Data and Improvement Coach (UP-LIFT CA) (505295)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
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Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Data and Improvement Coach (UP-LIFT CA). The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


The salary range for this classification is $4,372 to $10,792 per month.


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Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Data and Improvement Coach (UP-LIFT CA) to use data for evidence-informed leadership and continuous improvement. Reporting to the Director of the EdQ Center and based in Sacramento, CA, the Educator Preparation Data and Improvement Coach position will work collaboratively with campus-based improvement teams in the CSU, school district partners, the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, and research partners.

The position is critical to the Center's mission and the overall strategic direction of the nation's largest educator preparation system.

UP-LIFT CA Partnership Grant

EdQ is serving as a partner in a systemwide initiative to improve the quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in California called Universities & Partners, Learning, Innovating, Fostering Equity, Transforming California ECE Degrees (UP-LIFTCA). The initiative is funded by a consortium of philanthropic organizations interested in closing opportunity gaps in early childhood.

UP-LIFT CA will be establishing a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) drawn from California State University educator preparation programs and early childhood partners at the state and local levels. The learning network will tackle three identified problems within early childhood teacher preparation:

1) The lack of a set of competency-based standards similar to those in other credential areas;

2) The lack of alignment between licensure requirements for ECE credentials and TK-12 credentials;

3) The inadequate preparation of ECE preparation to support English Language Learners (ELLs),who comprise approximately 60% of the state's early learners.

EdQ seeks a Data and Improvement Coach to take the lead role in launching and supporting the NIC. The Data and Improvement Coach will help design, guide, and facilitate improvement efforts within the network and scale ideas and learning to the broader community. EdQ is housed on the campus of Sacramento State University and will serve as the "hub" for this network.


This is a non-reoccurring grant-funded temporary position and thus is not eligible for permanency under Article 9 of the CSUEU collective bargaining agreement.

This position is based in Sacramento.


Under the general direction of the Director, CSU Center for Teacher Quality, the Data and Improvement Coach (UP-LIFT CA) will:

-Participate in the ongoing development, design, and implementation of improvement efforts across the UP-LIFT CA network;

-Serve as a liaison between EdQ and UP-LIFT CA partners;

-Work with network members (faculty, administrators, and organizational leaders) to identify high leverage problems whose solutions would significantly enhance deeper learning outcomes and improve the quality of preparation of early childhood educators;

-Model and promote a culture of improvement throughout the network by advocating transparency of goals/data, learning from failures, and testing before large-scale implementation;

-Design, coordinate, conduct, and facilitate convenings (both in-person and virtual) to generate shared ownership of the problem and build network members' improvement skills and will;

-Occasionally travel to CSU campuses throughout California to conduct trainings and build strong relationships with educator preparation faculty and staff;

-Serve as coach and support for network participants in developing the habits, routines, and mindsets of data use for continuous improvement;

-Identify data sources and systems to support the work;

-Identify, adapt, and apply appropriate tools from improvement science and other practitioner-oriented research methodologies (i.e. problem identification, root cause analysis, system mapping, implementation of change ideas, cycles of inquiry, rapid testing, and uses of diverse data sources) to support improvement efforts;

-Support organization members to develop and test change ideas, and identify next steps;

-Aggregate and synthesize what is learned through testing to share with other network members;

-Oversee project management aspects of improvement projects as assigned (e.g., data collection/sharing, resource sharing, communication within and across organizations, etc.);

-Collaborate with colleagues at EdQ who are serving similar roles to share learning and co-develop improvement community processes, structures, protocols, measures, and change ideas;

-Work with the EdQ team in the development and execution of a strategic plan for providing tools, resources, and coaching to support data inquiry;

-Develop and update, in paper, electronic, and web-based formats, promotional messages, announcements, fact sheets, user procedure manuals, and support materials to build the capacity of CSU educator preparation programs to use data for improvement;

-Utilize educator preparation program data maintained in the EdQ Center and serve as technical expert for the 23 CSU educator preparation providers and the CO on using this data to advance program improvement;

-Oversee assigned projects and activities for the purpose of ensuring availability of information and/or materials and delivering services in compliance with established guidelines and mandated requirements;

-Use the Educator Preparation Data System to strategically explore systemwide data and evidence of improvement;

-Contribute content to writing of research grant proposals, budget narratives, and research reports;

-Assist to ensure compliance of the Center's communication activities by working within standard CSU process, policies, and procedures.


This position requires:

-Advanced degree in education or social sciences from an accredited four year university or college preferred.

-2+ years' experience working in collaborative environment with teachers and/or faculty and administrators on the collection, analysis, and application of education data to improve teaching and learning.

-2+ years facilitating and supporting improvement processes in large education systems.

-Content expertise in Early Childhood Education practice, research, and/or policy.

-Strong project management skills and the ability to set priorities;

-Strong facilitation and presentation skills;

-Must be a team player and be able to work effectively where change and ambiguity are to be expected;

-Excellent verbal and written communications skills including attention to detail and ability to adapt communication style to suit different audiences;

-Proven ability to work with, engage, and motivate a diversity of stakeholders to reach a common aim;

-Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice;

-Competencies related to the facilitation of professional learning and/or coaching within an educational setting;

-Competencies in virtual meeting tools and techniques;

-Experience conveying complex data and technical concepts in a manner that is easily understood by non-technical consumers. Strong ability to adjust style to match the audience, especially when working with non-technical or time-starved resources;

-Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and continual improvement.

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience with grant writing and reporting.

-Experience in change management.

-Basic analytical skills, such as designing a data collection template and drafting a simple visualization.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by November 24, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

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This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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