Social Emotional Learning Assistant and Building Substitute

Location(s) US-IN-Indianapolis
Full Time


 The assistant will serve as a member of the social-emotional learning team, assisting teammates with responding to high school students’ social-emotional learning needs in a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  The two primary duties of the assistant are to respond to radio calls from staff members requesting assistance for students and to supervise students in classrooms or other areas of the school as needed.  The employee will be responsible for carrying out the plans and duties of the teachers or others they are covering for as directed by the school leadership.

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

      • Invest students 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.  

  • When providing coverage for another staff member, foster a structured and supportive environment that is consistent with school agreements, trauma-informed, and provides students with frequent feedback to support their learning and social-emotional development. 

  • 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.


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Proven record of results improving student behavior, preferably with high school students

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

  • 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

  • Record of excellent attendance with previous employers

  • 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 pretax 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 Industries of Central and Southern Indiana is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled


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