Job Title: Associate Director of Middle School Programming (exempt position, Full Time)
Ideal Start Date: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education to build a just and equitable Durham.
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 and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city. 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. Our approach combines three main elements: college access and success programming, developing and sharing our education best practices, support of student- and family-led advocacy and change efforts in our city. Together, we’re creating a Durham where all students succeed.
The Middle School team consists of one Associate Director of Middle School Programming and one Middle School Program Coordinator who work collaboratively to plan, implement and evaluate our daily after-school and summer program for 150 middle school students & families. As a member of our full-time staff, the Associate Director of Middle School Programming participates in all staff meetings, professional development and special projects across departments. The ideal candidate for this position demonstrates a passion for Student U’s mission and core values, middle school students and working collaboratively towards student success. This position reports to the Program Director.
Program Development, Implementation & Evaluation
- In collaboration with Program Team and Middle School Program Coordinator, develop and oversee high quality daily after-school & summer program using innovative strategies to best engage students towards academic and personal well-being success
- Oversee and implement behavior system that is grounded in a Restorative Justice Framework
- Oversee annual student recruitment process to recruit and welcome a class of 50 new students to the program each year
- In collaboration with Program Director & Director of Evaluations & Strategic Initiatives, create and evaluate progress towards ambitious goals
- Manage middle school program budget
Management & Supervision
- Coach, support, and manage one full-time Middle School Program Coordinator
- Recruit, select, train and oversee part-time staff in daily after-school & summer program fostering a work culture reflective of Student U’s core values
- Provide inspiring leadership and management that creates, fosters, and maintains a culture of innovation, problem-solving, collaboration, excellence to ensure the effective, quality and timely delivery of all middle school programming
Student & Family Support
- Develop and maintain family partnerships to best support students & families and connect families with the necessary staff & resources
- Foster relationships with Durham Public Schools teachers, counselors and families to best support students’ academic & personal well-being needs
- Collaborate with Student U staff and community partners to best support students’ needs
- Bachelor’s degree required in a relevant field
- Minimum three years of experience in an educational setting
- Minimum three years of experience leading teams
- Experience with and sensitivity towards culturally and financially diverse students and families
- Detail-oriented and organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
- Team player who is flexible & willing to help whenever necessary
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Ability to work some evenings & weekends per year
- Personal commitment to Student U’s Mission, Vision & Core Values, & Grounding Beliefs
- Spanish proficiency preferred, but not required
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.
Benefits and Salary:
Salary for this position is competitive and depends upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 12, 2021
Ideal Start Date: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
How to Apply: Please apply online. A complete application includes a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references, one of which is a current or former supervisor.