Supervised by: Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time
Stipend of $375/week, plus additional $225/week as Lead RA ($600/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
Program Description: 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 InFocus seminars are small, discussion-based noncredit courses offered in special topics including: Crime, Crisis, and Genocide, Legal Interpretation and Communication, Life, Death, and Just in Health Care HIV and Aids, Writing for College Success, Insight Into Medicine, Misinformation and Public Opinion, Social Justice, How to think like a Scientist, and Women in STEM. Seminars are taught by Northwestern faculty with assistance of a designated CPP Resident Adviser/Teaching Assistant.
Responsibilities: 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 Advisor in active, engaged support of the CPP community;
Facilitate extracurricular and experiential activities in conjunction with the residential and academic components of the program;
Coordinating the “Get Ready Series,” a co-curricular academic/social program;
Supporting Resident Director in overseeing responsibilities of RAs/TAs; 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 supporting the functions of 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. Duties:
Participate in mandatory training before the program begins (on campus, June 18 – 24, 2018). 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
Coordinate the “Get Ready Series”, a co-curricular program designed to develop social/life skills
Assist with administrative tasks requiring the use of a university vehicle.
Other duties as assigned by Resident Director and program staff
Minimum Qualifications Applicants must have:
Completed three years of college by June 2018 (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 15 – 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 18 – June 24, 2018
Valid driver's license required.
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
Experience working in international contexts or with international students
Previous experience as an RA or prior student affairs experience
Length of Service: 7 weeks, from Monday, June 18 to Saturday, Aug 3, 2018
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018
Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview by April.
Fill out and submit the online application at the Northwestern Careers website
Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and why you would be a good fit considering the job description and qualifications stated above.
Submit a current resume.
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:
TC Administration c/o Amanda Chio 720 University Place Evanston, IL 60208
Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information. This may be included with the resume or cover letter.
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.
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