Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program 2020
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Applications will close on Friday, January 31st, 2020 at 5 PM PST.
**PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SUMMER OPERATIONS RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.**
The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars Residential Program offers international and domestic high school students the opportunity to live on campus and enjoy the summer at Berkeley; allowing students to get involved in Berkeley courses, extracurricular activities, excursions, workshops and to take advantage of everything the campus has to offer, while also earning college credit. Please find more information at http://precollege.berkeley.edu/
The Resident Assistant and Mentor (RAM) will be managing and advising a cohort of approximately 10 minor high school students. The RAM will be responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that meets the goals of the Pre-College Scholars Program and promotes residential communities through excellence in academic integration and personal development opportunities for students. Acting as a community leader, educator, role model, and policy enforcer, the Resident Assistant and Mentors influence behavior which supports an inclusive on-campus housing environment, benefitting individual students and the whole residence hall community. A large part of RAM responsibility lies in regular daily and weekly check-ins with program participants to support their overall well-being and academic success, and creates programs that promotes unity, self-growth as well as the growth of the community as a whole. RAMs are the primary contact for students and serve as role models ensuring that residents comply with university and program policies.
RAMs must exhibit a strong commitment to academic rigor, intellectual discourse, and the benefit of continual self-assessment. RAMs report directly to the Assistant Resident Director, Coordinator for Summer Operations, Assistant Director for Summer Operations, Deputy Director of Summer Sessions, and Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
As an employee of the Pre-College Scholars Program, each Resident Assistant and Mentor will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the 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. Complete all required University of California Personnel & Mandated Reporter Trainings that support working with college populations & minors including a CANRA (California Child Abuse and Neglect Act) training.
The responsibilities listed will be carried out under the supervision of the Assistant Resident Director in collaboration with Residential Life and the Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
Community Development (40%)
- Create an inclusive environment & encourage personal, social, and academic development of Pre-College Scholars Program students by spending a significant amount of time on the floor or building area and getting to know students.
- Ideal RAM Candidates display appreciation of differences and assist students program participants 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, religious & ethnic diversity identities.Be visible & available to assist students, connecting students with their community, with campus, and with opportunities that expose them to al that is available to them at Cal; implement activities, plan programs, hold floor/area meetings, etc.
- Model ethical behavior through personal and academic pursuits and adhere to all residence hall policies.
- Under the direction of the Assistant Resident Director, Residential Life and the Pre-College Scholars Program staff initiate, plan and implement Community Development programs with residents.
- Be visible & available to assist students, connecting students with their community, with campus, and with opportunities that expose them to all that is available to them at Cal; implement activities, plan programs, hold floor/area meetings, etc. Assist the community in establishing programs that aid in the development of a positive living/learning environment.
- Facilitate and support weekly Friday night community building socials for their cohort, possibly in collaboration with staff members (Past RAM social events included bowling at Albany Bowl, Zachary’s pizza trip, movie night, game night at Victory Cafe).
- Conduct regular weekly check-ins on Wednesdays at 9PM with the assigned cohort of program participants to ensure all students are thriving in the program and to identify any needs for additional support.
- Demonstrate knowledge of campus resources in order to provide academic, personal support and appropriate referrals.
- Work cooperatively with students to ensure that there is an environment on the floor, or building area, that displays respect for the rights, dignity, and privacy of others and promotes consideration of individual needs in a group living environment.
- Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate, noise, etc.).
- 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.
- Uphold and abide by curfew hours; daily 10PM-6AM.
- Assume additional responsibilities as assigned.
Programming & Educational Strategies (25%)
- Provide mentorship and opportunities to help students with navigating the college experience, considering majors and career exploration.
- Participate in the Pre-College Scholars Program events (i.e., orientations, workshops, presentations, excursions, etc.) and encourage residents to participate in the Pre-College Scholars Program events and activities.
- Assist in the coordination of student transition and orientation during the opening and closing of the Pre-College Scholars Program.
- Address community issues and generate area discussions and floor meetings as determined by the Assistant Resident Director, Residential Life, Deputy Director of Summer Sessions and Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
- Attend and support mandatory Saturday socials or excursions throughout the summer.
- Conduct meetings for program participants that outline residential services, resources and residential policy.
- Conduct floor attendance check-ins to ensure all students are in the residence hall by 10PM curfew.
- Lead regular weekly cohort floor meetings every Wednesdays at 9PM designed to encourage community discussions and reflection on summer experience, promote community building, disseminate information, explain residence hall and/or program policies and procedures, and highlight upcoming events, activities, and excursions.
- Encourage roommate and community dialogue through various methods of communication.
- Promote student accountability to increase individual and community responsibility.
- Provide staffing support for airport transfer process including working closely with professional staff to collect students from airport arrival terminals, assist students with navigating airport, escorting students to bus, and transports back to campus, etc.
- Fulfill program requirements as set forth by the Assistant Resident Director, Residential Life, Deputy Director of Summer Sessions and Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
Staff & Administrative Responsibilities (25%)
- Ensure that the Residential Life, the Deputy Director of Summer Sessions and Pre-College Scholars Program staff are informed and updated on all aspects of your work. This responsibility will entail meeting regularly with the Assistant Resident Director and Pre-college Scholars Program staff to share job-related information, receive feedback and develop job-related skills.
