Middle School After-School Instructor

Student U
Student U
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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.

We believe that a Durham where all children can succeed is possible. We believe that our students and the children in our community are the most powerful tool our community can leverage to realize that vision. We believe that Student U’s role in creating a Durham where all children can succeed is in expanding the educational opportunities available to our students so that they may unlock their full potential and be the advocates for change within our community. In order to make this dream a reality, Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students from middle school through college. By providing direct services during out-of-school time and advocating for students and families within schools, we ensure our students develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to succeed in their post-secondary choices and beyond.

Employees at Student U believe all students can achieve greatness. Together, through intentional staff collaboration and community partnerships, we work tirelessly to make the fearless dreams of our students come true.

The Middle School After-school Instructor role is designed for passionate individuals who believe fervently in the brilliance and potential of our students. After-school Instructors will work daily throughout the school year with the same group, or “family,” of 10-15 middle school students, acting as an academic coach, mentor, and constant source of support for each student. After-school Instructors will work closely with the Middle School Program Coordinators to ensure that each student is receiving the support, intervention, and enrichment that he or she needs to be successful academically, emotionally, and socially during the school year.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create a classroom culture rooted in love and high expectations that is inclusive and supportive of all students
  • Build positive, supportive, and professional relationships with families, colleagues, and students
  • Serve as a consistent and effective liaison among Student U, Durham Public School teachers, students, and families through phone calls, email correspondence, and in-person meetings
  • Lead daily “Study Skills” sessions with students in Family:
  • Hold students accountable for using weekly planners to keep track of school assignments, studying schedules, and important events
  • Utilize communication with families and classroom teachers to ensure that students are using Study Skills to effectively complete homework and revisit academic material
  • Work with students to create individualized growth plans which utilize resources and strategies to help each student grow and thrive academically
  • Coordinate the use of tutors in the classroom to best meet student needs
  • Lead bi-weekly academic enrichment classes for a group of 10-15 students to support them in making academic gains.
  • Collaborate with other After-school Instructors to ensure that all components of the day run effectively and efficiently
  • Collaborate with program staff to reflect on teaching practices and ensure high-quality instruction
  • Work with program staff to collect data and participate in the evaluation of Year Round Programming
  • Demonstrate the Student U Core Values in all interactions with Student U stakeholders (students, families, guests, volunteers, supporters)
  • Commitment: September 5, 2017-May 2018; Monday-Thursday 2:30-6:30 PM, and some Friday's.


  • Individuals interested in this position must be highly motivated, hardworking, organized and passionate about supporting our middle school students to achieve greatness during the school year.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the middle school child
  • Belief in and commitment to the Student U mission, educational philosophy and core values
  • Experience creating a supportive and inclusive classroom community
  • Strong instructional, classroom management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines


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Compensation: $12/hour for first year. Increase in compensation for consecutive returning years.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity: Student U is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission. Student U does not discriminate in any way including, but not limited to discrimination by age, gender, disability, race, nationality, sexuality, gender identification, and gender expression.


How to Apply: 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:Rolling until all positions are filled.

TO APPLY: Apply online! https://goo.gl/5Bs5wy or http://studentudurham.org/job-openings