Behavioral Specialist

Date Posted: August 6, 2018

Student Discipline

  • Promote VOICE’s approach to behavior management and discipline Elementary-school wide, and ensure that expectations are set across all students
  • De-escalate students when they are upset or in crisis
  • Regularly circulate through classrooms and hallways in order to ensure a strong school culture, providing behavioral intervention when necessary for students
  • Maximize student instruction time by establishing and carrying out a process in which students who have been removed from class are successfully reintegrated into the classroom
  • Execute systems that support and maintain an effective school culture, including attendance, restoration room maintenance, consequences, and suspensions
  • Ensure the engagement and safety of students during non-academic times (lunch/recess, arrival, dismissal) through supporting the training of students and staff on procedures during non-academic times, and through the direct supervision of students
  • Review incident reports to ensure reports are completed and that parent communication was made, and determine follow-up actions
  • Collaborate with Classroom Assistants, Teachers, Social Workers, and Deans in prioritizing support for students with significant behavioral and emotional needs and to providing long-term support to students and their families, when necessary
  • Promote restorative practices for students who have social-emotional needs that are in line with our mission, vision, and values
  • Help monitor students identified as Tier 2 and Tier 3 as part of Behavioral Response to Intervention process
  • Develop relationships with all students, but especially those who exhibit social-emotional needs
  • Provide training for Classroom Assistants and Teachers regarding behavioral management strategies related to their work

Communication and Collaboration

  • Communicate Classroom Assistant progress and needs to supervising Dean
  • Serve as a helper in hiring of Classroom Assistants
  • Support positive school culture by attending VOICE social events
  • Communicate with families via phone or in-person, regarding updates related to student behavior, and follow up with families regarding incidents

Professionalism and Work Day Expectations

  • Fully participate in all administrative meetings, designated school functions such as overnight field trips outside of school hours, and opportunities for individual and school-wide professional development
  • Assist with the development and execution of school-wide changes to enhance the VOICE community

Position Qualifications:


Attitude and Focus

  • Unwavering commitment to VOICE mission, vision, and values
  • Models high standards of integrity, trust, openness, and respect for others
  • Demonstrates integrity by honoring commitments and promises
  • Operates and follows through on assigned tasks and projects under specific time constraints and by specified deadlines
  • Is productive and carries fair share of the workload; focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals
  • Seeks to understand and meet and/or exceed the needs and expectations of customers and clients; treats customers and clients with respect
  • Builds and maintains excellent positive relationships with and between team members
  • Recognizes the constructive value of and embraces feedback
  • Responds and adapts to developing challenges and obstacles when under pressure calmly and logically to develop working solutions in a timely manner
  • Identifies and seeks to resolve and prevent problems
  • Approaches new challenges as opportunities to improve skills and abilities, seeking advice and feedback to constantly improve
  • Seeks opportunities for personal and professional learning

Skills and Knowledge

  • Exercises discretion regarding sensitive personal and legal information
  • Effectively prioritizes tasks in order to meet deadlines
  • Responds to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances; provides accurate and timely service
  • Works effectively and cooperatively with others to achieve goals
  • Writes clearly and concisely; listens attentively to others and responds appropriately; takes into account the audience and nature of the information
  • Verbally articulates progress against tasks clearly and concisely; communicates ideas, suggestions and concerns as well as outcomes and progress throughout the course of a task or project
  • Regularly applies feedback and training outcomes to the work to grow continuously in and add value to the role
  • Ensures that all problems encountered are addressed at the appropriate level and communicates all relevant information on a timely basis with accuracy and completeness
  • Manages up and laterally by proactively providing supervisors and clients support and solutions to move work and projects forward
  • Delegates tasks clearly and concisely, holding others accountable to deadlines and outcomes
  • Identifies and seeks to resolve and prevent conflicts with team members
  • Monitors workloads and provides feedback
  • Deep understanding of accountable and restorative approaches to student support such as Love and Logic, and Ross Greene
    • Sensitivity around parent relations
    • Knowledge of behavioral approaches and methods for positively managing student behavior, supporting effective de-escalation
    • Child learning theory
    • Adult learning theory/best practices for Professional Development

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required; degree in Social Work or Counseling preferred
  • At least two years of full time experience supporting and supervising children required
  • Experience in Response to Intervention required
  • Experience working in an urban school setting preferred
  • Experience working in a school or therapeutic setting with groups of children preferred

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is competitive and based on experience.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental, as well as commuting perks, gym membership reimbursement opportunities, reimbursements on admission to museums and cultural events around the city, frequent access to baked goods, and many opportunities to get to know your VOICE colleagues!

How to Apply: Please submit an electronic application (including a VOICE-specific cover letter and resume) at

The application deadline is September 1st, the ideal start date is August 20

VOICE Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In its employment decisions, VOICE does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

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