High School Behavior Specialist

  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Grade Level: High
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

Together with families and communities, KIPP Kansas City Public Schools works to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence they need to pursue the paths they choose - college, career, and beyond - so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. We are a Pre-K through 10th grade school located in the historical 18th and Vine District. We are part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in life. KIPP KC opened its first school, KIPP Endeavor Academy, in 2007 with approximately 31 fifth grade students. Today, KIPP Kansas City has grown to serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through 10th grade and is currency, educating approximately 700 students.

Job Description

The mission of the Behavior Specialist role at KLHS is to effect positive behavioral change in students by building relationships with students and families. They will do this by maintaining a calm, positive environment for students to reflect on their behaviors when they are removed from class and/or in the Wellness Lab..



  • 90% of students who are removed from class complete a reflection

  • 80% average walkthrough score on the Wellness Lab Rubric

  • Additional performance and/or development goals set with the AP for Culture


The primary roles and responsibilities of the Behavior Specialist are as follows:

  • Ensure that all students removed from class are in a safe, non-disruptive environment monitored by an adult within 5 minutes of the student being removed;

  • Create and maintain a calm, positive environment in the Wellness Lab;

  • Execute a system of reflection for students who are removed from class;

  • Execute a tracking system for students who are removed from class;

  • Work closely with the AP for Culture, including a weekly 03, to ensure school behavior systems are functioning at a high level.


Secondary responsibilities, shared with the AP for Culture, include:

  • Use verbal skills to help students de-escalate when they are disrupting the school learning environment;

  • Monitor assigned breakfast, hallway, lunch, dismissal, and other transition positions;

  • Execute effective CPI conversations with students;

  • Work with grade-level teams to identify effective intervention strategies for students;

  • Model appropriate use of the school’s merit/demerit and other behavioral systems;

  • Model appropriate behaviors, emotions, and communication skills, e.g., anger management, conflict resolution, and problem solving;

  • Receive and respond to LiveSchool updates via text and/or email;

  • Collaborate with the school counseling and SPED teams for removals with students who receive SPED and/or University Health services;

  • Build relationships with identified students and families receiving Tier 2 behavioral supports;

  • Build and maintain community partnerships to support students with Tier 2 behavioral supports;

  • Serve as an active member of the School Behavior Team.


●  BS/BA (required) Masters (preferred) in psychology or sociology or related studies.
● Strong active listening (i.e. seeks to understand the needs and motivations of students) and motivational coaching skills;
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
● Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for the cultures of the community served;
● Demonstrates a growth mindset with the ability to inquire and be open to feedback;
● Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
● An excellent team player;
● Relentless drive to follow up and stay connected with students in order to help them succeed;
● Outstanding project management skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet agreed upon deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
● Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders across functional and
organizational lines;
● Demonstrates a high proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive, and has previous
experience utilizing a database, i.e. Salesforce, Microsoft Excel 3 and a Student Information System.

Additional Information

*Applicants currently pursuing a certification may apply before certification is received. All certifications must be acquired and on file with KIPP KC before the end of the first year of employment.

Compensation: Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP KC offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage and retirement.

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