Peace Education Specialist (four positions)

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Position Overview

Marquette University Peace Works (MUPW), a researched-based program operated by the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, successfully fosters positive youth development while reducing youth violence and transforming students’ interpersonal and group behaviors. MUPW aims to achieve this by a) reducing the number of disruptive behavioral incidents, b) increasing the application of interpersonal skills, and c) improving the climate of the school and community.

MUPW utilizes a social-emotional curriculum, restorative practices and peer mediation to teach youth communication skills, active listening skills, critical observation skills, mediation techniques, anger management skills, self-reflection, and problem-solving through group interaction, role play, exercises, and reflection. This program helps youth learn practical skills for personal and relational development, community building, and peacemaking.

The Peace Education Specialist will assist in the development and implementation of the Peace Works program in Milwaukee’s public, private, charter and religious schools. This position is a full-time (40 hours per week) including benefits with the option for annual renewal contingent upon grant funding.

The successful applicant will be familiar with methods for teaching nonviolence and conflict resolution to youth and have experience implementing programs. We desire applicants who are organized, compassionate, self-reflective, mindful, flexible, and dedicated. Applicants must have a passion for working with at-risk youth in an educational setting and an ability to build rapport with and mentor students and families from various socio-economic, racial and religious backgrounds. We desire educators with knowledge and experience in trauma-informed approaches, social-emotional learning, restorative practices, facilitating mediation, motivational interviewing and special education.

All applicants need to have a reliable form of transportation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop strong relationships with school partners including administrators, faculty and students
  2. Facilitate the Peace Works curriculum in public, private, charter and religious schools delivering high quality, engaging lessons to students virtually or in person
  3. Provide support to students as they transition to various schools
  4. Develop, plan, organize, and facilitate peer mediation programming
  5. Plan, organize, and facilitate restorative circles involving students, staff and other members of a student’s support system, as needed
  6. Deliver trainings and professional development workshops to school staff
  7. Provide mentoring and coaching to teachers and staff
  8. Maintain precise records of all students and activities
  9. Gather required data for reporting purposes
  10. Develop and augment curriculum
  11. Coordinate and implement program details with teachers, administrators, social workers, counselors, and other staff
  12. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Special Education, Counseling or Psychology, Social Work or Social Services or another related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working with at risk youth and diverse populations.
  • Strong background in socio-emotional learning, trauma informed and restorative practices
  • Familiar with methods for teaching nonviolence and conflict resolution skills to youth.
  • Passion and experience working with at-risk youth
  • Unconditional positive regard for youth
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Ability to deliver training and coaching to professional staff at schools
  • Familiarity with delivering curriculum to students and staff via online platforms
  • Strong computer competency that includes proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, nonviolent principles including conflict mediation and restorative practices
  • An interactive and engaging teaching style
  • The ability to develop good working relationships with students, families, teachers and administrators
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, professional attitude, and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to have a flexible schedule
  • Familiar and comfortable with working in a public, private, or religious school
  • Travel to various schools throughout the school week which requires reliable transportation.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • AODA Certification, mental health or related experience
  • Experience with design and implementation of PBIS systems
  • Experience collecting and analyzing student behavior data
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to deal with diverse constituencies
  • A high level of empathy and compassion with a demonstrated commitment to alternative disciplinary principles
  • Dedication to diversity
  • Willingness and capacity to serve in the position for one year

All applications for this position must be received through Marquette University’s online application system at: employment.marquette.edu/postings/17103

It is the policy of Marquette University to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable federal or state-protected classification.

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