Peace Guide – PeaceMaker Minnesota

Position: Peace Guide
Time Commitment: Due to working within elementary schools, hours for this position will vary as follows:

  • 350 school-service hours, typically delivered three days per week, approximately 3 hours each day, over the lunch and recess hours.
  • Up to 50 additional hours – scheduled throughout the year – for meetings, trainings, reporting, etc.
  • Nearly all hours will take place between August and June with occasional hours for meetings or trainings as needed during July.

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Pay Rate: Between $16 – $20 per hour. This part-time position is not benefits eligible.

Mileage Reimbursement: PeaceMaker Minnesota will reimburse employees and volunteers for mileage driven while on PeaceMaker Minnesota business. PeaceMaker Minnesota will use the standard business mileage reimbursement rate as determined by the IRS.

PeaceMaker Minnesota will determine the miles that employees drive from home to their primary PeaceMaker Minnesota work site, and from their primary work site to home. Miles driven to and from one’s home for PeaceMaker Minnesota business in excess of these miles are reimbursable.

Program Purpose & Summary: to help kids learn to be peacemakers and to help create a positive learning environment. The Peace Guide does this by supporting school staff members (administrators, teachers, aides, social workers, school resource officers, etc.) and by working with students to help them to improve communication, relational and conflict resolution skills. The Peace Guides helps youth to develop empathy, to include others, to address bullying, to repair harm, to advocate for oneself and others, to use kind – Person First – language, to accept and take personal responsibility for their actions, to develop friends who play a positive role in their lives, and to build community. The Peace Guide is a caring adult in the lives of youth to help them to feel listened to, valued and cared for.

Working Conditions: The Peace Guide will work at their assigned school. The Guide may occasionally need to attend meetings at the PeaceMaker Minnesota office in Roseville, or travel to other Metro Area locations for training or meetings.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Strong, effective inter-personal skills, including the ability to build relationships with students, school staff, and community members.
  • Knowledge of and understanding of restorative justice philosophy, principles, and practices preferred.
  • Keen observation skills and ability to identify when children are engaged in conflicts that they may be trying to hide from adults.
  • Ability to maintain and model calm and patience in high-activity environments, such as lunchrooms, playgrounds, classrooms, etc.
  • Ability to help students develop skills and strategies to solve problems and make healthy decisions.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, staff, and others from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Clear, concise, detail-oriented writing skills to document issues, actions taken, follow up, and resolution of problems and/or challenges that arise with or between students.
  • Ability to multi-task, and work in a dynamic and changing work environment.
  • Ability to complete tasks and solve problems in a self-directed manner, while recognizing when problems warrant engaging other staff members.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings with students and staff as needed.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using personal computers and related programs to facilitate word processing, email, and reporting requirements.
  • Ability to work on-site at assigned elementary school and occasionally at PeaceMaker Minnesota office in Roseville or other locations.
  • Honor, celebrate, and promote diversity in our workplaces and in the communities, we serve, including the ability to work toward and maintain an inclusive environment in which those we work with feel welcomed, included, heard, respected, and valued.
  • Ability to demonstrate and uphold PeaceMaker Minnesota’s values:
    • Peace is worth our commitment.
    • People and relationships matter.
    • Transparency and Accountability.

Required Education and Experience:

Six months or more of experience working directly with elementary-age children (k-8) in a structured setting with demonstrated ability in helping them resolve conflicts, repair harm, and improve relationships.

Desired Education and Experience:

Experience applying restorative justice principles and practices preferred. Mediation experience preferred. Completion of foundational circle training and introduction to restorative practices preferred.

Required Credentials / Licensure: N/A

Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications: N/A

Supervision:

This position reports to assigned school staff member (for example, Principal, etc.) and to the PeaceMaker Minnesota Peace Guide Service Manager.

