36-24 12th Street
VOICE Charter School (http://www.voicecharterschool.org/) is an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens that serves about 650 students across grades K-8. We are located just minutes from Manhattan (two stops outside of Manhattan on the F, N, and W train lines) and Long Island City’s growing waterfront district, thriving arts community, and rapid residential growth. We are looking to identify extraordinary educators and administrators committed to urban education who wish to join a dynamic professional learning community.
Our mission is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community and the diverse society in which we live.
What makes VOICE different?
At VOICE, it’s not just about the music. It’s about the people. It’s about what you can be. It’s about using your passion. It’s about relationships. It’s about having the opportunity to choose. It’s about caring enough. It’s about each individual child and adult.
We believe in efficacy. At the core of our academic culture is the idea that all students are capable of doing well in any discipline. At VOICE, all students will learn – being smart is not something that you are, it is something you become. At VOICE, you will be pushed to become more.
We support and develop the effectiveness of our teachers. We believe that teachers need time to collaborate to build their practice, so we provide our team with over two hours of planning time a day as well as additional days for collaborative thought partnership and planning during the school year.
We promote participation in music and the arts. As music and art help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and open children's imaginations, all VOICE students participate in and learn from daily activities in the arts including rigorous choral training. We design our arts-integrated curriculum to bring joy and wonder to the lives of our children, providing them with the skills necessary to forge their own path.
All Staff at VOICE:
- Love and nurture all of our students as they become deeply caring and responsible individuals;
- Take personal responsibility and work collaboratively to ensure that all students achieve and grow, understanding that the performance and progress of our students is directly under our control;
- Ask questions and empower students to exercise curiosity and wonder about the world around them;
- Hold themselves to the highest standards;
- Push and support themselves, their students, and their colleagues;
- Proactively seek and incorporate feedback;
- Help each individual child gain the opportunity to choose what his or her future will be.
The Behavioral Specialist promotes a healthy and positive Elementary School culture by implementing VOICE’s approach to behavior management and discipline on a daily basis, exercising proactive strategies to support a strong student culture, supporting and developing VOICE staff around student culture, and establishing partnerships with families in order to best serve the development of VOICE students. S/he is responsible for addressing student behavior concerns and carrying out a positive strategy for Elementary school-wide discipline in a way that aligns with VOICE’s mission, vision, and values. The individual in the role would also be responsible for de-escalating Elementary School student behavior with a focus on prevention.
- 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
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 https://voicecharterschool.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
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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