Hope Academy Behavior Programs Manager

  • Full-time

Company Description

The mission of Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas is to provide students with a safe, positive trauma-centered academic environment that will nurture their love for learning and confidence in life.


Hope Academy is a unique elementary charter school that is centered around the academic, social, and behavioral needs of children who have had adverse childhood experiences. Our approach provides ample opportunities for children and families to heal while engaged in our research-driven academic process. At Hope Academy, we believe every child can thrive regardless of trauma-induced behaviors, social skill deficits, or academic struggles. Our model features rigorous grade-level academic content provided in small class sizes with very low student to teacher ratios, extensive behavioral and emotional supports, and a staff fully trained to meet the needs of students whose experiences may impact their ability to be successful in a traditional school setting.

Job Description

Reporting to the Principal, the Behavior Programs Manager is responsible for providing classroom support for trauma-informed curriculum activities in a manner that promotes the educational and social-emotional development of each student.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist students who have experienced trauma in achieving social-emotional and academic success
  • Coordinate with the school behavior response team on behavior intervention plans, skills-based training groups, and continual student progress
    • Create trauma-responsive, manageable behavior intervention plans to be implemented by classroom staff
    • Assist in creating and overseeing the implementation of skill-based training groups by the Behavior Response Team
  • Supervise the implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans by classroom staff or the Behavior Response Team
    • Collaborate with Behavior Response Team Coordinator on training and delegation  of intervention-related tasks
  • Stay up to date on trauma-responsive ABA practices that focus on functional communication training, skills-based training,
  • Coordinate with Therapeutic Team on student interventions and progress
  • Monitor and coach classroom staff on the implementation of all behavior intervention plans
  • Maintain positive communication with students and families
  • Attend trainings that will adequately prepare you for working with children who have experienced trauma


Education, Training and Experience:

  • Experience with behavior skill focused ABA therapy
  • Strong organizational, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
    • A strong ability to maintain classroom expectations and schedules
    • An ability to collect behavior data as needed
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • A willingness to follow trauma-responsive research and best-practices and work alongside other therapists and specialists to meet the holistic needs of the child
  • An interest in connecting with and assisting students who have experienced trauma
    • A passion for helping struggling students excel academically and socially
    • An ability to maintain calm during moments of high stress
    • An ability to co-regulate upset students
    • A willingness to collaborate with the various therapeutic, academic, and behavior specialists who assist individual students within your classroom
  • A willingness to be trained and implement best trauma- responsive practices within your classroom
    • Conscious Discipline training preferred
  • High degree of flexibility and an ability to work well in a fast-paced environment 
  • Supportive team member who collaborates will with others
    • Willingness to help other team members as needed
    • Seek out opportunities to grow professionally

Additional Information

Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands

The demands described are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Physical stamina and agility required to care for active children.
  • As required, provide supervision for lunch duty, recesses, and field trips, etc.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must pass all criminal history and child maltreatment background checks.
  • Must submit to pre-employment drug screens as well as random drug screens when directed.
  • Attend and participate in mandatory training, staff meetings, and all other events, as required.
  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner per Hope Academy procedures.

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter/Hope Academy reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs. Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter/Hope Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.