POSITION TITLE: Step Up School Success Advocate
PROGRAM: Step Up
REPORTS TO: Step Up Site Supervisor
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt, Part-time (32 hours per week)
REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular position
BENEFITS: Details of benefits outlined below
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $17.00 per hour
START DATE: March 2021
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: March 10, 2021 – Applications reviewed as they are received.
The mission of Open School 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. Over 80% of our students are youth of color, low income, and are from marginalized communities. We encourage you to explore our website at www.openschoolnw.org.
At Open School we recognize that there is a historic and persistent achievement gap between white students and students from marginalized communities; closing that achievement gap while raising the achievement of all students is a top priority of our organization. Race, Identity, ability, and who one chooses to love must cease to be reliable predictors of students’ achievement and success. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to deepening equity at every level of our organization including and not limited to staff, students, and leadership.
Please email a cover letter and résumé to the email@example.com by 5:00 pm, March 10, 2021. Please reference the position title in the subject line.
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, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with the requirements of local, state, and federal law.
Open School 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 his/her services and ideas wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
The 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 – Roosevelt, Madison & Franklin High Schools. The Advocate position is multi-faceted – they advocate for students, provide academic tutoring/support and mentor. Advocates also create teacher and family relationships. During the school day, Advocates duties include: support students in the 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 and school success skills in a safe, positive, culturally responsive, and empowering learning environment.
COVID 2020-21: Step Up program is and will continue during the current Covid pandemic. Many aspects of Step Up programming and operations have been revised and redesigned to continue in a digital format. This position requires the Site Supervisor to perform the following in a digital and in-person format aligned with PPS and ODE Covid guidelines and regulations.
SCHEDULE WORK HOURS
The School Success Advocate’s 10.5-month schedule is split into two sections, late summer (August) and the school year (Sept. 3 – June 18, 2021).
The School Success Advocate school year schedule is a high school-based at 32 hours per week for the entire school year. Most work hours occur between 11 am and 6 pm Monday through Thursday with some occasionally required work on Fridays, evenings, and weekends. Step Up is planning on incorporating someday and/or overnight retreats during the school year, as health conditions are secured for all, these day or overnight retreats will also be required for Advocates. Training and professional development will periodically take place during the 9-5 pm work hours.
In the case of PPS continuing with distance learning or some blended form of digital and physical learning, Step Up will collaborate and align its work and support to students and families with PPS’s schedule.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Academic Intervention Duties:
Social and School Success Skill Development Duties:
Family Relationships Liaison Duties:
Program Administration Duties:
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Associate’s degree and one-year related experience and/or training working with under-served and multi-cultural youth in an educational setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be collaborative and work with a diverse population to solve problems and provide high-quality service.
Ability to work well with students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and with disengaged populations. Ability to tutor students in core subject areas up to a 10th-grade proficiency level (11th-12th grade, if serving juniors and seniors).
Strong or developing classroom management and group facilitation skills. Ability to work effectively with and support others in a team environment. Strong organizational skills and ability to organize and prioritize tasks, communicate clearly verbally and in writing.
OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES
Bilingual is preferred especially Spanish. Multiple organization worksite locations require the ability to travel to alternate offices periodically.
Must successfully pass the Oregon Department of Education fingerprint-based criminal history verification background check. Background checks are provided through Open School and Portland Public Schools partnership at no cost to employees.
Must attend Open School training and professional development workshops and activities. Must be able to position yourself as a learner and be willing to work with youth from a strength-based approach.
Must have a valid current driver’s license. First Aid/CPR certified preferred and can be provided by Open School.