High School Advocate
Student U is a college-access and success organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. However, 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 community.
We believe that a Durham where all children can succeed is possible. We believe that our students and the children in our community are the most powerful tool our community can leverage to realize that vision. We believe that Student U’s role in creating a Durham where all children can succeed is in expanding the educational opportunities available to our students so that they may unlock their full potential and be the advocates for change within our community. In order to make this dream a reality, Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students from middle school through college. By providing direct services during out-of-school time and advocating for students and families within schools, we ensure our students develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to succeed in their post-secondary choices and beyond. Employees at Student U believe all students can achieve greatness. Together, through intentional staff collaboration and community partnerships, we work tirelessly to make the fearless dreams of our students come true.
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. The high school advocates will be responsible for mentoring, supporting and advocating for a small cohort of students within their school. Ideal candidates for this position will have proven record of developing strong relationships with students and families and being an advocate for students and families. In addition to this, candidates will be resourceful, dedicated to the task of supporting first-generation students, believe all children can succeed when adequately supported, and able to fully immerse into a community-driven organization.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Hold scheduled weekly meetings with advisees to discuss their academic progress and social and emotional well being
- Communicate with parents/guardians on a monthly basis to keep them abreast of their students’ performance and needs
- Serve on intervention team with Student U social worker, learning specialist, and full time staff as necessary to support advisees
- Work closely with students and families to develop and implement academic success plans for students
- Advocate on behalf of students and parents
- Serve on a school-based advocate team and larger advocate team (across all DPS high schools)
- Facilitate monthly cluster meetings for all Student U students at respective school with school-based advocate team
- Attend Student U advocate staff meetings every other month at the Student U office
- Create a Student U culture of pride, academic excellence and college readiness within respective school
- Participate in required Student U high school events and workshops for students and families (includes four Saturday events)
- Serve as connection to Student U community for advisees and families
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 families.
- 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 skills.
- A relentless drive to provide the highest quality education for all students on a consistent basis
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor's degree (preferred)
- At least one year of experience working in Durham Public Schools
- Demonstrated commitment to being an active and engaged member of the school community
Hourly rate: $15/per hour
Hours needed: 4-5 hours per week
TO APPLY: Please apply online and include your resume, cover letter and two references. Applications are rolling.