After studying the impact of childhood trauma (known as adverse childhood experiences or ACEs) on learning and student behavior, the Public School Forum launched the NC Resilience & Learning Project in 2017 to implement whole-school and district-wide strategies to improve the academic performance and social-emotional well-being of students affected by trauma. The model includes school-wide educator training and ongoing coaching and technical assistance. The Project is expanding in the 2018-2019 school year and we are seeking an additional full-time Program Coordinator to be based in the Tarboro/Rocky Mount area to work directly with partner school districts in the surrounding area in eastern NC as they join a growing movement of educators creating trauma-sensitive schools.

This full-time position provides an incredible opportunity to become immersed in the interplay of trauma and learning and to actively contribute to the growth of a new and significant program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for this topic and for at-risk children and families, strong interpersonal skills, an understanding of schools and school culture, leadership skills to work independently in helping to run and expand a new project, and experience in public speaking and leading meetings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Ideal candidates will have an interest in working on systems change to promote the expansion of trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments that can improve educational and life outcomes for all students. Ideal candidates will be familiar with the study of ACEs and some of the work in the field.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
This Program Coordinator will work intensively with six partner schools across three school districts in eastern North Carolina. Candidates will ideally be located in the Tarboro/Rocky Mount or surrounding area and should be willing and able to commute to the other nearby districts on a weekly basis. The Coordinator will spend approximately one day every other week in each of the selected six partner schools conducting the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Build relationships and establish collaborative partnerships with school staff in selected Project implementation schools, as well as district leaders, funders, and other key community organizations.
  • Lead professional development activities and deliver trainings to school staff, district leaders, and other community partners on the topic of trauma and creating trauma-sensitive schools.
  • Serve as lead coach in Project partner schools: facilitate bi-weekly meetings with diverse school steering committees; provide intensive and ongoing coaching and technical assistance around creating trauma-sensitive environments; support school leaders in their readiness and action-planning process; and meet with grade-level teams for targeted discussion of real-world strategy implementation.
  • Assist with ongoing research around trauma-sensitive schools, working with Project team to stay up to date on other national models and the latest research in the field.
  • Assist Project staff with creating and updating training resources and materials for schools.
  • Assist Duke University evaluator with data collection and ongoing evaluation efforts including surveys, assessments, and classroom observations.
  • Generate reports and draft articles, narratives, and opinion pieces on the impact of the Project for media outlets and philanthropic partners.
  • Attend other community events and meetings related to adverse childhood experiences and impacts on children.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience with and commitment to the educational needs of at-risk children.
  • Passion for the topic of trauma and learning. The ideal candidate will possess some knowledge of the topic, including key research and major actors in the design and implementation of programs to create trauma-sensitive schools.
  • Previous experience with the culture of public schools in North Carolina with an understanding of the relationship and roles among all school staff.
  • Strong communication and relationship-building skills; ability to work well with diverse groups including teachers, parents, and students; school and district staff; partner organizations; media; and government officials, including legislators, agency staff, and local school board members.
  • Excellent organizational skills; self-starter; exceptional attention to detail.
  • Thrives in a team-driven, collaborative work environment.
  • Effective writing skills; ability to write well and produce written products that are accessible and beneficial to a variety of audiences.
  • Effective presentation and facilitation skills; ability to create clear and engaging presentations and deliver them effectively.
  • Ability to collaborate and work closely with external partners.
  • Computer, web, and social media proficiency.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy, education, social work, psychology, or other relevant field preferred.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth DeKonty, Project Director, at with the subject line “Program Coordinator – Eastern NC”  by June 25.

About the Public School Forum of NC:
For more than 30 years, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has worked to shape world-class public schools through research, policy work, programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. We are a nonprofit partnership of leaders from business, education, and government that makes significant contributions to K-12 public education in North Carolina.

In addition to research and analysis in the public policy arena, the Forum has created and run numerous programs, including the original NC Teaching Fellows Program, the Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN), the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), and the NC Institute for Educational Policymakers. In the Fall of 2016, the Forum launched a new weekly television program, Education Matters, which airs on WRAL-TV, FOX 50 and UNC-TV’s NC Channel.

This is a full-time position. The Public School Forum offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and a generous 401K retirement plan, personal leave policy, and term life insurance policy for employees. As a small non-profit the Public School Forum does not currently offer group health insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
It is the policy of the Public School Forum to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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