Under the direction of the Pre-College Program Director and a Head Resident, RA staff members will assist students in adjusting to college life academically and socially, help plan and conduct co-curricular activities and, by maintaining close and regular contact with students, ensure smooth operation of the program. The position requires living in the residence hall with the pre-college students and includes working nights and weekends. RA staff members must have strong communication skills and leadership qualities. They must be able to consistently display good judgment; have strong skills in dealing with others in a group dynamic, and be positive and supportive of the intellectual and artistic development of young adults. RA staff members are required to: ? Live in the Pre-College residence hall throughout the program (June 25-Aug. 6) ? Actively participate in all day/evening residential staff orientation sessions the week of June 26-June 30 ? Be available to the Pre-College Program on nights and weekends throughout the five-week program ? Be fully available during check-in/orientation weekend (July 1-2) and departure weekend (Aug. 5-6) ? Promote positive attitudes with enthusiasm while maintaining a professional demeanor ? Serve as mentors and resources about program policies, procedures, and structure ? Be available and accessible to Pre-College residential students during their on duty hours ? Abide by and enforce summer program rules and curfews, and report unsafe and inappropriate behavior ? Plan and facilitate activities designed to promote community, wellness and preparation for college ? Promote and encourage students to attend program activities and college events ? Chaperone social events on campus and trips to popular off-campus destinations (day, evening and weekends) ? Attend staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with the Head Resident on a weekly basis ? Oversee administrative paperwork, including room inspections and program evaluation forms ? Perform other duties as assigned RA staff members report directly to the Pre-College Program Director and the Head Resident.
Must be a current Skidmore student. We seek candidates with a demonstrated interest in working with high school age students. Successful candidates should have experience working with high school students in a residential environment or equivalent skills, such as previous RA experience, some background working with teenagers and/or underserved youth, mediation training, and/or campus leadership experience. RAs may have only one outside commitment of no more than 15 hours per week. Evening and weekend availability is required.
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 ...states and 46 countries.
In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.
The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
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