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Performance Coach Program Director, Breakthrough Results



DMGroup’s headquarters are in Boston, MA. A remote working arrangement can be supported for this role with monthly to quarterly travel to Boston, MA.



District Management Group (DMGroup) helps school district leaders combine the most effective educational best practices with proven management techniques to bring about measurable, sustainable improvements in student outcomes. In order to achieve lasting improvement for students, we believe district and school leaders must not only be great educators but must also be great leaders and managers. DMGroup seeks to provide leaders with the best management practices, tools, and support to solve their biggest challenges. Our unwavering focus is on achieving three objectives simultaneously – making things better for students, better for staff, and better for your budget – so that improvements will be sustainable over time.

DMGroup leverages management principles and education best practices to help public school and district leaders effect system-level changes that raise student achievement and improve performance. Since our founding in 2004, we’ve partnered with hundreds of school districts across the country, of all sizes and demographics, to bring about transformational, systems-level improvements that have lasting impact for students.

DMGroup is based in Boston with more than 30 employees and is experiencing rapid growth. Today, DMGroup member school districts serve more than 3.5 million students across 29 states. To learn more about DMGroup, please visit



The Breakthrough Results (BTR) Approach helps district partners to achieve and sustain new levels of performance in their schools by focusing on an iterative cycle of change allowing districts to see results in short windows of time (e.g., 8-10 weeks). BTR empowers teachers, school leaders and district staff to create measurable performance goals tied to key organizational challenges like attendance, instruction, operations, etc. This rapid cycle of learning through doing coupled with the autonomy and empowerment provided by the sponsoring district-level senior leadership team allows the Breakthrough teams to cut through red tape to see results -fast

Each team is tasked with taking on a specific challenge to improve their school’s performance in an area that directly aligns with a districtwide strategic priority. Teams collaborate to build a SMART goal, innovate and test ideas, and attack their specific challenges with urgency and focus. They continuously measure their results, pivoting when necessary to achieve their goals within the short challenge period. Throughout the process, DMGroup provides the project and data management infrastructure and performance coaches that support teams by helping them with just-in-time professional development and coaching.



Breakthrough Results is scaling rapidly, and our Performance Coach community is the key component to our ability to effectively meet the increased demand for our Program. With this in mind, the Performance Coach Program Director will work with our partners to facilitate Performance Coach sourcing and recruiting needs. You’ll develop practices and processes to optimize the Performance Coach experience, build and execute trainings and tools, and implement systems to effectively communicate with the network of coaches. You’ll also develop and support learning and development opportunities for Performance Coaches. Your main objective is to provide internal support and resources for Performance Coaches to ensure the continued success of Breakthrough Results both now and in the future.


    • You are knowledgeable in the Performance Coach mindsets and behaviors. You understand how to coach people to become leaders, regardless of the context of the situation. You are skilled in asking probing questions to identify and isolate root causes, and encouraging the development of solutions and action plans to address them. You know how to lead without overpowering, and how to observe and coach others to do so as well.
    • You are an experienced project manager. You have a proven track record of managing a high volume of complex projects in changing environments and love getting a project from the start line to the finish line. You are comfortable breaking complex problems down into bite-sized deliverables, you communicate these complex ideas effectively to diverse and varied audiences, and you are proactive about identifying and addressing problems early.
    • You are a skilled relationship manager. You are highly responsive and organized in your approach to managing relationships, with experience keeping internal and external stakeholders informed and in alignment. You know how to keep up momentum in the face of ambiguity and are comfortable navigating the politics and demands of collaborative, coalition-type work. You build strong relationships that enable you to influence others towards outcomes, even though you may not have positional authority over them.
    • You are a self-starter and get stuff done. Whether it’s on your own or through others, your experience, transparency, and organization allow you to get the nuts and bolts in place in record time, always with support and input from the rest of the organization. You are able to work independently with some guidance from your manager.
    • You have an analytical mind and love solving problems. Problem-solving is the name of your game. You possess the curiosity and force of intellect to take complex problems, conduct rigorous analyses, and present solutions in simple and concise terms. You derive joy from brainstorming with teammates.
    • You have a passion for service. You have an infectious sense of possibility for what is possible in Public Education. You care deeply about improving our nations’ schools on behalf of students and families.
    • A part of the whole. You care about more than just getting your projects complete. You will always be contributing learnings to the team so we can make constant updates to our process. Continuous improvements is a mantra of yours.


The ideal candidate should have/be able to:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Masters degree preferred
  • Extensive experience in performance coaching
  • Strong communication skills within and between layers of organizations
  • Take an equity lens in both philosophy and approach
  • Expertise in adult learning
  • Experience with oversight of a large team
  • Flexible and adaptable


  • Background in K-12 Education (classroom and/or administrative)
  • Strong program management experience
  • 5+ years management experience


At District Management Group, we are committed to intentional discussion and experiences around race, inclusion, diversity, and equity. We believe our work in public education has the potential for transformational impact. In order to reach the impact, we envision, we know that we must continue to reflect on our own privilege and role in perpetuating inequity in order to take action towards a world where all students can thrive. To learn more about our company commitments, please visit this link.

DMGroup is committed to building a truly diverse and inclusive organization, and to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. DMGroup does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.



Interested in this role? Please email with your resume and cover letter.