Bilingual Families Advocate

Durham, North Carolina, United States · MIddle School Department · 006


Our bold vision is that one day, all students in Durham, regardless of the color of their skin and the amount of money their parents have in their pockets, will be able to succeed. In order to make this vision a reality, Student U’s mission is to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Student U aims to combat systemic racism and structural inequities by walking with students from the 6th grade through college graduation as they beat the statistics and become leaders in our community. The three components of Student U programming - an intergenerational college access-success pipeline, leadership development for students, families and staff, and an open source model of sharing our lessons learned is our contribution to creating a Durham where all children can succeed. Our ambitious goal is for 100% of our students to graduate high school, enroll in post-secondary institutions and matriculate from those within 6 years. We believe that this is possible for all students in our community.

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the Bilingual Families Advocate is a part-time (15 hours a week during the school year and up to 30 over the summer) position responsible for ensuring all Student U staff have the cultural competence to support the academic and life outcomes of Latinx students. Specifically, this person will ensure our programs are responsive to the experiences and needs of Latinx students, communication with families is consistent across all programs and our interpretation and translation practices reflect best practices. This person will have the primary function of managing all interpretation and translations for Student U, serving as an interpreter for families and coordinating interpretation efforts in high demand times for our teams. This is a new position on the Student U team with room for growth and evolution, as is necessary, over time.


Program Development and training:

  1. Support the development of all Student U programs and advocate for the needs and experiences of Latinx students and their families
  2. Train all Student U staff in best practices and cultural competency for working with and supporting Latinx students and their families

Parent Communication

Family Engagement

Ideal Candidate

An ideal candidate will become an indispensable member of our time within 3 months. Candidates will be excellent written and spoken communicators in English and Spanish, dedicated to the task of supporting Latinx students and their families, believe all children can succeed when adequately supported, and able to fully immerse into a community-driven organization. At the minimum, candidates must have relevant work experience.

The majority of Student U’s programming supports students during out-of-school time. This position will require some evenings and weekend work and will have more work during the summer when all of our programs are in full swing.


Minimum Requirements

Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Equity & Child Safeguarding Policy


Benefits and Hourly Rate: The hourly rate is $19 and in addition, a benefits package includes: Wellness Stipend, PTO (5 vacation days and 2 floating holidays) and access to purchase membership to Student U’s health insurance plan.

To Apply: Please apply online. A complete application will include résumé, cover letter, and two professional references (including one from a previous direct supervisor). Only complete applications will be considered. The final deadline for applications is Friday, November 2nd, 2018.

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