Senior K-3 Coaching Specialist – The Literacy Lab – Baltimore

The Literacy Lab’s Senior K-3 Coaching Specialists are experienced literacy experts who complete training in the Reading Corps model and are responsible for ensuring that the program is implemented with fidelity to maximize student growth in reading, while also fulfilling leadership and management responsibilities in their region and/or across the organization. Senior K-3 Coaching Specialists report to the National Lead K-3 Coaching Specialist and provide leadership and coordination, as well as direct management and support, to a team of assigned Coaching Specialists. Additionally, the Senior K-3 Coaching Specialist may also maintain a school and tutor caseload [not to exceed 2 sites or 4 tutors] and may provide additional school support, as necessary. This is a full-time salaried exempt position.

The Literacy Lab is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide historically and systemically excluded young people with individualized reading instruction to strengthen their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. We partner with school districts to add capacity in under-resourced schools to close the literacy opportunity and attainment gap for children before third grade. We continue to build a collaborative and inspiring environment in which student-centeredness, DEI growth, common purpose, and community thrive.

The education system in the United States continues to be deeply impacted by a long history of unjust policies that socio-economically disinvest in communities of color. The Literacy Lab’s mission is to address inequities by providing students of color with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills. We believe that when young people of all races and from different economic brackets have equitable access to robust educational and professional development opportunities, they will be more successful as adults and their communities will be more resilient and prosperous. Since 2009, The Literacy Lab has provided evidence-based literacy interventions to more than 30,000 children from marginalized communities to master early literacy skills. By embedding rigorously trained tutors in pre-K classrooms and elementary schools to tutor students of color from pre-K through third grade, The Literacy Lab strives to create a full six-year continuum of support for young readers.

