POSITION TITLE: Step Up School Success Advocate
REPORTS TO: Step Up Site Supervisor
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt, Full-time (32 hours per week, M-TH)
REGULAR/TEMPORARY: 10.5 month position
BENEFITS: Details of benefits outlined below
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $17.00 per hour
START DATE: November 2022
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
The mission of Open School Inc. is to develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in their academic, personal, and community success. Open School Inc. is an education nonprofit in its 50th year of service. We currently operate an alternative high school in East Multnomah County and the Step Up after-school program.
Step Up is an in-school and after-school relationship-based mentoring, academic, and social-emotional support program that partners with students and their families throughout their high school journey within three Portland Public high schools: Franklin, McDaniel, and Roosevelt. Every year, Step Up enrolls and supports approximately 400 amazing students to find success in school. Our students are personally supported by a Step Up Advocate all year through comprehensive tutoring, strength-based advocacy, intentional mentoring, social/emotional support, character building, and family engagement activities. Over 85% of Step Up students are youth who identify as Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC). Many of our students come from low income backgrounds and from marginalized communities. For more information and videos, we encourage you to explore our website at www.openschoolnw.org.
At Open School Inc., we recognize that there is an historic and persistent achievement gap between white students and students of color; closing that achievement gap while raising the achievement of all students is a top priority of our organization. Race must cease to be a reliable predictor of students’ achievement and success. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to creating and fostering racial diversity and inclusivity at every level of our organization including but not limited to staff, students, and leadership.
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Open School Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment. We highly value diversity, culture and lived experiences. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and seek to hire qualified individuals who reflect the diversity of the students and communities we serve. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national and ethnic origin, political affiliation, ability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with the requirements of local, state, and federal law.
Open School Inc. believes that each staff member makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities outlined below. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job conditions, but not limit the staff person nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each staff member will offer their services and ideas wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
The Step Up School Success Advocate is a member of a Step Up team and works at one of three high school sites that Step Up operates within: Franklin, McDaniel, & Roosevelt High Schools. The Advocate position is multi-faceted – they advocate for students, provide academic tutoring/support and mentorship. Advocates also create family and teacher relationships. During the school day, Advocates’ duties include: support students in class, prepare activities, build teacher relationships, and other program tasks. After school, Advocates work with their group of students in a classroom setting. This position is responsible for providing academic support and intervention, and assisting in the development of social/emotional and school success skills in a safe, positive, culturally responsive, and empowering learning environment.
SCHEDULE WORK HOURS
The School Success Advocate position has a 10.5-month schedule that begins August 1, 2022 and ends with the final day of school (slated for June 13, 2023). Advocates work 32 hours per week within their assigned high school site. Most of these hours are from 9:30am – 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday, with some occasional evening, weekend and overnight work.
Prior to the school year, during the month of August, Advocates will be attending required training, professional development and team building events. All 9th grade Advocates will also be participating in one weekend overnight leadership camp with their 9th grade cohort of students.
Step Up is planning on incorporating some day and/or overnight retreats during the school year, as health conditions are secured for all – these day or overnight retreats are also required for Advocates. Training and professional development will periodically take place during the 9am-5pm work hours.
In the event that health conditions (Covid) cause PPS to switch to distance learning or some hybrid form of distance and physical learning, Step Up will collaborate with PPS to align its daily work schedule and continue to support students and families throughout the school year.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Academic Intervention Duties:
Social and School Success Skill Development Duties:
Family Relationships Liaison Duties:
Program & Site Team Administration Duties:
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
OTHER PREFERRED SKILLS & ABILITIES