Summer Bridge 2017 Resident Assistant

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SUMMER BRIDGE RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.

THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH

INFO SESSION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND 6:30-7:30PM UNIT 1 APR

THE SUMMER BRIDGE RA APPLICATION CAN BE ACESSED HERE

Residential and Student Service Programs

2017 Summer Bridge Resident Assistant Job Description

 

Summer Bridge serves a diverse and global community of entering undergraduates in a comprehensive six-week academic residential program. It introduces scholars to the structure and rigor of the research university, provides them with opportunities to foster meaningful academic and social connections with peers, staff, and faculty, and challenges them to take ownership of their academic journeys. Scholars enroll in two credit bearing courses in addition to a seminar on personal wellness, and are each assigned an academic counselor and resident assistant to ensure successful transition to UC Berkeley.

 

The program is managed on behalf of the university by the Student Learning Center. Campus partners from over 60 departments collaborate closely in planning and delivering the program each summer, including the Athletic Study Center, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and Residential Programs. The Summer Bridge Program is a summer program that is instrumental in facilitating the transition of students from high school to the University. The intensive and rigorous program cultivates a diverse community of scholars and prepares them to engage actively with and meet the challenges of a large public research University. Please find more information at http://slc.berkeley.edu/about-bridge/.

 

In collaboration with the Summer Bridge Program, the Mission of Residential Education is to create safe and inclusive living learning communities that foster holistic education and global citizenship. Residential Education’s Vision reflects a commitment to the intentional creation of effective and innovative programs aimed at developing students to be engaged campus and global citizens, and active agents of social change. The Resident Directors and the live-in student staff they supervise accomplish this through a combination of educational events, community building activities, student empowerment and personal conversations.

 

The Summer Bridge Resident Assistant is responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that meets the goals of the Summer Bridge program and promotes residential communities through excellence in academic integration and personal development opportunities for students. As an employee of Residential Education, each RA will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the Residential Education Student Staff Manual, the Residential Code of Conduct, the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Conduct University of California Personnel Policies and Procedures, and the University of California Policies applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students.

 

The Summer Bridge RA's role encompasses programming, administration, and staff responsibilities, and consequently, flexibility is required. The RA serves as a resource to both residents and staff and upholds the goals and policies of Residential Student Service Programs and the Summer Bridge program. The responsibilities listed will be carried out under the supervision of the Assistant Resident Director (ARD) and the Summer Bridge Resident Director (RD) in collaboration with The Summer Bridge Program Director.

 

Essential Functions

Community Development (40%)

  • Encourage personal, social, and academic development of Summer Bridge students by spending a significant amount of time on the floor or building area and getting to know students.

  • Be available to assist students, implement activities, plan strategies, floor/area meetings, be visible in your community, etc.

  • Assist the community in establishing strategies that aid in the development of a positive living/learning environment. Initiate, plan and implement Community Development Strategies with residents under the direction of the Summer Bridge Community Coordinator (CC) and the ARD.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of campus resources in order to provide academic, personal support and referral.

  • Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate, noise, etc.).

  • Work cooperatively with students to ensure an environment on the floor or building area that displays respect for the rights and privacy of others and promotes consideration of individual needs in a group living environment.

  • Respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and/or in violation of campus policies and procedures (i.e., behavior that endangers the health and safety of residents or results in damage to University property).  Confront the action that is in question, document incident(s) within 12 hours and utilize residence hall and University conduct procedures.

  • Create an inclusive environment in which the entire residence hall can interact and contribute to the living community.

  • Model ethical behavior through personal and academic pursuits and adhere to all residence hall policies.

  • Display appreciation of differences and assist students in developing an understanding of diverse cultures and lifestyles. Respect and treat all individuals fairly and equitably by being open and understanding of sexual orientation, socioeconomic, cultural & ethnic diversity issues.

 

Community & Educational Strategies (25%)

  • Fulfill strategy requirements as set forth by the Summer Bridge CC, ARD, and RD.

  • Assist in the coordination of student transition and orientation during the opening  and closing of the Summer Bridge program.

  • Conduct meetings for new residents that outline residential services and resources and addresses residential policy.

  • Participate in Summer Bridge strategies (ie, resource fair, club fair, banquet, etc) and encourage residents to participate in Summer Bridge community events.

  • Address community issues and generate area discussions floor meetings as determined by the ARD and RD.

 

Staff & Administrative Responsibilities (25%)

  • Attend and participate in all staff trainings.

  • Attend weekly hall staff meetings or unit meetings prepared with weekly reports. Hall staff meetings will be on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Time commitments may vary.

  • Participate in all individual, staff and group and evaluations.

  • Complete administrative tasks as needed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Perform regularly scheduled duty shifts. Resident Assistants are on night duty an average of 5-6 weeknights per month and 2-3 weekend nights per month as well as providing coverage during some vacation and holiday periods. Night duty begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends the following day at 8:00 am. Duty includes, but is not limited to, performing rounds twice a night, addressing any community issues, and providing security monitor breaks in a timely manner.

