The Resident Assistant position for the STEM I and II Programs offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain practical experience in Residential Life for a summer pre-college program dedicated to immersing young students in science. Each program is offered once in the summer for two-weeks, and focuses on helping students explore the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), and more broadly, what it means to be a scientist. Besides attending class, these students participate in inquiry activities, intellectual science discussions, non-academic events, and team building exercises. Each Resident Assistant will oversee an area of a residence hall with 10-12 students, supervise the students for the duration of the program, assist instructors with the inquiry activities, facilitate large group activities, lead floor meetings, and foster a welcoming and inclusive community.
The STEM I Program (mid-July) enrolls middle school students, who are rising 7th and 8th graders (12-14 years old). Due to the age of the participants, STEM I residents need 24-hour supervision. Resident Assistants will help ensure this level of oversight by being present in a variety of ways as listed below in the STEM I and STEM II specific job functions.
The STEM II Program (end of June) enrolls high school students, who are rising freshman and sophomores (13-15 years old). Due to the age of the participants, STEM II residents need a modified level of supervision. Resident Assistants will help ensure this level of oversight by being present in a variety of ways as listed below in the STEM I and II specific job functions.
The practical experience consists of several parts: thorough training led by professionals in student affairs; crisis management and student support; coordination through hands-on leadership experience; intensive student supervision and mentorship; and understanding the collaborative working relationships between residential life and academic administrative staff. This position reports to a STEM Resident Director and works heavily with the STEM Activities Manager and Program Assistant.
This position requires an interest in working with young engaged students and engaging with them both intellectually and in a residential context. A successful Resident Assistant will have excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills; attention to detail; the ability to follow through with assignments; and to work collaboratively as part of a team. In addition, a Resident Assistant will approach their work with a positive attitude, energy, enthusiasm, a sense of humor, flexibility, and the interest in working with students and staff from different backgrounds. This live-in position requires staff to display professionalism, maturity, positive role modeling behavior, and good judgement at all times.
Must be an undergraduate student.
Preference will be given to candidates who have a desire to work with middle school aged students (12-14 years old).
Interest in the science field is preferred, but not required.
No other obligations, including, but not limited to, employment, internship, or academic course (unless directly connected to internship-must be approved by Residential Life).
Evening and weekend work is expected.
Undergraduate students who are Resident Assistants are considered employees for the duration of their employment, so are not permitted to have guests stay in their residential spaces. Employees will need to seek alternative housing options for guests.
Limited time off based on supervisor approval. Days off cannot take place during the times stipulated below:
Required Training: June 3 - 9, 2017
Required STEM-specific Training: June 10 - 16, 2017
STEM II: June 24 - July 8, 2017
STEM I: July 15 - 29, 2017
Staff will have Sunday-Wednesday off the week between programs.
Finalists receive a conditional offer of employment pending the outcome of a criminal background check.
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Resident Assistant, STEM
Seasonal/Intermittent (Fixed Term) (Seasonal)
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