2021-2022 High School Advocate
Company: Student U
Posted on: January 15, 2022
JOB TITLE: High School Advocate -Hybrid Model
HOURS NEEDED: 5-6 hours per week
Student U is a community organization that uses the power of
education to build a just and equitable Durham.
We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham
Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders
that will transform our city. Together, we're creating a Durham
where all students succeed.
As a result of structural racism, poverty and other systemic
injustices, we acknowledge that first generation college-bound
students face significant personal and institutional obstacles to
educational success. We want to change the odds for children in our
High school advocates will work closely with Student U's high
school staff to support students and their families as they prepare
for high school graduation and college acceptance. Through this
hybrid model, high school advocates will be responsible for
mentoring, supporting and advocating for a small cohort of students
(6-7) within their assigned school. Ideal candidates for this
position will have a proven record of developing strong
relationships and advocating on behalf of students and families. In
addition to this, candidates will be resourceful, dedicated to the
task of supporting first-generation college students, students of
color, believe all children can succeed when adequately supported,
and able to fully immerse into a community-driven organization.
All advocates will need to attend the mandatory Advocate
Orientation dates (on July 21st & July 29th) and our High School
U-Prep Day on August 21st, 2020 (virtually), and virtual monthly
A huge role of the Student U Advocate is to help foster a culture
of pride, academic excellence and college readiness within your
caseload of students and as a member of the Student U Advocate
Duties and responsibilities: Student Support:
Check In: Hold scheduled bi-weekly in-person meetings with advisees
to discuss their academic progress and social/emotional well being
Serve on intervention team with Student U social worker, learning
specialist, and full time staff as necessary to support
Work closely with students and families to develop and implement
academic success plans for students
Advocate on behalf of students inside the school
Support Team Meeting: Hold scheduled monthly STM (via zoom,
in-person is optional) with parents/guardians & students to keep
them abreast of their students' performance and needs (bi-weekly if
student has more than one grade that is less than a C). *
Serve as a liaison and communication support for parents inside the
Serve as connection to Student U community for advisees and
Advocate Team Support & Collaboration:
Serve on a school-based advocate team and larger advocate team
(across all DPS high schools)
Facilitate monthly in person cluster meetings for all Student U
students at respective school with school-based advocate team *
Attend virtual Student U advocate staff meetings every month via
Participate in required Student U high school events and workshops
for students and families (includes four in person Saturday
Specific to the Virtual Advocate Positions (different from above)
Only 2 positions available:
Check In: Hold scheduled weekly communication with students (text,
phone call, or zoom).
Advocate Team Support & Collaboration:
Partner with other virtual advocates to create support team for non
Facilitate monthly virtual clusters meetings for all non DPS
Student U students
Skills and Qualities:
A deep personal belief that all students can succeed and a
willingness to work with students and families to make college a
viable reality for all Student U students.
Commitment to the Student U mission and core values.
Ability to work well in a team and to communicate effectively with
students, parents, teachers, administrators.
Ability to work one afternoon every other month for staff meetings
and one Saturday each quarter for student events
Ability to develop strong relationships of trust with students and
Desire to gain greater knowledge of the college admissions process
and strategies for increasing access for all students
Sharp organizational skills to document students' progress.
High expectations for students, families and self.
Strong leadership, personal initiative and problem-solving
A relentless drive to provide the highest quality education for all
students on a consistent basis
Education and Experience:
Experience working with high school students
At least one year of experience working in Durham Public
Demonstrated commitment to being an active and engaged member of
the school community
Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Equity & Child
Student U is committed to fostering an inclusive culture within our
organization where people from various backgrounds can participate
fully and equitably, as we want to engage all those who can
contribute to our mission.
Student U has a commitment to ensuring the safety of our students.
All staff will participate in the Darkness to Light Training, which
is a child safeguarding training to help them understand why it is
necessary to safeguard and protect children and to be fully aware
of the procedure for reporting concerns.
Hourly rate: $16/per hour
Hours needed: 5-6 hours per week
Priority Deadline to Apply: Thursday, July 1st, 2021
Commitment Dates: August 1st, 2021- June 15th, 2022
TO APPLY : Please apply online. A complete application includes
answers to application questions and resume. Applications will be
considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline of July
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