High School Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States


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 High School Program aims to ensure that 100% of students graduate on-time, prepared to attend and matriculate through the post-secondary options of their choice, by providing students in-school and out-of-school opportunities and support to reach their fullest potential. When students transition to high school, they are paired with in-school advocates who support their academic development, social/emotional well-being, and personal growth. During the summer, high school students are given the opportunity to participate in a Summer Academy and internship program, as well as receive assistance in finding other summer enrichment opportunities that fit their academic needs and interests. All high school students participate in college tours to inform their college decisions and are supported through the application process by advocates and our College Adviser to ensure they apply to and enroll in best-fit colleges.

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the High School Program Coordinator serves on a team of two Coordinators who together are responsible for the development and implementation of all programs touching the lives of students and their families, grades 9-12, as well as the management and professional development of part-time staff. We are currently hiring for 1 High School Program Coordinator position. The High School Program Coordinators manage the daily operations of the high school program to ensure our students, parents, staff and community partners are able to reach their full potential. This High School Program Coordinator position will develop programming to support career discovery, community engagement and leadership opportunities for our high school students.


Program Planning & Coordination

  • Plan & implement high school wide events (including U-Prep Days, college/career preparatory workshops, Decision Day, etc)
  • Oversee the Summer Internship Program, including recruitment of community partners, training and support of students and supervisors, and management of Summer Internship Coordinator Assistant
  • Develop and manage strategic community partnerships that support career discovery, community engagement and leadership opportunities for students (including Creative Mentorship Program)

Part-Time Staff Management

  • Lead recruitment and selection of high school advocates and support in recruitment of high school summer positions (Internship Coordinator Assistant, Summer Academy Leadership Team, etc.)
  • Lead creation of training materials and implementation of all high school related trainings on a team with High School Program Coordinator, College Adviser, and Program Assistant
  • Co-manage and support team of 30-35 high school advocates to ensure program goals are met
  • Oversee professional development and evaluation of high school advocates and summer staff
  • Coordinate high school part-staff meetings
  • Create cohesive working environment for high school team

Student Support

  • Advocate on behalf of students and families to schools and other stakeholders, when necessary
  • Serve on student intervention team with advocates, Student U Social Worker, Learning Specialist, and College Advisor
  • Design and coordinate system to connect high school students with summer enrichment opportunities that fit their career/college interests
  • Oversee high school student engagement and lead disconnected student meetings

Parent Communication

  • Support the development of communication plans with families and students with the Program Assistant
  • Support advocates with parent communication to ensure all parents remain informed of their students’ academic progress and remain connected

Program Development & Evaluation

  • Conduct research for new summer high school initiatives by analyzing local and national best practices
  • Partner with High School Program Coordinator and Chief Program Officer to develop ambitious goals and innovative ideas to push the high school program forward
  • Evaluate the performance of all HS program components to ensure quality and engagement

Direct Reports: High School Advocates, Internship Coordinator, Summer Academy Teachers, and Volunteers

Ideal Candidate

An ideal candidate will make a significant impact on the operation of the Student U High School Program an will become an indispensable member of the team within six months. Candidates will be resourceful, able to work independently, 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. At the minimum, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience.

Majority of Student U’s programming supports students during out-of-school time. This position will require some evenings and weekend work.


Minimum Requirements

  • 1-2 years of experience in creating and implementing programs for African- American and Latinx first-generation college students and their families
  • Management experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Strong leadership, personal initiative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to collaborate and support team members to meet program goals
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • High level of enthusiasm for working with youth
  • Ability to communicate effectively to various stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, administrators, community partners
  • Ability to develop strong relationships of trust with students, families, and staff
  • High expectations for students, families and self
  • 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
  • Knowledge of Durham preferred
  • Prior experience in career and workforce development for high school students preferred

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

  • 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.


Salary for this position is competitive and depends upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


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.