8 hrs/day, 10 month full time
Based on 185 days.
Office hours and evenings and weekends as necessary
Effective Date of Employment:

Application Deadlines:
October 18, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.
Application Procedures:
All Candidates:  Apply on-line at as an External applicant.

Overview:  Falcon Ridge Middle School (FRMS) is seeking a culturally competent Student Support Specialist to support students in developing social, emotional, and academic skills that align with The Falcon Way values of being responsible, respectful, and safe. The Student Support Specialist works in collaboration with our administrative team to provide academic, social, and behavior support through developing relationships and focusing on skill building that will result in personal growth and success for each student.


  • Work under the supervision of the Building Principal and Assistant Administrators.
  • Oversee the development of students’ social-emotional skills and behavioral growth, manage data collection, analysis, and reporting of progress and outcomes.
  • Supervise students and promote a safe, respectful, harmonious environment for all participants.
  • Bring people together to reconcile and build relationships when harm has been done.
  • Empower students to identify and manage emotions, resolve conflicts, build positive relationships, and develop problem-solving skills.
  • Develop and implement both individual and small-group interventions that help students build relationships, school connectedness, and the confidence to overcome challenges.
  • Coach students to set, track, and achieve individual and group goals (academic, behavioral, college and career).
  • Plan, lead and facilitate active and highly engaging educational, leadership, and enrichment activities for students and staff.
  • Collaborate with staff and provide expertise to address and redirect challenging behaviors.
  • Engage with parents/guardians, counselors, and teachers to support consistent social and emotional learning and development at home and in the classroom.
  • Involvement in training sessions, conferences and workshops as assigned or appropriate


  • Four-year degree (or near completion), with relevant coursework and experience in Education, Counseling, Restorative Justice, Social Work or Youth Development.
  • Ability to work in a non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and empowering manner with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Bi-lingual preferred; Spanish and/or Somali.
  • Strong organizational skills with good attention to detail and time management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and handle stressful situations.
  • Volunteer management experience preferred.
  • Driver’s license, clean driving record, insurance and vehicle for work purposes.
  • Experience with AVID strategies
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency working with a culturally, ethnically, racially and socioeconomically diverse school community is preferred.

Responsible To:
School Principal

Non-Licensed Specialist – Salary in the range of $45,432 – $50,481 (2021-22 salary range), plus an excellent benefits program.

District 196 is a public school district of choice located in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is the fourth largest school district in Minnesota, serving 30,000 students and more than 150,000 residents. The district’s 110 square miles encompass all or part of the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights and Lakeville, and Empire and Vermillion townships.

District 196 has 19 elementary schools (grades K-5); six middle schools (grades 6-8); four high schools (grades 9-12); an optional School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo for juniors and seniors; an Area Learning Center for students who are more successful in a non-traditional high school setting; a K-12 special education school for students with emotional and behavioral challenges, and a special education school serving young adults ages 18-21. The district also operates two learning centers that provide early childhood and Adult Basic Education, and offers robust community education programs and classes for life-long learners of all ages.

In District 196, the sky’s the limit. That’s because our committed team of educators is dedicated to helping learners explore the outer limits of their vast potential. District 196 is nationally recognized for providing boundless opportunities in which students can learn and grow. Whether they have an affinity for academics, arts and/or athletics, our goal is to expose students to the infinite possibilities that exist for their futures. Together, we encourage students each day to pursue excellence as they experience their exciting journey along the road of life.

Equal Opportunity Employer