High School Advocate

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $15 p/hour



Start Date


Application Deadline



North Carolina
United States



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.

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 and advocating on behalf for students and families. In addition to this, candidates will be resourceful, dedicated to the task of supporting first-generation students, students of color, believe all children can succeed when adequately supported, and able to fully immerse into a community-driven organization.

Advocates will need to attend a mandatory Advocate Orientation and our High School U-Prep Day on September 15, 2018 from 8:30am - 4:00pm.


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 inside the school
  • 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
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • 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:

  • Experience working with high school students
  • At least one year of experience working in Durham Public Schools
  • Demonstrated commitment to being an active and engaged member of the school community

Commitment: September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

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.


Hourly rate: $15/per hour

Hours needed: 4-5 hours per week

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


TO APPLY: Please apply online and include your resume, cover letter and two references. Applications are rolling with a final deadline of August 10th.