Mentor Coach (Philadelphia Early Literacy)

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date Posted: 08-24-2018
Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is looking for a Mentor Coach to support and manage its early literacy coaching team onsite in Philadelphia public schools. As the “Coaches’ Coach,” the Mentor Coach professionally develops and mentors the Early Literacy Specialist (ELS) team in order to grow its coaching capacity, literacy expertise and mission commitment.
What are the essential responsibilities of this role?
  • Provide professional development to further the growth of team members
  • Act as a mentor/coach for the School District of Philadelphia’s appointed Literacy Leads and Early Literacy Specialists (ELSs)
  • Build an ELS team that thrives on collaboration and professional growth
  • Collaborate with other mentors and seek/provide support when needed
  • Provide information and work closely with the ELS Regional Manager
  • Helps facilitate Leadership Team Meetings where Literacy Action Plans are created for each school
  • Monitor the submission, accuracy, and implementation of data and data action plans

What qualities make you the perfect fit for this job? 
  • 5+ years practicing and implementing CLI methodology required
  • Ability to travel throughout the region regularly to visit schools and districts in the region and surrounding areas
  • Mission driven mindset
  • Expert early literacy content knowledge
  • Strong sense of urgency / project high stakes
  • Excellent coaching and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage field base team
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team and to interface diplomatically with all levels of staff, contractors, teachers, and school administration
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have regular access to an insured vehicle

About CLI:
CLI is a mission driven organization that is committed to embracing the diverse array of individuals who comprise our team. We draw inspiration for innovation from the children we serve and from educators, administrators, and the work-at-large. Founded 30 years ago, CLI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides educators with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction for prekindergarten through third grade. CLI’s work has been validated by prestigious organizations and has garnered national attention.

CLI’s proven theory of action shows that when teachers receive the right combination and intensity of training and coaching, they can become exemplary instructors who make an impact in helping children achieve. Our workshops and institutes build teachers’ understanding of literacy and the art and science of teaching children how to read and write. By focusing on professional skills that improve over time and are not lost when administrations, buildings, or curricula change, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.

Children’s Literacy Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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