RESTORATIVE JUSTICE SCHOOL SPECIALIST

Exempt, 1.0 FTE  
Report to and evaluated by:  Director of Restorative Justice
Compensation:  $28,000-$40,000 plus health benefits
Date: May 2014

PRIMARY PURPOSE
This position is responsible for the implementation of restorative justice in select Portland Public School sites, including providing direct restorative services to staff, students & families, and to providing coaching and technical support to school staff in the successful implementation and practice restorative justice.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
 
Direct Service
  • Respond to incoming discipline referrals to assess appropriate response;
  • Inform and prepare participants for restorative circles and/or dialogues;
  • Contact parents/guardians to invite or inform about a restorative meeting;
  • Facilitate restorative processes;
  • Coordinate the delivery of restorative circles to classrooms as requested by school staff;
  • Work with school staff to create and oversee student RJ Team, including support and coordination of student leadership in facilitating restorative processes;
  • Provide participants, parents and appropriate staff with agreement/outcome of restorative process;
  • Follow up on all restorative meetings to ensure agreements are upheld;
  • Work with School Resource Officers & Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division in cases that involve situations that may generate a police report;
  • Coordinate restorative community service opportunities;
  • Conduct client evaluations.
 Training, Coaching & Technical Support
  • Work with Restorative Justice (RJ) Trainer/Coach to provide ongoing training and professional development for staff, students and families in RJ philosophy & practice;
  • Model restorative classroom & discipline processes;
  • Provide consultation, coaching & technical support around implementation of restorative practices;
  • Work with school PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support), Equity, Leadership, Data (etc.) teams to build and strengthen current practices;
  • Work with SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) School Coordinators to implement restorative practices in after school programming.
Planning and Implementation
  • Work with school staff to create 2-3 year implementation plan;
  • Work with administration to provide support around implementation plan, school policy changes, and building restorative discipline systems;
  • Create and lead RJ team at site, comprised of 3-5 people (may include administrator, teachers, counselor, staff, and/or parents/caregivers) to implement plan;
  • Work with school staff to analyze data to identify racial and other disparities and collaboratively work to develop improvement plans to interrupt disproportionate discipline practices.
  • Provide regular RJ updates at school staff meetings;
  • Identify and build relationships with school, parent and community stakeholders.
Reporting
  • Track and enter case-specific data into school information systems;
  • Prepare monthly reports for Director of RJ.
Other
  • Serve as an articulate spokesperson for all RNW services and programs;
  • Initiate, promote and maintain positive relationships with students, parents, guardians, staff, administrators, community partners and RNW staff and volunteers;
  • Oversee service delivery to promote the inclusion of underserved communities and ensure culturally appropriate services;
  • Work collaboratively with RJ School Specialists, RJ Trainer Coach, Director of RJ and community partners to implement school programs;
  • Participate in RNW diversity and equity initiatives.
QUALIFICATIONS
  1. Theoretical and practical understanding of a broad spectrum of restorative justice processes within schools & the judicial system;
  2. Direct experience facilitating restorative dialogues and implementing restorative practices;
  3. Ability to facilitate difficult conversations with both youth & adults;
  4. Ability to develop and implement short- and long-range goals;
  5. Experience building training curricula that accommodate different ages, cultural worldviews & learning styles;
  6. Ability to work independently;
  7. Ability to work as part of a team and to manage collaboration with a wide range of individuals & entities;
  8. Demonstrated experience & success working with diverse and under-represented individuals & communities;
  9. Ability to speak/present comfortably and effectively in large and small groups
  10. Excellent communication, both written and oral, and presentation skills;
  11. Ability to handle multiple priorities and complete tasks/projects in accordance with stated deadlines;       
  12. Self-motivated with strong organizational and time management skills;
  13. Ability to work under pressure and effectively diffuse crisis situations; 
  14. Demonstrated personal & professional commitment to equity & inclusion;
  15. Ability to work through conflict with co-workers & volunteers;
  16. Competency working with MS Office software (Word, Excel, and familiarity with web-based management systems and HTML formatting;
  17. Ability to integrate new technologies (online collaborative tools, group lists, surveys, etc.) into program services when appropriate;
  18. Ability to share a workspace;
  19. Ability to manage flexible work schedule – some evening and occasional weekend work may be necessary.
EXPERIENCE AND/OR TRAINING
  1. 1-3 years experience working with restorative justice practices and principles;
  2. 1-3 years experience training adults and youth; 
  3. Knowledge and skills in cultural competency/responsiveness, cross-cultural communication, and equity;
  4. Experience working with/in and/or an understanding of the juvenile justice system preferred;
  5. Experience working in a K-12 educational setting preferred;
  6. Language and/or cultural backgrounds that would help serve underserved school communities preferred;
  7. Due to nature of the work, RNW will conduct a background check which will provide a reasonable screening in order to determine if applicant has a history of criminal behavior such that they should not be allowed to oversee, work closely with, or provide services to children/youth.  
Physical Demands:
  1. Must be able to travel to meetings & trainings throughout Multnomah County;
  2. Must be able to transport training supplies (e.g., manuals, chart-packs and easels) to various training venues.
Work Environment:
This position will work in a school-based setting during the school year, and at RNW headquarters during the summer. This position will spend a lot of time in the community.
 
Resolutions Northwest is committed to strengthening personal and community responsibility by providing constructive conflict resolution services and education.
 
RESOLUTIONS NORTHWEST ADVOCATES THE PRINCIPALS OF AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION AND IS STRONGLY COMMITED TO THE PROMOTION OF RACE, GENDER, ABILITY AND CLASS EQUITY THOUGH OUR HIRING PROCESS. TO THIS END, RESOLUTIONS NORTHWEST IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND EMBRACES EXCELLENCE THROUGH DIVERSITY. CANDIDATES FROM TRADITIONALLY DISENFRANCHISED COMMUNITIES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURACED TO APPLY.