Responsibilities:

  1. Build awareness among students and school staff members of the Peace Guide’s role and how they can help.
  2. Teach conflict resolution skills, including language for appropriate and constructive responses to conflict and bullying in various environment, such as the playground, lunchroom, and classroom.
  3. Help students navigate relationships and friendships by teaching needed skills to maintain friendships and resolve difficulties.
  4. Build trusting, supportive relationships with students, so they feel comfortable bringing forward issues and concerns.
  5. Observe students in a variety of settings to gain insight into potential issues and work proactively with students to avoid conflicts as needed.
  6. Facilitate (and support the facilitation of) restorative circles and/or conferencing and mediation when conflicts or harm have occurred.
  7. Facilitate (or support coordination and co-facilitation of) pro-active groups with students using restorative techniques to address specific issues that arise within the school year (i.e. family loss, social drama, bullying, community violence) and support the development of youth-driven responses to these issues within the school community.
  8. Conduct follow-up or check-in meetings with students as needed at the request of school staff members, such as a teacher, counselor, social worker, principal, etc.
  9. Serve as a resource for school climate initiatives, restorative practices, bullying prevention, social-emotional learning, and funding opportunities available to the school through PeaceMaker Minnesota.
  10. Document daily interactions with students, as warranted, to generate tracking to understand trends, needed follow up, effectiveness of actions taken, etc.
  11. Administer the Youth Intervention Program (YIP) Grant Outcome Survey to all students at the school in grades four and higher and a short survey to school employees.
  1. Write a brief narrative report each month to demonstrate the work done within the school, including challenges and successes.
  2. Prepare a year-end report by June 15th that includes:

a. YIP survey results

b. Two or more student testimonials and two or more testimonials from adults (school employees, parents, community members, etc.) pertaining to the value of the Peace Guide work.

c. School staff survey results.

  1. Attend training and meetings at assigned school as needed in addition to attending any trainings or meetings required by PeaceMaker Minnesota.

About PeaceMaker Minnesota

To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools to be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

PeaceMaker provides the following services:

  • Financial Services to reimburse schools for training, curriculum, and supplies to build community and strengthen violence prevention efforts. Partner schools can receive $500 and access additional matching money to support teachers and other staff in teaching kids to be peacemakers.
  • Training Service to help teachers, administrators, bus drivers and others to recognize, respond to and to prevent bullying. Training can also help students become peer mediators and school employees learn communication skills to resolve conflicts.
  • Ambassadors for Respect (A4R) brings individuals with developmental disabilities into schools to teach fourth graders about the importance of including others, Person First Language and of being an advocate for oneself and others.
  • Peace Guide Service to help kids learn to be peacemakers and to help create a positive learning environment. Students learn to address bullying, repair harm, resolve conflicts and improve relational skills.Our vision is for kids – all kids in every community – to learn to be peacemakers. Our strategy is to support more school employees, students, and others in teaching kids to be peacemakers. We strive to be leaders in violence prevention education and generators of support for helping youth learn to be peacemakers. Founded in 1998, PeaceMaker Minnesota meets all standards of the Charities Review Council, earned a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, and is a giving option for the State of Minnesota Employee Fund Drive.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At PeaceMaker Minnesota, our mission is to help schools to be safer places for everyone. We honor and celebrate diversity within the people and communities who make that possible: partner schools, students, staff, volunteers, Board of Directors members, interns, vendors, community partners, and others. We call on one another to demonstrate and utilize the skills our programs and services aim to develop in young people: empathy, respect, cooperation, and peaceful conflict resolution.

We work to maintain an inclusive environment in which those we work with feel welcomed, included, heard, respected, and valued. Including diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives helps to generate innovation and progress, making our organization stronger and leading to better services and programs for the people and communities we serve.

Interested applicants may apply by sending a cover letter and resume to: info@peacemakermn.org

This position description outlines the general nature and level of work performed by people employed in this position. The mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota requires that employees demonstrate flexibility in terms of accepting and sharing other, sometimes unforeseeable responsibilities as well as those described in this description. Date: August 28, 2020 DM/HD; 6.25.2021, DM/HD