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Chief Equity Officer

Council of Chief State School Officers
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift



Job Title:                      Chief Equity Officer
Team:                           Cabinet
Reports To:                  Executive Director

Job Location:               Washington, D.C.    
FLSA Status:                Exempt
Prepared Date:             4/4/2018

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. CCSSO seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
State education agencies, and those who lead them, play a critical role in ensuring that our schools and educators meet the needs of each student they serve. State chiefs are committed to each childacross all backgroundsgraduating ready for college, careers, and life. One way in which they act on that commitment is to create the right state conditions and expectations that provide each student access to the resources and educational rigor they need, at the right moment in their education, across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background, or income. Released by CCSSO in February 2017, Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs lists ten areas in which state chiefs can take action to create a more equitable education system in their state:

  1. Prioritize equity: set and communicate equity vision and targets
  2. Start from within: focus on the State Education Agency
  3. Measure what matters: create accountability for equity
  4. Go local: engage Local Education Agencies and provide tailored and differentiated support
  5. Follow the money: reallocate resources to achieve fiscal equity
  6. Start early: invest in the youngest learners
  7. Engage more deeply: monitor equitable implementation of standards and assessments
  8. Value people: focus on teachers and leaders
  9. Improve conditions for learning: focus on school culture, climate, and social-emotional development
  10. Empower student options: ensure families have access to high quality educational options that align to community needs

State chiefs, and by extension the Council, have both an opportunity and responsibility to ensure that equity is at the foundation of all work undertaken. The Council has identified, and prioritized, ways to support states in advancing these equity actions so that each student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education. To ensure that chiefs have the support in leading in each of those critical areas, the Council is searching for a Chief Equity Officer to specifically help state education agencies (SEAs) advance commitment #2, oversee internal work at the Council on diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI), and to support goal and strategy leads within the Council as they ensure equity is the anchor of their work.

Reporting to the Executive Director of CCSSO, the Chief Equity Officer will have three main areas of responsibility. First, the position will serve as an experienced thought partner for chiefs and senior leaders in SEAs to advance commitment #2, Start from Within. This might include setting up a way for SEAs to share in their experience and be linked to best practices or providing assistance in setting up processes for leaders to undertake organizational culture changes. Second, the position will lead the Council’s internal efforts to achieve its goal of becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. And finally, this position will be responsible for ensuring that we understand the actions chiefs/states are willing and ready to take and support as well as challenge them to deliver on each of those equity commitments. This might include CCSSO staff members as they deliver targeted, customized technical support to state as they undertake this work.

Given these three responsibilities, this position will work across the Council and specifically with Human Resources, the Delivery team (that monitors implementation of the strategic plan through a “stocktake process”), Goal and Strategy leads, and the Leadership Academy/Membership teams.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Oversee CCSSO DEI Work

  • Oversee Human Resources team including direct supervision of CCSSO’s Human Resources Director. Provide guidance to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion inform CCSSO’s human capital strategy including recruiting, hiring, onboarding, development, total rewards, performance management systems, and staff engagement.
  • In the short-term, lead the CCSSO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) taskforce in developing recommendations on how to further and better embed our commitment to equity across the organization. In the long-term, design how staff will continue to engage and lead the internal DEI work.
  • Using staff survey responses and analysis, direct Human Resources and work in partnership with the Executive Director and Goal Leads on prioritizing work, projects, trainings, and conversations that will make CCSSO a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.
  • Manage an equity fellow for both internal and external facing work.


Support States

  • Develop a state self-assessment tool based on equity commitment #2 to establish a baseline and track short and long-term progress in each and every state (this tool could potentially work in concert with CCSSO’s current Leadership Academy state capacity audit work and also assess progress in other commitment areas).
  • In coordination with the communications team, develop a communications plan to ensure Council leadership and staff are well prepared to talk about progress in states and that members are well informed about progress across the nation.
  • Coordinate with the advocacy team, ensuring they are informed about progress and challenges faced by states relevant to their advocacy efforts.
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with key national organizations and represent the Council and its members in cross-organizational initiatives.


Anchor Equity across CCSSO Work

  • Provide coaching, formal training, and project planning assistance to staff to ensure they design and execute their work with the equity commitment frame(s) within their specific area of focus.
  • Serve as the strategy lead for the Council’s ongoing and long-term DEI work and develop regular opportunities for staff to develop individually and as a team in these strands of work.
  • Through the stocktake process, work with delivery team/goal and strategy leads to prioritize collective and individualized support to states that best advances the ten equity commitments. Work with CCSSO leaders to ensure that the strategies in the strategic plan maximize the opportunity to help states advance the equity commitments.
  • Partner with external organizations and SEAs to share and learn about DEI work of other organizations and leaders.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in education policy or related field is highly desired or commensurate experience of 5-7 years of leadership experience strongly desired
  • Expert level experience and knowledge of culturally responsive teaching and pedagogical practices (e.g., critical race theory) and experience in training/facilitation DEI workshops/sessions
  • Ability to work across lines of difference, engage and build relationships and influence others without direct authority
  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strategic thinker with track record of identifiable and measurable successes in managing a complex organizational function and leading organizational and operational change management

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years administrative experience in education and/or governmental related positions
  • Experience in states working with state agencies and/or community organizations on equity issues
  • Experience working in Human Resources or leading a Human Resources team
  • SHRM certification or equivalent mastery
  • Knowledge of state education agencies and the equity commitments from CCSSO, and the connection between how states will accomplish those commitments


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Chief Equity Officer applicant will have the following experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Clear passion and commitment to CCSSO’s aspiration and mission of each and every child – regardless of background – graduating college and career-ready
  • Embody behaviors of inspirational leadership as defined in the Leadership Playbook
  • Self-awareness
  • An effective communicator, with strong presentation/facilitation skills and superior oral and written skills
  • Ability to inspire and lead individuals without directly supervising them
  • Effective listening, interpersonal, and relationship management aptitude
  • Experience in working productively with senior management/leadership teams
  • Excellent facilitation skills – ability to engage in courageous conversations
  • A strong contributor in team environments who demonstrates inclusiveness and ability to work with staff with different work preferences
  • Familiarity with stakeholder engagement and state political environments
  • Established relationships with state education policymakers (preferred)
  • Ability to travel on behalf of CCSSO (up to 25%)

Technical Skills                   
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be able to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have created or used charts, spreadsheets, and databases. Successful incumbents are proficient at using WebEx, Outlook, and Intranet/Internet tools.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



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