Restorative Practices Associate

Austin Independent School District Austin , TX 78719

Posted 2 months ago

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This position is grant funded. Continuation of the position is dependent on refunding of the grant.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Incumbent must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in education, social services, adult education, and community organizations. Experience with project management and coordination is preferred. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. Related work experience above the minimum requirement may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires good verbal and written communication and social skills, as well as, strong facilitation and active listening skills. Incumbent should possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to quickly form positive relationships with students and their caregivers. Incumbent must have a deep knowledge of the Austin ISD's student population and community wrap-around social services. Employees in this position must have their own transportation to make student home visits. Employees in this position must be able to read, write and speak/communicate in English in order to receive and to provide work-related information in a timely manner to other employees, supervisors, principals, school personnel, volunteers and when appropriate, visitors and students. Spanish/English bilingual is preferred.

JOB PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY:

This position is responsible for designing and offering a wide range of academic and holistic support services for the children and families to include developing a restorative center on campus, developing campus protocols for referrals to the restorative center and facilitating staff professional learning in culturally responsive restorative practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Mentor students in a caring culturally responsive restorative practices manner. Support the development of a whole school restorative environment.

  • Design and offer students a wide range of academic and holistic support services based on student needs and culturally responsive restorative practices processes.

  • Establish a collaborative working relationship with school administrators, faculty, parents/caregivers and community partners in order to implement student-centered culturally responsive restorative practices.

  • Operate from a restorative lens in all aspects of job-related functions and roles.

  • Communicate in a way that respects different cultures and backgrounds. Applicant understands their own cultural view and way of being and ultimately how that affects people from backgrounds different from their own.

  • Display social and emotional intelligence in interactions with students, caregivers, teachers, community members and school staff.

  • Use culturally responsive restorative practice principles, protocols and strategies to strengthen student relationships with the school and build community by encouraging a caring school climate.

  • Collaborate with Campus Leadership Response Team (LRT) to understand student connection to the campus, monitor attendance, grades and behavior and recommend improvement strategies.

  • Organize student activities to promote culturally responsive restorative practices and discipline. Attend LRT meetings and collect data, as required.

  • Visit student homes to build trust, connection and discuss progress with caregivers.

  • Assist caregivers with accessing community-based wrap around services.

  • Facilitate parent/caregiver support circles to hear and respond to needs.

  • Build student self-efficacy and self-advocacy by assisting students to identify their needs and develop courses of action to meet their needs and goals.

  • Use culturally responsive restorative practice principles to focus on harm done to people by misbehavior and conflict, not just rule breaking and creatively craft collaborative solutions that address the harm resulting from anti-social behavior in students and adults

  • Enhance self-responsibility by ensuring students understand the impact of their actions towards others along with an attempt to put things right when that impact is negative.

  • Attend ongoing professional learning to enhance skills to remain in compliance with the Austin ISD culturally responsive restorative practices model.

  • Provide professional learning, technical assistance and support to staff and students in facilitation of restorative conferences, restorative conversations, academic, peer and peacemaking circles, and community building circles.

  • Facilitate formal and informal professional learning on campus with teachers and staff to create and nurture a culturally responsive restorative whole school environment.

  • Collect and record data to comply with grant requirements for program evaluation and continuous improvement.

OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:

Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

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. Position requires sitting, standing, lifting and may require travel to campuses and student homes. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position.

PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:

This position reports directly to the Administrative Supervisor for Race and Equity. Incumbent will provide information and status reports and receive instruction and guidance. Incumbent will have regular contact with administrators, outside vendors, community partners and other Austin ISD staff.

This position is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

COMPENSATION:

Duty Days: 209

Pay Grade: CP4

Starting Salary: $27.52/Hr

Social Security

Teacher Retirement

Comprehensive Benefits Package

Employee Discount Program

Closing Date: Until Filled

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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Restorative Practices Associate

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