thank you for your understanding.

How to Apply:
New applicants (including current district staff members) must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete an online administrative application. A completed online application also includes the following uploaded documents:
  • A letter of application which states why you feel you are qualified for this position, and your background and experience relating to this position.
  • A statement of your philosophy of administration and the role of the administrator in this position.
  • A current résumé.
  • Three current letters of recommendation (i.e., less than one year old and preferably less than six months old).
  • Complete undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Colorado Principal or Administrator license or evidence of eligibility.
    • "Evidence of Eligibility" means license application with CDE is in process.
    • We do not accept "Alternative Principal Authorizations".
Only if you are unable to upload the required documentation within the application, you may submit the requested documentation in one of two alternative ways (duplicate submission is not necessary):
  • Email documents to: .
  • Mail all documents in a single envelope to:
Celina Arsenault
Human Resources Department
Academy District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
No other documents will be accepted. Thank you for not uploading and submitting any additional materials.
Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.

Email Contact: celina.arsenault@asd20.org Time Line Application Deadline: January 28, 2019 04:00 PM Preliminary Interviews: Wednesday, February 6 ~ All Day Final Interviews: Tuesday, February 12 ~ Afternoon Position Begins: July 01, 2019

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