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Seeking: Partner – Coaching and Change Management

Position Overview

Highlander Institute is seeking a skilled educator to support our growing portfolio of schools and districts. If you are passionate about empowering students, collaborating with families, and bringing the most powerful teaching to students who have been marginalized by systemic inequity, through Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Pedagogy then we want you on our team! 

Who We Are

A non-profit organization based in Providence, R.I., Highlander Institute is committed to creating more equitable, relevant, and effective schools. We believe that school partners in this effort benefit from a clear theory of change around both the implementation of instructional equity and the strategies necessary to scale aligned work across a school or district.

Our instructional approach is encapsulated in our Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy (CRSP) Framework. Grounded in research, neuroscience, and the rationale of Zaretta Hammond, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Django Paris, our model highlights the importance of relationships, community building, developing student ownership, and cultivating higher-order thinking skills. Our approach builds the capacity of teachers and students to disrupt inequitable systems and create more relevant and empowering learning environments. On the change management side, Highlander Institute’s Pathway to Personalization Framework establishes a process for leaders to engage in personalized change management practices with a focus on local context and the engagement of families and students in the change process. 

Role Responsibilities

The Partner position is responsible for supporting classroom, building, and district level educators in the planning, design, and implementation of high-quality, culturally responsive personalization efforts utilizing the Institute’s theory of change for pedagogy and change management. 

In this role you will: 

  • Develop and deliver high-quality professional development, classroom modeling, and individual coaching sessions for teachers, school administrators, and district personnel as it relates to Highlander Institute’s pedagogical framework and school change framework
  • Convene and facilitate design teams made up of families, community members, educators, and administrators and support them through the change process
  • Develop relationships and act as a liaison between Highlander Institute and assigned schools and districts
  • Work with schools and districts to develop implementation plans with clear, actionable, and attainable goals
  • In partnership with our impact team, support the collection and communication of a data-driven decision-making process
  • Communicate effectively with district and school leaders, identify barriers to implementation, provide suggestions to resolve challenges, and respond promptly to all stakeholders’ needs
  • Collaborate, problem solve, and lead projects in a team environment with Highlander Institute staff
  • Document all aspects of assigned projects, including service records and recording of relevant communications in Implementation Plans
  • Participate in regular team meetings to review assigned projects and implementation progress
  • Support internal cross-functional teams to collectively improve our practices and policies

Ideal candidate

Highly-qualified candidates will demonstrate:

  • Recognition of the ways in which systemic inequities undermine students’ natural abilities and belief that, through culturally responsive teaching, we can restore students’ natural competence 
  • Belief that communities should drive school improvement and ability to engage different stakeholders (families, students, educators, school/district leaders, etc)
  • Strong pedagogical expertise & ability to model instructional practices 
  • Effective coaching practices (planning, observing/modeling, and debriefing) with teachers and/or school leaders 
  • Comfort with coaching through an equity lens and pushing in ways that challenge and inspire
  • Educator-centered & personalized professional development strategies
  • Genuine relationship-building and communication skills with diverse stakeholders
  • Consistent and thorough documentation and data collection skills

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:

  • Performs duties professionally, thoroughly, in a timely manner, and with a respectful, friendly demeanor in both external and internal relationships
  • Adaptive and flexible nature, is a self-starter and comfortable leading projects while also thriving in a collaborative team approach
  • Embraces challenges with a growth mindset and remains calm and composed in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, can effortlessly manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines and remaining accountable to internal and external needs

Required experience:

  • K-12 classroom teaching experience
  • Teacher coaching experience

Additional Information

  • For more information on our organization, watch this video
  • We are open to candidates nationally and have preference for candidates in the RI, MA and NYC areas
  • The position is a full-time, salaried position with full benefits (medical, dental, and vision) and a 403(b) plan with 5% contribution after 6 months of employment. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting salary range $55,000 - $85,000 
  • Currently Highlander Institute is working fully remote throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with plans to return to partially in-person work when safely able. When conditions allow, some travel will be required of the position including in-person school supports and travel to Rhode Island headquarters for occasional staff meetings
  • Start date: July 2021 (some flexibility for the right candidates)

Non-Discrimination Policy:

Highlander Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all its employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, domestic abuse victim, genetic information, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Kaiya Letherer, Chief of Staff at kletherer@highlanderinstitute.org. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.