Learning Center Pod Leader, 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 W.G. Pearson Pod Leader role is designed for passionate individuals who believe fervently in the brilliance and potential of students. Pod Leaders will work daily throughout the school year with the same group, or “family,” of up to 10 middle or high school students, acting as an in-person assistant for students’ remote learning experience and academic coach. Pod Leaders primary responsibilities are to create a safe space for students to learn, build a strong sense of community and mutual accountability, and ensure families/DPS staff are aware of students’ progress and needs to be the most successful academic, emotional, and social versions of themselves during the school year.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Learning Center Pod Leader!



  • Support with daily operations of the Learning Center including but not limited to arrival/departure, structuring academic and wellness time, distribution of snacks/meals, etc
  • Construct a productive learning environment for a classroom of up to 10 students
  • Facilitate daily whole-group community building routines and activities with your pod of students
  • 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
  • Lead social-emotional and other non-academic support lessons
  • Build positive, supportive, and professional relationships with families, colleagues, and students
  • Collaborate with Student U Middle and High School staff to support the academic and personal growth of students in your pod as appropriate
  • 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 students in your pod follow the WGPC COVID safety protocols
  • Reports to Learning Center Coordinator


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 Pod Leaders

  • believe all students can achieve greatness and are committed to uncovering their brilliance
  • are highly motivated and hardworking
  • are persistent in communicating with stakeholders, and follow up when initial contact is a struggle.
  • are comfortable and excited to take on the challenge of supporting online student learning
  • have experience creating supportive and inclusive learning communities for middle and high school students
  • have strong instructional, classroom management, and organizational skills
  • are committed to helping our students grow both academically and socially/emotionally to reach their full potential
  • are committed to learning, growing and reflecting to reach their own full potential
  • are able to meet deadlines
  • 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: $18/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 within a classroom setting in our current climate?
  2. How will you adjust to meet the rapidly changing needs of students/families this Fall?