Learning Coach

Prisma - San Francisco, California or Remote - Full time

Who we are

Prisma is a new kind of education company driven by a singular mission: to create a next generation capable of solving the world's biggest problems. The world is changing faster than ever, yet our current education system is not designed for rapid change. At Prisma we have designed a new kind of K-12 education company, which is built from the ground up to not only prepare kids in the core competencies they’ll need for the 21st century (things like creativity, critical thinking, resilience, collaboration, digital and media literacy, to name a few) but to instill in them a desire to make a large, positive impact on the world. Prisma combines the flexibility of home-based learning, the socialization of a close-knit peer group that meets daily, the support of an inspiring learning coach, and the personalization of an interests-based, adaptable curriculum. We believe that every student deserves to love school, to be able to progress at their own pace, to pursue what interests them, to have a supportive peer group, and to reach their full potential. If you believe this too and you dream of a job where you can truly have an impact on the world, read on!

We are led by two repeat founders whose most recent venture was bought by Google in one of its most expensive acquisitions to date. We are a well and self-funded, mission-driven company focused on scalable and sustainable growth.

What the role is

We are turning the typical middle school experience on its head, so this is not your average teacher role! In fact, in our model kids are led by 'Learning coaches,' not teachers and they learn via live video and interactive experiences, not classrooms and textbooks. As a Learning coach, you will be a mentor and trusted adviser to a group of 15-20 middle schoolers. You will also be responsible for facilitating engaging live discussions, small group activities and team challenges via live video. You don’t have to have a background in formal teaching, but you must have a passion for education, be an engaging and confident facilitator and have great respect for and rapport with kids (grades 4-8).

This is a perfect job for anyone who wants to have a meaningful, lifelong impact on the lives of young people - whether you’re an early career teacher who feels stifled by the rigidity and bureaucracy of the traditional education system, an experienced camp counselor or sports coach looking for a new opportunity, or anyone else with a demonstrated passion for working with kids, this could be the job for you!

What you'll do

  • Facilitate engaging online discussions and other learning experiences
  • Help learners to set and meet their academic goals
  • Provide advice and life coaching to learners
  • Provide feedback to learners on their work
  • Provide updates to parents and meeting with them when concerns arise
  • Support each learner as they prepare for successful adult lives.

Who the ideal candidate is

You are:

  • Amazing at forming positive and motivating relationships with kids (experience with 4/5th graders is a plus)
  • Adept at facilitating discussions and encouraging kids to think for themselves (previous experience with virtual facilitation/teaching is a big plus but not a requirement)
  • Engaging and know what it takes to make learning exciting and fun for kids
  • Smart, intellectually curious, quick on your feet
  • Great at providing advice, inspiration and mentorship to kids
  • Adaptable, eager to learn, open to candid feedback and comfortable with change
  • Comfortable with the rapid pace and constant change of a startup
  • Very reliable and hard working
  • Comfortable interacting with parents
  • A creative, open-minded thinker who questions the status quo
  • Passionate about alternative models of education
  • Tech savvy and a strong believer in the power of technology to enhance kids’ learning
  • Comfortable working in a distributed team (now and post-COVID) and desire a job with a high level of personal agency

Beyond possessing these skills, if you also exude these traits, we want to talk with you!

  • Gutsy: Unafraid to speak up, take risks and think differently
  • Humble: Quick to give credit and slow to pass blame
  • Can-do: Optimistic, bring solutions, not problems, and always find a way
  • Team player: Care about, respect, help, and speak candidly with others
  • Driven: Go above and beyond to achieve our mission

How we compensate

  • Competitive salary
  • Healthcare expense reimbursement
  • Semi-flexible work schedule
  • Very generous vacation time
  • Work from home or anywhere in your local area

Next steps

If this sounds like your dream job, please apply!

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Experience Level

Mid Level


Prisma is the world's first connected learning network that completely reimagines the school experience. We're a locally-rooted, globally connected virtual learning network that gives kids the freedom to be their best selves.
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