CORE Districts Improvement Coach (2 Positions)--Northern California, Bay Area

CORE Districts - Remote - Full time

CORE Districts - Remote - Full time

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CORE Districts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising student achievement through collaboration among eight California school districts. Our work focuses on strengthening collective efficacy in school systems and improving outcomes for students, especially those students that have been traditionally underserved. CORE is at an exciting phase of development, and we are seeking improvement coaches to guide and support school and district teams using a disciplined and equity-centered approach for improvement. Improvement Coaches facilitate, coach, and teach improvement science methods to school and district teams and support their work to improve outcomes for all students.

Reporting to the Deputy Chiefs of Improvement, the Improvement Coach will work collaboratively with school-based improvement teams, district staff, CORE staff, and research partners. We are seeking a proactive learner who is passionate about CORE’s mission, has coaching and/or facilitation experience, knowledge of educational data and mathematics instruction and who will thrive in our dynamic startup environment. The Improvement Coach must effectively manage numerous responsibilities at a given time and be available for travel.


  • Support school-based teams in the work of improving, which includes but is not limited to analyzing problems of practice, collecting data, designing and executing improvement cycles, and holding productive team meetings that advance the team’s collective learning.
  • Collaborate with school-based improvement teams to document promising practices and contribute practical learning to cross-district improvement communities.
  • Model content-area and/or improvement practices intentionally and strategically to build the capability of others.
  • Collaborate on the design and facilitation of professional learning experiences, including large-scale convenings, regional cross-team meetings, capability-building courses, and virtual sessions.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on an internal CORE Improvement Team to reflect on coaching practice and continually refine the organization’s approach to improvement and related resources.
  • Participate in required continued learning and development in improvement science theory, strategy, tools, and techniques to enhance coaching practice.
  • Participate in cross-unit teams within CORE to enhance its operation, performance, and culture as a learning organization.

Key Skills and Dispositions

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and connect with individuals at all levels of an organization.
  • Curious, open, able to accept feedback and learn from failure.
  • Comfortable navigating ambiguity and working in environments that are fast paced and evolving.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and apply new methodology to persistent problems.
  • Ability to read the dynamics of a team and determine the appropriate moment and manner in which to engage.
  • Ability to understand the context, challenges, and quirks of an organization.
  • Knowledge of and experience in adult learning in practical settings.
  • Strong analytic, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage assignments from conceptualization to completion.
  • Passion for and commitment to the pursuit of educational equity.
  • Disposition towards finding and cultivating joy in the work.


  • 3+ years of experience coaching or facilitating in an educational setting is required.
  • Experience with continuous improvement, and specifically improvement science, is desired.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant discipline, such as education or the social sciences, is beneficial, but not required.
  • CORE is committed to maximizing the diversity of the organization and working to recruit a team that reflects the diverse student populations it serves.


CORE will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation benefits.


CORE Districts is a collaboration of school districts working together to improve student achievement through highly productive, meaningful partnership and learning among member school districts. Currently, eight school districts serving more than 1 million students participate in the collaborative: Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Ana Unified. Together, our districts share a fundamental belief that all students can achieve at high levels and are deeply committed to providing learning opportunities that will help them to do so. Organizationally, CORE Districts is a 501c3 nonprofit serving as a hub for this collaboration and supporting partnership and shared learning at the superintendent, central office, school leader, and teacher levels.

CORE Districts’ long-term goal is for all California students to have strong support, effective programming, and an educational community standing together by their side so that they can achieve and succeed in college and career. We are working toward this goal by supporting and facilitating inter- and intra-district collaboration to innovate, implement, and scale successful strategies and tools that help students succeed.

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