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.
If you are interested in becoming an Impact Coach and helping our rural teaching principals, please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager Rebecca Brown.