The mission of Freedom Prep is to educate all scholars to be successful in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Part of our responsibility in meeting our mission is to ensure that our scholars receive the support and guidance that they need as they learn the skills to navigate school, in preparation for college and work. Working with the school leader and the scholar support team, the Scholar Support Specialist is responsible for proactively creating an environment that supports a positive scholar culture. They will do this by setting school cultures norms, ensuring that scholars who struggle with behavioral expectations have the support they need to be successful in class, and tracking and using data to help stakeholders make the best decisions around any needed interventions.
Who You Are
An educator with an unwavering commitment to the Democracy Prep mission of college success and authentic civic engagement for our scholars.
A self-reflective and self-aware teammate who is dedicated to aligning their classroom to Freedom Prep's commitment to antiracism and who is eager to use these skills to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A leader with a proven ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with a diverse team of teachers and administrators who has a track record of developing and implementing supportive culture systems at a school.
A youth mentor with the skills to help students navigate a school culture of high expectations through a high level of support.
A clear communicator who appreciates that how something is said is as important as what is said
Someone who regularly seeks out feedback and is able to implement at a quick pace
A detail-oriented planner
Someone who can manage their time well, prioritize tasks, and manages up to leaders for support when unsure of how to do the above
A graduate of a Bachelor’s degree program (required), with prior school-based work experience (preferred).
What You’ll Do
Leads school culture by refining and implementing joyful and supportive systems that focus on keeping scholars engaged in learning and serves as a resource when scholars need support outside of class.
Create an inclusive classroom and school community by engaging in training, reflection, and dialogue around issues of race, identity, diversity, equity, and inclusion for our staff and scholars.
Create, monitor and sustain a school culture of high academic and behavioral standards through a high level of supports for scholars.
Implement a high expectations, high support behavior model for all students, incorporating tiered behavior systems, positive behavior interventions and supports, and social-emotional learning strategies.
Assume responsibility for the academic and social progress of all students by implementing interventions that reduce suspension rates and increases scholar time in class.
Communicate effectively and maintain strong relationships with students, families, and colleagues.
Schedule and manage details of Scholar Support Team meetings.
Lead a small team of scholar support staff in achieving the above.
Plan and adjust the following for each school year:
Draft school behavior policies in accordance with Democracy Prep procedures.
Craft school systems which encourage restorative justice, social-emotional learning, and community building.
Create professional development materials for staff.
Communicate with families in preparation for the school year.
Salary range is $50,000-$60,000 and commensurate with your experience. Democracy Prep employees are provided with a benefits package that includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, parental leave, a smartphone, and a laptop. Along with participating in the mandatory NJ Pension Plan, employees have the choice of enrolling in a pre-tax 403b or post-tax Roth with Democracy Prep.
Democracy Prep is anEqualOpportunity Employerand will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.