Restorative Practice Staff Developer-Coordinator

Organization: DREAM! (Dare to Revitalize Education thru Arts & Mediation)

Website: dare2dreambx.org

Country: United States

Location: Bronx, New York

Sector: Non-Profit

Position Level: Restorative Practice Staff Developer-Coordinator

Education: college graduate in any field and experience as a Restorative Practice Trainer (experience working in public education, a plus);

Position Type: Part-Time Permanent / 10 or 20 hours per week

Salary Range: TBD

Application Deadline: 12/21/16

Description: DREAM!/Safety with Dignity, a community based non-profit working in NYC public schools, uses mediation training, restorative practice and media arts to support young people, teachers, principals, parents and the NYC Department of Education, in their efforts to find alternatives to suspensions, develop skills to talk it out, break the school to prison pipeline, and engage all young people in the excitement of learning and academic achievement.

Trainings with DREAM! help students and teachers grow their schools into communities where people value diversity, live and work together with respect, and have skills to resolve conflict without violence.

Our Staff Developer-Coordinators are assigned one or two schools where they are charged to involve all stakeholders – principal, teachers, school safety team, dean, parents and students – in developing a plan for implementation of restorative practice (RP) in school year 2017-18. They will train teachers in advisory and classroom use of restorative practice and how to train young people to become mediators and school leaders, and help form a staff restorative practice coordinating committee.

Responsibilities: In collaboration with DREAM! leadership, the Staff Developer- Coordinator will:

  • Attend bi-weekly PLC (Professional Learning Community) meetings to share around best practices,
  • Work with different school community sectors to assess their priority needs in order to establish a RP plan of action,
  • Work at the school for 10 full days or 20 half days, meeting with stakeholders, organizing initiatives, mentoring and observing staff, leading trainings etc,
  • Assist the DREAM! Evaluator in collecting documentation,
  • Meet with DREAM! Director of RP for weekly check-ins around schools progress, needs and challenges.

Essential Qualifications:
1) A commitment to the values, personal practice in relationships, and community building of Restorative Practice, including:
- Working “with” rather than doing “for” or “to” others, especially young people; - Democratic or fair process decision making;
- The importance of communication and respect for the other person when things go wrong;
- Taking personal responsibility for the impact of ones actions on others;
2) Experience, training and leadership within the Restorative Practice field;
3) A problem solving approach to ones work and life’s challenges;
4) Ability to assess a very dynamic situation and determine what people need to know in order to support additional integration of Restorative Practice, and what will be the most effective format for developing that understanding;
5) Ability to collaborate in a project with other people who have very different values, life experience, and perspectives;
6) Give a minimum commitment to January 2017 thru June 2018.

Application Instructions: E-mail to atuione@dare2dreambx.org:
- a resume,
- cover letter explaining your interest in the position, &
- contact info for 3 references.
Please apply by 12/21/2016. Position will remain open until filled.
Intended start date: January 16, 2016. Please note that due to volume of applicants, we can only respond to those applicants we are interested in possibly hiring.