Now hiring: School Improvement Coach (two positions)
The Community Center for Education Results (CCER), which supports the Road Map Project initiative, is recruiting for two School Improvement Coaches—one for elementary schools and one for high schools. The Elementary School Improvement Coach will work with the Local Improvement Networks and the High School Coach will work with the College and Career Leadership Institute.
These positions are a great opportunity for someone who has experience working in public schools, has facilitated school groups to improve outcomes, is data-driven, and understands the different roles within a school building (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.).
Both School Improvement Coaches should have a successful track record in guiding and providing feedback to individuals to build capacity and capabilities to reach desired results. This includes questioning and reflections to promote self-awareness. Candidates must be committed to supporting school staff to build equitable school supports so that all students can achieve their goals.
High School Improvement Coach
The primary responsibility will be facilitating school teams in the College and Career Leadership Institute (CCLI), a year-long professional learning and improvement network. CCLI teams use continuous improvement processes to review school data, identify school needs, and address these needs by building systems, adopting quality practices, and testing solutions. CCLI aims to support schools to significantly increase the number of students of color and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to earn a credential for a well-paying job. CCLI will expand to serve 19 comprehensive high schools during the 2019-2020 school year and we are growing our team to support them. We encourage candidates to read this article to learn more about how CCLI supports schools.
The High School Improvement Coach will work closely with the three-person College and Career Readiness team and another CCLI facilitator. The team works very collaboratively and typically uses a co-facilitation model with schools. This role may also provide limited support to other Road Map Project college and career efforts.
Elementary School Improvement Coach
The primary responsibility will be facilitating school teams and community service providers in the Local Improvement Networks, a new initiative to improve early learning and elementary outcomes. Core to this work is continuous improvement where schools and partners analyze student data, set goals, identify any indicators that might impact student success, address them quickly, and continually evaluate and refine practices. Local Improvement Networks bring together districts, schools and community service providers to improve early learning and elementary outcomes for low-income students and children of color. The work is focused on achieving two joint outcomes: increasing success for young people in math and social and emotional learning and increasing capacity for parents, educators and program providers to help young people. The first Local Improvement Network pilot is underway in the Renton Innovation Zone with a second pilot site launching fall 2019.
The Elementary School Improvement Coach will join the Local Improvement Network team. The team works very collaboratively and typically uses a co-facilitation model with schools and partners. This role may also provide limited support to other Road Map Project efforts.
About CCER and The Road Map Project
CCER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2010 to staff and support the Road Map Project—a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. Through multisector collaboration with hundreds of organizations and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to increase equitable policies and practices in education system to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps, and for 70 percent of the region’s youth to earn a college degree or career credential by 2030.
- Support and facilitate protocol-driven planning with teams. The High School Improvement Coach is expected to facilitate at least 10 high schools in a yearlong professional learning and improvement network. The Elementary School Improvement Coach will facilitate 3-4 schools and 8-10 community partners in a yearlong professional learning and improvement network.
- Facilitate structured school team and/or community service provider meetings that involve problem-solving, goal and strategy setting, progress monitoring, and use continuous improvement tools to measure effectiveness of strategies.
- Assist school teams in using qualitative and quantitative data to identify areas of strength and challenges, and to inform continuous improvement.
- Identify best practices and effective tools within schools and develop mechanisms to disseminate across schools. Write reports that capture school progress and learnings that can be shared with funders, school district leaders, and other policymakers.
- Co-design and develop content for CCLI quarterly workshops and ensure alignment to school meeting (for High School Improvement Coach only).
- Establish and foster meaningful relationships with school staff and community partners that can support effective work toward common goals.
Attributes of a successful candidate
- At least five years’ experience in or with K-12 public schools leading and/or building school staff capacity to improve outcomes.
- Experience working with school staff using data, education research, and continuous improvement approaches to drive organizational or institutional change.
- Demonstrated personal commitment to anti-racism work with an understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by communities concerning race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, and gender—and their intersections.
- Strong experience facilitating conversations with school staff aimed at dismantling racism, including navigating and challenging power dynamics and inequity.
- Commitment to outcome-based accountability and using different data sources and measures to evaluate improvement strategies.
- Strong skills and interest in facilitating small and large meetings with school staff and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrated project management and event coordination skills, including the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, take initiative, respond to shifting priorities, communicate changes and progress clearly, multitask, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience and interest in developing and delivering presentations.
- High level of proficiency using Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
- Experience working in partnership with communities of color, and ability to support Latinx student population focus.
- Ability to travel locally. This job requires setting up and attending school meetings throughout South King County and the candidate will need to provide their own transportation. Mileage reimbursement is provided.
Our office is located in the Pacific Tower at 1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 701 Seattle, WA 98144. This position requires local travel throughout the Road Map Project region.
Compensation and benefits
The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $85,000 annually, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package, including health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as a 401k plan with employer match. CCER is an equal opportunity employer.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject line: “School Improvement Coach–[Indicate Elementary or High School, Your Last Name]”
- For example: School Improvement Coach–Elementary, Johnson
- Include where you learned about this position
- Attachments: Cover letter and resume
The position will remain open until filled. There is a desire for both School Improvement Coaches to start by mid-August to prepare for the upcoming school year. No phone calls, please.
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