Sep 03, 2021

Impact Coach

  • Umoja Student Development Corporation
  • Chicagoland, USA
Full-Time Education/Training

Job Description

Job Status: Full time, Exempt

Salary Range: $45,000-$60,000

Organization Mission

UMOJA is a national social impact organization whose work focuses on adult capacity building as the primary vehicle for creating safe, inclusive and restorative spaces. Through coaching and facilitation, UMOJA operates with a targeted focus on building Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in adult partners to create safer and more supportive spaces for young people, leading to elementary, secondary, and post-secondary success and violence reduction. Our diverse and experienced team works to create these outcomes centered around our impact pillars: Relevance + Readiness, Culture + Climate, Leadership, and Change + Transition. For more information, please visit

Position Summary

Umoja’s Impact Coach facilitates professional learning with strategic partners to improve school and organizational cultures. The primary responsibility for the Impact Coach is to implement high-quality experiential professional learning workshops and on-the-ground coaching support for educators and staff working in and around schools. Umoja’s equity-centered services are often implemented in the context of a long term partnership which includes customized on-the-ground coaching and additional whole-school strategy and system-building support. As part of a highly collaborative team, the Impact Coach partners with colleagues on a daily basis to ensure that partners receive the most relevant and appropriate services to build their organizational and individual capacity.


The Impact Coach will serve partners primarily located in Chicago’s Far North Suburbs. Additionally, frequent travel to partner sites will be required throughout the Chicagoland Area, regionally, and/or nationally as the work expands. Additionally, we are committed to a long-term flexible, hybrid work model. Umoja’s West Loop office is where we gather for collaboration and culture-building, and available for deep focus work when needed.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Partner Support

  • Support ongoing relationships with a group of Umoja’s strategic partners by email, phone, and in-person
  • Serve as a facilitator for select strategic partners to ensure that deliverables outlined in partner contracts are met
  • Plan, prepare, and facilitate Umoja’s workshops, ensuring the highest engagement, quality, and impact
  • Consult/coach school partners--both individuals and teams--to help them create holistic SEL support strategies and build capacity to enact them
  • Track, monitor, and share progress toward partner deliverables and goals
  • Support the process of keeping high demand PDs current and relevant
  • Apply a Continuous Improvement Model to the development of professional learning including the incorporation of partner feedback
  • Explore, identify, and support the development of virtual learning opportunities for partners in collaboration with other Umoja team members


  • Participate in Umoja’s Community of Practice and offer support to build internal capacity for facilitation and coaching across teams
  • Actively and continuously cultivate new partners
  • Utilize coaching tracking tools to measure time spent on servicing partners
  • Stay current with research and practices to enhance professional learning offerings
  • Preserve organization by keeping proprietary information confidential
  • Perform other duties as needed

Hiring Organization

Umoja Student Development Corporation


Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to educational equity and restorative practices
  • 4+ years of work experience in Education, Social Work, or Youth Development
  • Strong relationship building skills with a diversity of stakeholders (youth and adults)
  • Engagement in a regular self-reflective practice that enhances one’s sensitivity to and understanding of others across lines of difference, as well as, one’s ability to nurture an inclusive environment
  • Extensive experience facilitating, training, and/or coaching adults individually and in groups
  • Strong understanding of adult learning and the needs of school-based staff
  • Ability to communicate in an effective and compelling manner both orally and in writing
  • Independent thinker and problem-solver, with strong ability to manage projects and time
  • The ability to travel regionally (approximately 80%) and nationally (approximately 10%) as needed. A valid driver’s license, reliable automobile, insurance and good driving record.
  • Proficiency in, or willingness to quickly learn, Google office (Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar), Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas of Education, Social Work, Youth Development, or a related field
  • Experience using Salesforce, or a similar relationship-based database system, to record and engage with data

Industry/Service Area

Community/Capacity Building, Education, Youth Development





Benefits of working at Umoja include:

  • Being part of a mission-focused team that is committed to social impact and caring for team members as whole humans
  • Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional development
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance
  • 30+ paid days off per year
  • Paid parental leave

For more about Umoja’s benefits, please visit:

Commitment to Equity

Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive team. By centering equity in our practice, we work to actively nurture a culture of inclusion where all Umoja team members are involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Candidates from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.

Application Instructions

How to Apply

Umoja is accepting applications for this position on a rolling basis and will be filling the position as and if openings become available. Send a cover letter and resume (MS Word or PDF format) to Please include the job title in the email subject line.

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