Behavior Support Specialist (Immediate Start - SY 21-22)

  • Troy, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 21-22)

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond. 

Job Description

The Behavior Support Specialist will work with the school’s leadership team to ensure that all students demonstrate dramatic student achievement gains and develop their character and social-emotional skills. This individual will also help lead the school’s efforts to create a positive, structured, consistent, caring, and disciplined school culture.

In addition to the duties set forth below, the Employee agrees that s/he will perform all the other duties that are assigned by his/her supervisors, the school’s Principal and the Principal’s designees, and/or the Board of Trustees, including, but not limited to:

Goals for the Behavior Support Specialist include but are not limited to:

  • Model high expectations for student behavior and interactions.
  • Support efforts of every student to succeed academically and behaviorally and graduate from college.
  • Enforce expectations from the Code of Conduct
  • Maintain a focused, serious, and efficient environment for the In-School Suspension program.
  • Create and support systems that prevent misbehavior, as well as intervene and correct misbehaviors as they arise to prevent escalation.
  • Collaborate with the DOS to develop plans for students with repeated struggles to meet expectations.
  • Refer students to the Social Worker (via email and CC DOS) if/when reports are made that require SW intervention.
  • Motivate and coach students to meet expectations by leveraging personal relationships while also maintaining strong professional boundaries and a clear line between adult and student.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the In-School Suspension classroom daily, including communicating with teachers, accepting and processing send-outs, addressing misconduct and communicating with families.
  • Distribute and monitor work that students are completing during In-School Suspension.
  • Collecting work for students with Out of School Suspensions and manage the pick-up/delivery with students.
  • Manage Lunch Detention.
  • Manage Early-Release Program for Detention based on Kickboard.
  • Manage Extended Detention Notifications.
  • Assist DOS when no students are in ISS.
  • Meet weekly with DOS for feedback, goal-setting, coaching/practice, collaboration and problem-solving of discipline issues and concerns.
  • Utilize Kickboard and Microsoft Excel to manage behavioral data of students.


  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization.
  • Unwavering belief in high academic and behavioral expectations for all students.
  • Exceptional time and task management skills.
  • Ability to persevere despite uncertainty and unexpected obstacles.
  • Relentless drive to empower students academically and personally.
  • Self-motivation, desire to be a great teammate, and a strong sense of personal responsibility.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
  • Ability and desire to implement feedback from school leaders and colleagues. 
  • Required Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree is required

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.

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