Supervised by: Resident Director and Assistant Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time (40+ hours per week)
$16 per hour/ $640 per week
Accommodation: single room and full board plan while on contract
Access to University athletic and sport facilities while on contract
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 (on campus)seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. 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 noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.
Along with the Resident Director (RD) and the Assistant Resident Director (ARD), the central responsibility of the CPP Resident Advisor (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. CPP students and RAs are housed together on campus in the program’s residence hall. RAs are expected to be engaging, visible, and accessible to students and the program on a daily basis throughout the summer. RAs 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. In addition, upholding CPP values, policy, and procedures, and managing the duties supporting the functions of the program. RAs report directly to the Assistant Resident Director and receive further supervision from the Director of Summer Session. This is a full-time residential position.
Assist with student arrival and departure on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as orientation for incoming students
Live in residence hall throughout duration of the program
Report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
Participate in after hours on-call duty rotation for emergencies and/or lock outs and 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 RD or ARD
Complete paperwork including: incident reports, original receipts, program proposals/ flyers, and blog content
Build community through planning and implementing extracurricular activities for students (primarily scheduled for afternoons, evenings, and weekends)
Expected to work Holidays
Those RA’s who meet the qualifications for driving a university vehicle will be expected to do so, potentially transporting students
Other duties as assigned by Resident Director and program staff
Completed a minimum of one year of college by June 2023 (rising sophomore, junior, or senior)
Experience working with high school students
Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
Excellent communication, coordination, creativity, and problem-solving skills
Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff
Must be able to lift and/or maneuver 40 pounds
Familiarity with technology such as WhatsApp, GroupMe, WeChat, Word Press, Microsoft Suite, and other creative platforms
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.
While the deadline to apply is April 15th, qualified candidates are hired on a first apply, first hired basis. Early candidates have an advantage as some positions are filled early in the application cycle.
Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview
Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
A cover letter for full consideration. Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
Tell us about your specific background
Which three e-focus seminars are you interested in assisting in and why you would like to be a Teaching Assistant for these seminars. (Please visit our website for more information on each seminar.)
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.?
Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.
COVID-19 Specific Requirements for Program Staff: Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website. In-person CPP staff must adhere to and enforce all health and safety measures established by Northwestern University Residential Services and CPP, which may include masking and social distancing for both students and staff. Note that these measures may change. Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.
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Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.
The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Ac
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