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School Culture Specialist (SY21-22)
UP Education Network in Dorchester, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/30/2021
Admin-Tutors and Learning Resources
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

UP Education Network is a school turnaround organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. UP transforms schools into exceptional learning environments in partnership with families and communities. Students in UP schools cultivate sharp minds, share their kind hearts, and explore their path and potential. UP graduates succeed on the path to college and pursue their passions. Today, UP is the largest nonprofit school network in Massachusetts and is privileged to serve a highly diverse group of more than 2,500 PK-8th grade students across five schools in Boston and Lawrence. All of our school based staff are district employees and receive district benefits.
Here is why UP is unique

  • Opportunities for immediate impact: UP offers a chance to bring best practices found in high-performing schools to students previously enrolled in struggling schools, and to rapidly unlock the potential of these students
  • Talented, mission-driven colleagues: Our staff is enthusiastic, dedicated, and willing to do “whatever it takes” to put every student on the path to college
  • Collaboration and teamwork: Staff members collaborate and work closely together on grade-level or content area teams, using data to track student performance as well as guide instructional practice

The School Culture Specialist will help lead the school’s efforts to create a positive, structured, consistent, caring, and disciplined school culture. The School Culture Specialist role requires flexibility and understanding of the demands of student behavior. Because human behavior isn’t always linear, the role requires the school’s culture team to adapt to changes and well as proactively plan for possible changes.
The School Culture Specialist role focuses on the following areas:

  • Implementing crisis management techniques and responding immediately to behaviors
  • With the School Culture Team, implement systems and procedures which protect the sanctity of instructional time and reinforce a positive school culture
  • Assist teachers, students, and families in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans
  • Ability to complete/document incidents in order to stay in compliance
  • Provide classroom positive reinforcement techniques in order to support teachers
  • Provide proactive, daily support to students to maintain high behavioral expectations
  • Support with implementing behavior plans
  • Covering Dean’s Office as needed
  • Serve as a point person for discipline and culture issues and maintain systems of efficiency in the Dean of Students Office
  • Reinforce the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan
  • Ensure that the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement

Other Responsibilities

  • Maintain and further develop a structured, achievement-oriented school culture based on UP Academy’s vision of excellence
  • Be highly present and visible during school hours as much as possible
  • Model the school’s values and the standard for professional behavior


  • A strong belief in UP Education Network’s core values: Students, Community, Humility, Resilience, and Humor
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Current authorization to work in the United States – A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment

Compensation and Benefits
Your salary is commensurate with experience; UP Academy follows the salary scales of each UP Academy’s host school district. Please note that this is a paraprofessional-level role. As an employee of UP Academy and your respective school district, you will receive the same access to personal and sick days, health insurance, and dental insurance as others within your union.

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