COLLEGE PREPARATION PROGRAM (CPP)
Start/End Date: May 22 – August 5, 2017 (11 weeks)
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Director of Summer Session
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time (approx. 40+ hours per week)
- Stipend of $8,000 for 11 weeks
- Accommodation: single room and full board plan while on contract
- Access to University Athletic and sport facility while on contract
- Public transportation pass
- Significant professional opportunity in area of leadership development
The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS seminars, or an English language and cultural program designed for international students (EducationUSA Academy). Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100- and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our IN FOCUS seminars are small, discussion-based non-credit courses offered in special topics, including Art & Culture, Bioethics, Bioscience, Cosmology, Fiction Writing, Critical Thinking, Global Health, Global Justice, Legal Interpretation, Medicine, Social Media, Writing for College Success, and English language instruction for international students. Seminars are taught by Northwestern faculty with assistance of a designated CPP Resident Adviser/Teaching Assistant.
The Residential Director (RD) is the highest level residential position for the Northwestern College Preparation Program. The RD supervises the day-to-day residential experience of the pre-college summer program to assure a safe, enjoyable experience for all participants and staff. The program includes a combination of residential students (approximately 200 students in one dormitory) and commuter students for a duration of six weeks (June 18 – July 29, 2017). The RD takes a lead role in resolving higher-level participant issues and ensures that all problems are promptly addressed. Reporting to the Director of Summer Session, the RD supervises the CPP Lead Resident adviser (Lead RA), Resident Adviser/Teaching Assistants (RA/TAs), and provides regular feedback about the residential staff and participants to CPP senior staff. The Resident Director conducts training for RA/TAs one week prior to the start of the program and directly supervises them throughout its duration. The RD works closely with other University departments (Residential Life, Housing, Dining, Health Services, University Police, and Facilities) to foster a campus environment of academic achievement and personal development, and ensures the physical safety and comfort of all CPP participants.
The RD is expected to be on-site 4 weeks before the program begins, on May 22, 2017, for program beginning date June 18, 2017.
- Assist in the selection of Lead Residential Adviser (Lead RA) and Resident Adviser/Teaching Assistants
- Conduct RA/TA orientation and training prior to program start
- Responsible for ongoing training of Lead RA and RA/TAs
- Ensure staff equipped with required supplies and knowledge to carry out Residential and Teaching Assistant duties (assembling course materials, coordinating field trips, etc.)
- Provide leadership and support to RA/TA staff
- Coordinate weekly RA/TA on-call and duty schedule, adjusting as needed
- Assist RA/TAs in planning weekly extracurricular events (academic and social)
- Conduct weekly one-on-one meetings with each RA/TA
- Conduct weekly all-staff meetings
- Evaluate staff on a weekly basis providing leadership and guidance, addressing any personnel issues
- Serve as primary contact between staff and program staff (Director, Academic Coordinator, other NU departments)
- Communicate daily with Director of Summer Session and/or Academic Coordinator regarding overall program operation
- Serve as primary liaison for all residential and program related issues, collaborating with other NU departments including:
- Residential Life
- Health Services
- University Services (WildCARD Office)
- Facilities Management.
- Manage overall operation of residence hall
- Coordinate move-in/move-out schedule for each session (three total)
- Conduct orientation for each session (and commuter students)
- Enforce University residential policies and procedures
- Submit and maintain accurate records and reports (room condition reports, check-in logs, on-call logs, student conduct reports, social event records, etc.)
- Maintain inventories of residence hall and CPP program equipment
- Coordinate assessment (program surveys) for use in future program planning
- Create and maintain a budget and expense report tracking
- Work with program staff to resolve any payroll or Human Resources issue
- Responsible for ensuring all staff and students obtain access to University resources and work with University departments to resolve any issues
- With the help of the Lead RA and RA/TAs, create and deliver extracurricular events for all CPP students
- Maintain program event calendar, posting in dorm for students and on webpage (for parents) to view
- Reserve space on campus for all program activities
- Reserve transportation for any off-campus program activities
- Create and coordinate one group activity each session for all students.
- Identify and carry out team building/bonding activities for staff
- Provide ongoing training throughout program for all staff
- Work with RA/TAs to schedule outside work/study during program
- Using program and University guidelines, communicate all conduct guidelines to all students and residential staff
- Enforce all conduct guidelines
- Handle immediate crisis situations
- Serve as referral for campus resources
- Serve as initial disciplinary hearing officer
- Oversee judicial process for students in residence, ranging from fines, program policy discipline, and expulsion
- Serve as primary program representative working with University Facilities Management staff
- Responsible for reserving and maintaining golf cart during program (mail pick-up and delivery)
- Report and follow up damages to Facilities Maintenance.
- Report and follow up any safety and security issues with Housing
- Maintain communication with housekeeping staff to resolve issues and turn around rooms at the end of each session
Applicants must have:
- A bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired
- Prior experience as Resident Director for similar programs at peer institutions
- Previous supervisory experience
- A consistent record of academic achievement
- Demonstrated group leadership skills
- Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
- Team player with an ability to work effectively in groups
- Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body and staff
- Experience implementing programs and services geared toward meeting the needs of students from many diverse backgrounds
- Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
- A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and high level of maturity
- A genuine interest in working with high school students
- Comfortable exploring issues of equity and social justice
- Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated graduate student or program alum
- Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
- Organizational and Budget Management skills
- Experience working with academic professionals in a higher education organization
- Provide high level of discretion and confidentiality.
- Master's degree in higher education/student development or a related field
- Facilitation and teaching experience preferred
- Prior residential/student affairs experience preferred
- Experience working in international contexts or with international students
- Bi- or multi-lingual, with international travel or living abroad experience
- Length of Service: 11 weeks from May 22 to August 5, 2017
- Deadline to apply:
January 16, 2017 Extension: January 31, 2017
- Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview by February 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers. Search openings under the External Applicants section using the keywords “College Prep.”
- Fill out and submit the online application at the Northwestern Careers website.
- Submit a current resume and cover letter for full consideration. Cover letter should explain your interest in the position and why you would be a good fit considering the job description and qualifications stated above.
- Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information including phone numbers and email addresses.
Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website at northwestern.edu/collegeprep to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-491-7239
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Original Date Posted: 12/12/2016