Director of Restorative Practices

Uplift Education
Published
May 4, 2021
Location
3000 Pegasus Park Place, Dallas, Texas
Category
Job Type

Description

SUMMARY

The Director of Restorative Practices influences and drives the vision and direction of student-facing restorative discipline practices and processes for the Uplift Education network, and brings deep knowledge and technical expertise to this critical leadership role.  They will help promote positive scholar culture across all Uplift schools as it relates to the creation and implementation of processes related to scholar conduct and behavior management through a restoration-oriented lens.  This position will also help execute to Uplift’s thinking on culturally competent scholar discipline and restorative practices with an equity-based mindset, and lead projects such as centralized trainings for staff and leaders, while designing new systems of behavior management and maximizing organizational learning.  The Director of Restorative Practices will also directly manage relationships with key stakeholders such as campus and CMO leadership and community partners in alignment with the broader Well-Being Department and other Student Support Services initiatives.

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervises programs, projects, and strategy related to student-facing culture, including but not limited to Restorative Practices and Behavior Management
  • Manages related external partnerships and collaborates with internal team in program/project management and development
  • Directs vision for student-facing behavioral management experiences across Uplift Education, including strategic planning to support strong execution in International Baccalaureate schools and with a culturally informed, equity-based mindset
  • Accountable for establishing and then evaluating program outcomes as it pertains to scholar behavioral intervention and restorative practices
  • Supports implementation of Restorative Practices programming and other scholar behavior management functions across Uplift campuses by providing necessary tools, training, and regular cycle of observation and feedback
  • Develops and maintains formal student discipline and restorative practices documents, forms, and procedures, including the Scholar Code of Conduct, and incident investigation forms and processes.
  • In collaboration with the Talent Development team, plans, designs, and leads Restorative Practices and other scholar culture related professional development for leaders and teachers
  • Provides coaching support to campus leadership and other staff to improve student experiences and school climate and culture
  • Manages and evaluates external partnerships related to student behavioral management experiences and Restorative Practices, and develops additional opportunities for new organizational relationships
  • Seeks out and manages Restorative Practices-related grant opportunities
  • Collaborates with Student Support and Well-Being Team colleagues and other CMO leaders to ensure a consistent high-quality behavior management experience for all stakeholders
  • Administers, collects, and analyzes restorative practices and other scholar discipline related surveys and data
  • Acts as subject matter expert on restorative practices and other scholar discipline and behavior management issues, including articulating trends in research and best practices, networking with other experts, and sharing Uplift’s knowledge and practices with the broader community
  • Conducts formal evaluation of restorative practice and scholar discipline programs to understand the impact on scholar culture and academic outcomes and to determine appropriate adjustments

Other Responsibilities

  • Facilitates specific projects as determined by Uplift Leadership
  • Collaborates with peers, teachers, non-instructional staff, and administrators
  • Complies with all network and campus routines, board policies and federal and state laws
  • Demonstrates and models professional demeanor, resourcefulness, and effective communication strategies with diverse groups
  • Works independently without day-to-day supervision, maintaining regular and punctual attendance in the workplace.

 SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position supervises the Manager(s) of Restorative Practices.

 COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, competitive applicants should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrated belief in scholars and Uplift’s mission
  • Track record of driving results
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges and adaptability
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to influence and motivate others in adopting preferred instructional approaches
  • Strong organizational abilities and ability to meet deadlines and to share these skill sets with others
  • Desire to work relentlessly in pursuit of our mission
  • High expectations for students and families in low-income communities
  • Understanding and knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Working knowledge of content and methodology across grade levels
  • Capable of instructing, motivating, and managing teachers, coaches, and a team.
  • Exceptional organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong knowledge base in Social and Emotional Learning strategies and best practices.
  • Proven history of successful program development and management

 QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required, with concentration in a related field of study.  Applicants should have a minimum of five (5) years’ professional experience in a student service field.  Master’s Degree or higher in Education, Counseling, or Educational Administration preferred with specific experience in developing and leading behavior management, student discipline or restorative practice programs.

Deep content expertise in restorative practices, and/or student discipline and behavior management techniques, and related experience building and executing student support programs centrally; mastery in developing and leading related processes and systems, and in providing trainings to professional staff. Experience in establishing and managing external organizational partnerships and relationships.

 LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to read, analyze and apply common sense to understand and to carry out instructions in written or oral form. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel, students, and parents required.

 MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draws valid conclusions

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

 COMPUTER SKILLS

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be competent in Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn and use computer software as necessary.  Ability to use basic office equipment.

SAFETY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Every employee of the School has an obligation to know our safety rules and procedures; to teach what they know to others; to recognize unsafe actions and situations; to warn others of unsafe situations; to react to emergency situations and to report hazardous or unsafe practices to those in a position to correct them.

 PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Employee must be able to maintain emotional control under stress. Occasional prolonged and irregular hours will be necessary.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use stairs.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  The noise level is low to high and may have frequent interruptions.  There may be activity from other employees and students of a distracting nature.

 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Criminal records check, pre-hire and annually thereafter, if applicable.  Must be eligible to work in the United States and provide work authorization.

 MODIFICATION OF DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Uplift Education retains the right to change and/or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time.  This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee.

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