6th-12th Science Instructional Coach

The Soulsville Charter School

School Overview

The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS)’s mission is to prepare students for success in college and life in an academically rigorous, music-rich environment. Located in the inner-city neighborhood of Soulsville, USA, in Memphis, TN, TSCS is adjacent to the site of historic Stax Records, where the Stax Museum of American Soul Music now celebrates and preserves the Stax story.  TSCS began with sixty sixth graders in 2005 and now serves 660 students in grades 6-12 with about a third of the students living in the Soulsville community and majority economically disadvantaged.  TSCS is a tuition-free, public charter school that is about changing kids’ life trajectories.

TSCS is one of the Memphis charters outperforming traditional neighborhood schools. –Stanford CREDO Study

The Soulsville Charter School’s unique college-prep programming and school culture includes:

  • Mission-Aligned Team
  • Focused Approach to Instructional Culture
  • Character Education
  • School-Wide Culture: Consistency for Students and Staff
  • College Guidance and Alumni Support
  • Band, Choir, and Orchestra Programs for Grades 6th-12th
  • Summer Growth Experiences for All Students
  • Unique Exposure Opportunities for Students
  • Community Partnerships

Job Description

As the Science Coach, this person is responsible for the development and support of all science teachers, the ongoing improvement of the Science Department, and ultimately student outcomes. The Science Coach is responsible for ensuring that the vision for Science instruction is aligned to the school’s mission of preparing students for college and life success in an academically rigorous environment. This person also participates as an important member of the whole-school Academics Team.


Key Result Areas 

  1. Instructional Coach
  2. Science Department Head
  3. Academics Team Member

Primary Responsibilities 

Instructional Coach

  1. Support the development and growth of teachers
  2. Plan and lead coaching meetings based on teachers’ needs, including co-planning meetings and post-observation debrief meetings
  3. Provide teachers with feedback on instructional plans, assessments, and data
  4. Observe lessons regularly and provide teachers with written and in-person feedback and coaching
  5. As needed, model and or co-teach lessons
  6. Ensure adaptations to curriculum support students while maintaining the intended rigor and goals of lessons with fidelity
  7. Provide accountability for teachers to meet school expectations

Science Head

  1. Research and develop vision, goals, and priorities for the Science Department
  2. Plan and lead department meetings
  3. Ensure vertical alignment of courses with a special focus on college readiness and ACT-alignment
  4. Promote a collaborative spirit in the Science & Social Studies Department
  5. Uphold the implementation of the school’s selected Science curriculum
  6. Implement effective internal assessment systems to monitor academic progress, including SSIAs, TNReady, and NWEA
  7. Implement effective data analysis of all internal and external assessments

Academics Team Members

  1. Participate in Academics Team Meetings
  2. Collaborate with Academics Team to make budgetary decisions
  3. Support ongoing professional growth of all Academics Team members by sharing best practices and personal practices with one another for the purposes of norming, learning, and improving
  4. Develop strong external relationships with partner organizations
  5. Advocate for the instructional health of the school at-large

Special Knowledge & Skills 

  1. Commitment to the growth and development of adults and passion for helping teachers to reach their potential
  2. Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to set expectations and follow up with coworkers
  3. Familiarity with TN Science Standards and ACT college readiness benchmarks
  4. Familiarity and working knowledge of both state and national assessment measures
  5. Ability to design professional development and facilitate various size groups using facilitative leadership skills
  6. Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines under pressure
  7. Ability to work independently and manage-up when needed
  8. Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial drive: takes initiative; comfortable operating in growth mode; can operate self-sufficiently, but also collaboratively as part of a team
  9. Strategic thinker
  10. Ability to design and build a program to meet specified goals
  11. Familiarity with statistics and strong analytical ability
  12. Strong instructional expertise and the ability to make practical use of data
  13. Ability to produce reports in a variety of formats integrating various data sources
  14. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint (as well as the Google Suite) with the ability to learn new software applications and systems
  15. Excellent written and oral communication, planning, and organizational skills
  16. Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment

Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for applicants who are committed to a high standard of excellence and able to thrive in a charter school with an ambitious agenda. We want you to bring your expertise to create a world-class Science Department for our school that meets our teachers and students where they are and takes them to where they need to be. The ideal candidate will have these key assets and attributes:

  • Demonstrated belief in the mission of The Soulsville Charter School
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and broker positive working relationship with adults
  • Minimum of five years of experience teaching in an english classroom
  • Intimate knowledge of TN english standards
  • Demonstrated high expectations for a population of students primarily from low-income, first-generation college-bound, and minority backgrounds
  • Interest in and knowledge of the current research and data in english education
  • Ability to craft and execute a vision for becoming a proof point and national model for english education

Professional Practices 

  1. Demonstrate trustworthiness in dealing in confidential matters.
  2. Serve as appropriate role model for TSCS colleagues, students, staff, and parents.
  3. Engage in all TSCS meetings in a professional manner.
  4. Demonstrate trustworthiness in completing all tasks with exceptional time management and organization.

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