Social Emotional Learning Specialist

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Social Emotional Learning Specialist

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New Position- Posted 1/22/2021

The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialist is responsible for the organization and implementation associated with the Conscious Discipline Model (this is the SEL model used by Goodman) and other SEL tools across Children’s Programming. This position will work directly with the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming and the Program Managers to develop systems in order to support training and ongoing monitoring of SEL with Children’s Programming staff, participants, and families to ensure all goals and outcomes are met during the year.

SEL Program for Children

All elements of the program for children should be guided by best-practices in child and youth programming, childcare, accreditation and licensing regulations, Wisconsin After-School Continuous Improvement Process (WASCIP), Youth-Adult Partnerships, and other desired program outcomes.

Applicants received by Monday, 2/1/2021 will be given preference.  Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Job Description


SEL Conscious Discipline (60%)

  • Coordinate, with direction from the Assistant Director of Children’s Programs and Program Managers, the implementation of the Conscious Discipline model and other SEL/mindfulness strategies throughout Children’s Programming.
  • Build and participate in the implementation of a continuum of social/emotional services to support all students within a program, including direct support of student intervention.
  • Partner with the ECE and EAS Managers for the implementation of SEL in their classrooms. Ensure CUNA SEL goals are being implemented within Children’s Programming, including youth voice and community building.
  • Design and implement professional development trainings for GCC teachers and staff several times a year.
  • Mentor teachers on how to manage SEL and implement the Conscious Discipline model within their classrooms.
  • Participate in classrooms by observing and modeling for teachers and work with the Assistant Director of Children’s Programs and the Program Managers to develop supports and professional development for implementing Conscious Discipline in their classes.
  • Work with teachers to inform the individual portfolios around SEL goals.
  • Work with the Early Childhood Partnership Manager and Program Mangers to get children referred for additional services such as Anesis or other external resources.
  • Meet with the Middle School and High School SEL staff to develop consistent and age-appropriate language and responses.
  • Provide support to other Goodman program areas as it related to SEL.
  • Perform other duties.

Onboarding and Introduction to SEL (20%)

  • Develop tools and resources to introduce SEL to families and new staff.
  • Demonstrate classroom modeling of SEL and Conscious Discipline processes.
  • With the Assistant Director of Children’s Programs and the Program Mangers, implement SEL assessments.
  • With Program Mangers and Assistant Director or Evaluation, support SEL assessments to meet grant goals.
  • Develop an on-going observation tool for classrooms to assess utilization of SEL processes.
  • Manage data associated with observations tools, assessments and grant reporting with the support of the Assistant Director of Evaluation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Classroom and Family Support (20%)

  • Modeling Conscious Discipline approaches for teachers and families.
  • Execute classroom observation and reflection tools with teachers.
  • Provide side-by-side coaching to teachers and staff - especially new teachers - to create safe, inclusive and respectful classrooms with diverse populations of students.
  • Develop and provide SEL resources for families.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


General Expectations

  • Follow policies and procedures of Goodman Community Center’s Children’s Programming.
  • Be knowledgeable of Positive Youth Development and knowledgeable and adhere to state licensing regulations and City of Madison accreditation standards.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and GCC quarterly all staff meetings.
  • Meet regularly with teaching staff to ensure continuous program improvement.
  • Meet weekly with the childcare administrative team.
  • Respect confidentiality of GCC families and staff.
  • Attend continuing education trainings to complete required hours.
  • Keep accurate record of trainings and timesheet.
  • Check email daily and respond to requests in a timely manner.
  • Complete all paperwork on time.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • An Associate’s Degree in Childcare/Child Development, Education, or a related field and/or relevant equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience with SEL processes required.
  • Willingness and ability to be trained in the Conscious Discipline Model within 6 months of being employed in the position.
  • 2 or more years working in a childcare setting and/or with program planning, environment design, and supervisory experience.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of State Licensing Rules and Regulations and City of Madison Accreditation Guidelines, WASCIP, CACFP guidelines and positive youth development theory.
  • Proficiency using office software including Outlook, MS Word, Adobe, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team and maintain a positive work environment, support staff and enforce Center/program rules consistently.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Commitment to GCC’s mission and values.


  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, reliable transportation.
  • Willingness to drive a 15 passenger van with children as passengers.
  • Ability to work outside of the center’s core hours as necessary.


  • Ability to work with students in-person to deliver programming and participate in in-person team and other meetings. 
  • Ability to use computers daily in an interactive manner for extended periods of time as necessary. 
  • Ability to work in multiple environments (i.e. working in schools to develop opportunities, work station at GCC, and remotely as needed). 
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for an extended period of time.  
  • Ability to lift, push, pull up to 15 pounds occasionally. 


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Childcare/Child Development, Elementary or Cultural Studies.
  • Knowledge of Madison resources, program resources and a diverse range of activities.
  • Knowledge of WI Common Core State Standards.