Instructional Coach - 201 Day

Hamilton County Department of Education
Chattanooga, TN, United States

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Administrator, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & PD, Instructional Coach / PD
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The purpose of this job is to lead district efforts to increase achievement for all students and the implementation of Hamilton County frameworks by mentoring, coaching, and assisting teachers with planning, classroom strategies and best practices.

The HCS Coaches Program is designed to provide support for teachers in the classroom, as well as to encourage professional leadership roles for teachers in our district. Coaches work side-by-side with teachers to improve student learning outcomes. Coaches spend at least 80% of their time directly supporting teacher development and student learning. Coaches do not merely tell others or demonstrate "how to do it," they actually "do it" themselves as they provide on-going, job-embedded professional learning and support.

Coaches are teacher leaders who assume support roles that include, but are not limited to:
  • Peer coaching
  • Side-by-side coaching cycles (Planning, Enacting a Lesson/Part of a Lesson, Debriefing)
  • Team/collaborative planning
  • Co-Teaching and Demonstration Lessons
  • Analyzing student data to inform instruction through collaborative team structures (PLCs)
  • Assessment
  • Action research projects
  • Facilitating/participating in professional learning and Coaches meetings

Effective professional learning is job-embedded within a safe, positive environment and built through trusting relationships. An effective coach works collaboratively with teachers, principals, and directors to support the school and its educational objectives. An effective coach serves as a positive role model and "thought partner" in a non-evaluative, non-supervisory role to better support teachers to meet the needs of their students in challenging and supportive classroom environments.


  • Coaches, supports and mentors classroom teachers in effective practices.
  • Works with teachers individually, in collaborative teams, and/or with departments, providing practical support on a full range of instructional strategies.
  • Serves as a content advisor to teachers and administrators.
  • Conducts Cycles of Support and Side-by-Side Coaching Cycles using the Student-Centered Coaching model.
  • Conducts regular meetings with classroom teachers to examine student work and monitor progress in order to support teacher reflection and action.
  • Conducts demonstration lessons for teachers, teams of teachers, grade levels, or departments utilizing the gradual release model. Plans and develops course of study according to school district and state curriculum guidelines.
  • Assists with horizontal and vertical continuity and articulation of standards at the school and district level. Assists teachers with planning, sequencing, and scaffolding of instruction.
  • Co-develops specific lesson plans with teachers, using a variety of techniques. Assists classroom teachers with planning of lessons and implementing state standards and best practices.
  • Assists teachers in organizing classroom and selecting appropriate and meaningful materials for effective instruction, while grounding the work in Hamilton County curriculum guides.
  • Develops and maintains weekly schedules to support teachers. Eighty percent of time must be spent in Teaching and Learning in the following ways:
    • Implementing student-centered coaching with excellence
    • Partnering with teachers to improve student learning
    • Providing effective, targeted and actionable feedback
    • Promoting and supporting effective teacher practices, including in remote and hybrid learning environments
  • Meets weekly with the principal to develop school and teacher support plans.
  • Maintains accurate and consistent documentation of residencies, team meetings and PLCs.
  • Reviews a variety of student assessment data to ensure continuous improvement in measurable student performance and achievement. Assists teachers in disaggregating and analyzing district and state assessment data to help guide instructional decisions.
  • Uses assessment data to assist teachers and administrators with placement of students in appropriate instructional or intervention groups.
  • Plans and presents school-based and system-wide professional learning sessions for professional personnel. Provides follow-up by supporting and coaching teachers in the use of the presented strategies in their classrooms.
  • Helps improve instruction by engaging teachers in intensive professional development and promotion of a school-based professional learning community.
  • Maintains appropriate licensure and acknowledges that continued employment with the Hamilton County Department of Education is contingent upon providing required documentation to validate licensure in a timely manner.
  • Implements district, state, and federal policies, regulations, and laws.
  • Participates in faculty meetings, professional development, educational conferences and other activities that promote professional growth and student achievement.
  • Works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Attends work and arrives to work on time.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Adheres to the Teacher Code of Ethics as defined by Tennessee Law.
  • Encourages learning, growth and achievement and demonstrates life-long learning of best practices.
  • Establishes positive rapport with administration and staff.
  • Attends and participates in all required meetings.
  • Attends all summer professional learning sessions. Continues professional growth and strengthens professional teaching, knowledge, skills and strategies through an ongoing program of workshops, seminars, conferences and/or advance course work.
  • Must be able to work days past the regular school year (minimum 10 additional days for elementary and middle school coaches. Requirement for secondary coaches is dependent on funding).
  • Complies with accounting and financial policies and procedures involving the handling of money and property, as well as other Board policies.
  • Use computers and other technology to enter and access information related to essential job functions.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, typing documents, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.
  • May operate a motor vehicle to conduct various work activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree with certification as specified by state and federal standards for the teaching position held. Master's degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience required.
  • Experience in facilitating professional learning is preferred
  • Previous experience working with a district coach is preferred.

