Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time (approx. 40+ hours per week)
Stipend of $9,000 for 13 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
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 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 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.
Position Summary: 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 25 – Aug 3, 2018). 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.
Principal Responsibilities The RD is expected to be on-site 6 weeks before the program begins, on May 14, 2018, for program beginning date June 25, 2018.
Conduct RA/TA orientation and training prior to program start (June 18-24)
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 bi-monthly 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:
University Services (WildCARD Office)
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
Assist with administrative tasks requiring the use of a university vehicle.
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
Prepare core events for each session’s “Get Ready Series”
Community Building Responsibilities:
Create and coordinate one group activity each session for all students.
Identify and carry out team building/bonding activities for staff
Staff Development Responsibilities:
Provide ongoing training throughout program for all staff
Work with RA/TAs to schedule outside work/study during program
Student Conduct Responsibilities:
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
Facilities Management Responsibilities:
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
Minimum Qualifications 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 experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
Previous supervisory experience
Organizational and Budget Management skills
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
Experience working with academic professionals in a higher education organization
Valid Provide high level of discretion and confidentiality.
Valid driver's license required.
Master's degree in higher education/student affairs/management or a related field
Experience working in international contexts or with international students
Bi- or multi-lingual, with international travel or living abroad experience
Length of Service: 13 weeks from May 14 to August 10, 2018
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2018
Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview within two weeks of the closing date
Fill out and submit the online application at the Northwestern Careers website
Submit a current resume andcover 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. 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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