Request for Consultants

Career Coach Consultant

For the past 25 years, ExpandED Schools has been dedicated to developing age-appropriate programs that empower young individuals to affirm their identities, cultivate relationship and decision-making skills, and explore various career pathways as they shape their futures. As part of our mission, ExpandED is committed to increasing access to the educator career pipeline and expediting the progress of aspiring educators into the classroom, particularly for those who encounter systemic barriers.

ExpandED seeks consultants to offer services in educator career development coaching. Consultant coaches will help our participants navigate barriers to education careers and plan their next steps toward pursuing a teaching career. Consultant coaches will be responsible for providing one-on-one coaching and guidance to tutors, afterschool professionals and education students who would like to become certified teachers. This will include providing support and advice on a variety of topics such as interviewing, resume writing, application essays, alternative and traditional certification requirements, and networking.

Coach consultants will be contracted with ExpandED Schools, Inc. through the Program Director, Educator Career Pathways. Consultants may be organizations or individuals. Consultants will be paid based on coaching hours reported in monthly invoices provided by the consultant.

Consultant Scope of Work

We strive to create a collaborative work environment where every team member is valued, supported and challenged to do their best work. When working within our team and on behalf of the communities we serve, we are driven by our core values:

  • Schedule and provide one-hour virtual coaching consultations for up to 30 aspiring educators who are currently working as tutors or afterschool educators and/or are enrolled in education degree programs.  Each aspiring educator may sign up for up to 3 coaching sessions.
  • Assess participant skill sets, interested, values, and motivations in order to counsel them on career decisions, including setting goals and creating action plans to reach those goals
  • Establish relationships with each client as an empathetic, active listener
  • Report session information and status updates using tools provided by ExpandED
  • Develop individualized plans that meet each participant’s needs, goals, and objectives


Consultants should identify coaches with the following qualifications:

  • Excellent speaking, writing, and facilitation skills with diverse audiences
  • Excellent organization skills, including attention to detail
  • Expertise about pathways to teacher certification in New York, including requirements and opportunities for alternative and traditional certification.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and comfort with complexity and change
  • Creative thinking, strong interpersonal skills, the desire to work collaboratively, and a sense of humor
  • Passionate about helping people reach their full potential. Awareness of barriers to education careers today’s students face.
  • Deep commitment to and passion for educational equity, specifically for creating career pathways for aspiring teachers of color in order to diversify the K-12.

Required Education and Experience

Consultants should identify coaches with the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, such as education (teaching, school leadership), sociology, psychology, or business administration
  • At least 3 years’ experience coaching clients or outplacement counseling or similar role
  • Proven success in helping clients identify their strengths, values, and goals
  • Knowledge of youth development and related best practices. Familiarity with curricular and pedagogical expectations for NYC K-12 classroom teachers.
  • Experience working in both the afterschool sector and the traditional school-day classroom setting preferred.
  • Certification from a recognized coaching organization, such as World Coach Institute, International Coaching Federation, Career Coach Certification Program, NCDA Certified Career Counseling and others

To Apply

Please submit a detailed proposal to Dana M. Wheeler at [email protected] by February 16, 2024. Proposals should include:

  • Resumes of identified coaches that describe relevant experience
  • Number of hours of monthly availability in winter and spring 2024.
  • Hourly rate
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Feel free to reach out to Dana M. Wheeler at [email protected] with any questions about the project or selection process.