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Coach, Education Sector

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Washington D.C., DC, USA

Please note that the application deadline for this role is November 29.

The Management Center (TMC) is continuing to grow! We’ve been steadily expanding, and we are seeking an experienced educational equity leader to work with our clients (e.g. school leaders and other educational equity leaders who have managed senior level people in a school system or network of schools).  You will lead coaching engagements and serve as a teacher/coach/trainer/nudge/confidante/advisor/thought-partner to client executives, with the aim of helping them build their teams into high performing organizations that deliver great results.

Ideal candidates won’t be lifelong consultants or necessarily have any consulting experience at all.  Rather, we seek experienced managers who have produced results and who have a passion for teaching other leaders from diverse backgrounds how to do the same.

Who We Are

We view educational equity as much-needed social change, and our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations so they can deliver great results. Founded in 2006, we have helped shape the practices of hundreds of influential organizations and thousands of individual managers, focusing in particular on leading progressive organizations working for social change. Several years ago, we expanded our reach to include the educational equity sector.  This sector development is still in start-up mode as we build our support of superintendents, organizations advocating for more equitable educational policies, school leaders responsible for the children and adults in their buildings, among other leaders in the education space.  Our clients work on issues where they face an inherently uphill battle and so must fight more effectively if they are going to achieve their missions and do their best for children.  We aim to help them by making their organizations as effective as possible.

A great deal of our work involves direct coaching of clients, and we also offer publications and training to the broader field. Along the way, we have built a strong reputation:  on our most recent anonymous survey, 95% of clients said they “Strongly Agree” (the top choice on a 7-point scale) that they would recommend TMC to a friend.  Such positive word-of-mouth has created fairly explosive demand for our services that the new coach will help us meet.

Areas of Responsibility: 

What You’ll Do

Your job will be to instill the management practices that will help your educational equity clients build higher-performing organizations that deliver great results.  You will work with principals, superintendents, executive directors and their senior teams to help them define ambitious goals; manage for execution; implement rigorous “people practices,” including selecting and retaining a diverse team of the best talent and letting go of people who don’t meet a high bar; and build cultures that reinforce a high bar for performance, constant improvement, and values like equity and transparency.

At any given time, you will lead roughly four to six intensive client engagements and several other less intensive relationships.  Your work with clients might include:

  • Observing them in action, diagnosing their needs, and designing the scope of our work with them;
  • Delivering services to clients, including coaching senior executives one-on-one, designing new organization-wide systems, providing advice on challenges of the day, and conducting trainings for senior teams;
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for clients and developing strong working relationships with them;
  • In the friendliest way possible, nagging client leaders to make sure they are following-up on their commitments; and
  • Prioritizing across client needs to ensure we spend our energy wisely.

Beyond your work with clients, you will help build and grow TMC.  This means you will leverage your networks and cultivate strong relationships to identify additional educational equity leaders and organizations that could benefit from TMC’s services.  You also might develop new tools for all of our clients to use, identify better approaches for how we engage with clients, or help us come up with more effective ways to assess our progress.  You will also help shape the organization’s strategic direction, and serve as an external ambassador with key constituents.

You will report to one of our senior coaches, who will measure your success primarily by improvement in your clients’ practices, client satisfaction, revenue generated, and fit with our culture.


Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:

  1. Management instincts You will have a demonstrated track record of success in managing a high-performing organization, department, or team, and will therefore bring a deep understanding of what it takes to produce results, instincts for going beyond the “textbook” to get to solutions that will work, and an appreciation for the CEO perspective and what it’s like to be in a senior management role.
  2. Critical thinking skills You will need the smarts to quickly become “fluent” in your clients’ contexts, analyze situations to see beyond the surface of challenges, and effectively customize general practices to fit clients’ particular needs.
  3. Commitment to antiracism and experience in centering racial and gender equity and inclusion: You understand the impact of systemic and implicit biases related to race and gender identity that can play out in management practices, and you’re able to surface this with clients in a way that allows them to hear what is being said without compromising the clarity of the message.  You can proactively spot issues of equity and inclusion in the work and can bring practical solutions.  You can do this because you draw on personal experience combating white supremacy, racism, and other interconnecting systems of oppression, particularly in the workplace, such as through: managing racially diverse teams to great results, creating inclusive cultures where all members thrive, developing equitable processes and policies, and building strong relationships across lines of identity and power.
  4. Business development:  You are comfortable pitching TMC services to potential educational equity clients.  You can negotiate pricing and contracts for your coaching services, understanding how to navigate supporting high-priority clients who might need additional assistance.

