Behavior Specialist - Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Location(s) US-IN-Indianapolis
Full Time



The specialist will serve as a member of the Social-Emotional Learning team, facilitating social-emotional learning for high school students in a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  


The specialist will be part of an educational model designed for teenagers to complement the acclaimed barrier removal work Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana does at The Excel Centers, Nurse Family Partnership, and other award-winning programs.


School priorities include:

  • High rigor, high support instruction to close academic gaps and prepare students for post-secondary opportunities

  • Trauma-informed social-emotional learning 

  • Student and family empowerment through coordination with a robust Student Services team of coaches, counselors, and more.


This role demonstrates behaviors consistent with our Mission, Vision and Values, on behalf of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.



  •  Implement our school’s social-emotional learning model as a member of the Social-Emotional Learning team:

    • Implement proactive and reactive systems to influence student behavior and build social-emotional skills in alignment with school model.

      • Respond to and influence student behavior with a focus on positive incentives, restorative strategies, and explicit teaching of new social-emotional skills.
      • Provide consistent and fair follow through on both major and minor behaviors per school policies.
      • Use restorative practices and social-emotional learning strategies to identify root causes of behavior alongside students, families, staff, and stakeholders.
      • Implement a progressive series of consequences focused on teaching of skills and prevention of future behaviors.
      • Support students with academic work completion when in redirection for an extended period of time.
  • Track information about student behavior and identify patterns in students served.
  • Invest students, families, and stakeholders in vision for restorative practices and SEL-skill focused consequences. 
  • Use restorative practices to de-escalate challenging situations, help those in disagreement to listen to each other, and facilitate the creation of shared agreements. 
  • Prioritize competing, time-sensitive demands with proactive priorities while upholding commitments consistently.
  • Model self-regulation and maintain composure in stressful or escalated situations.  
  • Maintain accurate, compliant data 

    • Support supervision of the school building, including escorting students from class as needed and monitoring cafeteria, hallways, or other areas as needed

    • Drive mini-bus to help with daily transportation of students.  As needed, travel on Indy Go buses with students and provide supervision at bus stops/stations to support student behavior and safety.

  • Support the school model and mission

    • Build relationships with students and their webs of support.  Communicate strengths and challenges frequently and use restorative approaches to resolve conflict. 

    • Collaborate with colleagues to refer and connect students to wraparound supports including Family Empowerment Coaching for internal and community resources, Social-Emotional Learning, Special Education, and more. 

    • Other duties as assigned.

  • Assists students to their destination, aiding teachers with traffic monitoring.

  • Supervises the lunchroom.

  • Supports students, staff, and families in developing prosocial behaviors.

  • Reviews and collects student data.

  • Monitors student progress and adjusts plans based off of this ongoing data review.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma; associate’s degree preferred

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, be able to drive, and qualify under the district’s insurance carrier when driving a district vehicle. 

  • Experience working with high school students.

  • Proven record of results that illustrates the educator’s ability to increase student achievement or improve student behavior

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and make necessary adjustments to achieve school goals

  • Knowledge of and experience implementing restorative practices, trauma informed practices, positive behavior interventions and supports, and crisis prevention and intervention

  • Superior communication skills including active listening, mediation, de-escalation and motivational interviewing

  • Exceptional organizational skills and record of thoroughness with details and timely follow-through

  • Has strong knowledge of computer programs to perform clerical tasks: Google Applications, Excel, and Word

  • Demonstrates our core values: professional, unstoppable, motivated, accountable, and supportive

  • Ability to engage a student population that is majority low-income and majority people of color

  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check.



Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Life, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pre-tax health spending account, dependent care spending account and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund for eligible employees.


To learn more about our Mission and Values, please click here. 


Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled




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