Middle School After-School Instructor
Student U is a college-access and success organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. We know that structural racism, poverty and other systemic injustices force our students to face significant obstacles to educational success. We want to change the odds for children in the Durham community. We believe our students are powerful, and that this power will help us realize a Durham where all students can succeed.
The Middle School After-school Instructor role is designed for passionate individuals who believe fervently in the brilliance and potential of our students. After-school Instructors will work daily throughout the school year with the same group, or “family,” of 10-15 middle school students, acting as an academic coach, and support for students. After-school Instructors work closely with schools, tutors and Student U staff to ensure that each of our students is receiving the support, intervention, and enrichment that they need to be the most successful academic, emotional, and social versions of themselves during the school year.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Student U After-School Instructor!
- Create a culture rooted in love and high expectations that is inclusive and supportive of all students
- Build positive, supportive, and professional relationships with families, colleagues, and students
- Serve as a consistent and effective liaison among Student U, Durham Public School teachers, students, and families through phone calls, email correspondence, and in-person meetings
- Lead a Study Skills classroom in either homework, Enrichment or as an Independent Work Space
- Coordinate the use of tutors in the classroom to best meet student needs
- Act as an Academic Coach for your family (group of 10-15 students): Meet with them daily to set intentions and expectations for day
- Act as main liaison for communication between Student U/family/school
- Meet with each student biweekly to create and track individualized growth plans that help each student grow and thrive academically
- Lead weekly executive functioning classes for your family of 10-15 students to support them in staying organized and avoiding confusion on work they need to do in school.
- Collaborate with other After-school Instructors to ensure that all components of the day run effectively and efficiently
- Collaborate with program staff to reflect on teaching practices and ensure high-quality instruction
- Work with program staff to collect data and participate in the evaluation of Year Round Programming
- Demonstrate the Student U Core Values in all interactions with Student U stakeholders (students, families, guests, volunteers, supporters)
Commitment: September 4, 2018 to May 9, 2019 Monday- Thursday, plus occasional Fridays 2:30-6:30 PM
The Commitment (Our Ideal Candidates)
Our ideal year-round programming staff
- believe all students can achieve greatness.
- are highly motivated, hardworking and organized in supporting our students.
- have experience creating supportive and inclusive learning communities
- have strong instructional, classroom management and organizational skills
- are committed to helping our students grow both academically and socially/emotionally into what we know they are capable of.
- are committed to learning, growing and reflecting together to ensure our students are gaining academic skills.
- are committed to uncovering the brilliance of our students.
- are able to meet deadlines
- have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to flex communication style to multiple environments
- have an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
- view the time spent with students during YRP as an important part of their growth professionally.
- use Student U as an opportunity to develop skills they will later use in their own classrooms or in their area of expertise.
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Preferred but not required: Ability to speak Spanish.
Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Diversity & Child Safeguarding Policy
- Student U is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, 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.
To Apply: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, July 27, 2018. A complete application includes a resume, cover letter and two short answer questions. Please apply online.