Behavioral Interventionist

  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

About KIPP Baltimore

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving elementary, middle and high school students.  Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students in Baltimore City.  KIPP Baltimore was founded in 2002 with the opening of KIPP Ujima Village Academy middle school.  In 2009, KIPP Harmony Academy was launched, and they now collectively serve more than 1,500 kindergarten through eighth grade students each day.  Both schools are operated by KIPP Baltimore, whose mission is together, with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

In addition to the high-quality academic opportunities that students receive while attending KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Village Academy, KIPP Baltimore also makes a long-term investment in our students both while they are at KIPP schools and beyond through the KIPP Forward program.  KIPP Forward supports and guides students to gain admission to college-preparatory high schools and helps them succeed and stay on the path to and through college and careers. Today, our KIPP Forward program serves more than 1,100 KIPP alumni. More than 90 percent of our alumni have graduated from high school within four years and 70 percent have matriculated to college.

KIPP Baltimore is part of the national Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities throughout the United States. KIPP is a network of more than 200 college- preparatory schools serving nearly 100,000 students.

Job Description

ROLE OVERVIEW:

At KIPP Ujima Academy, the Behavior Interventionist will support school culture by providing preventative and responsive interventions to our highest need students and their families to ensure improved academic and character outcomes. The Behavior Interventionist will partner with the school leaders and classroom teachers to support a trauma-informed school community.   The Behavior Interventionist will report to the Dean of Culture.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Behavior Interventionist responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavior Prevention and Intervention to Build a Strong School Culture:

    • Participate in SST and CST meetings relevant to case-loads, as needed.

    • Establish and uphold consistently high expectations for student behavior.

    • Ensure that school-wide discipline structures effectively support students, families, teachers and the school and adjust as needed through coaching.

    • Collaborate on school-wide incentives to plan and execute monthly school-wide incentives.

    • Build positive relationships with students, families and teachers.

    • Assist with lunchtime and afterschool procedures as needed.

    • Mediate issues between key stakeholders with warmth, empathy and decisiveness.

    • Observe students in classrooms to support teachers in developing intervention plans for students who may need services.

    • Respond to support students in crisis.

    • Plan, coordinate, support teachers in implementing, and monitor the implementation of preventative behavior intervention plans for students.

    • Lead discipline initiatives for one grade level.

    • Work in close partnership with the Dean of Culture and Associate Dean of Culture to meet the needs of students.

 

  • Trauma Sensitive School Community

    • Work with the Dean of Culture and Associate Dean of Culture to continue to monitor goals of the strategic plan to develop a Trauma Sensitive school community.

    • Build staff and family mindsets about the importance of recognizing and understanding the impact trauma has on our students.

    • Build the staff and family mindsets about how we maintain high expectations while building structures to support students that have experienced trauma.

    • Build structures within our school to ensure each classroom utilizes trauma sensitive practices.

    • Monitor progress against goals to ensure students that have experienced trauma continue to improve their progress against academic outcomes.

    • Attend trainings and continuing education relevant to these job duties.

 

  • General Duties

    • Lead and support referral documentation.

    • Lead and support reinstatement meetings.

    • Enter referral data into Infinite Campus and analyze data.

    • Participate in Arrival and Dismissal duties.

    • Ensure communication to parents around events, initiatives, daily activities, and important issues are clear and timely.

    • Co-lead a lunch block with the Assistant Principal.

    • Support timely transitions by monitoring students in the hallways and walking to and from classes, lunch, and recess.  

    • Serve as a full-time and engaged member of KIPP Baltimore’s staff.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS/ SKILLS:

  • Minimum of Para-educator level certification.

  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience (preferred, not required).

  • Evidence of strong relationships with families.

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Baltimore’s mission and growth.

  • Professional demeanor, strong self-confidence.

  • Self-starter, takes initiative, leadership skills.

  • Ability to influence and motivate others.  Builds strong working relationships with colleagues.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive.

  • Strong judgment and decision-maker.  

  • Demonstrated skill in de-escalating conflict.

  • Exceptionally organized.

  • Ability to lift 40lbs.

  • A healthy measure of the character traits we value: zest, grit, hope, love, social intelligence, gratitude and a sense of humor. 

Additional Information

Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
 
Statement of Non-Discrimination:  KIPP Baltimore is committed to the ideal of diversity in its student body and in its faculty and staff.  KIPP Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnicity. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.  

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