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Career Opportunity Coach, Leadership and Training

Reporting to:         Team Lead, Leadership and Training

Location:                  Islamabad

Teach For Pakistan (TFP) is a non-profit start-up committed to creating a powerful social movement for equity and excellence in education. We enable Pakistan’s best young talent to teach for two years in underserved communities, and drive systemic change in education throughout their lives. We envision the day when every child in Pakistan will participate in an education that nurtures them to become loving, thinking and engaged citizens.

TFP was piloted in partnership with a local foundation in Karachi and Lahore from 2011-2015 and has now launched as an independent organization headquartered in Islamabad. TFP’s 2018 Cohort is placed in the rural outskirts of Islamabad and recruitment for the 2019 Cohort has begun. TFP has recruited and supported over 102 excellent teachers and education leaders. We aim to grow this number aggressively given the scale and urgency of education inequity in Pakistan.

The Leadership & Training Team:

This is a core program area at Teach For Pakistan, responsible for developing and managing systems for:

  1. Building and growing relationships with schools and communities where Fellows are placed to teach.
  2. Providing pre-service and on-going training and support to Fellows and facilitating them in exercising effective leadership in the classroom, in the school and community, and the wider system as Alumni;
  3. Supporting Fellows in tracking their progress towards development goals for students, schools, community and themselves.
  4. Development of Fellows/Alumni as professionals in any field;
  5. Providing Fellows with coaching to continuously develop leadership capacities and enhance impact in classrooms, schools and communities.

The Coach Role Position Summary

The Coach will be responsible for supporting a group of 15-18 Fellows in their leadership journey during the Fellowship to significantly impact their students, schools and communities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Coach Fellows to develop perspectives that enable them to situate their daily work in the bigger vision of their classroom and operate with the mindsets necessary to exercise effective leadership
  2. Build and manage authentic relationships with all stakeholders: Fellows, school staff and community members
  3. Conduct regular classroom observations and debriefs with Fellows to help them deepen their classroom impact and self development
  4. Design and conduct ongoing trainings and workshops to build Fellows’ pedagogical, professional and leadership capacities
  5. Guide Fellows to set and achieve ambitious student achievement goals through various mechanisms, including but not limited to, individual reflection sessions, small-group workshops and creation of instructional plans
  6. Establish relationships with local experts to provide subject content and pedagogical support to Fellows
  7. Build a resource bank of literature, tools and resources for Fellows to leverage in service of deepening their growth and impact
  8. Develop institutional knowledge of best teaching and training practices through frequent documentation and interaction with other teams
  9. Collect and analyze data on student and Fellow learning outcomes to inform and support Fellows’ practice and communicate to internal and external stakeholders
  10. Develop Fellows’ ability to diagnose student, class and school needs, based on qualitative and quantitative data;
  11. Design and conduct trainings to develop Fellows’ community mobilizing capacity, including all aspects of their Community Development Projects
  12. Take ownership of self growth and independent learning; build necessary capacities to enable own and others’ effectiveness
  13. Support the Leadership and Training team in other programmatic work streams
  14. Support other functional areas, particularly in Recruitment, Selection and Matriculation of Fellows

The Ideal Candidate is a self-starter who thrives in a high-stakes role in a start-up environment, naturally enjoys working with adult learners across a diverse spectrum, believes in students’ and adults’ capacities to grow through coaching, and is deeply committed to social change and equal opportunity.

S/he will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred, in the areas of education, curriculum, humanities, psychology and/or social sciences
  • 3-5 years of work experience
  • Prior experience in teaching, coaching, teacher development/training and leadership development is strongly preferred
  • In addition, s/he will have the following skills and mindsets:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially in English
  • Deep commitment to Teach For Pakistan’s mission and belief that all students can achieve ambitious outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and build strong working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to coach adult learners
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills
  • Openness to new ideas and learning independently
  • Adaptability to work in diverse situations and circumstances
  • Excellent research skills – ability to synthesize research into practical strategies and action plans
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Excellent Data evaluation skills through quantitative and qualitative tools

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s skills, qualifications and experience.