  • Attend weekly one on ones with the ARD.

  • Ensure that the RD and ARD is informed and updated on all aspects of your work.  This responsibility will entail meeting regularly  with the RD and/or ARD and Community Coordinators to share job-related information, receive feedback and develop job-related  skills.

 

Additional Duties (10%)

  • Disseminate campus information and provide regularly updated bulletin boards as directed by the RD and ARD.

  • Relate student concerns relating to residence life to the appropriate units of RSSP (i.e. RD, AD, Dining Manager, Facilities Manager, etc.).

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the RD, ARD and the administrative staff of Residential and Student Service Programs.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with the university and possessing a minimum 2.300 cumulative GPA and good standing with the University at the time of application and throughout the period of employment. Please note that GPA does not round up, any GPA below a 2.300 (2.299 or below) will make you ineligible for this position. Summer Bridge RAs are not required to be enrolled in academic courses during the period of employment for the summer.

  • Full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) during time of application. Exceptions must have the prior approval of the Resident Directors and Assistant Director.

 

Preferred:

  • Experience with Summer Bridge program and/or first generation/low income student populations preferred.

  • One year residence in a college or university residence hall, or a similar group living experience such as a Greek house, co-op, or theme program prior to term of employment.

 

Terms of Employment

  • The Summer Bridge RA is expected to serve as a role model for all residence hall policies and procedures as well as for the overall summer bridge program. Failure to serve as a positive role model may result in personnel action up to and including dismissal.

  • The period of employment for this live-in position is during the Summer of 2017

  • Active participation in all staff trainings which occurs prior to and concurrent with the opening of the hall. Preparation for and implementation of opening and closing of the halls may include, but is not limited to: administrative preparation, programmatic preparation, logistical preparation, and physical preparation of floors/suites, hall/area, and unit for opening and closing.

  • The RA is expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. This includes providing hall coverage during some vacation and holiday periods. A commitment of approximately 19 hours/week is expected, which includes required meetings, duty coverage, program implementation and attendance, being visible and available to residents, and addressing the specific needs of the community.

  • All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the ARD.  Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of the summer.

  • Any major time commitments (classes, additional employment exceeding 15 hours/week, etc.) outside the residence hall staff position must be discussed and approved in advance by the RD.

  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the supervisor.

  • Performance evaluation is defined as meeting expectations as defined by the job evaluation in all areas of the job description.

  • Resident Assistants who display psychological behavior which raises concerns about fitness for the position may be required to complete an assessment of fitness and ability in order to continue in the position.

  • The RA will receive room (single) and board during the period of employment as compensation.

 

Expectations

  • Maintain positive working relationships with other Residential Education staff, RSSP staff, and the Summer Bridge campus partners.

  • Report maintenance issues in a timely fashion in order to maintain the physical condition of the residence halls. Provide immediate follow-up on reported problems.

  • Do not duplicate or loan keys to unauthorized persons. Master keys are to be kept in their designated, secure location at all times when not in use and are not to leave the building or area without authorization.

  • Be responsible with special staff privileges (i.e. use of office, phones, keys, office equipment, etc.).

  • Maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to students and staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Resident Director or the administrative staff of Residential & Student Service Programs.

  • Model appreciation of differences and assist students in developing an understanding of diverse cultures and lifestyles. Respect and treat all individuals fairly and equitably by being open and understanding of sexual orientation, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic diversity issues.

 

Background Check Requirement

  • This position is subject to a criminal background check. This position meets the following background check criteria:

  • Possession of building master or sub-master key access to residences and certain other facilities.

  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk.  This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

 

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement for University of California

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.  The University also prohibits sexual harassment.  This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed as follows: Sex discrimination and access: ADA/504 Compliance Office, (510) 643-5116 (voice or TTY/TDD); age discrimination: Age Discrimination Act Coordinator, (510) 642-8471. Other inquiries may be directed to the Academic Compliance Officer, 200 California Hall #1500, (510) 642-2795.

 

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Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and correct methods, and investigates accidents. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

 

After you have read the job description, please go here to apply.

Before you apply, you may want to prepare the following document:

Please upload as a single pdf document:

(1) a resume, no more than two pages, that lists your paid and unpaid leadership experiences. For each experience, please list your title, the location, the length of time, and most importantly, the duties you performed.

(2) An essay, no more than one page, which answers the question:

The Summer Bridge community consists of 1st generation low-income students making the transition from high school toCal. Many of these students will have varying and different experiences and backgrounds, and for some it may be their first time away from home. Taking this into consideration, how would you ensure the creation of a welcoming and inclusive community? How would you promote an appreciation of the diverse experiences within this population? How would you make sure that all Summer Bridge residents feel like they “belong” at Berkeley?

Please contact reshalls-employment@berkeley.edu with any questions.