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Barnard College Residential Program Advisor in New York, New York

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Job Function

The Residential Program Advisor (RPA) is an essential live-in member of the summer staff in the Office of Pre-College Programs. All RPA’s are directly supervised by the Graduate Residence Hall Directors and the Associate Director of Pre-College Programs. The RPA is responsible for the supervision, safety, and well-being of students. The RPA helps create a community where students can succeed socially and academically, informs students of pre-college rules and expectations and works to ensure that these guidelines are followed. While students are in class, RPA commitments include attendance at daily meetings, planning and preparing student activities and events, assisting with any residential program needs that arise and to be of assistance in the Pre-College office if needed. RPA’s must attend summer staff training beginning on Sunday, June 21st-Friday, June 26th. RPA’s must also remain present and living in residence through both summer sessions, beginning on Saturday, June 27th- Saturday, August 1st and attend final staff meeting on Monday, August 3rd.

Position Summary Information

Essential Duties Summary

Residential Program Advisors (RPA) work in teams of 5-13 staff members to coordinate the day-to-day administration of the Office of Pre-College’s summer programs. RPA’s are assigned to specific summer institutes within the Pre-College Office and support the summer operations through the following duties:

  • Be readily available and visible to PCP participants and fellow staff members

  • Aid PCP students in their orientation to Barnard and NYC

  • Plan and implement program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with the Office of Pre-College Programs’ mission

  • Assist in emergencies such as fire alarm evacuation, power outages or other crises. In case of a crisis, all staff members will be immediately on-call.

  • Chaperone excursions and class outings

  • Report any issues of concerns to supervisor in a timely manner

  • Serve as a community builder and resource for participants

  • Submit weekly program area update

  • Directly mentor and coordinate activities a group of no more than 15 students

  • Submit facilities request orders

  • Remain cognizant of the program environment and work to mediate any individual, interpersonal and group challenges

  • Provide timely support and response to students in crisis

  • Notify supervisors and professional staff about students in crisis and other escalating issues within programs

  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to multitask

  • Ability to handle confidential situations with diplomacy and tact

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity toward individuals with different lifestyles and backgrounds

Required Qualification Summary
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate 4-year degree program

  • Prior experience as a resident assistant, new student orientation leader, or camp counselor strongly preferred

  • The ideal candidate will be able to work effectively as a part of a team, complete projects independently, be student development focused, and able to consistently enforce policies

  • Interest in Higher Education Administration or College Student Personnel or related work

  • RPAs work seven days per week, including several overnight duty shifts (at a maximum 5 nights) throughout the five weeks of summer programming. RPA working hours are primarily the hour’s students are not in class; other commitments include the morning meeting time, class visits, and additional time for planning and preparation of activities. Personal time-off will vary daily and must be coordinated and approved by supervisor. RPAs work weekends and have one day off per session (not to be taken on a weekend), to be scheduled by the Sr. RPAs and RPD. Because RPAs have responsibilities during the day as well as in the evening, RPAs may not take classes or hold second jobs during Pre-College Programs employment period.

  • RPAs must have the ability to and are required to navigate the Barnard and Columbia campuses and travel throughout New York City. This may include traversing some long distances across campus and on subways and buses. Some lifting and moving may be required.

  • During the intersession, professional development workshops will be held and an all-staff evening outing will be scheduled. RPAs not assigned to the four week program will be required to work 1 day during the week of intersession.

Preferred Qualification Summary

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in residence life and/or student activities.

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Position Title: Residential Program Advisor

Type of Position: Other

Department: Pre-College Programs

Reports to Title: Associate Director of Pre-College Programs

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Number Of Months: 3

Position End Date (if temporary): 08/03/2020

Posting Number: 2020 -01626- AS

Open Date: 02/12/2020

Open Until Filled: Yes

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