Hiring – Academic Youth Advocate

Position:        Academic Youth Advocate

Hours:            Monday & Wednesday–Friday from 1:00–6:00pm. Tuesday from 11:30am–6pm. Early September to beginning of June. This school-year position is for part time employment during the after school hours (24–27 hours/week). This position involves working some evening and weekend hours.

Description:   The VLP is looking for a committed individual who wants to increase their experience building relationships with urban youth. The LINK Leaders program is a new, school-year initiative for middle and high school students.

The Academic Youth Advocate is responsible for managing all aspects of the VLP’s LINK Leaders programs including: academic curriculum delivery, enrichment sessions, coordinating partners, recruitment and enrollment of program participants, character education & service learning projects, attendance tracking, management of volunteers and classroom assistants, and oversight of program events.

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Executive Director, performs the following functions:


  • Use restorative practices to build strong relationships to and between students and community members.
  • Coordinate and deliver youth programming ensuring that workshops, activities, and support services are being conducted and connected to the program’s goals.
  • Use innovation and creativity in the classroom to result in student growth
  • Provide ongoing support, mentoring, and case management to middle & high school participants
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of students and engage families accordingly
  • Provide guidance to students to support individual goal setting and growth
  • Participate in the supervision and evaluation of all volunteers and classroom assistants
  • Serve as liaison between students, homes, schools, and other contacts to assist students in achieving academic and social success
  • Build partnerships with individuals and organizations that offer programs and services to compliment LINK Leader initiatives; ensure that partners support program goals and objectives
  • Actively utilize the VLP library, its staff, and its services
  • Model positive relationships between youth and co-workers


  • Keep accurate student files including, but not limited to:
    • Application materials including parent signature and updated household information for each student, especially phone numbers
    • An updated roster/sign-in sheet complete with student’s signature
    • Individualized development plans including documentation of follow-up assessments
    • Regular progress reports for each student
  • Participate in the design and delivery of program surveys and assessment tools
  • Assist in evaluating the program for its effectiveness by providing regular input to aid in its success

Staff Collaboration & Community Outreach

  • Provide a high level of customer service to parents, partners, and the general public
  • Develop relationships with members of the comunity and secure new partnerships and colunteers for the program
  • Work as part of a team to achieve the VLP’s Mission and to integrate the VLP’s Core Principles in all efforts
  • Attend VLP staff meetings and meet with supervisor regularly
  • Address email requests and phone messages in a timely manner
  • Open and close librry and 2510 building using proper security procedures

Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years teaching experience in an urban setting
  • B.A. in Education or related field
  • Flexibility, initiative, creativity, and excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Commitment to providing service to a diverse, urban population; experience with restorative practices preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills for working with both children and adults
  • Computer proficiency
  • Experience in supervising staff/volunteers, program coordination, or management is helpful

Starting Compensation:  $18–21/hour

Please submit cover letter and resume to LINK.hiring@villagelearningplace.org