Student Support Specialist

Uplift Education
Published
October 1, 2020
Location
3000 Pegasus Park Drive,, Dallas, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

Position Title: Student Support Specialist Department: Student Support
Reports to: Manager of Restorative Practices Location: CMO
Days/Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday FLSA Status: Exempt

Mission Statement
Uplift's mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower each student to reach
their highest potential in college and the global marketplace and that inspire in students a life-long love of
learning, achievement, and service in order to positively change their world.
SUMMARY
The Student Support Specialist provides leadership and assistance to campus personnel and scholars
regarding student behavior management and Restorative Practices at their assigned Uplift Education
school. This role requires a deep content expertise in promoting positive student behaviors by leveraging
SEL-based intervention strategies such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to
Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Restorative Practices. The
Student Support Specialist provides direct behavioral intervention and case management for students
displaying challenging and complex behaviors in addition to consultation with campus staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Coordinates, develops, and maintains student behavior management programs and systems,
anchored in Restorative Practices, and SEL-based intervention programs, for assigned school.
• Manages the Student Support Team (SST) at assigned school through a Response to Intervention
model. This includes scheduling, facilitating and maintaining effective documentation at all meetings.
• In collaboration with Uplift’s Student Support Services team, assists with the development of MultiTiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) to provide effective behavioral interventions at assigned school.
• Serves as case manager for students facing significant behavioral challenges and coordinates care and
programming with other key stakeholders and staff, including parents, school leaders, counselors,
health services staff and other faculty.
• Serves as Restorative Practices champion for assigned school and facilitates restorative circles, student
mediations, and reflection time, while also coaching school staff on Restorative Techniques.
• Consults with school staff on designing and implementing behavioral intervention plans (BIPS) and
provides support on implementing these plans in the classroom environment.
• Hosts and facilitates Reflection Time (In School Suspension and/or Detention) anchored in a
restorative practices and social-emotional learning perspective, allowing students the opportunity to
repair harm they may have caused to the school culture, environment or relationships.
• Helps to facilitate positive re-entry meetings with scholars, family and school staff following
exclusionary discipline (OSS).
• Monitors the effectiveness of behavior intervention plans and makes modifications as necessary.
• Analyzes school discipline data and uses it to drive effective intervention strategies and Tiered
supports.
• Interprets and disseminates information from Uplift Education’s Central Management Office related
to State and Federal law, and Board Policy, as it pertains to student discipline and behavior
intervention.
• Provides support and presentations to assigned school and community with respect to issues related
to student behavior.
• Develops and implements programs and strategies designed to obtain higher levels of parental
satisfaction with discipline programs and greater parent access to related services and educational
experiences provided by Uplift Education.
• Consults with school leadership team on providing proactive student behavior management strategies
in accordance with the Uplift Education Code of Conduct.
• Attends ARD/IEP meetings for students with, or in need of, a behavior intervention plan when
requested.
Other Responsibilities
• Performs other duties as assigned
• Collaborates with peers, teachers, non-instructional staff and administrators
• Actively participates as a member of the school leadership team
• 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 has no supervisory responsibilities.
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
Bachelor’s degree required, concentration in a related field of study preferred, specifically education.
Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work or Educational Administration preferred. Required
professional experience includes a deep knowledge of behavior intervention in the school setting and a
belief in the effectiveness of restorative practices, SEL and evidence-based intervention techniques.
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
• Demonstrated experience, skills and knowledge in the design and execution of student support service
programs and partnerships
• Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
• Capability to contribute to the creation of a diverse and equitable workforce
• Ability to use data to develop and evaluate student support programs and services
• Ability to develop and execute presentations, trainings and new systems related to the role
• Knowledge of best practice student services protocols and familiarity with student services law

 

*Bilingual in English/Spanish is a strongly desired skill*

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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