Professional Learning Coach - Early Literacy (TOSA)

Northwest Regional ESD | Hillsboro, OR

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Posted Date 3/28/2023

Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve.

In line with our commitment to disrupting systemic racism, we acknowledge that research shows that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women are significantly less likely to apply for some positions, believing they must meet every qualification as described in the job description. At NWRESD, we value representation, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We know that sometimes that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described below.

Position Title: Professional Learning Coach - Early Literacy (Teacher on Special Assignment)
Department: Instructional Services
Location: Washington Service Center - Hillsboro, OR
Reports To: Director of Instructional Services
FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: Licensed
SALARY: Per negotiated agreement, Licensed Salary Schedule
Work Days: 190

In partnership with the communities we serve, Northwest Regional ESD improves student
learning by providing equitable access to high quality services and support.

The Early Literacy Professional Learning Coach operates as part of a team that supports
educators in the 20 component school districts in the Northwest Regional service area. A
successful applicant will possess a deep understanding of the science of reading and evidence
based instructional practices, the use of inclusive instructional practices in PreK to 5th
environments and the ability to identify and disrupt barriers that marginalize students face. In
addition, language acquisition needs for multilingual learners and the will and skill to support
purposeful and sustainable improvement efforts in school districts are essential skills.
Responsibilities will include co-development and delivery of professional development modules
as well as direct coaching with teams from a subset of school districts in the region.
Our model and modes of service delivery will be aligned with the Oregon Early Literacy
Framework. The Oregon Early Literacy Framework requires the state's educators to:
1. Build coherence, clarity and common ground around evidence based literacy practices.
2. Identify actions for improvement in literacy outcomes.
3. Develop a road map for improvement efforts.
4. Work in alignment to the Governor's vision for improving student literacy outcomes.

This position is responsible for contributing to the development and execution of the Northwest Regional ESD’s professional development system for educators across twenty component school districts, ESD employees across four counties and, in the case of some programs, across the state of Oregon. The Professional Learning Coach will join a highly collaborative and innovative team of educational coaches and specialists on the nationally recognized NWRESD Instructional Services or associated teams, and works collaboratively with other members of the department as well as other professionals in our state. The successful Professional Learning Coach is committed to educational equity and anti-racism, uses best-practice research in designing adult learning activities and applying instructional coaching cycles, understands evidence based educational practices, is highly motivated to assure that every child in our public schools has true access to relevant and rigorous educational opportunities, and brings a growth mindset to the work of pedagogical and systems improvement.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the
knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in curriculum, instruction, counseling, or teaching
  2. Current Oregon Teaching License in elementary, secondary, special education, or related field
  3. Minimum of 2 years of successful PK-12 teaching/educational experience, required
  4. Minimum of 2 years of successful experience planning and delivering effective professional development, including coaching, required

1. Knowledge of current and emerging practices for effective adult learning.
2. The skills and capacities to collaboratively plan and deliver outstanding professional learning.
3. Deep content knowledge in one or more of our current and emerging service areas detailed here:

? Ample and ongoing opportunities for developing deeper content knowledge in these domains will be provided on the job, but successful candidates will already have strong foundational knowledge in the area/program they serve.

4. Knowledge of K-12 schools and early learning environments are currently structured
5. A strong desire to work closely on a team and to collaborate with educators across the region
6. An understanding of, and willingness to grow in, principles of educational equity, antiracism and social justice
7. Experience leading equity work.
8. Knowledge of current and emerging best practices in teaching adults.
9. Experience coaching or mentoring teachers for the purpose of improving student learning and providing feedback in a non-evaluative manner. This includes modeling best learning practices for teachers for the purpose of helping teachers quickly implement best practices in their own instruction
10. Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups in meetings and workshop settings
11. Must possess excellent written, verbal and presentation skills. Ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision both orally and in writing.
12. Strong technical skills including use of presentation software, word processing and the ability to learn to use technology to innovate and increase efficiency.
13. Ability to work with minimal supervision, communicate clearly, and prioritize and manage multiple projects.
14. Requires travel to school districts, in and out of region, sometimes outside of the normal school day, including overnight stays.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Include the following. Performs some or all of the following tasks.
Other Duties may be assigned. The duties listed below are not inclusive, but characteristic of
the type and level of work assigned for this position.

A. Deliver and facilitate professional learning, including school coaching, to school teams in the 20 school districts in Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook and Washington counties, NWRESD employees and, in the case of some programs, across the state of Oregon.
B. Contribute to and support the development, coordination and implementation evidence based improvement planning, goal setting and progress monitoring.
C. Build content knowledge by acting as a content area expert in an assigned area.
D. Engage in and facilitate reflective thinking while looking critically at instructional practices.
E. Introduce refinements for instructional practices through coaching conversations.
F. Support the successful implementation of professional learning based on identified needs of districts.
G. Analyze feedback to guide future professional development priorities.
H. Work respectfully and effectively with people from a wide range of racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
I. Requires frequent travel to schools across our four-county region and/or state, and flexibility in providing off site training.
J. Maintain regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.
K. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with staff and customers at all organizational levels.
L. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Note: The description contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.

NWRESD believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. The administration reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary that still reflect the essential functions of the department. It is our expectation that every employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the ESD’s goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Northwest Regional Education Service District is proud to be an antiracist, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to race, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment procedures for individuals experiencing a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


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