Summer Scholars Program Head Resident Advisor

Job description

Job no: 498355
Department: Admission
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Student
Categories: Other, Student Services

Job Title:

Student Worker Other - Salary


$2,500 plus room and board

Job Summary:

The Summer Scholars Program ( at Miami University is an immersive pre-college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors which requires an intense commitment of both time and energy from each member of the staff. Due to COVID, the 2021 Summer Scholars Program will be offered as either (1) a virtual experience, (2) a residential, on-campus experience, or (3) a combination of virtual and residential experiences. While the responsibilities of the Summer Scholars Head Resident Advisors (HRAs) are similar to those of the typical Miami University Resident Advisor, the position demands a different level of involvement.

The Head Resident Advisors (HRAs) shoulder great responsibility in creating and fostering a program culture that will ensure a safe, positive, and rewarding experience for each Summer Scholar. With direction from the Student Staff Manager, the HRAs will provide advice and guidance to the counseling staff in developing programs and activities, whether virtually, on-campus, or a combination of both.

Essential Duties:

Duties and Responsibilities
A successful applicant will typically have experience as a Miami University SOUL, a Miami University RA, or as a Summer Scholars participant; have completed at least two years of study at Miami University by May 15; and have junior standing by the start of the program. Graduate student status will be considered in lieu of experience. HRAs for the on-campus, residential experience MUST live in the program’s residence hall and be on call 24/7 for the duration of the program (virtual or residential). Room and board is provided. Managerial experience and substantial Residence Life experience and/or Summer Scholars program counseling experience is highly preferred. The HRA is on duty from June 27, 2021-July 24, 2021, with leadership responsibilities in mandatory staff training sessions June 22, 2021-June 26, 2021. The HRAs are expected to begin program planning responsibilities during the spring semester, and several virtual meetings with the Student Staff Manager may be requested prior to the start of the program.

Team Leadership
• Serve as team lead for the counselors and as direct liaison with the Student Staff Manager in the Office of Admission (virtually and/or on-campus)
• Assist with planning and organization of program activities and special events, both on and off- campus and/or virtually
• Assist in facilitating daily counseling staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with counselors, and staff team-building/training as needed (on-campus and/or virtually)
• Fill in for student counselors in times of absence

Effective Community Engagement
• Develop an open and honest professional relationship with counselors and participants
• Maintain a safe atmosphere in the residence hall as well as anywhere the scholars group travels (or in online platform if program is offered virtually)
• Understand, exemplify, and enforce the policies of the University Code of Conduct, Minors on Campus Policy, and the Summer Scholars Program
• Plan and execute activities (to be offered either in-person or virtually) that will assist participants in interacting with one another, developing new skills or knowledge, and familiarizing participants with Miami University
• Assist in possible conflict resolution among program participants
• Respond accordingly to crises which may arise among participants
• Be accessible and interact with student participants

Intercultural Understanding
• Act as a positive role model for the student staff counselors and the program participants
• Promote a climate that is inclusive and respectful of all participants, students, and Miami faculty and staff
• Engage in group activities/discussions centered around cultural competence with program participants and fellow staff

Academic Success
• Inform program participants of deadlines and pertinent information concerning academic matters and upcoming program activities through flyers, bulletin boards, meetings, etc.
• Participate in Summer Scholars programming and field trips and/or virtual activities

Hall Management (Primarily applies to on-campus program)
• Assist with the opening and closing of the hall each session of the program
• Manage hall duty schedule and cover rounds as needed
• Manage bell desk schedule and cover duties as needed
• Remain on-call 24/7 for the duration of the program
• Report problems with facilities or damage (or inappropriate behavior in the virtual platform)
• Cooperate with maintenance staff in achieving a healthy physical environment within the community
• Assist the Office of Admission in various administrative tasks such as evaluations, surveys and the distribution of material to participants (which may take place on-campus or virtually)
• Understand and utilize emergency procedures as appropriate

• Participate in all training sessions: June 22, 2021 – June 26, 2021
• Attend regular team meetings and one-on-one meetings with professional staff member

Minimum Qualifications:

• Attend daily staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with supervisory staff as needed
• Have a clean driving record, be an experienced driver willing to complete training for 15- passenger vans, and transport participants to events, programs, and activities (in case of on-campus program)
• Assume other responsibilities as assigned
• The HRA may not take courses during Summer Term

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit a resume and a letter of interest indicating what you would contribute to the program. These documents should be submitted electronically to [email protected] Applicants should also submit at least one signed letter of recommendation. Letters can be shared electronically if coming directly from the author and should be sent to the email address previously indicated. Preferred letters of recommendation will be from someone who has supervised you and will address your experiences in the Offices of Residence Life or New Student Programs or in working with pre-college age students in a residential and/or virtual setting.
Please submit all application materials no later than March 15, 2020. Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible upon receipt of application materials.

$2,500 plus room and board for approximately 4.5 weeks of work and approximately one week of initial planning meetings and training sessions, as well as minimal hours during the months of May and June for program preparation. This amount is based on the on-campus program. Compensation has not yet been determined for the virtual program, however, HRAs will be compensated. Practicum credit will be considered instead of monetary payment if requested by the applicant.

For questions please contact:
Emily Grubb
Miami University
[email protected]

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560. As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.

A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact [email protected] or (513) 529-3560.

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Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time