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High School Humanities Teacher Advocate

Portland - Oregon (OR), 97233

Open School

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: High School Humanities Teacher Advocate


PROGRAM: Open School East

REPORTS TO: High School Program Director

FLSA STATUS: Exempt, full-time


STARTING SALARY RANGE: $1,716 - $2,137 biweekly (Depending on Experience)

START DATE: Immediately

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. 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, Centennial School District, David Douglas School District, Gresham Barlow School District, Parkrose School District, Reynolds School District and Portland Public Schools. Over 80% of our students are low-income, and over 60% are youth of color. All teachers and staff at Open School are committed to developing strong relationships with students, to know them individuals, and to advocate for their success in middle school, high school and in their post-secondary endeavors. Teaching at Open School must be relationship-based and culturally responsive.

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.


Please refer to our website for further instructions on applying. Please ALWAYS include a cover letter.

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.


The Teacher Advocate is a high school classroom teacher responsible for designing, implementing and delivering curriculum through culturally responsive instructional practices, as well as an advocate and mentor for a small group of students. The Teacher Advocate 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.


Planning and Preparing Duties:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instruction, providing materials which facilitate active learning and are aligned to Common Core State Standards and Open School East’s scope and sequence of courses.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curricula that create meaningful learning experiences designed to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity and collaborative problem-solving.
  • Design assignments and projects to advance students toward essential skill requirements.
  • Utilize a variety of methods of instruction to emphasize real world relevance.
  • Provide effective classroom management and explicitly teach social skills.
  • Develop and implement instructional practices and strategies that include multiple methods of assessment, supporting students in meeting rigorous learning goals and engage and encourage learners to develop understanding of content areas.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials, technologies and equipment to support instruction.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain effective classroom strategies, providing a safe, secure and respectful learning environment.

Assessing Student Learning Duties:

  • Monitor student progress and adapt course content delivery methods in order to meet the needs of each student.
  • Use formative and summative assessments and organizational standards to plan for and monitor individual student achievement and learning goals and adjust instruction as needed.
  • Confer with students and students’ advocate regarding academic progress and attendance.
  • Maintain attendance records, and complete regular progress reports.

Student Connection Duties:

  • Communicate student behavior expectations in a positive manner and convey reminders, rules and expectations with consistency and equity, while recognizing the unique qualities and characteristics of the individual.
  • Find out information about student interests and strive to understand what each student needs to succeed in school.
  • Be aware of the explicit and implicit messages you are giving to students.
  • Show students that you want them to do well in school through both actions and words. Create a positive climate in your classroom by focusing not only on improving your relationships with your students, but also on enhancing the relationships among your students.
  • Be aware that you are modeling behavior for your students, whether intentional or not.
  • Interact with students in a responsive and respectful manner.
  • Help students reflect on their thinking and learning skills.

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.
  • Maintain regular contact with parents or guardians of assigned students, while providing support, mentorship and academic counseling.
  • Participate in development and review of IEPs for special education students.
  • Guide and support students’ credit management, graduation requirements, and course selection.
  • Assist students with transition/future planning.
  • Maintain student records.

Student Monitor Duties:

  • Maintain visibility and overall awareness during non-structured class 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:

  • Develop as a professional educator.
  • Attend staff development meetings and weekly staff meetings as required.
  • Collaborate with other Teacher Advocates to create a cohesive team and effective communication towards shared priorities.
  • Provide mentoring and support to student teachers, as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university focused in language arts or education and one (1) year teaching high school language arts 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 professionalism with students and staff.

Understand central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of curriculum. Ability to take initiative, prioritize, plan, organize and effective problem prevention and problem solving skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Knowledge of emerging education and instructional technologies and software and research-based instructional strategies and models for improving instructional practices.

Ability to manage student behavior and maintain discipline in accordance with Open School policies and procedures and state laws.

Ability to participate in appropriate professional growth and extracurricular activities. 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 Core Curriculum goals and ability to interpret and use standardized test scores to advance student achievement.

Ability to develop one-on-one relationships with students. Ability to encourage parent and community involvement.


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.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $21.45 to $26.71 /hour


  • Teaching: 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance

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