Position: Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS)
Reports to: Principal
Central Support: Director of Mental Health
Location: STRIVE Prep - Montbello Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Salary: $54,000-$69,000 based on years of experience (role) and education level. These roles also include additional opportunities for increases to salary based on attainment of LCSW, NCSP, CDE SSP License and bilingual standing for staff who speak a language spoken by our STRIVE Prep students. You can see your salary estimate by using this calculator.
Start Date: August 1st, 2022 with pay start opportunity in July.
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2021 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here.
We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are committed to growing as an anti-racist educator.
The Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS) promotes the social emotional wellness of students and staff through programming that supports a positive culture and climate, coordinates universal social emotional instruction, and provides evidence-based targeted supports. The SELS supports students across the continuum with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). This support may include, but is not limited to, one-on-one support, group work, small group counseling, classroom and teacher support and coaching, and collaborative problem solving with both prevention and intervention models. The SELS supports the effective implementation of the network’s social emotional learning vision.
INTEGRATED MTSS STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES
- Lead and partner with school staff and school community to build a positive school culture and climate by coordinating universal social emotional programming and supports such as: universal SEL instruction, data-based decision making, safe school planning, professional development, and facilitation of tier 2 supports, which may include psychoeducational counseling groups
- Support assigned campus with establishing an integrated MTSS team
- Organize and facilitate the administration of the school-wide social emotional and behavioral screener (i.e., Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-3 BESS)) during 3 benchmark windows throughout the school year
- As a member of the integrated MTSS team, analyze a variety of data to
- Identify needs for social emotional programming and continuously improve existing social emotional programming
- Design, implement, monitor, and adapt student response to research-based interventions for targeted academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs
- Collects and monitors social emotional data regularly to identify students in need of additional supports
- Celebrate and learn from performance gains and systemic improvement
- In collaboration with mental health team, culture team and school leadership team, analyze school-wide trends around attendance, behavior/discipline data, and safety responses and develop and lead initiatives to address challenges and social emotional wellness
- Invest in and directly support stakeholders in developing the school-level infrastructure necessary for the implementation of social emotional programming and interventions
- Work with teachers and school staff to support students’ individual needs through teacher consultation, team meetings, and MTSS process
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL PROGRAMMING AND TIERED SUPPORTS
- Serve as the social emotional learning expert, providing expert in and direct facilitation of social emotional programs and interventions
- Lead implementation of assigned school-wide campus social emotional program, including direct facilitation of the program and support for teachers with the internalization and implementation of assigned campus social emotional curriculum (e.g., lead implementation fidelity checks)
- Coordinates and leads implementation of schoolwide or classwide Tier 1 activities and supports (e.g., suicide prevention programming, bullying prevention week, Mix It Up Day)
- In collaboration with integrated MTSS team, culture team, mental health team, and school leadership, implement systems and routines that create a safe, predictable and welcoming school and classroom culture (e.g., mental health referral process)
- Provides evidence-based, age/grade/developmentally appropriate social emotional interventions to students in small group and one-on-one settings across tiers with students in general education
- Facilitates small group counseling and evidence-based/manualized interventions (e.g., Coping Cat, BrainWise, CBITS, Zones of Regulation)
- Follows protocol for providing students with counseling services that align with district and/or STRIVE expectations (e.g., SE/MH plan, consent for counseling, documentation in ezEdMed, progress monitoring)
- Maintains direct service logs for all students receiving tiered social, emotional, and/or behavioral interventions following district and network guidance
- Respect for diversity in the home, school, local and global communities.
TARGETED, RESPONSIVE COACHING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND CLASSROOM CULTURE
- Develop and provide professional learning or content for adult learners
- Support teachers in building meaningful relationships with students and families
- Provide coaching, modeling, and ongoing consultation with behavioral and social emotional interventions
PREVENTATIVE AND RESPONSIVE CRISIS SERVICES
- Collaborates with school personnel, parents, students, and community resources to provide competent mental health support during and after crisis situations and support network crisis responses as needed and follow ERCM network response team procedures
- Conducts suicide risk reviews and self-injury inventory process according to training and best practices (e.g., follow protocol, inform parents, provide recommendations and referrals to community services, and often provide follow up counseling and support at school)
- Participates in threat response system process according to training and best practices
- As appropriate, offers families resources and referrals for services in the community and support families in navigating those services
CAMPUS SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support school-wide data and assessments as needed (i.e., ACCESS, CMAS, Verbals)
- Other duties as assigned
- Master’s degree in counseling, school psychologist, social worker, or another related mental health field
- Meets all professional licensure requirements. Learn more here.
- Training and experience with effective, research-based behavioral interventions and strategies for supporting urban youth
- Experience leading, coaching, and managing adults
- Training and experience in restorative and trauma-informed approaches
- At least 2 years of urban school-based experience in the area(s) of mental health, intervention, special education, counseling, and/or school culture
- Experience with data collection and analysis
- Speaks Spanish and has experience working with and supporting Emergent Bilinguals
- Demonstrated success working with students of color and students with varied abilities
- Experience in Title I and/or charter schools
For most of our positions, we hire on a rolling basis. Therefore, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as you are able. Most processes include a 30 minute phone interview with a member of our Talent Team then a 1-2 hour final interview over Zoom unless otherwise noted by your interviewer. You can read more about our process as well as get tips on preparing for an interview here!
Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:
- Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep.
- Recognition for Years of Service: All STRIVE Prep employees will receive an additional $3,000 in their base salary after the 3rd year, 5th year, and 7th year of service at STRIVE Prep.
- Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary.
- Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 6+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh.
- Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO
- All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
- All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
- Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities.
- Career Support: Access to our Talent Team to support internal movement. We want you to grow your career at STRIVE!
- Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
- Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum.
- Resources and Development For Success: Equipment provided: laptop, Weekly coaching sessions
- Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
- For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias.
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