Brilla Public Charter Schools Elementary School Behavior Specialist in Bronx, New York
Brilla Public Charter Schools
Behavior Specialist, Elementary School
About Brilla Charter Schools
Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of K-8th grade schools that currently serves nearly 1,800 students from Mott Haven, University Heights, and other neighborhoods in the Bronx. The network is growing from its current four elementary and two middle schools to five elementary and five middle schools educating some 4,000 students in the Bronx and Paterson, NJ. The Charter Management Organization (CMO) for Brilla Schools Network is Seton Education Partners, an organization inspired by the Catholic educational tradition, that also manages the Seton Teaching Fellows missionary program and El Camino, an after-school Catholic faith formation program. At the heart of the Seton educational mission is our dedication to help students become young men and women of good character and spirit who are prepared for excellence in high school, college, and beyond.
Brilla combines a Classical approach to education – an emphasis on an ennobling and content-rich curriculum, inductive inquiry-driven instruction, and virtue formation that fosters an encounter with Truth, Beauty, and Goodness – with co-teaching practices and individualized online instructional support. We approach the formation of our students holistically and maintain high academic expectations. Ours is a joyful community that honors the dignity of each student, our staff members, and the families we serve.
The primary responsibility of the Behavior Specialist is to facilitate excellence in alignment with and execution of the Brilla mission and Strategic Priorities set forth by the Principal. Supervised directly by the Principal and working closely with the Student Services team, the Behavior Specialist is the lead support for teachers in areas of student behavior and character formation. The Behavior Specialist ensures continuity of instructional practice and fidelity to the curriculum, while providing guidance in matters of character formation, classroom management, and student discipline that meet the needs of a particular cohort. The Behavior Specialist assists the Principal in holding the planning and execution of Professional Development exercises, Onboarding, MIPs, Data and Assessment Initiatives, and Cultural Initiatives. The Behavior Specialist supports the Student Services Manager, and other personnel ensuring that systems and procedures are being followed to meet the needs of all students. The Behavior Specialist supports the Principal by conducting both formal and informal classroom observations. At the direction of the Principal, the Behavior Specialist will create and facilitate professional learning opportunities for a variety of community stakeholders.
Additionally, the Behavior Specialist works closely with the campus Social Worker and Student Services Manager . Together, they review assessment data, identify strategies to meet Tier 1, 2, & 3 instructional and behavioral needs, guide collaboration among grade-level team members, observe classrooms and provide live coaching feedback, and reinforce standards and expectations for instructional excellence and student discipline.
The Behavior Specialist will be a highly motivated collaborator who goes above and beyond prescribed duties in support of the principal, teachers, and their students, while also taking initiative to solve problems and address challenges. A successful Behavioral Specialist will be a positive and supportive presence on the campus, committed to the demonstration of Brilla’s Core Virtues, calm and confident despite any adversity, and deeply dedicated to the Brilla mission. The Behavioral Specialist will work to ensure that all aspects of the Brilla mission are executed with fidelity, excellence, and joy.
Core Competencies & Responsibilities
Behavior Specialists Set the Standard
Instructional expertise and command of curricular materials for Elementary School (K - 4th Grade) Character Formation subject areas.
Provides support and modeling to staff in behavior intervention strategies and dignified engagement and correction.
Provides support with the creation and completion of functional behavioral assessments (FBA) and behavior intervention plans (BIPs).
Monitors student progress and makes referrals working with outside agencies, as appropriate, to support individual student needs.
Conducts at-risk or mandated counseling sessions for students.
Provides support and guidance to ensure all students learn to resolve disagreements, take ownership of their actions and choices, and grow in empathy and kindness.
Works toward network targets and school wide goals in alignment with Brilla’s mission and professional evaluation rubric.
Provides Professional Development support that will cultivate teachers’ instructional competence in areas of classroom management.
Models best practices and provide actionable feedback that can be implemented to increase student and teacher outcomes.
Works with the Principal to ensure that behavioral and academic processes and systems meet the needs of all students while sustaining staff morale.
Behavior Specialists Honor the Team
Works closely with school leadership and instructional staff:
to identify multi-tiered support systems Tier 2 & 3 behavior support structures and strategies for individual students;
to provide support and modeling to families in behavior intervention strategies and dignified engagement and correction.
