Coach (Education Sector)

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Senior Manager/Supervisor

Note: We are not currently actively screening new applicants for this position, but if you’d like to be considered in the event that we re-open a search, please submit your resume, and we’ll let you know when we do.

 

The Management Center (TMC) is continuing to grow! We’ve been steadily expanding, and we are seeking an experienced educational equity leader to work with our clients (e.g. school leaders and other educational equity leaders who have managed senior level people in a school system or network of schools).  You will lead coaching engagements and serve as a teacher / coach / trainer / nudge / confidante / advisor / thought-partner to client executives, with the aim of helping them build their teams into high performing organizations that deliver great results.

Ideal candidates won’t be lifelong consultants or necessarily have any consulting experience at all.  Rather, we seek experienced managers who have produced results and who have a passion for teaching other leaders from diverse backgrounds how to do the same.

Who We Are

We view educational equity as much-needed social change, and our mission is to help leaders working for social change build and run more equitable, sustainable, and results-driven organizations.  Founded in 2006, we’re now a 50-person, $11.5 million organization (and growing!).   We have helped shape the practices of hundreds of influential organizations and thousands of individual managers, focusing in particular on leading progressive organizations working for social change. Several years ago, we expanded our reach to include the educational equity sector.  This sector development is still in start-up mode as we build our support of superintendents, organizations advocating for more equitable educational policies, school leaders responsible for the children and adults in their buildings, among other leaders in the education space.  Our clients work on issues where they face an inherently uphill battle and so must fight more effectively if they are going to achieve their missions and do their best for children.  We aim to help them by making their organizations as effective as possible.

A great deal of our work involves direct coaching of clients, and we also offer publications and training to the broader field. Along the way, we have built a strong reputation:  on our most recent anonymous survey, 95% of clients said they “Strongly Agree” (the top choice on a 7-point scale) that they would recommend TMC to a friend.  Such positive word-of-mouth has created fairly explosive demand for our services that the new coach will help us meet.

What You'll Do

Your job will be to instill the management practices that will help your educational equity clients build higher-performing organizations that deliver great results.  You will work with principals, superintendents, executive directors and their senior teams to help them define ambitious goals; manage for execution; implement rigorous “people practices,” including selecting and retaining a diverse team of the best talent and letting go of people who don’t meet a high bar; and build cultures that reinforce a high bar for performance, constant improvement, and values like equity and transparency.

At any given time, you will lead roughly four to six intensive client engagements and several other less intensive relationships.  Your work with clients might include:

  • Observing them in action, diagnosing their needs, and designing the scope of our work with them;
  • Delivering services to clients, including coaching senior executives one-on-one, designing new organization-wide systems, providing advice on challenges of the day, and conducting trainings for senior teams;
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for clients and developing strong working relationships with them;
  • In the friendliest way possible, nagging client leaders to make sure they are following-up on their commitments; and
  • Prioritizing across client needs to ensure we spend our energy wisely.

Beyond your work with clients, you will help build and grow TMC.  This means you will leverage your networks and cultivate strong relationships to identify additional educational equity leaders and organizations that could benefit from TMC’s services.  You also might develop new tools for all of our clients to use, identify better approaches for how we engage with clients, or help us come up with more effective ways to assess our progress.  You will also help shape the organization’s strategic direction, and serve as an external ambassador with key constituents.

You will report to one of our senior coaches, who will measure your success primarily by improvement in your clients’ practices, client satisfaction, revenue generated, and fit with our culture.

Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:

  • Management instincts You will have a demonstrated track record of success in managing a high-performing organization, department, or team, and will therefore bring a deep understanding of what it takes to produce results, instincts for going beyond the “textbook” to get to solutions that will work, and an appreciation for the CEO perspective and what it’s like to be in a senior management role.
  • Critical thinking skills You will need the smarts to quickly become “fluent” in your clients’ contexts, analyze situations to see beyond the surface of challenges, and effectively customize general practices to fit clients’ particular needs.
  • Commitment to antiracism and experience in centering racial and gender equity and inclusion: You understand the impact of systemic and implicit biases related to race and gender identity that can play out in management practices, and you’re able to surface this with clients in a way that allows them to hear what is being said without compromising the clarity of the message.  You can proactively spot issues of equity and inclusion in the work and can bring practical solutions.  You can do this because you draw on personal experience combating white supremacy, racism, and other interconnecting systems of oppression, particularly in the workplace, such as through: managing racially diverse teams to great results, creating inclusive cultures where all members thrive, developing equitable processes and policies, and building strong relationships across lines of identity and power.
  • Business development:  You are comfortable pitching TMC services to potential educational equity clients.  You can negotiate pricing and contracts for your coaching services, understanding how to navigate supporting high-priority clients who might need additional assistance.

We are more interested in these four qualities than in any particular type of experience. However, because you will need to be able to relate as a peer to school leaders and other senior leaders in the education sector, you will also presumably bring experience yourself having operated as a principal or principal manager in a school system or network of schools.  We know that there are other types of senior leaders of traditional public school districts or public charter management organizations who may not have run a school, but they could be successful in this role (e.g. Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Managing Directors of Program at the home/central office level).  Please apply!

Finally, you need to fit well with our culture, which we like to think combines excellence with heart (and a keen sense of humor helps).

What Else You Should Know

Our coaching roles comes in two varieties – a more junior position (Vice President) and a more senior position (Partner), with the difference between the two being the executive experience you bring and the type of clients with whom you work.

Our most urgent current need, given our current client demand and staff makeup, is for a Partner-level coach based anywhere in the United States.

This position is full-time, remote, and requires moderate travel (1 – 4 days per month), when we're not in a pandemic.

The full-time salary range for VP roles is between $94,554 to $135,023, and between $126,072 to $171,392 for Partners, with exact salary depending on experience and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range.

We also offer excellent benefits, including an additional 5% employer contribution to your retirement fund with no match required.

We are an equal opportunity employer, are committed to racial equity and social justice, and we make a particular effort to recruit people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply for open positions. 

 

What Now?

Even though we are not actively hiring for this position, feel free to submit an application, and we will review it if we re-open the search.

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