Culture Specialist

URBAN ACT Academy at Washington Irving School 14
About URBAN ACT Academy:

URBAN ACT Academy is a non-profit 501(c) 3 charter school serving students and families in the Indianapolis area for the 2022-23 school year. The mission of URBAN ACT Academy is to empower students as leaders and to develop globally competitive scholars and informed citizens. URBAN ACT stands for “Us Reaching, Benefitting, Aiding & Nurturing A Community Together”. URBAN says that we are focusing on core city communities that are often overlooked and underserved. ACT says that we are prepared to highlight the rich assets in our communities while also addressing the tough issues facing our neighbors, not simply through words or ideas but through meaningful action.

URBAN ACT Academy incorporates a place-based academic model to reimagine the student experience and to position our students for success. Through place-based instruction, students are immersed in the local culture, landscape and experiences that are then used to connect the foundational studies of the core content. The place-based learning component of our educational model is a key tool for helping students understand the relevance of their learning in relation to their own diverse identities and personal lives.

Essential functions of an URBAN ACT Academy Culture Specialist include but are not limited to:
  • Developing Intervention Strategies
  • Assist staff in defining and measuring behavior; understanding principles of reinforcing; teaching new behaviors; implementing strategies for weakening behavior; and identifying antecedents
  • Promote highly specialized positive behavior interventions in which “at risk” students thrive
  • Work with school team on issues such as crisis intervention, learning and collaboration issues, and factors that can affect development and implementation of interventions
  • Develop a repertoire of assessment strategies and use to measure student progress
  • Facilitate conflict resolution and peer mediation sessions
Creating a Culture of Learning
  • Create a positive, achievement focused learning environment that motivates students to participate and excel at high levels
  • Work with the school community in using the Restorative Framework and principles as well as the URBAN ACT Academy school culture guide to build relationships and to promote a culture of fairness and respect for all
  • Implement school-wide and classroom procedures, systems and routines to provide structure, ensure the safety and well-being of our scholars and to maximize instructional time
Family and Community Relations
  • Maintain timely and open lines of ongoing communication with families, communicating thoughtfully and respectfully
  • Work collaboratively with families and community members to facilitate team meetings with the purpose of completing a functional behavior assessment
  • Engage parents in the student behavior intervention plan process and empower parents by providing them with skills and techniques to support the positive behavior development of their child
Professionalism and Continued Development
  • Participate in all professional development meetings including summer institute, orientation, school retreats and team building activities
  • Collaborate with others to improve instruction and school culture
  • Engage in on-going professional development to increase knowledge and skills of positive student behavior support for all students
  • Fulfill all functions related to the role of the behavior interventionist as assigned by the Head of School in a timely and thorough manner
Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelors’ degree

Certification: Behavior Specialist Certification (or willingness to seek valid state certification if needed)

Compensation: Starting pay for position is $42,000 commensurate with experience.


Job Type
Grade Level
Elementary (K-6), Middle School (6-8)
Grade Categories
Instructional Support
Job Subjects