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2022-2023 NY Behavior Specialist

Location: New York
Department: Behavioral Specialist

School Year: 2022-23

The role of a Behavior Specialist at Achievement First: 

Achievement First invites passionate educators to apply for the position of Behavior Specialist. Working at Achievement First is an ideal position for an educator with deep passion for instruction who is eager to gain rigorous development to help perfect his/her craft. In addition to participating in weekly professional development and team planning meetings, staff receive consistent high-impact coaching and feedback from a school administrator or  teacher-leader. We believe that every child has the ability to succeed and attend college. Our students work extremely hard and are held to very high expectations regarding both their academic achievement and character development. Students are expected to operate in accordance with our  REACH Values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship, and Hard Work) both in and outside of school. The Achievement First community is a Team & Family and teachers, school  leaders and support staff work together closely to ensure the academic success and character  development of not only the students in their classroom, but all students in their school. We invest  in each of our staff members with the understanding that they alone have the power to achieve our  mission of providing all students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in a competitive world. 

The Behavior Specialist is a full-time position responsible for creating behavior systems, protocols  and consequences in conjunction with the dean of school culture and the principal. They will develop a strong rapport with students and maintain behavior systems created to support students  struggling with behavior. In addition, the behavior specialist will provide critical support to teachers  and administrators during breakfast, lunch and dismissal. 

Responsibilities of Achievement First Behavior Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain a behavior system that supports students who have been  temporarily removed from their classes due to poor behavior, following protocols  established by the school’s leadership team (e.g., bringing students to a quiet room or  space and monitoring students as they work; calling the parent; documenting the  behavior; removing and escorting student back to class, etc.) 
  • Create and maintain growth plans and tracking charts for individual students who need special attention, in partnership with the principal 
  • Build rapport with students who need behavioral support, checking in with students daily and writing notes to parents providing them with updates 
  • Provide administrative support at critical times of the day, such as breakfast, lunch and dismissal. 
  • Attend all professional development sessions and staff meetings 
  • Assist dean of school culture with related work as required 
  • Invest parents and families in their children’s academic success through regular communication of success and challenges 
  • Reflect on successes and areas of growth around all areas of teaching; seek to improve performance; receive feedback eagerly 
  • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure a rigorous, joyful, and safe environment
  • Assume responsibility for every single scholar’s success by holding all students accountable during transitions, meals, trips, etc. 

Skills and Characteristics 

  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills 
  • Unyielding commitment to students, self and school’s constant learning and development
  • Relentlessness – doing whatever it takes to ensure success 
  • Team player 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Highly organized 
  • Belief in Achievement First’s mission, educational model, REACH and Core Values
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude 

Educational Background and Work Experience 

  • College degree required
  • Experience working with children or adolescents

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package. Teachers receive funds for supplies and materials as well as a laptop computer.

Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: