Freedom School Instructor (SLI) (Staff Wage & Student Wage)

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2021-01-11
Req: R0020958

The Charlottesville Freedom School is a collaboration between the University of Virginia’s Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES), the UVA School of Education and Human Development and the Charlottesville City Schools. College-age young adults and recent college graduates play a key role in the CDF Freedom School’s program in the position of Freedom School Instructor/Servant Leader Intern (SLI). SLIs will serve as the teacher to a maximum of 10 students. SLIs have access to further leadership development and networking opportunities geared toward continued direct service and advocacy on behalf of children and families. The tentative dates of the program are June 14 - July 16th 2021 with mandatory virtual training taking place on May 21st to May 27th, 2021.

The Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) mission is to ensure every child receives a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom Schools® program is a direct service initiative coordinated nationally by the Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with local community organizations. It is an educational and cultural enrichment program that provides summer options for children and strengthens family and community involvement and serves K-12 children. The activity based Integrated Reading Curriculum, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action, and is designed to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness. A multi-year assessment of CDF Freedom Schools program sites continuously demonstrates the effectiveness of the Integrated Reading Curriculum, which has proven to avert children’s summer learning loss in reading achievement.

  • Engage a maximum of 10 students per class in the Integrated Reading Curriculum as outlined in the guide provided by CDF.
  • In addition to facilitating the CDF Freedom Schools Integrated Reading Curriculum with fidelity, serve as Harambee leaders, secondary activities facilitators, and field trip chaperones.
  • Collaborate with other staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the students entrusted in their care.
  • Partner with the Site Coordinator for the planning and implementation of the National Day of Social Action, parent engagement activities, and additional enrichment activities.
  • Serve as a positive role model for all students.
  • Supervise and maintain safety of students at all times.
  • Maintain a professional decorum at all times, locally and while attending National Training.
  • Attend all required trainings, locally and nationally.
  • Report any issues or concerns regarding students in the program to the Site Coordinator.
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team.
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures.
  • Solid commitment to the success and well-being of children.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude, modeling a mature and professional demeanor.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Total stipend (period activity pay): $2,700

To apply, please submit an application online through Workday at and attach a current cover letter and resume. Search on requisition R0020958.

The University will perform a background check on all new hires prior to employment. (SPAKA)

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:

Questions related to the application process may be directed to Jen Krahn, HR Specialist, at


Education: Must have completed at least one year of college and have plans to complete the college degree. Maintain or have graduated with at least a 3.0 G.P.A.

Experience: None.

Licensure: None.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 1/10/2021
Application Due: 4/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time