We are more interested in these four qualities than in any particular type of experience. However, because you will need to be able to relate as a peer to school leaders and other senior leaders in the education sector, you will also presumably bring experience yourself having operated as a principal/building leader or managed senior level people in a school system or network of schools.  We know that there are other types of senior educational equity leaders who may not have run a school, but they could be successful in this role (e.g. Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Managing Directors of Program).  Please apply!

Finally, you need to fit well with our culture, which we like to think combines excellence with heart (and a keen sense of humor helps).


Our coaching roles are 100% remote and comes in two varieties – a more junior position (Vice President) and a more senior position (Partner), with the difference between the two being the executive experience you bring and the type of clients with whom you work.

Our most urgent current need, given our current client demand and staff makeup, is for a Partner-level coach based anywhere in the United States.

The full-time salary range for VP roles is between $91,800 to $128,520, and between $122,400 to $166,400 for Partners, with exact salary depending on experience and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range.

We also offer excellent benefits, including an additional 5% employer contribution to your retirement fund with no match required.

Additional Information: 

What Else You Should Know

This position is full-time and requires moderate travel 1 – 4 days per month (although we are NOT traveling right now).

We are an equal opportunity employer, are committed to racial equity and social justice, and we make a particular effort to recruit people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply for open positions. 

Organization Info

The Management Center

Washington D.C., DC, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations so they can deliver great results.


We want to see more social change in this country, and we know that producing it is hard. Disparities in money and power mean that social justice advocates need to fight not just as effectively as their opponents, but more effectively. That’s where The Management Center comes in: we help social justice leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations, so that they can get better results.

As the go-to resource on effective management for social change organizations, we’ve worked with more than 100 of the most influential progressive groups in the country and trained thousands of individual managers on the practices that help high-performing organizations deliver lasting results over time.

We offer both intensive hands-on coaching services for executive directors and their senior leadership teams, as well as a series of management training courses that supply practical advice and tools that managers can put to work immediately.

Since 2006, The Management Center has:

  • shaped the management practices of more than 10,000 individual leaders through our training program
  • helped more than 350 organizations get better results through stronger management
  • distributed more than 25,000 copies of our book Managing to Change the World
Why Work For Us?: 

5 Reasons to Work with The Management Center

1. By helping our clients, you’ll have an impact on the most important issues facing our country, like immigration, racial justice, health care, educational equity, and climate change.

2. Our clients are amazing people. You’ll work with leaders who go straight from talking with you to testifying on the Hill, leading a rally at the state capitol, or planning a new grassroots campaign with teams of organizers, and most days when you pick up the newspaper (or okay, read it online), you’ll see the results of their work.

3. Our team is awesome. You’ll be working with a group of smart, thoughtful, and genuinely nice people (at least we think we are!) who come from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds.

4. We’re committed to making our own organization one where people from all backgrounds – and in particular people with marginalized identities – thrive. While we have a lot of learning still to do, we’re working hard to incorporate equity and inclusion into all aspects of our work. That’s leading us to do things like proactively seeking to work with more groups led by and for people of color, supporting identity-based caucuses for our staff (we have people of color and indigenous people, LGBTQ, and white-identified allies caucuses), and making sure each person on our team continually hones their own cultural proficiency skills. More in the works here!

5. We try to practice what we preach: great management. You’ll have clear expectations, receive feedback (some of it even useful), get opportunities to grow and develop, and do it all in a culture that keeps the focus on real-world results and aspires to exhibit excellence with heart.

And a bonus reason… 6. We treat people well, from excellent salaries and benefits to flexible work arrangements to unusually good snacks.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 13 2020
Active Until: 
Dec 13 2020
Hiring Organization: 
The Management Center