Job Details

Interim Social Studies Teacher Advocate

Open School , Open School East; 16570 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97233

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/28/2018

POSITION TITLE:                     Interim Social Studies Teacher Advocate
POSITION REFERENCE:          2018-02
PROGRAM:                             Open School East
REPORTS TO:                          Open School East Principal
FLSA STATUS:                         Exempt, full-time
REGULAR/TEMPORARY:        Regular (through June 2018)
STARTING SALARY RANGE:   $3,474 - $4,327 per month (Depending on Experience)
BENEFITS:                               Full benefits (medical, dental, PTO, retirement, life insurance, FSA)
START DATE:                          February 1, 2018 (or sooner)
CLOSING DATE:                      Open until filled
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 low-income, and over 60% are youth of color.  We encourage you to explore our website at
At Open School 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 at every level of our organization including but not limited to staff, students, and leadership.
Open School East is a partnership between Open School, the University of Portland School of Education, Centennial School District, David Douglas School District, Gresham Barlow School District, Parkrose School District, Reynolds School District and Portland Public Schools. Open School uses early warning indicators to identify 6th grade students at risk of not completing high school on time and enrolls them at the beginning of their 7th grade year. Students will continue through a rigorous, relationship-based, and equitable school program through high school graduation with the goal of post-secondary success.
Please email a cover letter and résumé to jobs@openschoolnw.orgPlease reference position number 2018-02 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 Social Studies Teacher Advocate is responsible for designing, implementing and delivering curriculum through a culturally responsive practice. This position prepares assessments, tracks student progress, maintains classroom safety, performs supervision duties, regularly communicates with parents/guardians, and carries out additional responsibilities as assigned as a member of a collaborative, connected and committed teaching team.
Teaching Duties:

  • Develop curriculum and provide instruction for both academic classes and advocate group.
  • Routinely use formative and summative assessments to plan for and monitor individual achievement.
  • Routinely and innovatively use technology for teaching and learning.
  • Effectively develop and differentiate curriculum for a range of learners.
  • Design assignments and projects to advance students toward essential skill requirements.
  • Utilize variety of methods of instruction to emphasize real world relevance.
  • Provide effective classroom management and explicitly teach social skills.
  • Confer with students and students’ advocate regarding academic progress and attendance.
  • Maintain regular contact with parents or guardians of advocates while providing support, mentorship and academic counseling for those advocates. 
  • Maintain attendance records, completing regular progress reports.
  • Provide mentoring and support to student teachers.
Advocacy Duties:
  • Provide mentorship for an on-going peer support group of approximately 12-14 students.
  • Facilitate meaningful activities for daily advocate meetings.
  • Maintain regular contact with involved adults from families and/or agencies.
  • Participate in development and review of IEP for special education students.
  • Guide and support students’ credit management, graduation requirements, and course selection.
  • Assist students with transition/future planning. 
  • Maintain student records.
‚ÄčStudent Monitor Duties:
  • Maintain visibility and overall awareness during non-structured time.
  • Model school-appropriate behavior at all times.
  • Support students in maintaining socially appropriate types/levels of activity during non-class time (e.g. lunch, hallways, bus walk).
General Duties:
  • Attend All-Staff development meetings and weekly staff meetings as required. 
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university focused in the field of Humanities, History, or Sociology and two (2) years teaching experience, preferably 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 customer service. Ability to take initiative, prioritize, plan, organize and effective problem prevention and problem solving skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work in an open, collaborative, energetic, innovative team environment. Knowledge of school crisis protocols. Strong knowledge of Oregon Common Curriculum goals and ability to interpret and use standardized test scores to advance student achievement. Ability to develop one-on-one relationships with students.
Bilingual is preferred, especially Spanish. Knowledge of school district and state educational goals for high school students and experience leading group facilitation processes.
Teacher certification and/or current licensure preferred. First Aid/CPR certified preferred.

Must successfully pass Oregon Department of Education fingerprint-based criminal history verification background check.