Every day, Propel strives for the extraordinary. We can achieve it - but not without extraordinary people who take society\u0027s injustices to heart and have the vision and energy to inspire others.
Almost 15 years ago, Propel started as a dream. The dream was to build an organization with the capacity to transform public education in Southwestern Pennsylvania so that all children have access to high performing public schools. Today, that dream is a reality.
Propel has become one of the largest, fastest-expanding set of charter schools in Pennsylvania with the highest levels of student achievement among Pennsylvania public school districts serving high poverty areas. The first school opened in 2003 with 180 children, occupying a small hospital basement. In 2017, almost 4,000 K-12 students attend thirteen facilities in Homestead, McKeesport, Montour, Munhall, Turtle Creek, Braddock Hills, Northside, Pitcairn and Hazelwood.
Our Mission is to catalyze the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools. Propel owes its success to the hard work and dedication of its people, both in and out of the classroom.
Propel seeks an experienced Scholar Support Specialist to join our amazing team at Propel Montour Middle/High School. If you are resilient, hard working, team-oriented, open to feedback, have grit, and are willing to do whatever it takes to close the achievement gap for children impacted by poverty and race, then we invite you to consider a career with Propel Schools.
The Scholar Support Specialist (SSS) works every day, with guidance from the school leadership, ensuring that classrooms are effective learning environments that respect the inherent worth, ability, and potential of every student.
Key Job Elements:
- Meet weekly with tertiary students reviewing grades, attendance, and ODRs.
- Meet with secondary kids from screen. Using group and mentor meetings.
- Provide behavioral information for the development of support plans.
- Play an active role in upholding school-wide students expectations including, but not limited to: assisting in reteaching expectations to individual and groups of students, participating in recognition assemblies, expectation reset days, etc.
- Reactionary counselor for students struggling with immediate interpersonal issues with the teacher or other students.
- Serve as a support for implementation of classroom expectations for teachers receiving targeted classroom coaching.
- In class support for classrooms with over 3-4 tertiary students in the class at least 2x per week.
- Provide classroom and/or small group lessons dealing with prevention of problem behaviors.
- Participate in weekly data meetings regarding target students with the Climate and Community Coach.
- Meet with any student(s) who served a suspension and develop a plan to restore the appropriate behavior prior to the student re-joining the school community. Communicate the aforementioned plan to all stakeholders.
- Ensure therapeutic rapport occurs between the student and all stakeholders before rejoining the school community.
- Extensive conflict resolution between students who are having disagreements.
- Support teachers in student/teacher mediation to help classroom relationships.
- Active supervision and coaching of appropriate expectations during arrival and dismissal, all hallway transitions, lunch and recess and as assigned by the principal.
- Document meetings with students in Skyward or on Counseling Log Sheets.
- Ensure the well being of a student exhibiting at risk behaviors by utilizing protective immobilization/restraint techniques. (Only Staff trained through CPI will perform immobilization/restraint techniques)
- Manages/maintains student to student mentorship programs.
- Reports to the Principal and can be assigned duties by Climate and Community Coach.
- All other duties as assigned by the Principal
Qualifications & Skills:
Education or training required to perform the role.
- BA in education, psychology, and/or other human services field is preferred. A combination of education and years of transferrable experience will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor\u0027s Degree.
Minimum years of experience required.
- One year of experience working with school-aged students.
Qualifications/skills needed to handle the responsibilities of the position.
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft products including Word and Excel
- Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to remain calm in difficult situations
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Strong relationship building skills
Qualifications or skills that would be beneficial to have, but that are not essential to the job.
- BA in psychology, education, and/or other human services field.
- Experience in positive behavior support plans.
- Experience with School-Wide Positive Supports.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Superior ability to quantify anecdotal and numerical student behavior data.
- 3+ years experience working with students with social/emotional challenges.
- Experience with google drive applications.
- Experience with student accounting systems (Skyward, Prosoft, etc.)
- Experience as a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support CORE team member.
- PDE Teacher, School Social Worker, or School Counselor certification(s)
- TB Test
- Act 34 Criminal Clearance
- Act 114 FBI Clearance
- Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance
- Mandated Reporter Training
- Act 168 Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure
- Act 24 Arrest and Conviction Disclosure