2013-14 Behavior Specialist
Achievement First - Providence, RI

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Overview:
Start Date: July 2013

About Achievement First:
Achievement First is a non-profit charter school management organization that is creating a network of achievement-gap-closing public schools in New York, Connecticut and other high-need areas in the Northeast. Achievement First currently operates 22 schools in Brooklyn, NY, and New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, CT (and will expand to Rhode Island in 2013). Over the next five years, Achievement First plans to open 10-15 additional schools, spanning the full K-12 spectrum and creating college-prep opportunities for more than 12,000 urban students. Beyond our students and schools, Achievement First is an engaged and prominent partner in the larger conversation about how to improve public education and student achievement in our country. For more information about the Achievement First mission, model, our schools and team, please visit our website at www.achievementfirst.org .

Working at Achievement First:
Achievement First invites passionate educators to apply for the position of behavior specialist for the 2013-2014 school year. Working at Achievement First is an ideal position for an educator with deep passion for instruction who is eager to gain rigorous development to help perfect his/her craft. In addition to participating in weekly professional development and team planning meetings, staff receive consistent high-impact coaching and feedback from a school administrator or teacher-leader. We believe that every child has the ability to succeed and attend college. Our students work extremely hard and are held to very high expectations regarding both their academic achievement and character development. Students are expected to operate in accordance with our REACH Values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship, and Hard Work) both in and outside of school. The Achievement First community is a Team & Family and teachers, school leaders and support staff work together closely to ensure the academic success and character development of not only the students in their classroom, but all students in their school. We invest in each of our staff members with the understanding that they alone have the power to achieve our mission of providing all students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in a competitive world.

The behavior specialist is a full-time position responsible for creating behavior systems, protocols and consequences in conjunction with the dean of school culture and the principal. He or she will develop a strong rapport with students and maintain behavior systems created to support students struggling with behavior. In addition, the behavior specialist will provide critical support to teachers and administrators during breakfast, lunch and dismissal.

Responsibilities of Achievement First School Behavior Specialists Include But Are Not Limited to:

  • Develop and maintain a behavior system that supports students who have been temporarily removed from their classes due to poor behavior, following protocols established by the school’s leadership team (e.g., bringing students to a quiet room or space and monitoring student as he/she works; calling the parent; documenting the behavior; removing and escorting student back to class, etc)
  • Create and maintain growth plans and tracking charts for individual students who need special attention, in partnership with the principal
  • Build rapport with students who need behavioral support, checking in with students daily and writing notes to parents providing them with updates
  • Provide administrative support at critical times of the day, such as breakfast, lunch and dismissal.
  • Attend all professional development sessions and staff meetings
  • Assist dean of school culture with related work as required
  • Invest parents and families in their children’s academic success through regular communication of success and challenges
  • Reflect on successes and areas of growth around all areas of teaching; seek to improve performance; receive feedback eagerly
  • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure a rigorous, joyful, and safe environment
  • Assume responsibility for every single scholar’s success by holding all students accountable during transitions, meals, trips, etc
Skills and Characteristics
Strong instructional and classroom management skills
Unyielding commitment to students, self and school’s constant learning and development
Relentlessness - doing whatever it takes to ensure success
Team player
Excellent communication skills
Highly organized
Belief in Achievement First’s mission, educational model, REACH and Core Values
Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude

Educational Background and Work Experience
College degree required
Experience working with children or adolescents
A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
Compensation
Salary for this position is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Achievement First at http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/.

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