Restorative Justice Practice Coordinator


Qualities and Role of Restorative Practices Coordinator:

The Montclair Public Schools’(MPS) Restorative Practice (RP) Coordinator will be a highly motivated energetic educator who is a visionary leader with a clear, concise understanding of Restorative Justice practice and its implementation within the MPS setting.  The Restorative Practice Coordinator must be trained, willing and able to model the expectations of a positive school climate; articulate this vision to Restorative Justice Teachers on Special assignment (TOSA’s), Administrators, students, staff and parents; and, be committed to analyzing, planning and facilitating the expansion of the program to ensure continuity and consistency of practices throughout the district. The responsibilities of the Restorative Practice Coordinator will be comprised of the following:

  1. Spokesperson for the philosophy of Restorative Practice through modeling and messaging all aspects of the practices: teaching, monitoring and reviewing effective proactive/preventative restorative practices in accordance with district policy and regulations
  2. Providing ongoing training, coaching, and mentoring to guide TOSA’s and other staff in implementation of existing practice
  3. Supporting the administrators’ role in ensuring implementation within their buildings
  4. Facilitating a plan of action for the expansion of program development in schools that are not currently trained in RP protocols

Qualifications of the Restorative Practice Coordinator:

  • Master’s degree in a related field, preferably Social Services
  • Exceptionally strong interpersonal and communication skills; both written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated aptitude or competence for assigned responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to mediate conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills of strategic planning, relationship building, and maintaining program efficacy.
  • Training in Restorative Justice Circle Keeping, preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment as a life-long learner who is open to ongoing training for refinement of practice.

Performance Responsibilities needed to improve school climate and insure the growth and continued success of the Restorative Justice Practices in the district. The RP Coordinator will:

  • Facilitate mediations, as needed, in response to conflicts among students, educators and family members.
  • Inform families, administrators, and educators about incidents in school, as needed, with the assistance of the Behavioral Teams and building Administrators.
  • Circulate throughout the district buildings to build and foster relationships with all stakeholders and cultivate advocates for RP among administrators, educators, students, families and community members.
  • Support teachers and inside the classroom through observation, coaching, and modeling of RJ practices.
  • Establish a “feed-back” loop for administrators, educators and students to use in order to express concerns/testimonials about the process.
  • Provide ongoing restorative practice professional Development to TOSA’s, staff, and administrators.
    • Facilitate debriefing sessions for teachers and students for the purpose of expanding understanding,
    • Provide follow-up sessions to ensure program effectiveness.
    • Use peace circles to build a sense of community
  • Plan and facilitate trainings that expand the existing scope of the program throughout the district; train the administrative team so they can ensure compliance with district policy and regulations; teach students conflict resolution techniques; and develop a common language among community members.
  • Advocate for educators and students in Behavior Team meetings.
  • Gather and organize measurable assessment data to inform a variety of stakeholders of trends regarding the school climate as a means of communicating about the effectiveness of the RP work being accomplished in the school buildings.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of district policies, regulations and codes of conduct that align restorative practices.
  • Attend Restorative Practices implementation and Conflict Circle training and any other opportunity that will enhance the Coordinators practice in facilitating the goals.

Report to: Assistant Superintendent  

Terms of Employment: 10 months inclusive of summer and after school work, as determined by the Board; salary according to MEA contract plus annually approved stipend by board of education.
Evaluation: Performance will be evaluated annually in accordance with the Board’s policy on evaluation of certified staff.

Created: May 2020, Board Approved 6/15/20


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