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Re-Engagement Coach- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School - Teach Indy

Re-Engagement Coach- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Job Summary

The Re-Engagement Coach serves as a member of the Student Services team at the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School and will be a member of a school community with an educational model that complements the acclaimed barrier removal work Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana does at The Excel Centers, Nurse-Family Partnership, and other award-winning programs.  The coach helps students achieve their academic and post-secondary goals by reconnecting students with the school.  The coach manages an ever-changing caseload of students who have become disengaged from school in grades 9-12 in a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  The coach works with the students’ Family Empowerment Coaches to help tap into the student’s motivation and goals and provides resources to connect to opportunities and remove barriers from the student so they can re-engage in academic coursework.  With our core values of Professional, Unstoppable, Motivated, Accountable, and Supportive, the 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.

Example Duties and Activities

  • Engages relentlessly and creatively in finding students who have disengaged from school, including but not limited to:
    • Leveraging the students’ families and webs of support. 
    • Reaching out to others in the students’ network.
    • Using multiple means of communication including texting and social media.
    • Conducting visits to students’ homes, employment, and other community sites in order to connect with students.
  • Attends all team, student, family, and professional meetings to advocate on behalf of students.
  • Monitors state graduation cohort and accurately identifies students who have become disengaged or dropped out. 
  • Invests students in graduation plans and post-secondary planning to ensure commitment to attending school.
  • Manages, monitors, and evaluates data to ensure re-engaged students stay on track before transitioning them back to their Family Empowerment Coach.
  • Recruits students to attend Indy Met who are looking for the best fit school.
  • Initiates and maintains networks with key community partners including Goodwill Mission Initiatives community agencies, educational institutions, and employers to enhance the menu of services offered and to connect students to wrap-around services to remove barriers and support academic and/or personal goals.
  • Chaperones field trips and drives mini-bus to take students to community events.
  • Maintains a visible presence and is active in the building during the school day.
  • Partners with colleagues to refer and connect students to wraparound supports including internal and community resources, Social-Emotional Learning, Special Education, and more. 
  • Develops deep and lasting relationships with staff, students, and families to create a positive student culture.
  • Aids the school community by attending extracurricular events such as athletic contests and family nights. 

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements – Bachelor’s degree in psychology, human relations, social work, rehabilitation counseling, education, academic advising, or related fields.
  • Counseling Expertise – Provides academic, career, college/certification access, and social-emotional mentoring, counseling, or advising ideally to high school-age students in a high poverty, racially diverse education setting.
  • Communication Skills – Articulates thoughts and expresses ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to comprehend customers’ needs. Delivers information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • Meeting Facilitation – Adept at scheduling, coordinating, and managing productive meetings of large and small groups; professionally manages conflict and commitment; ensures follow-through of participants.
  • Academic Mindset – Possesses the essential mindset that all students can succeed. Is compelled to improve the outcomes and lives of students in and out of the classroom.  Is an outstanding role model for students.
  • Student Engagement – Takes a strengths-based, student-centered approach to developing relationships at all levels while establishing appropriate boundaries. Adept at delivering feedback that is constructive and unbiased. Creates and maintains a safe environment for open discussions.
  • Building Collaborative Relationships – Develops, maintains, and strengthens partnerships at all levels with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Is able to receive as well as provide feedback to improve performance or processes.
  • Technical Knowledge – Has working knowledge of G Suite, MS Office, and the Internet, as well as student information systems.
  • Organizational Aptitude – Plans and attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing multiple tasks in an organized and timely fashion. Exhibits careful attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Informed Decision-Making – Identifies and comprehends issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Adaptability – Maintains effectiveness when experiencing shifts in priorities; adjusts effectively while maintaining a positive learning environment.

Preferred Competencies 

  • Diversity Awareness – Works with diverse populations including people who have experienced barriers to their education.
  • Established Contacts – Maintains and grows a professional network of local community resources, health care providers, employers, and others as appropriate to the organization.

Other Requirements

  • Background Screening – All candidates must pass a pre-employment background check.  Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and qualify under the district’s insurance carrier when driving a district vehicle. 

Benefits: Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Life, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pre-tax health spending account, dependent care spending account, and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund for eligible employees
  • Eligible for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

Goodwill Education Initiatives

Goodwill strongly believes it is essential to raise education attainment levels in Indiana. Not only are the lifetime earnings of high school graduates significantly higher than those of dropouts, children of high school graduates are 50% less likely to drop out of high school than the children of dropouts are. Goodwill provides opportunities for adults (The Excel Center) and youth (Indianapolis Metropolitan High School).

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Charter High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a free public school offering a high school education to students in grades 9-12. Indianapolis Met is a best-fit school for students experiencing circumstance that may present a barrier to education. Our school places an emphasis on ensuring students enroll in college or enter into a career that offers a living wage post-graduation.

Indianapolis Met is designed to serve students who are experiencing circumstances that may become barriers to their education.