Portfolio Coach

Maryland, United States
01 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

Classified Title: Portfolio Coach 
​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD 
Starting Salary Range: $28 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Sunday through Saturday 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60002601-Teach for America 
Personnel area: School of Education

General Summary/Purpose:

Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education has created a Master of Science in Education degree for teachers in the alternate certification programs of TFA and TNTP. This program seeks to merge university learning with the real-time experience of teaching, with a focus on transformational teaching. We are seeking qualified applicants to serve as portfolio coaches.

Portfolio Overview

As the capstone of their graduate work, candidates build a digital portfolio. The digital portfolio serves as a demonstration of a candidate’s understanding of the Transformational Teaching Paradigm outcomes and the InTASC Standards that guide and influence teaching. Candidates enroll in a sequence of two online courses dedicated to the process of gathering artifacts and building a portfolio.

Note: This position is not benefits eligible

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

The full portfolio is built over two semesters and it includes the following:

Portfolio Development, Part 1: Teacher Growth

  • Framework (template design and context about the candidate and classroom)
  • Assessment (InTASC Standard 6)
  • Planning for Instruction (InTASC Standard 7)
  • Instructional Strategies (InTASC Standard 8)

Portfolio Development, Part 2: Student Growth

  • Transformational Teaching Paradigm Outcomes
    • Access
    • Habits and Mindsets
    • Advocacy
    • Dramatic Academic Growth

Time Commitment

  • You should expect to devote approximately 10 hours per week to the role.

Contract Dates:

  • Portfolio Coaches are assigned per semester, based on enrollment.

Job Description

Portfolio Coaches guide approximately 10 candidates through the building and refining of their digital portfolios. Coaches maintain regular contact with candidates and provide support. Coaches review drafts of the portfolio submitted by candidates and give critical feedback and guidance for revisions to bring interpretations and evidence into alignment with the portfolio rubric. Candidates have one coach for Part 1 and a different coach for Part 2.

At the end of the process, Coaches complete the final scoring for candidates in their coaching group as well as the candidates in a second coaching group. At the time of final scoring, each portfolio is assessed twice, by two different portfolio coaches, to ensure consistency and alignment to the portfolio rubric and expectations.

This graduate program is fully online. The portfolio course is hosted in Blackboard. With rare exceptions, all interactions are over email, phone, or virtual conferencing tools. This position will require a SIGNIFICANT degree of confidence with technology. There is an expectation for self-motivated familiarity with the associated online tools.

General Overview of Responsibilities:

Planning and Execution:

  • Coach approximately 10 candidates throughout the semester as they build half of the portfolio. Give specific guidance and support. Build relationships with the candidates in your coaching group. Provide timely, thorough, and thoughtful feedback on portfolio drafts, so that candidates know what revisions are necessary to demonstrate proficiency according to the portfolio rubric.
  • Complete scoring for the final portfolios submitted in your coaching group as well as another assigned set of candidates. At the time of final scoring, each portfolio is assessed twice, by two different portfolio coaches, to ensure consistency and alignment to the portfolio rubric and expectations.
  • Candidates are held to a tight submission schedule throughout the semester, and coaches are expected to meet similar standards of responsiveness in reviewing and returning feedback.
  • Coaches are expected to track and report daily hours worked throughout the duration of the contract.


  • Email/call/connect via online collaboration tools with candidates regularly.
  • Communicate regularly with the Lead Coach.
  • Expected response time to emails is no more than 48 hours.
  • Maintain a record of all communication with candidates.


  • Report to the Assistant Director of Strategy.
  • Receive support from the Lead Coach.
  • Professional Development.
  • Thoroughly acquaint yourself with the Portfolio Course in Blackboard, including all rubrics and course tools.
  • Thoroughly acquaint yourself with the Coaches’ Site in Blackboard, a separate Blackboard organization for the professional development and management of the coaching process. Regularly check in on the site for announcements and updates.
  • Participate actively in ongoing professional development, norming, and training sessions throughout the semester.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master's degree
  • Minimum 5 years working in education
  • Minimum 6 months of experience supporting students from a variety of backgrounds and with diverse academic interests and abilities
  • Minimum 6 months of professional experience in teacher preparation and development work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in student services, higher education administration or counseling.
  • Experience providing both career and academic advising.
  • Experience advising professional school students.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining professional networks.
  • Knowledge of Teach For America and/or TNTP programming.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to address the needs of students.
  • Strong organizational, written, oral, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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