The Senior K-3 Coaching Specialist will serve in a leadership role in their assigned region and will provide direct management and support to a caseload of regional Coaching Specialists, in addition to their responsibilities supporting a modest caseload of tutors serving at assigned school locations. Senior Coaching Specialists are responsible for ensuring that assigned Coaching Specialists are supported in their roles and the program is implemented successfully. In addition, Senior Coaching Specialists will work collaboratively with Regional Program Staff and the Coach Leadership Team (National Lead + Senior Coaching Specialists) to ensure alignment and effective implementation of the program within and across regions. This is accomplished through the following activities and responsibilities:
A. Training and Facilitation
1. Regional Institute Co-Lead. In collaboration with National Lead K-3 CS and Regional Institute Lead, coordinate regional training facilitation plans to meet requirements of the Reading Corps model and regional objectives for tutors and Internal Coaches; ensure all assigned Coaching Specialists are supported and developed as facilitators for the following content areas:
Reading Corps Implementation: Tutors and Internal Coaches
Equity and Bias
Supplemental training as determined in collaboration with Regional Institute Lead
2. Collaborate with the National Lead K-3 CS and Senior Coaching Specialists across regions to ensure that all coaches are prepared and successful by providing support, co-facilitation, observations, and feedback according to Literacy Lab expectations and ensuring completion of all necessary preparation work to support training (LMS modules, practice sessions, etc.)This includes developing and implementing:
Scope and Sequence for new CS facilitation development
Collaborative facilitation plans for new Coaching Specialists and returning Coaching Specialists if needed.
Observation of facilitation and feedback tied to facilitation goals
B. Learning Partner for Coaching Specialists
1. Provide management and coaching support through an equity lens for assigned Coaching Specialists in their role(s) [not to surpass 4 CSs]:
Coordinate the evaluation cycle: goal setting, quarterly step-backs, and biannual evaluations.
Ensure adherence to all HR and Organizational Policies including approving submissions for leave in Paycom, and provide organizational updates to the Coaching Specialists on a regular basis.
Weekly 1:1 check-ins, or as determined for individual Team Members
Facilitate regular (monthly or bi-weekly) Regional Coaching Specialist Team meetings.
Participate in organization-wide Learning Partner professional development
Engage in succession planning as an active aspect of the role, and ensure that legacy documents are produced and updated.
2. New Coach Training and Onboarding. In coordination with Human Resources, Coach Leadership Team, Regional Directors, Chief Program Officer, and Program Operations Manager, create and deliver onboarding and training materials and ensure that new Coaching Specialists are adequately prepared for their roles.
3. Coaching Specialist Professional Development. Design and implement support structures to ensure that Coaching Specialists have ongoing opportunities to enhance and strengthen critical skills and equity-focused coaching. Provide regular opportunities for individualized support, coaching, and feedback to support the successful performance of their duties and retain talent to include:
effective tutor relationships and communication
caseload selection
intervention and assessment observations
data review meetings
school site visits
collaborative coaching observations
opportunities to develop skills related to professional advancement goals
4. Regional Coordination and Alignment. Work to ensure that Literacy Lab and Reading Corps resources, expectations, and best practices are aligned and shared between regional Coaching Specialists; clearly communicate opportunities for autonomy and innovation.
Coordinate regular regional CS collaboration
Develop Coach Team’s scope of work and skills to encompass regional focus areas
5. Data Monitoring and Analysis: Support regional staff and Coaching Specialists in monitoring and analyzing program data to ensure fidelity to the model and effective data-based decision-making; including presenting data to school and district partners. Ensure Coaching Specialists fulfill expectations of monitoring and supporting Internal Coaches and tutors with complete and accurate data collection.
6. Partner Engagement: Lead deepening of District and School Engagement efforts resulting in the development of authentic relationships between Coaches and stakeholders, Internal Coaches, tutors, and school communities.
C. Collaboration with Regional Program Staff
1. Coach Point Person. Serve as Central Point person for all coach-related questions and planning needs in the region. Foster collaboration and coordinate communication between regional Program Staff (Program Managers, Associates, and Assistants) and Coaching Specialists. Facilitate and model effective communication between Coach and Program Staff.
2. Participate in hiring of new K-3 Coaching Specialists. Work with National Lead K-3 Coaching Specialist and regional staff to recruit, interview, and select K-3 Coaching Specialists.
3. Regional Leadership. Engage in regular collaboration with Regional Leader (RD, PD) to ensure district health in each geographic area of the state. Coordinate with Regional Director to support school partners’ district-level communication, progress monitoring, and establish a presence on the ground in schools and with stakeholders.
4. Data Analysis. In collaboration with the Data and Strategy team and Regional Leader, engage in regional data review, analysis, and decision making to improve, enhance, or solve problems related to program implementation and/or student achievement.
5. Site visits: Participate in site visits to highlight and demonstrate the effectiveness of Literacy Lab tutors and provide training and support to regional Coaching Specialists to ensure site visit readiness.
D. Organizational Support
1. Sr. Coach Team. As facilitated by the National Lead K-3 Coaching Specialist, collaborate with Senior Coaching Specialists across regions and serve as a liaison to ensure alignment and streamline replication across regions. Highlight and model organization-wide initiatives with the coaching team. Participate in peer observation and collaboration between Senior Coaching Specialists.
2. Pilots and Innovations. In collaboration with the Program Operations and Data and Strategy team, design and execute pilot and innovations projects.
3. Attend staff meetings, quarterly data summits, and annual retreats with all Literacy Lab staff. Participate, as available and/or required, in ongoing staff development such as training and DEI initiatives and Learning Partner development.
4. Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum of 3-5 years of school-based experience in Elementary Education, Early Literacy and Reading Development, Special Education, or Response to Intervention/Data-Driven Decision Making
Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Education, Reading/Literacy, Educational Psychology, Special Education, Education Administration, or a related field
Growth-mindset and dedication to continuous development and improvement
Evidence of passion for learning and incorporating an antiracist approach in all aspects of work and through equitable approaches
Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects simultaneously
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with individuals, teams, and administrators and a demonstrated people-first approach to relationships
Experience as a trainer or facilitator
Strong attention to detail and time management skills
Minimum of 2-4 years of Project and/or people management experience (preferred)
Minimum of 2-4 years of experience as a Reading Corps K-3 Coaching Specialist (preferred) or experience coaching adult learners or educators.

Work Location: The work location for this position is a hybrid of in-person and remote. Senior Coaches are expected to report to the office for regular in-person meetings, to school sites when supporting and observing Coaching Specialists, and will conduct other administrative and support work remotely. All school sites are located within Baltimore City, as is the Literacy Lab’s Baltimore office.
Note: During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the work may be conducted remotely, but there may still be meetings/events for which the Sr. Coach is expected to report to a school or to the office in-person
Flexibility: Flexibility is offered and flexibility is required to meet the needs of schools and the team; Senior Coaching Specialists will work with their Learning Partner to establish a schedule that meets the needs of their caseload, regional, and staff-wide responsibilities.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include a flexible work environment, employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, employer-paid short and long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance, a 403b retirement plan, and paid vacation.
Travel: This position includes regional travel and may require out-of-town travel up to 10 nights per year for trainings and/or staff events.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information via email to (ATTN: Baltimore Senior K-3 Coaching Specialist)