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Coach, Professional Development (West)

  • Date Posted
    • 5.5.22
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • West region; Travel up to 45%


EL Education is a national nonprofit partnering with K-12 educators to transform public schools and districts into hubs of opportunity for all students to achieve excellent equitable outcomes. EL Education is guided by a vision of education equity and student potential, by a reimagined definition of student achievement, and offers research-proven resources and practices, including the acclaimed EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum, Core Practices, and aligned professional learning. EL Education was founded in 1991 and currently serves 440,000 students in diverse communities across the country. Learn more at ELEducation.org.


EL Education is seeking a Coach, Professional Development (West). Professional Development Specialists acts as the strategic thought-partner and capacity builder for a school's leadership team. They play an integral role toward our goals with partners, impact educator effectiveness, and improve student achievement through the implementation of the EL Education Curriculum, Core Practices and Design Principles. This position includes data driven tactical support to districts and schools in implementing our student-engaged assessment practices and nationally recognized K-8 ELA Curriculum. This position also plays an integral role in EL Education's vision of expanding our reach further into the highest need areas of the educational landscape across a variety of educational settings. The Coach, School Designer role is an ideal opportunity for someone to play an active role in a growing and dynamic organization that is committed to helping students across the U.S. attain high levels of academic achievement in essential knowledge and skills, high-quality work, and character. The role works with a portfolio of schools/districts and collaborates cross-functionally within a team of EL Education coaches and a regional Director.

EL is actively seeking candidates from a diversity of backgrounds.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

School-based Professional Development and Leadership Support

  • Work alongside school leaders and lead teachers to identify needs and assets, and develop strategic plans to reach goals through implementation of EL Education Core Practices
  • Support teachers and leaders to organize and develop high-quality curriculum aligned to standards and EL Core Practices
  • Coach by implementing active and engaging instructional practices that promote equity and high expectations for all learners
  • Support the development of Crew and establish practices that cultivate a strong school culture and foster character development
  • Guide school leadership in developing systems and structures to support sustained school improvement through continuous improvement Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles anchored in EL Education Core Practices and equity pillars
  • Collaborate with school leadership during strategic planning that informs the design of high-leverage and customized professional development and coaching cycles to support specific partner goals and build leadership capacity

District and School-level Professional Development

  • Supports the implementation of the EL Education’s Grades K-8 ELA Curriculum and EL Core Practices including the embedded student-engaged instructional and assessment practices
  • Support school leaders when engaging district-level leaders in their site-based improvement process
  • Provide strategic, multi-year planning support to district and CMO leaders in collaboration with the leadership team
  • Design and lead high-quality, engaging professional development, in collaboration with internal team members, that support educators in leadership development

Program Implementation and Facilitation

  • Support implementation and deliver EL professional development aligned to the new learning standards and other best practices in multiple formats:
    • Face-to-face professional institutes agenda development and facilitation in small and large group settings
    • Online/blended professional development agenda development and facilitation
    • Creation of agendas, supporting materials, videos, webinars, etc.
    • Effectively coordinate and manage professional learning and coaching schedules with school partners to maximize on-site time and fully support school leaders and teachers. Ie: Gather data and information about program school structures (schedule, calendar, etc.)
    • Communicate proactively and frequently with school partners to ensure continuity in between on-site visits with follow up emails indicating next steps
    • Building capacity in school-based coaches by coaching alongside them through calibration sessions, walkthroughs and feedback cycles, modeling lessons, and solving implementation dilemmas
    • Monitor progress through continuous improvement cycles grounded in EL Education’s equity pillars and the 3 Dimensions of Student Achievement to adjust strategy and achieve goals
    • Provide turnkey training and materials
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Work as a member of a fast-paced and high-functioning external -facing team
    • Develop creative, interactive face-to-face and virtual experiences that model the engagement and practices expected in EL Education classrooms.
    • Ensure professional quality through sharing successes and challenges, an open response to feedback and application of new learning.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to solve problems of practice, create efficiencies, and commit to an organizational norm to continual improvement.
  • Manage and maintain data and results related to service delivery and impact.
    • Maintain records related to types of services provided and audience impacted.
    • Collect and/ or support the collection of data related to program satisfaction and impact.
    • Communicate effectively with partners regarding services provided.
    • Maintain accurate personal records such as documenting direct service and planning within Sales Force (customer relationship management system) and entering expenses in the expense management system.


A successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for EL Education’s mission and proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive practices.
  • Proven experience and deep craft in the development and delivery of professional development for adult learners
  • 5 years+ classroom teaching experience, preferably in EL Education or similar schools in an urban and/or rural setting
  • Independant, self-directed, data-informed, and proactive in coming to solutions for complex organizational and conceptual challenges
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment
  • Strong background in reading and writing across the content areas, data-driven planning, and project-based learning
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with a record of high performance in a variety of roles on teams
  • Remarkable leadership qualities, interpersonal skills, national caliber presentation, facilitation, and organizational skills, and personal characteristics to work effectively with educators of all backgrounds
  • Solutions oriented and an ability to manage complex tasks and timelines independently and proactively
  • Exceptional organization, verbal, and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A high degree of integrity, flexibility, growth mindset, curiosity, and commitment to professional growth
  • Capacity and willingness to learn, receive feedback, and adapt quickly
  • Experience with or enthusiasm for working with virtual teams across different geographical sites
  • Willingness to travel up to 45% and work flexible hours (e.g. ability to work and travel some weekends with comp days in return)

Preferred experience/qualifications:

  • High proficiency in Expert knowledge of EL Education’s nationally recognized ELA curriculum for grades K-8, strongly preferred
  • Experience coaching and/or leading the implementation of the EL Education ELA curriculum, strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the EL Education core practices, or project based deeper learning practices, preferred
  • A Master's degree in education, education leadership, or related field, preferred
  • Proven experience in Primary (grades K-2) and Intermediate Level literacy instruction, multilingual learners and/or learners with special needs, preferred
  • Experience with school or district leadership roles, preferred


  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment, absent an approved medical or religious accommodation.


We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time-off, 403b match, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, robust professional learning opportunities, and more.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Please submit your resume and one page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website.

In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.

No phone calls please. EL Education will respond only to finalist candidates.


EL Education seeks individuals of all diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or citizenship status, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and parental status, HIV status, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, status as a veteran, or physical or mental disability or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE

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