Position Overview:

The Literacy Coach is responsible for providing support to the Milnor, Richland, and Northern Cass School Districts for implementation of their Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant which will operate 2020-2025 supporting learners from birth to grade 12. The Literacy Coach is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the coach is to build teacher capacity and their understanding of instructional practices as it relates to the literacy goals identified in the CLSD grant. Instructional coaches will promote reflection, provide guidance and structure where needed, and focus on strengths, collaboration and common issues of concern. They are responsible for ensuring high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching and providing feedback to teachers. Further, they will work with local, regional and state agencies to understand, develop, and strengthen classroom instruction and program improvement for SEEC schools.

Significant Job Duties

75% Program Management: Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant Coaching

  • Responsible for supporting the implementation of the CLSD in Milnor, Richland, and Northern Cass School District
  • Work with Administrators from all three districts to understand the goals and priorities for grade spans.
  • Support the instructional development of all teachers in understanding the curriculum and varied assessments, and data analysis as it relates to the project
  • Build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and other coaches
  • Provide direction and coordination for how the curriculum is taught consistent with District initiatives and recognized best instructional practices using multiple strategies
  • Create an articulated schedule with building administration
  • Assist teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom instruction and planning, including new resources
  • Support teachers and administrators in using data to improve instruction on all levels
  • Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for a teacher’s professional growth and students’ success
  • Develop staff members’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through a variety of professional development targeted topics and designs
  • Develop coaching plans for teachers to ensure student improvement
  • Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional practice
  • Contribute to the development systems and structures to improve teacher practice within schools
  • Provide job-embedded professional learning beyond the coaching responsibility
  • Represent the SEEC at local, regional and statewide meetings related to CLSD and literacy events

10% Professional Learning and Continuous Improvement

  • Collaborate with Data Support Coordinator, collect and analyze training, professional development and program impact data.
  • Manage program data; assist individual schools in gathering evaluation data; and ensure accurate and meaningful data is being collected, reported and analyzed following grant requirements.

10% Sustain Long Term Viability and Growth

  • In conjunction with SEEC and Milnor, Northern Cass, and Richland School Districts, review the scope of the CLSD grant and implementation plans and assist with aligning that work with each district and agency’s goals.

5% Professional Development

  • Build and extend own knowledge through a variety of formal and informal developmental activities required by the CLSD grant including attending the Coaches Academy and the Literacy Academy. Additional professional development opportunities may be identified and required to fully implement the CLSD plan.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Position requires travel to Milnor, Northern Cass, Richland schools and SEEC office in Fargo multiple times per week. If not traveling, work location is TBD and will be set based on applicants and grade level/school district assignments.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines while maintaining professional demeanor.
  • Alternative schedules and overtime expectations are accommodated as requested or required to ensure smooth operations.

Essential Skills, Experience and Expertise:

  • Education: Bachelor of Education degree. Preferred Master's Degree
  • Experience: minimum of five years’ work experience in schools.
  • Requires excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills. Handles last minute pressure and keeps calm when getting competing requests from multiple sources.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability to create and nurture a professional community of adult learners.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Proven ability in using student-level data to guide instructional decisions including following FERPA guidelines about the responsible use of student-level data
  • Demonstrated Teacher Leadership
  • Strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise
  • Models continual improvement, demonstrates lifelong learning, and applies new learning to help all students achieve
  • Demonstrates evidence of professional growth, including leadership and participation in a wide range of significant professional development activities
  • Action oriented, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to service delivery.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Requires excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills. Able to effectively collaborate with diverse groups and develop high performing teams; yet smoothly manages individual and group conflicts. Handles last minute pressure and keeps calm when faced with competing demands and priorities.
  • Attention to Detail / Organization and Short/Long Range Planning: Excellent skills required.
  • Confidentially: Requires proper protection, handling, storage and disposal of confidential and personally identifiable information (PII).

Special Position Requirements

  • Travel: Some overnight travel required. Potential of up to 70% travel primarily within North Dakota.
  • Clothing: Professional attire that creates positive impression on staff, stakeholders, Board Members and funding or partner organizations.

    Apply online through SEEC

    Location: SEEC - Fargo
    Date Available: 08/03/2020

    Closing Date: Open until filled

    Reports to: Professional Learning Coordinator
    FLSA Status: Full- time; Exempt – Salaried (195-day contract, ten-month position).


  • Must have a four year degree and a recommendation from a school District Administrator.
  • *Teaching degree not required but must be certified according to the North Dakota Standards and Practices Board.
  • Sub pay is $126.00 per day plus lunch. Substitute Para
  • Para sub pay is $11.00 per hour

Substitute Kitchen Assistant
  • Kitchen Assistant sub pay is $11.00 per hour

Substitute Bus Driver
  • Sub Driver pay is $22.20 per hour
  • Could also include extra-curricular run/$14.00 per hour from the time you leave the school until you return.

Contact Dr. Cory Steiner 
Superintendent cory.steiner@northerncassschool.com