Discipline and Culture Liaison (immediate need)

Hiawatha Academies - Minneapolis, MN2.5

Full-timeEstimated: $47,000 - $61,000 a year
Hiawatha Academies is a growing network of high-performing, K-12 open enrollment public charter schools. We are driven by our mission that All Hiawatha Academies scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

We have demonstrated success in student achievement, consistently recognized by the Star Tribune as Beating the Odds Schools. Hiawatha Academies is proof of what happens when we give every child the opportunities they deserve.

Hiawatha College Prep- Northrop (HCP-N) is a results-driven 5-8 school focused on building deep community, fostering student agency, and providing rigorous interdisciplinary learning experiences that allow students to gain the knowledge and skills needed for the 21st century and beyond.

In 19-20, we will have 5th and 6th graders and grow one year at a time until we reach our full capacity as a 5-8 school.

HCP-N is currently seeking a hard-working, passionate, and goal-oriented educator to join our team as our Discipline and Culture Liaison for immediate need.

Job Description

The Discipline and Culture Liaison (DCL) is responsible for setting a tone of joy, discipline, and student achievement throughout the school. They will work under the guidance of the HCP-Northrop’s Dean of Students to support classroom teachers, school-wide systems, the middle school Principal, and, of course, students. This role unites maintaining discipline and building culture. We passionately believe that smooth and effective culture systems and accountability allow the instructional team to focus on closing the achievement gap, preparing every student for success in college and in life.


General Responsibilities

Foster a school climate that promotes respect and appreciation for all students, staff and parents, and supports the school’s mission
Build and foster effective relationships with all HCP-N students
Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve school culture
Support a joyful and engaging school culture where all students can be their best
Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees and for students

Student Culture and Discipline

With the Dean of Students, manage all systems and communication around all disciplinary consequences, including detentions, suspensions, expulsions, and parental contacts
Maintain strong relationships with students, families, and staff
With the Dean of Students, conduct proactive and reactive disciplinary meetings with students and families
Run school culture and behavior reports on a regular basis
With the Dean of Students, conduct regular analysis of student behavior (Who is receiving what consequences, where? For what? What can we do to help students make better choices? Etc.)
Escort students from the main office or from the Dean of Students’ office to class as needed
Escort students from class when needed
Conduct locker and/or backpack checks when needed

Systems Management

Oversee breakfast, lunch, dismissal, detention and/or in school suspension daily
Oversee lunchtime and after school student reflection
Support the Dean of Students in managing the all student support structures
Maintain and log proactive and reactive family communication
Maintain and log proactive and reactive staff and teacher communication

Perform other duties as required and assigned

The Student Behavior Specialist must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior

Cores and Values:
All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values and equity vision:

1) Children are at the center of everything we do.

2) Our mission requires bold thought and action.

3) We choose optimism.

4) We push ourselves to improve.

5) We are stronger together.

6) We create fun and a little weirdness.

Equity Vision

To honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. To learn more about our equity vision, click here.

Hiawatha College Prep – Northrop students’ school day is from 7:25am-3:00pm, Monday-Thursday and 7:25am-1:15pm on Friday.
Staff must be present from 7:00am-3:45pm, Monday-Thursday.
Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:30pm-4:30pm.
All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all Family Events at the school, including evening events throughout the year.

Passion for helping middle school scholars exercise responsibility and self-discipline
Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues
Exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
Experience utilizing de-escalation and mediation techniques
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues, students, and families
Must have a growth mindset
Awareness of self and the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact within different cultural contexts
Must be a problem-solver, self directed learner, startup education setting, and must possess the the ability to work independently

Bachelor's degree
Bilingual (English and Spanish) - highly prefered


Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience. Hiawatha offers a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, life, and retirement.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.