Reports to: Assistant Head of School for Academics and Strategic Program Initiatives
When Needed: 2019-20 Academic Year
FTE: Full-Time, Academic Year Plus Four Weeks (Two Before, Two After)
University Prep is seeking a talented, engaging and compassionate Instructional Coach to help us advance our vision of being an inclusive community of learners that provides an outstanding education for each individual in a diverse student population. We are looking for someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team. We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you. Salary is competitive with public and independent schools. University Prep offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment. Position is open for the 2018-19 Academic Year.
Who We Are:
University Prep is an independent 6-12 school located in an urban residential section of Seattle, WA, one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic cities. We are a strong and vibrant community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni who collaboratively create an exceptional educational experience for every student. The school is a place of great teaching and joyful learning; a community that joins together to raise up our children to be caring and productive adults; a place where all students and families have equitable access to all the school has to offer, and a place where we aspire for every family and student to feel equally enfranchised and at home. To us, diversity and inclusivity are not addenda, they are embodied in all facets of our school culture. University Prep believes that our shared values of integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish our mission of developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.
Under minimal supervision, the Instructional Coach supports teachers in improving their practices of instruction, curriculum design, and assessment in support of student learning. The Instructional Coach attends to both the overall quality of classroom instruction at UPrep and also teacher professional growth, particularly within the Individualized Teacher Improvement Plan (ITIP), UPrep’s professional growth and evaluation program. The work of coaching complements the actions of department heads and administrators in the development of high-quality curricula and the support of professional growth and teacher orientation to students. The Instructional Coach does not supervise nor evaluate teachers, in order to allow for strong partnership with teachers.
Conducts general class observations and stays well-informed about the instructional styles of all teachers in the school, particularly those in their first three years of teaching.
Develops effective coaching relationships with teachers in ITIP Year 1, particularly those new to UPrep, including conducting ITIP Year 1 and other observations, reviewing curriculum design, providing targeted feedback, and recommending areas for growth.
Responds to requests from teachers to support ITIP Year 2 or 3, for example to recommend professional development activities for Year 2 or help a teacher prepare evidence of teaching improvement for the portfolio and presentation in Year 3.
Supports and deepens instructional practices at UPrep, such as coherent curriculum design, differentiated instruction, formative assessment, rubric development, learning objectives development, curriculum alignment, integrated learning, global education, teaching with technology, and online learning.
Deepens teacher expertise in support of UPrep strategic initiatives, such as intensives curriculum development, experiential learning, teaching for social justice and educational equity, teaching for social and emotional learning, and teaching within a block schedule.
Designs and delivers professional development activities to the faculty as needed.
Coordinates professional activities with other staff members who have a coaching role with teachers.
Growth and leadership
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development; is a life-long learner who enhances his/her skills, using state-of-the-art technologies to maintain high standards of performance to efficiently and effectively produce work products
Attends professional learning opportunities for the sake of one’s own growth and to share
Delivers professional development to faculty, including inviting expert facilitators
Stays current with education literature that pertains to supporting UPrep teachers
Actively networks with regional and national instructional leaders
Attends Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) meetings and contributes to the development of instructional culture
Develops relationships with teachers based on trust and clear communication
Understands UPrep student experiences based on observation, dialogue, and data
Maintains teacher resources for curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Encourages and supports teacher collaboration within and between departments
Identifies and shares high-quality, professional learning opportunities with the faculty
Serves as a resource for questions about instructional practice and learning environments
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Actively participates in the full life of the school
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
Master’s degree in education or equivalent experience
5+ years of full-time classroom teaching experience at middle or high school level
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrated effectiveness mentoring, coaching, or providing feedback to teachers
Demonstrated commitment to student success
Strong awareness of a wide range of instructional practices
Deep understanding of research-based educational practices and their effectiveness for different students
Strong interpersonal and emotional skills such as empathy, communication, and problem-solving
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong attention to detail
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Ability to maintain confidential information
Flexibility, maturity, enthusiasm and a sense of humor
Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows environment (Windows 7 or higher), using Office (version 2010 or higher), including Outlook; ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology; Experience with school-focused technology is a plus
Ability to talk on the phone
Ability to sit and keyboard up to 8 hours per day
Some travel may be required
Thank you for your interest in this position and in University Prep. Please click here to apply.
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position.
It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
About University Prep
University Prep is an independent school serving grades 6 – 12 located in an urban residential section of Seattle, WA, one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic cities. We are a strong and vibrant community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni who collaboratively create an exceptional educational experience for every student. The School is a place of great teaching and joyful learning; a community that joins together to raise up our children to be caring and productive adults; a place where all students and families have equitable access to all the school has to offer, and a place where we aspire for every family and student to feel equally enfranchised and at home. To us, diversity and inclusivity are not addenda, they are embodied in all facets of our school culture. University Prep believes that our shared values of integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish our mission of developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.