JobID 1933 : Middle School Literacy Coach (#1837447)

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Middle School Literacy Coach

The Helena Public Schools are accepting applications for a Middle School Literacy Coach position.  Teaching candidates are encouraged to make application with the school district by establishing a pre-employment file for these positions.   Position requires a Montana Teaching License with appropriate endorsement at the time of employment.  Current entry-level salary is $39,697 + depending upon education level and applicable experience.  The District provides a comprehensive benefit package which includes: retirement plan, sick and personal leave, tuition reimbursement, health insurance with dental and vision coverage, life insurance, long term disability insurance, long term care insurance, a section 125 plan and numerous tax sheltered annuities (403b's).

Required application materials include: completed district online application, letter of interest, resume and college transcripts.  These positions will remain open until filled.  Helena School District # 1 is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


District online application is available at:  
Helena Public SchoolsHuman Resources Office
55 South Rodney Street
Helena, Montana 59601
Phone: (406) 324-2012



Helena Public Schools
Position Description  
Position Title:  Instructional Literacy Coach
Department:    Elementary/ High School
Reports To:     Building Principal
Date:               Winter 2018
SUMMARY:  Develop, oversee and manage literacy operations of educational programs and services for the school.  Provide Instructional coaching to support planning, developing and implementation of functions related to curriculum, instruction and staff development within assigned buildings.  Collaborate with district admin, building admin, other instructional coaches and assigned consultant to plan and implement district literacy initiatives.
  • Build collegial relationships between coaches, teachers and principals.
  • Plan lessons with teachers based on the systematic study of student needs.
  • Facilitate teachers’ expertise with best instructional practice, specifically differentiation, standards, Understanding by Design, technology, Quadrant D and Common Core.
  • Reflect with teachers on lessons as they implement effective instructional practices.
  • Monitor instructional effectiveness and student progress using tools and strategies gained through teachers’ professional development.
  • Build and maintain confidential relationships with teachers. The conversations and interactions that the coach has with teachers must always remain confidential so that a high level of trust is created and maintained between the teacher and the coach. Exceptions to this include imminent physical or psychological danger to the students.
  • Meet with the school administration and leadership team on a regular basis to examine school data and assist in school-wide planning (including professional development).
  • Collaborate with other instructional coaches and buildings.

  • Research professional literature and field studies to identify best instructional practices to foster high achievement in reading and literacy development.
  • Develop and deliver professional development to staff on best practices in reading instruction and literacy development. Ensure a staff development program that addresses literacy curriculum needs.
  • Collaborate with building principals in the development and presentation of high quality reading instruction/literacy professional development.
  • Plan, manage and work cooperatively with the Helena Public Schools Curriculum Administrator, district administrators and building principals.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of instructional literacy programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Assist administration in coordinating, collecting and organizing building data.

  • Facilitate communication between admin and teachers to support the PLC process.

  • Model lessons and instructional strategies in classrooms that demonstrate new concepts or approaches to learning so teachers can learn by observing.
  • Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for teacher’s professional growth and student success.
  • Assist in the development of high, quality professional development.
  • Review PLC feedback forms weekly and respond appropriately in a timely manner.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Successful experience in curriculum design/implementation, instructional strategies, assessment, data analysis and high quality professional development.  Extensive knowledge of and ability to use technology to improve instruction, conduct assessments, maintain and manage data.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Montana teaching certificate.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:  Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in specific field.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community. Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication.  Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, stand and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision.  Frequently driving or the ability is performed while meeting the demands of this job.  Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints, interacting with the public and other workers.  Occasionally, the position requires the employee to work irregular or extended hours.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually very quiet.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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Helena Public Schools

55 South Rodney, Helena, MT 59601-5763
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$10,484 (USD)

State Average: $11,858 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 2%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 13.96

% IEP Students


State Average: 12%



State Average: 43