Coverage Specialist

  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

About KIPP Baltimore

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving elementary, middle and high school students.  Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students in Baltimore City.  KIPP Baltimore was founded in 2002 with the opening of KIPP Ujima Village Academy middle school.  In 2009, KIPP Harmony Academy was launched, and they now collectively serve more than 1,500 kindergarten through eighth grade students each day.  Both schools are operated by KIPP Baltimore, whose mission is together, with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

In addition to the high-quality academic opportunities that students receive while attending KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Village Academy, KIPP Baltimore also makes a long-term investment in our students both while they are at KIPP schools and beyond through the KIPP Forward program.  KIPP Forward supports and guides students to gain admission to college-preparatory high schools and helps them succeed and stay on the path to and through college and careers. Today, our KIPP Forward program serves more than 1,100 KIPP alumni. More than 90 percent of our alumni have graduated from high school within four years and 70 percent have matriculated to college.

KIPP Baltimore is part of the national Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities throughout the United States. KIPP is a network of more than 200 college- preparatory schools serving nearly 100,000 students.

Job Description


Coverage Specialist responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Provide Coverage for Teacher Absences to Maintain a Strong School Culture

  • Access coverage plans on Google Classrooms

  • When possible, meet with teachers prior to covering their class to review the agenda

  • Follow school wide expectations for management and behavior

  • First Five, Exit Routine

  • Silent Signals

  • Hall Passes

  • Consequence Charts

  • Referrals

  • Circles, when applicable

  • Deliver instruction, as outlined by teacher plans

  • Collect and save student work to return to the absent teacher

  • Communicate with parents when necessary, for positive and critical feedback

  • Support timely transitions by monitoring students in the hallways and walking classes to and from lunch/recess

  • Maintain the cleanliness and neatness of the classroom

  • Supervise students at all times

  • Supervise student use of Chromebooks to ensure students are on-task and handling class technology with care

  • Build relationships with students and staff

  • Serve in a long-term substitute capacity as needed


Develop as an instructional leader

  • On days when the Coverage Specialist is not covering:

  • Observe in classrooms

  • Attend planning meetings

  • Attend one-on-one (O3) meetings with coach

  • Plan with mentor teacher

  • The Leadership Team may ask for assistance in hallways, the cafeteria, or with special events


General Duties

  • Arrive at school by 7:25 and remain at school until 3:15

  • Attend all professional development sessions during summer and summer school beginning August 8

  • Attend grade team meetings

  • Attend coverage team meetings

  • Participate in arrival and dismissal duty



  • A passion for the mission of KIPP Baltimore

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Evidence of strong relationships with families

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Baltimore’s mission and growth

  • Professional demeanor, strong self-confidence

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive

  • Strong judgment and decision-maker

  • Exceptionally organized

  • High energy, empathetic, humble, good sense of humor

Additional Information

Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Statement of Non-Discrimination:  KIPP Baltimore is committed to the ideal of diversity in its student body and in its faculty and staff.  KIPP Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnicity. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.  

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