RESIDENTIAL ADVISOR/TEACHING ASSISTANT (RA/TA)
COLLEGE PREPARATION PROGRAM: IN FOCUS Seminar
Start/End Date: June 12 – July 29, 2017
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time
- Stipend of $375/RA per week + $750/TA per seminar
- 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). 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 noncredit courses offered in special topics.
The IN FOCUS seminar topics we will offer in 2017 include:
- Art and Culture
- Bioscience Research
- Modern Cosmology: The Store of the Universe
- The Art of Narrative: Fiction Writing
- Critical Thinking for College and Beyond
- Humanitarianism and Global Health
- Humanitarianism and Global Justice
- Legal Interpretation
- Insight into Medicine
- Sharing, Shaping, and Creating Knowledge on Social Media
- Writing for College Success.
Please visit our website for more information on each seminar. Most seminars are taught by Northwestern faculty with assistance of a designated CPP Resident Advisor/Teaching Assistant.
Along with the Resident Director, the central responsibility of the CPP Resident Advisor/Teaching Assistant (RA/TA) 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 for the RA/TAs are to: serve in residence 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; as Teaching Assistant, provide instructional support to lead faculty member in the classroom; 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 on a daily basis throughout the summer. RA/TAs will be responsible for regularly checking in with an assigned group of students and ensuring the safety of all participants. You will also create, coordinate, and implement extracurricular activities and supervise students at those and other program-related activities. RA/TAs report directly to the Resident Director and receive further supervision from the Director of Summer Session. This is a full-time residential position.
- Participate in mandatory training before program begins (on campus, June 12 - 17, 2017). No outside commitments during this time
- Assist with student Arrival and Departure 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
- When assigned as on-duty RA/TA, be available in residence hall to immediately address student needs
- Chaperone social events and off-campus excursions (day, evening, weekends as scheduled)
- Attend weekly staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with the Resident Director
- Maintain administrative paperwork including: health and safety inspections, incident reports, budget/expense, 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
- As TA for one IN FOCUS seminar, provide classroom support to faculty
- Meet (in person, conference call or via Skype) with faculty member at least one month prior to RA training
- Attend meetings with instructor and program director prior to and as needed while course is in session
- Serve as primary communicator with students before and during seminar, notifying students of assignments, field trips, any last minute schedule changes, etc.
- Engage all students during seminar and after seminar class time for study groups, after class outings, etc.
- Compile seminar course materials (assemble binders, photocopy materials, nametags, supplies, etc.)
- Coordinate logistics for seminar field trips including:
- secure transportation (arrange group buses and/or public transportation)
- arrange for any off-campus meals (contact restaurant, take and place order, secure delivery and payment)
- assist students with transportation, scheduling, and communicating any last minute changes
- Other duties as assigned by Resident Director and program staff.
- Completed two years of college by June 2017 (rising junior or senior)
- A consistent record of academic achievement
- College-level coursework in one or more CPP/IN FOCUS academic subject area (biology, business, chemistry, creative writing, economics, engineering, environmental and earth sciences, expository writing, global health, humanities, international relations, legal studies, philosophy & literature, physics, political science)
- Experience working with students ages 11–17
- Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
- A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
- Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
- Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff
- 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, beginning Monday, June 12, 2017 (orientation/training week of June 12 – 17, 2017; program begins Sunday, June 18, 2017)
- Deadline to apply: March 1, 2017
- Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview by March 6, 2017.
How To Apply:
- Fill out and submit the online application at the Northwestern Careers website
- Submit a current resume and cover letter for full consideration. Please identify which IN FOCUS seminar for which you would like to be RA/TA. Cover letter should explain your interest in the position and why you would be a good fit considering the qualifications stated above, and topic of the IN FOCUS Seminar.
- Answer the following six (6) essay questions in regard to the specific IN FOCUS seminar you selected. Answers may be included with the cover letter.
- What interests you most about working for this program, and why would you be a good fit as a Resident Advisor?
- Please tell us about your specific background and interest in your chosen seminar(s), and why you would like to be a Teaching Assistant for this seminar. (Please visit our website for more information on each seminar.)
- If you were to coordinate an extracurricular event this summer, what would it be and why? How would this activity benefit the College Prep students?
- The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
- What do you wish you would have known about college when you began your undergraduate career, and how would you use this insight as a Resident Advisor?
- If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student, what are your plans after graduation? If you’ve already graduated, what are your plans for the near future?
- 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: CPP Transcript - Doe, Jane)
- Transcripts can also be mailed to:
c/o Amanda Chio
720 University Place
Evanston, IL 60208
- Provide a list of three professional references including name, phone number, and email address.
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.
Date Posted: 1/5/2017