This RP Coach/Specialist implements consultation, training, and coaching projects to develop the mindsets, practices, systems, and structures that schools need in order to effectively implement Restorative Practices. This work involves both ongoing work at a school throughout the school year as well as implementing more short-term CPS RP Coaching projects and occasionally facilitating citywide RJ trainings as needed. The Restorative Practices Coach/Specialist will regularly document and share progress towards meeting objectives and reports to an RJ Coordinator.
Required Skills and Experience
Deep understanding of Restorative Practices and restorative discipline models, and experience in using and coaching others to use restorative mindsets, restorative language, talking circles, restorative conversations, peace circles.
Experience working in schools (a background in social service, student support, or community organizing also considered)
Knowledge of adult learning principles and ability to deliver engaging and clear staff professional development
Ability to assess existing school structures and policies with a restorative lens and coach school teams in areas needing improvement
Ability to develop respectful professional relationships, build trust in a limited time, and engage and inform school leaders, staff and students around Restorative Practices
Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities and work in multiple school buildings
Ability to efficiently and strategically build school capacity within the constraints of limited resources
Cultural competency and ability to navigate and promote sensitivity to issues of race and equity
Competency with Google Drive and Microsoft Office
Professionalism in the areas of punctuality, documentation, organization, and phone/email responsiveness
Build restorative mindsets and capacity for school staff, students, and community stakeholders, to implement the following Restorative Practices:
Facilitate various forms of professional development:
Thought-partnering, collaborative reflection, and planning
Modeling, co-facilitating, and observing Restorative Practices implementation
Small-group and whole-staff training and workshops
Consultation to school leadership and school teams on the development and implementation of systems and structures for Restorative Practices
Support the integration of Restorative Practices with other SEL strategies, including but not limited to:
SEL skills instruction
Classroom community building
School-wide systems and structures
Familiarize school staff with content and tools in the CPS RP Toolkit
Proactively address questions and concerns staff, students, and community stakeholders have about Restorative Practices and implement strategies to gain stakeholder buy-in
Conduct school-wide discipline diagnostic assessment and create reports and recommendations
Create and track project plans
Participate in orientation and monthly OSEL Restorative Practices Professional Learning Community
*Alternatives, Incorporated is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Alternatives, INC
Alternatives, Inc. is a 45 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives, Inc. is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people. Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.