Chief Academic Officer

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time


About the Position:
This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date. It will close on 10/21/19.
Reporting directly to the Director, DoDEA, the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) sets the strategic vision and direction for the instructional framework and pedagogical approach to DoDEA's academic program and is a key lever to accomplish DoDEA's five key goals: Student Excellence, School Excellence, Talent Excellence, Organizational Excellence and Outreach Excellence.
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  • Serve as the Director's advisor on all matters related to PreK-12 education I providing policy guidance and program direction to DoDEA.
  • Develop policies, conduct analyses, make recommendations, and issue guidance on agency plans and programs; review and evaluate programs for carrying out approved policies and standards.
  • Participate in planning, programming, and budgeting activities related to DoDEA education; review and evaluate recommendations concerning manpower requirements and priorities.
  • Lead the Education Directorate with responsibility for a large portfolio of work which includes College and Career Ready Standards, Standards-Based Assessments, Special Populations, Early Learning, etc.
  • Provide visionary leadership to ensure students acquire a premier education through academically rich and rigorous instruction.
  • Serve as leader, spokesperson, and resident expert on college and career ready curriculum, assessment, instruction, pedagogy, and learning.
  • Provide executive leadership in planning, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating 21s century competencies as key building blocks in curriculum content and processes within every grade and subject area and core educational programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The incumbent may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft to a variety of overseas locations for meetings and conferences.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Requirement.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Two year probationary period may be required unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the Senior Executive Service.
  • This position is a Testing Designated position subject to applicant testing and random drug testing. You will be required to sign a DA Form 5019 requiring participation in random drug urinalysis testing.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • You will be required to sign a mobility agreement, be available for worldwide placement, and be willing to rotate to any DoDDS or DDESS location.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.


Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Basic Requirement:
A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) that included or was supplemented by major study in education.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major in education, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the four-year course of study described in A above.

In addition to the basic requirement listed above, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below.

(1) EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.

- Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.

All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

1. Demonstrated track record of improving academic outcomes and eliminating disparities in
achievement, opportunities and services for all students.

2. Demonstrated experience and expertise in successfully leading strategic initiatives that
improve student outcomes and ensure a high quality PreK-12 school system such as:
  • Attracting, hiring and developing high performing talent;
  • Building learning communities at the school, district and regional levels as well as integrated communities; and
  • Monitoring, assessing and evaluating educational practices and support mechanisms with the expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in all schools.

In addition to the ECQ requirements listed above, you must meet the following Training & Experience requirements:
  • A clear track record of improving academic outcomes for students and eliminating disparities in achievement opportunities and services for students.
  • Ten years of supervisory/administrative/management experience in school administration, including knowledge of academic and accountability testing, preferably in a public school district.
  • Knowledge of best practices, and current on national trends and research for the instruction of diverse learners.
  • Doctoral degree in Education in an area related to academic leadership or accountability preferred.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

  • Veterans Preference is not applicable in the Senior Executive Service.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your ECQs must be certified by the OPM QRB before your appointment can occur.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Your complete application includes:
1. Your resume, for additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Transcripts. This vacancy has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of all applicable transcripts.
3. Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. Statement should not exceed ten pages.
4. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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