The Restorative Justice Project promotes fundamental change in the justice system and in schools. Our responses to crime and wrongdoing seek renewal and safety for the community, support and healing for victims and accountability and reintegration of the offender.
RSU 13 Restorative Practices Coordinator (.25FTE)
Supporting Oceanside Middle School (Thomaston) & Oceanside High School (Rockland,)
Reports to Senior Trainer/ Consultant
Position Duration: Beginning as soon as possible through end of school year 2017-2018
A Whole-School Implementation Framework for Restorative Practice:
The Restorative Justice Project envisions a multi-step progression towards Whole School Implementation of Restorative Practices: We outline it here so that prospective applicants have a big picture sense of what RJP is working to support the district in achieving.
First, train and support staff and administration to understand restorative philosophy and practices; develop their skills in the use of proactive circles in their classrooms, thus deepening their relationships and connections with the students and between students and peers. Thereafter, whenever harm or wrongdoing occurs, there is a mutually understood forum through which staff and students can come together to address the harm that has taken place and to make meaningful repairs. [Some of this work was started in the 2016-2017 school year.]
Develop an internal Restorative Practices Leadership Team, to be comprised of both administrators and faculty, whose role it is to provide leadership to the school around pacing and the supports required to launch and sustain these restorative endeavors. [This too has begun but will benefit from ongoing support.]
Provide avenues for ongoing reflection and personal skill development for teachers and staff as they engage, not only proactive circles work, but also – increasingly - in the use of circles and other restorative responses to addressing misbehavior and wrongdoing.
Conduct outreach to parents and community members to inform and educate them about Restorative Philosophy and Practice, while paying attention to whether administrators and teachers are interacting with the families restoratively. Develop feedback loops so that interactions are increasingly restorative in nature.
Provide opportunities for students to gain facilitation skills and to lead circles throughout their educational experience will equip them to be more functional citizens, both during their school careers and on into the future.
Work with the administration and guidance to facilitate responsive circles when the incident is more serious (detention, in school suspension, out of school suspension, expulsion, reintegration) and includes conferencing- a formal encounter between harmed party, harming party and relevant community members which results in a written agreement for how the harm will be made as right as possible, what supports are required for the harmer to be successful and what the good outcome of follow-through on the agreement will be.
Incorporate restorative language into student and staff policies and procedures regarding expectations, collect data to assess the impact of using restorative practices and to determine their strategy toward sustainability.
This graduated implementation process generally takes an average of 5-years to alter the culture and climate of a school (or any organization for that matter).
Restorative School Practices Coordinator responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assist in Restorative Practices Leadership Team Meetings;
- Work with Senior Trainer/ Consultant in delivering trainings on an as-needed basis;
- Attend Professional Learning Groups to encourage staff reflection on development of restorative practice (typically held at after school monthly staff meetings);
- Participate with key staff to integrate restorative language into disciplinary practices and policies;
- Coach staff with Classroom Circle Observations when requested;
- Support developing facilitators as they address restorative responses to higher level youth infractions;
- Act as liaison between school administrators, staff and RJP; scheduling meetings as necessary;
- Recruit community volunteers to participate in or facilitate restorative justice interventions;
- Attend community meetings and events as a representative of the project;
- Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with community based organizations;
- Work closely with RJP staff to build a framework for discussing restorative practices with parents and families in the community;
- Assist with administrative responsibilities including intakes, phone calls and written reports;
- Assist the restorative justice senior trainer/ consultant with data collection and reporting protocols.
- Support de-escalation room and student services.
Please note that in future years this position may mature to be district-wide restorative practices trainer / coordinator to support similar implementation efforts at other RSU 13 schools.
For the right candidate, there is some possibility that this position could expand to include restorative conferencing program coordination in Knox County as early as October of 2017.
Successful candidates will have combinations of skills, knowledge, experience, and attributes from among the following:
- Understanding of and commitment to restorative justice philosophy and practices
- Excellent communication skills
- Training, teaching and group facilitation skills
- Ability to work collaboratively and supportively with teachers, students, administrators and community members
- Understanding of strength-based approaches to working with people
- Knowledge and sensitivity to issues of diversity, poverty, addiction and mental health
- Familiarity with trauma-informed care, youth development & resilience-building strategies
- Expertise in community organizing
- Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
- Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and the occasional weekend
- Volunteer management experience a plus
Preference given to applicants who are residents of Knox County.
Background check and references required.
Salary: $20/ hour for 10-hours a week beginning ASAP through June 2018
The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is an AA/EEO employer.
Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on rolling basis until position is filled.
Send resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications to:
Margaret Micolichek, Lead Trainer / Consultant