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Literacy Instructional Coach



Port Elizabeth


Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu’s programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services, ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed in the world of higher education and employment.

Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa’s most vulnerable children with what all children deserve—everything, every day.

Position Overview:

The Literacy Instructional Coach will provide instructional support and coaching to teachers as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential. The Literacy Instructional Coach’s primary role is to work with teachers to support best practices in using data, provide analysis of school-wide trends in instruction, and make recommendations about potential next steps to address areas of need. As an advisor to teachers and the leadership team, the Literacy Instructional Coach is responsible for four main areas:

  1. observing instructional delivery and providing feedback to enhance and support the development of each teacher’s content area
  2. supporting teachers in the design of units and lessons for the development of their year-long curriculum,
  3. analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment to meet students’ needs, and
  4. working with the academic staff (grade level chairs, assistant principals, principals) in the school to support sharing of best practices.

The Literacy Instructional Coach must take a hands-on approach to improving instruction and effectiveness by working at various levels (classroom-, school-, system-wide) to directly improve instruction, student learning and foster teacher development. This may include modeling lessons in classrooms, helping teacher groups plan instruction, creating system-wide policies and procedures, and facilitating professional development.

The Ubuntu School is looking for someone who models flexibility, passion, and commitment to supporting and building others. This person needs to have a deep understanding and commitment to progressive education and be able to dive into a new curriculum that they may be unfamiliar with. This person will encourage reflection, provide guidance and structure, and focus on teacher strengths and accountability.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Work closely with the teachers and administrators to strategically create and implement a plan to increase student achievement.
  • Work collaboratively with the school personnel to advise directors and teachers on developing instructional strategies and intervention programs for struggling students.
  • Work with various teams (administrators, teachers) to facilitate analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments. Help teacher teams develop both school-wide and classroom intervention plans.
  • Work with teachers to refine and develop common standards based pacing plans, mid-year, and end of year common assessments for each grade level.
  • Continuously monitor, track and analyze student achievement data in order to identify needed supports and strategies.
  • Assist teachers in understanding Ubuntu’s mission, core values and progressive education
  • Assist teachers with understanding and sourcing resources for classroom instruction and planning
  • Assist teachers with planning and pacing of lessons, the development of differentiated lessons, and the selection of best practices to meet the needs of their students.
  • Assist teachers in learning new teaching practices and dynamic models that involve experiential investigative and inquiry based learning
  • Teach/model lessons in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis, teaching lessons side-by-side with teachers
  • Work closely with school principal to organize professional development plans/sessions, orientations and training programs for staff
  • Observe teachers’ lessons and provide feedback for professional growth and students’ success
  • Conduct professional development on targeted topics to improve staff understanding of teaching strategies, progressive education and other needs of students
  • Design systems, structures and coaching plans to improve student performance and teaching strategies
  • Implement other approved instructional coaching strategies
  • Work to create an effective learning community and demonstrate progress through weekly coaching documentation

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of Ubuntu Pathways and the Ubuntu School
  • Demonstrated ability to work with young children and families from diverse racial/cultural populations
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years teaching experiences in a Pre-K to Grade 5 school setting
  • Knowledge of and experience with student-centered curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as progressive education
  • A deep understanding of theories of literacy, including the diagnostic teaching of reading and reading intervention
  • Significant experience with literacy curriculum development and daily lesson planning
  • Experience in analyzing data and using results to modify curricula
  • Experience working with adult learners, coaching teachers, and delivering professional development.
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
  • Excellent judgment, growth mindset, communication, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive working style
  • Multi-faceted, multi-skilled, and resourceful outlook – demonstrated willingness to do whatever it takes to help our students reach a level of academic excellence
  • Ability to model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent and understanding
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the Ubuntu School mission and willingness to serve the Ubuntu School community
  • Understanding of challenges and opportunities in a start-up school environment
  • Completion of a background check
  • Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership preferred, but not required
  • Reading Specialist certificate or credential also a plus


Salary commensurate with skills and experience. Additional benefits such as medical aid, provident fund, funeral cover, life cover, additional annual leave days and study leave days are also offered.

Application Information & Method:

  • Send your CV via Email to:
  • Please do not contact or forward your application directly to Ubuntu Pathways. Make use of the above contact information.
  • Make sure that your save your CV under your name AND surname.
  • Make sure that you type the name of the job/position that you are applying for the “subject” section of your email.
  • Please include an active and current e-mail address which can be used for communication purposes and which you are happy to receive e-mail information on regarding your application.

Late applications will not be considered.

If you are not contacted within thirty (30) days after closing date, you should consider your application to have been unsuccessful.

Please indicate on your CV whether you have a criminal record, were found guilty of misconduct or have pending criminal or misconduct chargers.

Applicants may be subjected to any of the following: a security and credit clearance check, a competency assessment, signing a performance contract on appointment and signing an employment contract on appointment.

Please ensure that your CV includes the following information:

  • Notice Period at current place of work.
  • Salary expectation – per month, basic without benefits.
  • Please indicate two referees. Requirements for referees:
    • must have acted as a supervisor/manager
    • must give permission to act as referee and thus be contacted

Closing Date : Friday 6th November 2020.

Closing Date
Zwide, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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