Works closely with leadership:
to plan and lead workshops for instructional staff and families on de-escalation, behavior interventions, and student support;
to assist with de-escalating students in crisis;
to attend family meetings regarding student accountability, classroom responsiveness and behavior support, manifestation determination review (MDR) meetings, suspension and expulsion hearings, etc. (this includes meetings that sometimes occur outside of school hours or during days when school is not in session);
assist in coordinating the re-entry of students returning from disciplinary exclusion to increase access to supports and connection to school site staff and resources;
provide coordination and facilitation of training and technical assistance to staff and families in implementing restorative practices, which include but are not limited to parent-teacher-student conference, restorative conversations, peer mediation, restorative circles, conflict management, etc.
Works closely with network and school-based student services teams:
to analyze incident reports;
to support and execute multi-tiered support systems Tier 2 & 3 meetings.
Maintains high standards of professional attire, modeling of core virtues, execution of professional norms, and enthusiastic, regular engagement in ongoing professional development and community-building.
Contributes to school culture through consistent attendance at school and Brilla-sponsored activities and events, and regular, professional communication.
Plans, facilitates, and attends regular, mission-critical programming including weekly network leadership meetings, school leadership meetings, SSO meetings, IEP meetings, summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops, family conferences, and other administrative activities.
Strives to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00 pm as needed to address family questions or concerns (cell phone stipended).
Performs other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, attending network/school walkthroughs, test preparation, small group instruction, model teaching, reviewing report cards and comments, reviewing and finalizing incident reports, mediating parent concerns, Parent University facilitation, maintaining communication logs, ensuring accurate attendance, and supporting external professional development activities.
Behavior Specialists Make it Count
Designs, schedules, and facilitates purposeful meetings including coaching debriefs, assessment data review, intervention consultation and planning, and cultural event support.
Tactically advises Instructional Specialist to leverage skills and capacities to support teachers.
Collaborates and corresponds with other Behavioral Specialists and instructional leaders across the network - embodying the “One School” mentality.
Assists in the creation of school and grade-level schedules, special schedules, programmatic initiatives, and test prep schedules with Principal.
Develops and maintains school-level data dashboards.
Demonstrates preparation and skill in working with and leading students & colleagues from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
Organizes and manages time and commitments efficiently to maximize productivity and intentionality throughout the school day and school year.
Behavior Specialists know It Starts with Them
Demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset and collaborates proactively with colleagues.
Consistently performs duties in a manner that gives expression to courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while championing a positive, flexible attitude and solution-based approach to challenges.
Actively solicits and welcomes feedback from colleagues and leaders across the network in order to strengthen competencies and capacities - demonstrate a willingness to be held accountable for successes and failures.
Reflects and seeks to understand both individual strengths and areas for growth, committing to continuous professional development.
Maintains a willingness to challenge assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of students and the mission of the organization.
Pursues a deeper understanding of our curriculum and seeks to grow as a Classical educator (deepening content mastery, reading classic texts, and exploring Classical pedagogy).
The confidence that education can awaken the imagination to limitless possibility, stir the heart to love what is good, and inflame the mind to seek understanding of truth.
An unwavering, confident, and enthusiastic commitment to the educational mission of the Brilla Schools Network in service to the school community.
A relentless dedication to providing all students with an academically robust, inspiring, and joyful learning experience.
Degree in Special Education, related human services field, or significant qualitative experience with behavioral management in a school setting (willingness to pursue additional certification/degree);
Strong competence in behavior management, instructional skills, oral and written communication, organizational skills, and interpersonal relations.
Restorative Practitioner and/or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification or licensure (preferred).
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certification (preferred).
High Energy Level and a Caring and Engaging Personality
The belief that education can awaken the imagination to limitless possibility, stir the heart to love what is good, and inflame the mind to seek understanding of truth.
An appreciation for the continuing development of character and virtue in children and adults, alike.
Demonstrated proficiency leading students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work well in a team.
Ability to build, monitor, and maintain systems that improve organizational efficiency.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; flexible, able to work independently as well as taking direction as needed.
Appreciation for Classical liberal arts educational tradition (preferred).
Spanish and/or French language proficiency (preferred).
The base pay range for this position is 79,000 - 95,000 per year. Pay may vary within the stated range, depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus for some roles may be provided as part of the compensation package subject to executive leadership approval, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, depending on the position offered.
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