Improvement Coach

Becoming an Improvement Coach means that you can leverage your teaching, leadership, and coaching experience to improve student outcomes at scale.

Job Description
Ed Direction, a Salt Lake City-based education consulting firm specializing in the use of data and evidence-based instruction to improve student achievement, seeks exemplary educators to join our team as an Improvement Coach Manager. Improvement Coach Managers provide project oversight of and work side-by-side with Improvement Coaches to provide teacher coaching, leadership training, professional development, and progress monitoring to public schools (traditional and charter), school districts, and charter organizations with which the firm contracts to improve student achievement and school grades under state and district accountability systems. If you are creative, hard-working, energetic, collaborative, and passionate about student achievement, we’d love to talk with you.

Educational and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field, Master’s degree or above strongly preferred
  • Strong leadership background
  • LEA administration experience preferred
  • School administrator licensure preferred
  • Successful track record of coaching principals, teachers, and teams toward measurable improvement in student achievement
  • Minimum of three years of successful leadership experience in a public school, school district, or state office of education (e.g., assistant principal, principal, instructional coach, curriculum specialist, school supervisor, assessment director, etc.)
  • Minimum of three years of successful classroom (teaching) experience; public school experience strongly preferred
  • Substantial experience leading, coaching, or supporting collaborative district and school teams (e.g. professional learning communities, data teams, building leadership teams, etc.)
  • Substantial knowledge and experience with assessment and progress monitoring
  • Proven ability to work in diverse and challenging settings, and a track record of earning the trust and confidence of public school educators
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, curriculum, standards, and grading (experience with state English/Language Arts, math, and science standards and curricula preferred)
  • Substantial experience with, and passion for, disadvantaged student populations, including students of color, students in poverty, English Language Learners (ELL) and students with disabilities
  • Successful project management experience
  • Current driver’s license

Essential Duties and Skills

  • Ability to plan and execute large-scale multi-school engagements, including:
    • Identifying key outcomes
    • Monitoring and meeting micro and macro deadlines
    • Communicating clear action steps to team members
    • Holding co-workers and school teams accountable for progress
    • Apprising clients of developments and upcoming actions
    • Adjusting plans on the fly to accommodate client or internal demands
    • Exceptional team building and leadership skills, including identifying, training, and coaching a team of 8-10
    • Persuasive client-facing communication abilities and skill to drive new business development activity
    • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) skills
    • Ability to create and deliver engaging professional development and outstanding presentations
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across a variety of teams
    • Ability to frequently seek and accept feedback
    • Ability to work independently
    • Ability to travel on-site to schools (mostly in-state, by car) 2-3 business days per week
    • Ability to create and interpret data displays for schools, teachers, and state office staff
    • Ability to explain, interpret, teach, and assess core standards with learning progressions, effective formative assessments, and other tools
    • Ability to clearly and effectively model evidence-based instructional strategies for individual teachers, teacher teams, and school leaders
    • Ability to provide appropriate, clear, and meaningful feedback to teachers and administrators
    • Ability to think strategically and systemically in an educational context
    • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills

Preferred Skills

  • Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish)

About Education Direction

Ed Direction ( is a Salt Lake City-based consulting firm specializing in the use of data-driven strategies to improve classroom instruction and student achievement. The firm is a subsidiary of the Cicero Group, and partners with schools, school districts, and state offices of education across the United States. We are driven by our passion and belief that, given the right data, leadership, tools, and coaching, it is possible to dramatically improve teaching and learning across entire systems. Ed Direction is dedicated to recruiting and retaining highly talented and motivated individuals, and creating a work environment where all staff can achieve their personal and professional goals.

Ed Direction is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Cicero Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah