• Brown University
  • Education - Excluding Post Secondary
  • Full-Time

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Job Description:

The Brown University Pre-College Programs enroll over 5,000 high school students (14-18 years old) from all over the world to engage in first-year college level coursework, and accompanying intellectual and personal growth. Students enroll in courses ranging from one to seven weeks in length, with hundreds of courses to choose from reflecting the breadth of Brown's undergraduate curriculum. These programs provide an opportunity for inquisitive students to experience college level academics, participate in fun and challenging activities, make decisions in an independent setting, and learn from and with a diverse group of peers. More information at:

The STEM Program is the only Brown summer academic program focused specifically on early high school students (mostly ages 14-15). STEM is designed as a two week residential program for curious and talented students seeking to focus their interests, and prepare for advanced study in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Throughout the two weeks, students work closely with peers on research projects, experiments, or design-build challenges. Besides attending class, STEM students participate in a rich program of co-curricular STEM activities including, inquiry activities; intellectual science discussions; non-academic events; and team building exercises that promote social and academic growth. More information at:

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The STEM Resident Assistant position offers an opportunity for staff members to gain practical experience in community building and workshop programming while immersing young students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each STEM Resident Assistant will oversee an area of a residence hall with 12-15 students, encouraging and supporting their students' holistic growth and well-being as individuals and as part of a larger community. This work will include supervising the students for the duration of the program, assisting instructors with inquiry activities, facilitating large group activities, leading floor meetings, and fostering a welcoming and inclusive community. Due to the age of the participants, the STEM program offers students and families an increased level of supervision throughout the duration of the program which includes, a limited initial period of time where supervision is 24-hours and a period of time where direct supervision during the academic hours is limited, but evening and overnight supervision is mandatory.

Staff will have opportunities to support student housing and personal needs; respond to crises; develop working relationships that allow for collaboration between residential life, facilities management staff, and academic administrative staff; and have the ability to learn leadership skills through hands-on experiences. At the start of the summer, STEM Resident Assistants will participate in a comprehensive training led by professionals to prepare them for the many facets of their role. This position reports to a STEM Residence Director who is a graduate student enrolled in a Master's program in Student Affairs or a related field.

This position requires an interest in working with young students and engaging with them both intellectually and socially 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, thrive in a constantly changing work environment, manage an irregular working schedule with some hours shifting on a weekly basis; and work collaboratively as part of a team. In addition, a Resident Assistant will approach their work with a positive attitude, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, a commitment to social justice, and the interest and ability to work with students and staff from different backgrounds and identities. This live-in position requires staff to display professionalism, maturity, positive role modeling behavior, and good judgement at all times.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build a sense of community and belonging amongst the Pre-College program students in a specific area/building.

    • Plan and/or facilitate RA-led daily activities, workshops, meetings, and programs designed to promote community, wellness, and academic success, both on and off campus, when the program is in session.

    • Encourage students to attend community events offered by other staff and the School for Professional Studies, as appropriate.

    • Create and maintain door decorations for every member of the community prior to their arrival date.

    • Create informational signage for the residence hall.

    • Act as a mentor to students, as appropriate.

    • Serve as resource for young students preparing them to live independently and manage the social, emotional, and academic, specifically STEM, challenges of high school and college life.

    • Mediate roommate conflicts and other conflicts as they arise.

    • Answer student inquiries, and provide information to supervisor for communication with parents/guardians in a timely manner.

    • Chaperone on-campus social events and off-campus trips (days, evenings, and weekends).

    • Support the STEM Check-in by assisting with the setup, running stations, and breakdown processes, including but not limited to tables, chairs, tents, and other items necessary to facilitate a smooth process for families.

    • Participate during the STEM Orientation session and onboarding process including but not limited to, welcoming families, directing students to their rooms and conducting welcome activities such as icebreaker activities, community meetings, and floor meetings for the students.

    • Support the STEM Check-out process, including key collection, for residents residing in your building/area.

  • Support pre-college students' pursuit of knowledge in the STEM fields

    • Assist course and inquiry activity instructors as needed.

  • Promote a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment while supporting student housing needs.

    • Refer students to appropriate resources as needed.

    • Conduct well-being checks on residents, when necessary.

    • Enforce a 10:00pm pre-college curfew for students in the program and remain in your residence hall until 6:00 am the next morning for continued overnight supervision when students are in (your) residence hall.

    • Report unsafe, inappropriate, and concerning behavior of students, campers, and staff members to a graduate or professional staff member in a timely manner.

    • Enforce summer policies and procedures.

    • Serve on a rotating 24-hour on-call schedule when STEM is in session, which includes:

      • Conducting rounds

      • Submitting duty logs

      • Assisting with lockouts

      • Offering student support

      • Accompanying students to the hospital and/or doctors' appointments, when necessary

      • Being constantly available via duty phone issued by Brown University and within 10 minutes of campus

      • Respond in person to situations, when necessary

    • Assist in the modified supervision of early high school aged residents. This includes a limited initial period of time where supervision is 24-hours and a period of time where direct supervision during the academic hours is limited, but evening and overnight supervision is mandatory.

  • Effectively assist in building a sense of team and collaboration within the staff and participate in training.

    • Attend and participate in both the All Staff and STEM Staff training sessions (no outside commitments during this time) from June 5-21, 2019.

    • Participate in a debrief meeting with the Program Director after students leave on Monday, July 8, 2019.

    • Attend weekly staff meetings on Thursdays from 8:00pm-9:00pm, when program is not in session. Attend daily staff meetings when STEM is in session at a time that is TBD.

    • Meet with supervisor for weekly one-on-one meetings (location and times TBD in conjunction with supervisor at the start of the position's employment dates).

  • Administrative work

    • Complete administrative paperwork, including but not limited to health and safety forms, duty logs, and program forms, in a timely manner.

    • Assist with the collection of documents, forms, and waivers from residents in your area/building.

    • Submit facilities work orders as needed, inspect rooms prior to check in to ensure prep is completed.

    • Create informational signage for the residence hall.

  • Learn about and understand the Pre-College Programs, specifically the STEM Program, in order to better support the success of our students both in and out of the classroom. Work closely with Pre-College Program Directors, where appropriate, to support these goals.

  • Complete other duties as assigned, as the summer is a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Develop critical and reflective thinking skills.

  • Increase interpersonal competence through the development of meaningful relationships.

  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, including people different from self.

  • Build strong work ethic and sense of responsibility.

  • Educate and facilitate the civic engagement of others.

  • Set and pursue individual goals, articulating the rationale and objectives.

  • Engage in behaviors, and contribute to environments, that promote health and reduce risk.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have a desire to work with early high school aged students (primarily 14-15 years old).

  • Interest or experience in the STEM fields is highly preferred, but not required.

  • Due to the nature of the work, STEM RAs are not permitted to have other obligations, including, but not limited to, employment, internship, or academic course (unless directly connected to internship - staff members must obtain permission from the Associate Director for Pre-College Campus Life and the Program Director for STEM for any related commitment or coursework prior to the start of the commitment/course) for the duration of their employment.

  • Evening and weekend work is expected.

  • Due to safety concerns with minors,STEM Resident Assistants are not permitted to have guests visit and/or stay in their residential spaces. Employees will need to seek alternative housing options for guests.

  • All STEM Resident Assistants are expected to abide by all Residential Life and Summer policies throughout their employment, which will be reviewed during training.

  • All STEM Resident Assistants are expected to maintain confidentiality regarding all student information.

  • Finalists receive a conditional offer of employment pending the outcome of a criminal background check and, for current undergraduate students, additional review of any institutional conduct violations.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • A taxable stipend, paid bi-weekly and will be prorated in the instance of early departure. Compensation is different if a Pre-College Programs and Sports Camps staff member is new or returning. Please see pay schedules below.

    • $2,983.50 for new staff

    • $3,040.88 for returning staff

  • Employment dates are June 5 -July 8, 2019.

  • As STEM Resident Assistants are expected to live and eat on campus, un-airconditioned housing (single room) and meals are provided and not included in compensation.

  • Permitted one vacation day approved by supervisor. This day may not be used during training (June 5 - 21, 2019). In addition to this day, all STEM staff will have the following days off: June 8, June 9, June 15, June 16, and June 22.

  • Access to Brown University Health Services (the summer fee will be covered).

  • Free ridership on RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority).

  • Brown students in Brown University housing during the spring 2019 semester who will continue in Brown University Housing during the fall 2019 semester may request interim housing before the start of the summer programs training (June 5, 2019) and after the conclusion of their employment dates. Candidates will be informed at the time of job offer the cost for on-campus housing both before and after the position employment dates. Please be aware that this housing, while guaranteed on campus, may require students to move multiple times and the Office of Residential Life will be unable to provide interim storage spaces or support for moving throughout this timeframe. For Brown students not residing in Brown University housing during spring 2019 semester, the University is unable to provide interim housing prior to the start of summer programs. For Brown students not residing in Brown University housing during fall 2019, the University is unable to provide interim housing prior to the start of the academic year.



TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

The position of STEM Resident Assistant with Brown University is an at-will position, which means that either the University or the STEM Resident Assistant may discontinue employment at any time and for any reason, prior to the conclusion of the employment dates. Termination of employment includes loss of sponsored housing, meal plan, and access to Health Services. In the event of termination, the STEM Resident Assistant will receive a prorated share of the agreed upon stipend amount offered in exchange for the services provided.

Recruiting Start Date:

2019-03-01-08:00

Job Posting Title:

STEM Resident Assistant, Pre-College Programs

Department:

School of Professional Studies

Grade:

Ungraded Staff

Worker Type:

Employee

Worker Sub-Type:

Seasonal/Intermittent (Fixed Term) (Seasonal)

Time Type:

Full time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

0

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions you may contact ...@brown.edu.

EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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