Impact Coaches

Bringing your best to rural teaching principals.

Develop a rural principal's leadership.
  • Time commitment: 40 hours (approx) across workshops and one-on-one sessions

  • Runs February to November (approx)

  • Support a principal between workshops at your own pace, and take part in a one-day course at the end

Impact Coaches are a new role for Springboard volunteers, taking part in our Strategic Leadership for Rural Teaching Principals Programme (SLRTP).  

They work with an assigned school principal who performs multiple roles both in their school and in their close-knit wider community. The challenges these principals face are often very different from their metropolitan counterparts, and the Impact Coach role is designed with this in mind. 

What an Impact Coach does 

 Throughout SLRTP, Impact Coaches work with their principal in our blended learning environment, encompassing both in-person workshops and virtual sessions. These volunteers will:  

  • Support principals with the SLRTP course 

  • Listen to, empower and challenge principals with empathy

  • Help principals structure their thinking and build leadership capability and capacity

  • Ensure principals meet key milestones through the course

  • Provide support to their principal outside the block courses that Springboard presents  

This is a unique programme in New Zealand, with little to no other programming specifically working with – and for – rural teaching principals. It is a special opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in communities that need it the most.  

Who makes a great Impact Coach?  

Typically, our Impact Coaches are senior professionals with extensive leadership experience and who demonstrate the utmost empathy, willingness to listen and ability to challenge and support others. 

They take part in SLRTP for 12 months, attending in-person and online workshops through, while also connecting with their principal directly.  

Previous experience volunteering with Springboard is not required.  

To find out more about volunteering with Springboard Trust in 2021, please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager Rebecca Brown.

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