Postsecondary Leadership Coach

Position: Postsecondary Leadership Coach, District Partnership Program (DPP)

Position Type: Internal/External 

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Start date: March 2023

Reports to: Managing Director of Secondary Partnerships – Program Implementation

Location: Required in Kentucky or a OneGoal Region: Chicago, IL (HQ); ,Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Boston, MA; New York City, NY; or Bay Area, CA

Salary Range: $104,000 – $110,000 is the hiring salary range (i.e. the range a candidate would be offered to start). Please note: OneGoal aligns salaries to Cost of Labor, so the actual salary offered would be dependent on the Cost of Labor in the candidate’s living location.

About OneGoal

A postsecondary education unlocks opportunities and economic mobility not only for students, but entire communities. Yet for millions of underserved students, it remains out of reach: only 22% of students in low-income communities earn a postsecondary degree compared to 67% of students from high-income communities. This is not for lack of ambition or talent, but for lack of opportunity and support. OneGoal’s model, honed over 15 years, delivers a culturally relevant experience that works: 82% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 73% of those persist one year after high school graduation. We are looking for individuals to join us in our pursuit of equity. 


District Partnership Program Team:

The District Partnership Program (DPP) team  exists to support OneGoal in creating a postsecondary solution for districts that is scalable, affordable on public dollars, and impactful. Partner districts will transform the postsecondary pathway experience for students across the district by building the capacity of multiple adults already in those districts who directly impact critical postsecondary outcomes, and by embedding postsecondary success programs/systems/tools into the fabric of K12 education. DPP is intentionally developing a model that reduces the costs of achieving impact and allows OneGoal to reach districts and students anywhere in the country, not just those in our existing regions.


To achieve this mission, our overarching goals are to: (1) improve student postsecondary outcomes in partner DPP districts, (2) reduce our reliance on philanthropy, over time, through larger investments of public dollars in the program, (3) support districts to institutionalize transformative and equitable systems that support student postsecondary success, and (4) hire, retain, and grow a highly talented DPP team that continuously innovates in support of our broader vision: to close the degree divide in America.


The Role

You are driven by a strong belief that all students deserve an equitable opportunity to achieve their greatest postsecondary aspirations


Together, we’ll achieve a system-level change that puts the majority of students in a district on a better trajectory towards their postsecondary aspirations. 


Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Leadership coaching for a portfolio of school and district leaders across the country  in order to ensure positive postsecondary outcomes at partner districts/schools (80%)
    • Strategic and intentional preparation and design of coaching + support cycle arc 
    • Facilitation of  whole group professional learning sessions to leaders
    • Implementation of regular coaching cycles with school and district leaders
    • Providing feedback on leadership practices and sharing best postsecondary  practices with school and district leaders 
    • Leveraging assessment and reflection on key metrics  to assess impact of these products/support
    • Empowering school and district leaders to lead postsecondary success efforts and confront issues of equity in postsecondary outcomes in their local context 


  • In partnership with your teammates, including the  Senior Director of Secondary Partnerships – Program Design + Strategy, codify OneGoal’s Postsecondary Leadership Series design by refining products for district and school leaders that build their capacity to lead postsecondary improvement (20%)
    • Continue to develop/expand our three pilot products/supports (postsecondary readiness rubric, postsecondary school improvement series, and postsecondary improvement leadership coaching) by adding to our programmatic infrastructure
    • Ensure products/supports build the capacity of leaders and systems and are aligned to adult learning principles
    • Collaborating with other OneGoal coaches  to develop OneGoal’s best practices in leadership development
    • Identify opportunities for integration with our core classroom model 
    • Outline measures of success and evaluation framework for OneGoal’s Postsecondary Leadership Series, in collaboration with colleagues 


The Postsecondary Leadership Coach  is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples, as they are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion, purpose, skills, and experiences.


You believe deeply in our Fellows and their ability to graduate from a postsecondary institution.

  • You believe that students in underserved communities face real systemic barriers to postsecondary completion, and that empowering their families, their teachers and themselves to own their unique path will help them to overcome those barriers.
  • You believe a user-centered design approach ensures that our program is responsive to students and educators AND leads to the greatest impact on postsecondary outcomes 


You are a champion of adult learning principles. 

  • You take a problem-centered approach to support adult learning
  • You develop multiple ways to have adults practice a new skill or concept in your professional learning and coaching sessions 
  • You narrowly focus your support around a discrete set of objectives because you know adults must master one concept before moving onto the next  
  • You recognize when to adjust your approach to meet the needs of different individuals. You know when to be directive and when to be facilitative in your coaching.


You build the capacity of others, through strong relationships. 

  • You are passionate about supporting the needs of school-based partners and pride yourself in developing the leadership of others 
  • You leverage a deep understanding of yourself and others to to build trusting relationships with colleagues and partners
  • You believe in empowering others where you can, as opposed to doing it all yourself
  • You coach others to think strategically about stakeholder engagement, distributed leadership, sustainability planning, and relational trust 
  • You have multiple strategies to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to lead improvement efforts


You see the system.

  • You recognize that without alignment and coherence, improvement initiatives often fail
  • You help leaders unpack various root causes that hinder or help postsecondary improvement strategies, to accelerate impact 
  • You apply continuous improvement principles to your own work and your work with system leaders
  • You understand the nuances and details of postsecondary structures and data necessary to yield system-wide positive change 
  • You examine a variety of different data sources across a system to triangulate  key themes


You are a learner. 

  • You identify ways to engage in rapid cycles of improvement (test-iterate) to learn what parts of our new products/supports are working well, and which of those need improvement through data-driven decisions. 
  • You strive to fix areas that are not working.  
  • You use  data (quantitative and qualitative) to make  short- and long-term improvements and to inform future analysis and learnings 
  • You seek out experts and colleagues in the school support organization/college access organization space to provide input and feedback
  • Your decisions are grounded in what is best for our Fellows and educators  in the short- and long-term


  • Lived experience of the Fellows we serve (Preferred)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • Master’s Degree in School/District Leadership or Administration (Preferred)
  • 5+ years of postsecondary leadership [administrator or lead counselor]  experience at the high-school level or in a district postsecondary/college and career department  (Required)
  • Knowledge of and experience with post-secondary systems and structures [eg. FASFAs, common application, etc.] (Required)
  • Experience coaching and developing school or district leaders (Required)
  • Strong project management skills (Required)
  • Ability to travel a few days every month  (approximately 20-30% of the time)


This position requires that the employee be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on or before the start date.  Consistent with applicable laws, OneGoal will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability (as defined by applicable law) or sincerely-held religious beliefs, provided that such accommodation would not result in an undue hardship on OneGoal. 


This position requires that the employee be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on or before the start date.  Consistent with applicable laws, OneGoal will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability (as defined by applicable law) or sincerely-held religious beliefs, provided that such accommodation would not result in an undue hardship on OneGoal. 


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Our Team 

Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 190 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?” You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.

The Tangible Good 

OneGoal offers competitive compensation based on the market for nonprofits our size. Our benefits package* includes: over eight weeks of paid time off (or 43 business days), between vacation days, wellness time, and holidays; paid medical or parental leaves should you have need; medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, and life insurance; as well as a 401(k) with a 3% match. 

We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, OneGoal does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the hiring process.

*OneGoal reserves the right to change benefits at anytime according to business need. 

If you require a reasonable accommodation to submit an application or to participate in the application or interview process, please reach out to our Human Assets Team to request an accommodation. Our Human Assets Team can be contacted at 773-321-2630 or


OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived sex, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, parenthood, genetic characteristic or information, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.