Middle School After-School Wellness 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 Student U After-School Wellness Instructor role is designed for educators with some experience within the Student U community, as well as experience in creating a positive classroom culture and leading groups of students. These candidates believe fervently in the brilliance and potential of our students. Wellness instructors work weekly with class of 10-12 middle school students, acting as the instructor for a chosen wellness activity (including both athletics and/or social/emotional wellness). Students will have the opportunity to choose Wellness activities monthly, so instructors will work with one group of students for four consecutive sessions/classes before rotating to a new group of students.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Student U Wellness 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 students and colleagues.
- Lead weekly “Wellness Wednesday” sessions with students in a given sport and/or activity:
- Plan four 40-minute classes that introduce students to game and/or activity objectives, teach them skills and/or guidelines necessary for participating, and allow students to play/participate in the activity
- Hold students to high interpersonal expectations, particularly in activities that could become competitive; maintain a culture that is positive and safe for all students
- Collaborate with other After-school Instructors and Program Coordinators 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 14, 2018 to May 9, 2019 Wednesdays, 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm + planning time
The Commitment (Our Ideal Candidates)
Our ideal year-round programming staff
- have experience in the Student U community,
- have experience as instructors in an academic or school-based context
- have experience creating supportive and inclusive learning communities
- are reflective of their practice as educators
- are able to meet deadlines.
- believe all students can achieve greatness.
- are highly motivated, hardworking and organized in supporting our students.
- have strong 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.
- have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to flex communication style to multiple environments and 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.
- are committed to uncovering the brilliance of our students.
- are committed to the city of Durham.
- 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 one short answer question. Please apply online.