  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills to deal effectively with students, educators, parents, and community members.
  • Knowledgeable about formative and diagnostic assessments and research based instructional practices.
  • Deep understanding of best practices for teaching.

Salary is based on a combination of relevant education and experience.
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Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is hiring, supporting, and retaining outstanding top teaching talent. We are the fastest improved district in Tennessee and have a goal to become the best. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Why Join our Team?  

New Teacher Support: With our progressive three-year induction program for new teachers, you will have the following supports: 

  • New Teacher Academy 
  • First Year Mentor & Supportive Professional Development 
  • Whole-Teacher/Well-Teacher (wellness & mindfulness training) 

Leadership Opportunities: Grow your career with Hamilton County Schools, no matter your professional goals: 

  • Train to become a mentor teacher or professional development presenter
  • Obtain your National Board Certification and get a $4,000 salary increase 
  • Apply for leadership pipeline programs for instructional coaching or administration 
  • Be a part of innovative programs that are unique to Hamilton County like Teacherpreneur and STEM Fellows
  • Travel the world as a Fund for Teachers recipient

Experience all Chattanooga has to offer:

  • Chattanooga has a metro area of 500,000 people - not too big and not too small - and under two hours from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Birmingham
  • Award-winning city for outdoor activities, music, art and culture
  • 25 + local music, art, and food festivals every year

We are seeking teaching candidates who are:

  • Committed to high academic achievement and high expectations for all students
  • Able to be a positive team-player and communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, students, and families
  • Open to being coached and receiving feedback in order to advance learning and growth for students
  • Experienced in high-need or Title-I School settings. Experience with English Language Learners is a plus.
  • Professionals with high personal standards and integrity

Compensation & Total Rewards 

  • Competitive salary range commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes multiple health insurance options, vision, dental reimbursement, short and long-term disability, life insurance, on-site clinics, and a wellness program 
  • Childcare for Hamilton County teachers available in multiple schools 
  • Competitive retirement plans through Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, including a hybrid 401k and pension plan. In 2018, TCRS was ranked in the top four best funded State Pension plans by the Pew Charitable Trust. 

About Hamilton County Schools

 Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is the fastest improving district in the state of Tennessee. We believe in success for all students and are dedicated to helping all students succeed to their highest potential.  With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Who we serve: Hamilton County Schools serves over 42,000 students across our diverse county in urban, rural and suburban communities. Our families speak 125 languages and approximately 8.5% of our students are English language learners.

Our results: The state of Tennessee has recognized Hamilton County as an “Advancing” school district.

A few of our recent achievements include:

  • #2 out of 146 districts in the state of Tennessee for student growth and a Level 5 district for 2018-2019
  • 45 Level 5 schools and 32 reward schools
  • 16 Volkswagen E-Labs - the highest concentration of fabrication labs of any district in the US or abroad
  • Milken Award winning teacher; State Principal of the Year (2017)
  • 13 High Schools with over 18 Future Ready Institutes
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3074 Hickory Valley Road

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