Learning Center Coordinator, Student U

Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education, advocacy, and leadership to build a just and equitable Durham. Within systems that perpetuate racism, poverty, other systemic injustices, and that fail to allocate resources equitably, Student U sees brilliant students and engaged families who know that they’re capable of incredible things. In order to break the cycle of poverty and help shape a new future for our city, we empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city for the better.

The Work

The Learning Center Coordinator position is designed for a passionate individual who believes fervently in the brilliance and potential of students. The Learning Center Coordinator will be responsible for the daily operations of The W.G. Pearson Learning Center, will manage a team of up to 12 Pod Leaders and serve as the liaison to volunteers and families. The coordinator will lead our staff in creating a safe, welcoming and supportive learning environment for all the children within our care. Ideal candidates will have experience in the classroom or running after-school or summer programs for middle and high school students.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Student U Learning Center Coordinator!



  • Oversee all daily operations of the Learning Center including but not limited to arrival/departure, structuring academic and wellness time, distribution of snacks/meals, etc
  • Supervise up to 12 Pod Leaders who run individual classrooms of up to 10 students
  • Oversee daily whole-group community building routines and activities led by Pod Leaders
  • Create a culture rooted in love and high expectations that is inclusive and supportive of all students
  • Reflect with students as needed using a restorative justice framework
  • Oversee the development of social-emotional and other non-academic support lessons, led by Pod Leaders
  • Build positive, supportive, and professional relationships with families, colleagues, and students
  • Demonstrate the Student U Core Values in all interactions with Student U stakeholders (students, families, guests, volunteers, supporters)
  • Work with program staff to collect data and participate in the evaluation of Learning Center Programming
  • Ensure all Learning Center participants follow the WGPC COVID safety protocols
  • Reports to Student U’s Associate Director of Middle School Programming

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.


The Commitment (Our Ideal Candidates)

Our ideal Learning Center Coordinator

  • believes all students can achieve greatness and are committed to uncovering their brilliance
  • Is highly motivated and hardworking
  • Is comfortable and excited to take on the challenge of supporting online student learning
  • has experience creating supportive and inclusive learning communities for middle and high school students
  • has a strong operational, instructional, classroom management, and organizational skills
  • Is committed to creating safe, supportive and welcome environment for students, families and staff to thrive
  • Has led and managed teams for dedicated staff before and built a culture of support, shared accountability and leadership and respect
  • are committed to learning, growing and reflecting to reach their own full potential
  • are able to meet deadlines and work independently
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to flex communication style
  • have experience and an ability to engage with diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
Strongly Preferred but not required: Ability to speak Spanish.


Compensation: $23/hour, non-exempt position

How to Apply: Please apply online. A complete application will include a resume, contact information for two references, and answers to the questions listed below. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Questions: (500 word count)

  1. What does it look like to build a safe and supportive learning environment for students in our current climate?
  2. How will you adjust to meet the rapidly changing needs of students/families this Fall?