Nov 03, 2021

Culture Specialist (DC- Infinity Community Prep)

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Washington, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

The Culture Specialist supports the Principal in leading and creating a school environment that is positive, structured, consistent, and achievement-oriented. The Culture Specialist is responsible for ensuring that staff, students, and families have the structures, resources, and capabilities to foster the environment required for all students to feel engaged in the school community and to attain high level of academic achievement.

The Culture Specialist first and foremost models the educator actions that embody Rocketship's core values of Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, and Persistence. Using adaptive leadership and strong interpersonal skills, the Culture Specialist connects with students and demonstrates care for them while supporting the implementation of the school's behavioral management and culture policies.

The Culture Specialist will work closely with the school leadership team, and will be a part of the School Wellness Team, to provide consistent, effective leadership of school culture. This position reports to the Principal.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Essential Functions: Lead Tier 1 Culture and Related Services
    • With the Principal and Assistant Principals, establish and manage a vision and system for a structured, positive and inspiring school culture in Tier 1 and beyond
    • Work with the principal to develop and implement a vision for the school's culture
    • Track and report to the Principal student and staff behavior data utilizing Rocketship's data systems including but not limited to; DeansList, Schoolzilla, PowerSchool
    • Ensure that the physical environment of the school reinforces a consistent school culture and facilitates student achievement
    • Be highly present and visible during school hours, including supervising entry, lunch, in-between class transitions, and dismissal, to support a strong school culture
    • Contribute to the development of the school's social and emotional skills curriculum and monitor and support the use of the school's social curriculum school-wide

Essential Functions: Support Student Behavior
    • Lead and manage the behavior response team, including Behavioral Technicians and Behavioral Specialist in implementing strong systems to support academic engagement
    • Coach and support the behavioral specialist in implementing in-class interventions and behavior support services for Tier 2 and 3 intervention
    • Collaborate with school leadership and school wellness teams on implementation of best practices for social emotional health of students
    • Coordinate with school leadership teams across all school wellness initiatives
    • With the school leader team, provide supports to ensure students feel engaged; serve as the primary administrator for students who are disengaged and/or need additional behavior supportLead staff in developing pathways for all students to feel valued and engaged in schoolRespond and provide follow-up to Tier 3 or higher behavior incidents or crises that require an administrator when other resources have been exhausted
    • Lead weekly culture data review and response meetings with the principal as part of the MTSS process
    • Coordinate student services with the Student Wellness team as necessary
    • Manage consequences such as Effort Academy and/or restorative circles and social skill groups
    • Conduct Tier 2 interventions such as social skills group instruction and bullying prevention as needed

Essential Functions: Engage Families
    • Partner with members of School Wellness Team to provide parent workshops on mental health supports, resources and behavior management (in addition to other parent driven feedback)
    • With school leaders, serve as the school's primary point of contact around issues related to school culture and discipline
    • Participates in home visits to discuss the responsibilities of parents, teachers, and students, as needed
    • Communicate frequently and be accessible to students and parents

Essential Functions: Develop Staff
    • Assist the school leader team in developing staff skills in creating a positive, consistent, structured and achievement-oriented school culture
    • Motivate adults to embrace the belief that all students can learn at high levels and accept responsibility for providing students with the supports they need to meet behavioral and academic achievement expectations
    • Model the school's values and the standard for professional behavior

    • Teaching experience (preferred)
    • Experience working in urban schools and implementing successful culturally relevant practices
    • Masters degree (preferred)
    • Our Rocketship DC schools now have a COVID vaccination mandate. All new employees must have received their first shot prior to their 1st day of work. New employees are expected to receive their full vaccination series within one month of their start date. Failure to comply with this COVID mandate could result in termination of employment.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy . For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Kenzie Kilb. Email: [email protected] Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.

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