- Complete administrative tasks as needed in a timely and efficient manner. Be attentive to phone and email communication, and respond in a timely manner.
- Communicate on a regular basis with your supervisor, including floor trends and needs of residents. This will occur through weekly mandatory one-on-one meetings with the Assistant Resident Director.
- Attend weekly 1-on-1s with the Assistant Resident Director.
- Attend weekly Staff meetings every Tuesday from 7PM-9PM, or unit meetings prepared with weekly reports. Time commitments may very.
- Communicate immediately with appropriate emergency personnel and the Assistant Resident Directoron duty, regarding the safety and well-being of residents. Follow all crisis response protocol as outlined in mandatory staff trainings.
- Attend and participate in all aspects of staff trainings, taking place on the following dates: May 18th - May 23rd, and June 17th - June 20th.
- Assist as necessary in all appropriate opening and closing functions (move-in, move-out, welcome activities, for the entire duration of the functions on the following dates: Session C: Move-in Sunday, June 21, Session C Orientation June 22 & June 23; Session D: Move-in Sunday, July 5, Session D Orientation July 6 & July 7; Closing (Move-out) Friday, August 14 until 10PM.
- Utilize the Residential Life Hall Staff Exemption Process if there is a conflict with mandatory training that falls within the criteria outlined within the exemption form.
- Participate in all individual, staff and group evaluation processes.
- Abide by all policies and protocols of the mandatory CANRA training
- Utilize cross-platform instant messaging application to respond to inquiries, make announcements, and monitor student communication prior to student arrival and throughout the duration of the program.
Additional Duties (10%)
- Disseminate campus information and provide regularly updated bulletin boards as directed by the Assistant Resident Director, Residential Life and Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
- Relate student concerns relating to residential life to the appropriate units (i.e. RD, AD, Dining Manager, Facilities Manager, etc.).
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Resident Director, Residential Life, and Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
- Undergraduate or graduate UC Berkeley 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.
- Full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) during time of application. Exceptions must have the prior approval of the Deputy Director of Summer Sessions.
- Relevant experience in programming, student leadership, service learning, and residential life.
- Strong organizational, communication and leadership skills required.
- 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.
- Previous experience working with high school students, summer programs or pre-college programs on a college campus.
- International experience/exposure.
Terms of Employment
- Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the supervisor(s).
- Performance evaluation is defined as meeting expectations as defined by the job evaluation in all areas of the job description.
- The Pre-College Scholars RAM is expected to serve as a role model for all residence hall policies and procedures as well as for the overall Pre-College Scholars Program. Failure to serve as a positive role model and abide by all university and residence hall policies may result in personnel action up to and including release from employment.
- The RAM 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 39 hours/week is expected, which includes required meetings, duty coverage, program implementation and attendance, being visible and available to residents, nightly cohort check-ins, as well as weekly cohort floor meetings, and addressing the specific needs of the community.
- This job precludes students from having simultaneous employment during the designated time commitment.
- RAMs are expected to sleep in their campus room every night.
- Overnight visitors will not be allowed during the entire duration of the program, as guests would not have gone through background checks/trainings that would allow them to be cleared/in the presence of minors in program.
- All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the Assistant Resident Director,Assistant Director of Summer Operations for Residential Life and Deputy Director of Summer Sessions . Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of the summer.
- Pre-College Scholars RAMs 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.
- 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 period of employment for this live-in position commences June 17th with training from May 17th to May 22nd, and a specialized training week from June 17th to June 20th. The position concludes at the end of the Pre-College Scholars Program following move out on August 14th, with staff move out at 10AM on August 15th.
- Maintain positive working relationships with other Residential Life staff, and the Pre-College Scholars Program staff.
- 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.
- RAMs must abide by the Residential Life Key Policy and all details outlined within the policy in regards to any university keys or access granted to a staff member.
- Be responsible with special staff privileges (i.e. use of office, phones, keys, office equipment, etc.).
- Follow all purchasing and event planning guidelines and return all items to the Pre-College Scholars program after use.
- Maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to students and staff. Abide by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Resident Director, Residential Life staff and Pre-College Scholars Program staff 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, religious and ethnic diversity issues.
- Pre-College Scholars Mentors will receive housing in a residence hall, a Summer Meal Plan during the period of employment, and a stipend of $4,000 for RAMs who serve in Session C & D and $3,500 for RAMs who serve in Session D only, the dates of housing and meals is dependent on the full or partial summer housing. Paid in biweekly installments and are subject to state & federal income tax withholding. They will also receive temporary housing during the period of training from May 17th - May 22nd and from June 17th to June 20th.
- Pre-College Scholars RAMs are only permitted to enroll in one Summer Sessions course. The course tuition and fees are waived by Summer Sessions. Due to the responsibilities of supporting minors living on-campus, you may not enroll in any more than one Summer Sessions course during the term of your employment.
Background Check Requirement
- This position is subject to a criminal background check and the completion of the CANRA training.
- 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, and (510) 642-2795.
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