School Culture and Climate Specialist
Umoja Student Development Corporation - Chicago, IL

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Job Description Umoja Student Development Corporation is looking for a dynamic individual who is passionate about changing the lives of young people and improving high school culture. The School Culture and Climate Specialist will be on the front lines, launching Umoja programming at new and existing high school partnerships and building proactive relationships with students, teachers, administrative staff, and other community organizations.

This position is a program developer, a facilitator of student groups and relationships, coordinator of program logistics and administration, and consultant to school staff and Administration around discipline, behavior and Restorative Justice systems. This position primarily works with students, teachers, and Administration to create and manage a schools Restorative Justice programming and provide consulting around the schools behavior and discipline systems. This position will: work directly with students to solve conflicts, discipline, and behavior situations with a student centered, restorative approach modeling these processes for school based staff; collaborate with teachers and Administrators to support schools in creating restorative climates for students, teachers, and staff; provide coaching and professional development to school staff around the integration of Restorative Justice into school practices; and serve as a thought partner for school Administration around creating effective and student centered behavior and discipline systems. This position requires passion and creativity with strong planning, organization, and facilitation skills. The School Culture and Climate Specialist must be firmly rooted in Restorative Justice values, passionate about working in a high school setting, and see him- or herself as an educator, counselor, community organizer, and entrepreneur to mobilize and inspire others around the common goal of improved student outcomes. Additionally, the School Culture and Climate Specialist must have a strong desire to work both directly with students as well as school staff. This position may work with multiple sites/schools and reports directly to Umojas Program Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Assist in creating and facilitating Restorative Justice interventions (e.g. Peace Circles) for students
  • Manage relationships with students involved in Umoja Restorative Justice interventions including intake and ongoing case management
  • Through coaching and modeling, support school based staff in building their capacity to implement Restorative Justice interventions
  • Work with Umojas Program Director to organize and support school staff and administration in coordinating strategic Restorative Justice, school discipline, and behavior initiatives and projects
  • Work with Umojas Program Director to provide technical assistance to schools around building systems and structures related to student discipline and Restorative Justice
  • Assist schools in the creation of Restorative Justice and discipline data tracking systems and data analysis
  • Engage and communicate with school stakeholders (parents, students, staff, etc.) regarding Restorative Justice interventions and initiatives
  • Assist in planning and coordinating field trips, retreats, conferences and trainings for students involved in related leadership programming
  • Assist in the development and documentation of Restorative Justice best practices
  • Assist Umojas Program Director in providing support to school partners around discipline, behavior, and Restorative Justice
  • Support the development and implementation of Restorative Justice Professional Development for adult stakeholders
  • Build relationships and collaborate with other youth development organizations and programs
  • Complete all organizational documentation and reporting requirements for services, activities, evaluation, and program expenses
  • Support the development of safe youth-centered spaces for all students and staff at partner schools
  • Facilitate student leadership, academic, and/or other student programming as determined by the Program Director

Qualifications Bachelors degree in the areas of Education, Social Work or Human Development; two to five years direct service with youth, teaching or related experience. Expertise in the areas of Restorative Justice, school discipline, and/or a high school setting preferred. This position requires strong relationship building skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people including students, parents, teachers, school administration and business and community partners. To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office applications. This position requires a valid drivers license, reliable automobile, insurance and good driving record.

Additional Information This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits; hours may exceed 40 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.