Executive Director Of Coaching And Instruction

Providence Schools
Full Time $138,165 - $148,324 Per year RI Providence School District Superintendent, 797 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903, United States


The Providence Public School District (PPSD) serves approximately 22,000 students (about the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) attending our 37 schools. PPSD employs more than 3,200 professionals who work in and provide support to our schools, which include 20 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 11 high schools, and 2 public district charter schools. Of our employees, about 2,000 are educators, and over 600 others directly support our schools' students and families.

Our schools are diverse learning communities. Approximately 68% of our students are Latinx, 15% Black, 7% White, 4% Asian, 5.5% Multi-racial and 1% Native American. Approximately 40% of students are multilingual, and about 16% receive special education services. Approximately 55% of students come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken. Our students and families speak more than 55 languages and hail from 91 countries of origin.

Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, The Executive Director of Coaching and Instruction will work to instill a culture of rigorous learning with enhanced outcomes for all students, based on a commitment to eliminate disparities in achievement and ensure college, career readiness, and civic readiness. The Executive Director of Coaching and Instruction is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The Executive Director of Coaching and instructions' role is to work with Principals, Coaches, and Transformation Officers to build teacher capacity and their understanding of instructional practices related to learning and assessment.? The Executive Director of Coaching and Instruction is a learner who models continuous improvement and lifelong learning and goes above and beyond to ensure student success.? The Executive Director of Coaching and Instruction will work collaboratively across divisions to promote reflection, provide guidance and structure where needed, and focus on strengths, collaboration, and common issues of concern. They will ensure high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching, and providing feedback to teachers. This position supervises Coaches, Instructional Support Leaders, and the Supervisor of Project Based Learning.

***Contingent upon funding***


RIDE Requirements:

  • Rhode Island District Level Administrator Certificate – Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment  and the following: 

  • Certification in one or more subject area(s) or elementary, special education, or English as a Second Language

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution, doctorate preferred

  • At least five years of experience in public schools, including three as a school leader or similar, preferably in an urban setting.

  • Minimum 8-10 years-experience teaching, with a record of successfully impacting student achievement. 

  • Right to Read Proficiency within one year of hire 


  • Support principals and instructional leaders in implementing and supporting the district-wide instructional model.

  • Cultivate district-wide recognition of staff roles in enabling high student achievement standards.

  • Provide technical support to collaborative teams relative to Common Planning Time and Data Based Decision Making to support teaching and learning.

  • Analyze district assessment data and support teams in using the data to make instructional decisions.

  • Engage with school-based School Improvement Teams and Instructional Leadership Teams to utilize data to create and progress monitor actions relative to school data.

  • Skilled in facilitating difficult conversations, enabling constructive dialogue and resolution in challenging situations. 

  • Proficient in reporting progress and challenges to both senior leadership and on-the-ground educators, ensuring effective communication and alignment with strategic objectives.

  • Contribute to the development systems and structures to improve teacher instructional practice. 

  • Support a unified vision for instructional success and student achievement.

  • Foster a culture of inquiry and mutual accountability to support principal effectiveness and growth.

  • Collaborate with central office departments to align resources and support systems to school needs.

  • Model classroom lessons daily/weekly for building-level coaches. 

  • Support the instructional development of all teachers in understanding the curriculum and varied assessments, the District and building goals, and data analysis. 

  • Provide direction and coordination for how the curriculum is taught consistent with school-wide initiatives and recognized best instructional practices. 

  • Create an articulated observation schedule with the transformation officer principal to observe coaching in action. 

  • Evaluate and support coaches in implementing strategies that are research-based, aligned with academic standards, and focused on student and teacher outcomes.

  • Assist coaches with planning to support building needs such as lesson pacing, developing differentiated lessons, and selecting best practices to meet their students' needs. 

  • Support coaches by helping with the strategic way of teaching — share multiple instructional strategies/processes with teachers during planning times. 

  • Analyze weekly coaching reports from eGrowelab and utilize them for next step decisions.

  • Monitor coaching plans to ensure student improvement.

  • Coordinate external coaches and monitor expectations.  

  • Observe and provide feedback on coaches' professional growth and students’ success. 

  • Develop staff members’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through a variety of professional development targeted topics and designs. 

  • Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional practice. 

  • Help facilitate new teacher and established teacher orientation. 

  • Experience in coordinating initiatives across various educational departments to ensure a cohesive approach to professional learning and instructional coaching. 

  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Academic Officer.


  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability to create and nurture a professional community of adult learners

  • Demonstrated leadership and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback

  • Proven ability to use student-level data to guide instructional decisions 

  • High Expectations for ALL learners 

  • Demonstrated Teacher Leadership 

  • Strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise

  • Demonstrated expertise in oral and written communication 

  • Models continual improvement 

  • Demonstrates professional growth, including leadership and participation in a wide range of significant professional development activities

Please submit the following with your application:

1. A cover letter detailing your interest in Providence Public Schools and how your professional experience has prepared you for this role is recommended, but not required. The priority deadline for applying is one week from the posting date. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application through Government Jobs.  
 2. A 
Written Prompt: Explain your educational vision and philosophy (300 words or less).  Include the following sentence starters:

I (do/do not) believe that all students can learn at high levels because... 

I (do/do not) believe in holding people accountable for high expectations and high standards in instruction and curriculum by... 

Based on your statements, provide a theory of action for each area. (each 250 words or less).