LEAD RESIDENTIAL ADVISOR (LEAD RA)
COLLEGE PREPARATION PROGRAM (CPP)
Start/End Date: June 12 – July 29, 2017 (7 weeks)
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time
- Stipend of $375/week, plus additional $125/week as Lead RA ($500/week total)
- Accommodation: single room and full board plan while on contract
- Access to University athletic and sport facilities 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 success in their first years of college. 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 central responsibility of the CPP Lead RA is to provide mentorship and support for the academic, experiential, and co-curricular components of the College Preparation Program. You will have a unique opportunity to bridge and cultivate learning inside and outside the classroom. All CPP students are housed together and the primary responsibilities of the RA/TAs are to:
- Serve as Resident Advisors in active, engaged support of the CPP community;
- Facilitate extracurricular and experiential activities in conjunction with the residential and academic components of the program;
- Serve as Teaching Assistants in the classroom; and
- Assist the Resident Director and CPP Program Staff as needed.
RA/TAs live on campus in the program’s residence hall and are expected to be engaging, visible, and accessible to students and the program throughout the summer. RA/TAs will be responsible for regularly checking in with an assigned group of students. They will also create, coordinate, and implement extracurricular activities and supervise students at those and other program-related activities. The Lead RA reports directly to the Resident Director and receives further supervision from the Director of Summer Session as needed.
In addition to the duties for the program with which all CPP RA/TAs are assigned, the Lead RA will directly support the Residence Director in the training and programming for the overall program. The Lead RA assumes a higher level of responsibility in supervising participants with issues such as health, discipline, and all other aspects of participants’ residential life. The Lead RA also acts as the primary resource for residential staff and may not have more than 5 hours of outside commitment a week.
- Participate in mandatory training before the program begins (on campus, June 12 – 17, 2017). No outside commitments during this time
- Assist with Arrival and Departure Days on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Orientation for incoming students
- Live in residence halls throughout duration of the program
- Serve as mentor, resource, and facilitator of summer program policies, procedures, and calendar
- Abide by and enforce program Standards of Conduct and University rules and procedures, and report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
- Participate in a 24 hour on-call duty rotation for emergencies and/or lock outs
- With residential team, facilitate nightly check-in of residential students
- Chaperone social events and off-campus excursions (day, evening, weekends as scheduled)
- Maintain close contact with RA/TAs individually and as a team, coordinating schedules, making sure assigned duties are completed, and facilitating overall team dynamics and effectiveness
- Attend weekly staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with the Resident Director
- Maintain administrative paperwork including: health and safety inspections, incident reports, budget/expenses, and programming forms
- Report unsafe or non-compliant activity as appropriate and necessary
- Plan and implement extracurricular activities for students (primarily scheduled for afternoons, evenings, and weekends)
- Represent and uphold the values of the Northwestern community and the College Preparation Program in all circumstances
- Other duties as assigned by Resident Director and program staff
Applicants must have:
- Completed three years of college by June 2017 (rising senior)
- A consistent record of academic achievement
- Demonstrated leadership skills in a college setting
- Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
- A positive, creative attitude and consistent follow-through on assignments and agreements
- A team player attitude with an ability to work effectively in diverse groups
- Experience working with students ages 11 – 17 also desirable
- Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
- A mature sense of responsibility, professionalism, and work ethic
- Must be available for mandatory training before program begins. Training dates are June 12 – June 17, 2017
- Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum
- Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
- Previous teaching, mentoring, and/or counseling experience is desirable
- Prior residential/student affairs experience is also desirable
- Length of Service: 7 weeks, from Monday, June 12 to Saturday, July 29, 2017
- Deadline to apply: March 1, 2017
- Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview by mid-March.
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.
- Submit official current college or university transcript to the Temporary Staffing Center; Northwestern students may submit unofficial transcripts.
- Electronic transcripts will only be accepted from US institutions via secure electronic transcript providers. All electronic transcripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place your last and first name in the subject line with the title (i.e., Subject: Doe, Jane CPP Transcript)
- Transcripts can also be mailed to:
c/o Amanda Chio
720 University Place
Evanston, IL 60208
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 email@example.com 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