Public Education Foundation

Public Education Foundation Chattanooga seeks to hire a full-time residency coach to join its Project Inspire teacher residency team. The work of this team centers around developing program participants as a “different kind of teacher,” one who is able to thrive in the challenging circumstances currently concentrated within marginalized schools and communities. The residency coach, along with other team members, shares responsibility for the growth and development of Project Inspire residents, as they complete key milestones on the path to teacher certification.

About us:

PEF Chattanooga launches and operates programs, like Project Inspire, that are designed to increase the success of all students in Chattanooga, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized. Since 2010, Project Inspire has recruited and trained more than 200 talented college graduates and career-changers as licensed K-12 teachers in the areas of greatest need within our community. Our team is passionate about facilitating adult learning and doing the work that is needed to help the district accomplish its intentions for a more equitable public school system. The Project Inspire team maintains ongoing, close, collaborative partnerships with the key organizations needed to implement the teacher residency model effectively– school districts (Hamilton County Schools, Charter organizations), institutes of higher education (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), and the network of residencies across the United States who are affiliated with the National Center for Teacher Residencies. Successful Project Inspire graduates earn a Master’s degree within the first two years of the program, and all program graduates commit to teaching for at least four years in our partner schools.

About the position:

Project Inspire maintains a promise to host school principals that its graduates will be ready from day one–ready to be fierce advocates for equity, ready to demonstrate the deep belief that all students can thrive when given the chance, and ready to promote a more inclusive culture within the school. In order to achieve this goal, the residency coach must work closely with host teachers, called clinical instructors, to cultivate a culture of growth and coaching at host residency sites. The residency coach must also provide ongoing support to program alumni as they enter the profession–through strategic connections with host schools. Most importantly, the residency coach will focus on coaching clinical instructors, residents, and graduates in real-time contexts with students, so that we can consistently keep the equity of student voice and rigor of student engagement at the center of our learning. We are proud that four of the most recent Hamilton County Teachers of the Year are Project Inspire graduates and most have exceeded their years of commitment.

About you:

You understand that diversity is strength, and you know how to effectively navigate, communicate, and organize within diverse communities. You are committed to bold ideas that will promote a more inclusive and effective organization.


❖ Coaching clinical instructors and residents (50%)

❖ Curriculum development and implementation (20%) ➢ Project Inspire seminars ➢ UTK coursework

❖ Administrative support (10%) ➢ Data collection and reporting ➢ Internal program tools and processes

❖ Alumni engagement (10%)

Desired Qualifications:

❖ Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience

❖ Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)

❖ Fluency with Google Drive, Slack, and/or other collaborative digital tools

❖ Experience leading professional learning for adults/educators

❖ Documented self-study around issues of identify, belonging, and justice

❖ Demonstrated belief in ALL learners

❖ Experience with the teacher residency model


❖ Salary range: $50,000-$60,000 annually

❖ Retirement: After one full year of employment, PEF will contribute an amount equal to 7.5% of the employee’s salary to a managed retirement account (currently with American Funds). The employee may begin to contribute to that account immediately upon employment with PEF.

❖ Health Insurance: individual and family options available.

❖ Working with a dynamic, small but mighty team who is also passionate about equity, social justice, and belief in public education.

Please send your resume to Joni Martin at Public Education Foundation at [email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to jmartin@pefchattanooga.org