Program Resident Assistant

Boston, Suffolk County / Mission Hill, Suffolk County / Roxbury, Suffolk County / Roxbury Crossing, Suffolk County
Mar 18, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life

Northeastern University

Program Resident Assistant

Requisition Number: STFR001435

Division/College: College of Arts, Media and Design

FT/PT: Part Time

Grade: 9

Position Summary:

2014 Program Resident Assistant (PRA)

Thank you for your interest in working for the CAMD Summer Programs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. We are expecting approximately 40 talented high school students from all over the country and abroad to participate in our summer academic offerings. Students are enrolled in Summer Journalism Workshop, a one week, non-credit course, or Summer Design Studio, a four week, six-credit course. Both courses provide students with a window into professional practice, the development of discipline-specific skills, and the opportunity to apply those skills in hands-on coursework.

While some students will attend the programs as day students, the bulk of students will live on campus in Northeastern dorms. To support those students living on campus, we seek team-oriented, committed individuals with a “can do” attitude, high energy level, and a desire to work with high school and early college students. Residential life staff (Program Resident Directors and Program Resident Assistants) will participate in a day-long training session on June 28, the day before students arrive.

We are seeking one (1) Program Residence Director for the 2014 program. The PRD will be supported by two (2) to three (3) Program Residence Assistants, depending on final enrollment numbers.

Job Details:

The Program Residence Assistant (PRA) is a four week live-in position for someone with experience in, and enthusiasm for, the residential life experience. The PRA is responsible for supporting the Program Resident Director, and for overseeing a group of approximately 10-15 high school students. The PRA is the closest and most vital link with the students enrolled in the CAMD Summer Program, and as such is responsible for fostering a welcoming, safe and inclusive residence hall community. The PRA plays a variety of roles including community building, lending a listening ear, modeling college readiness, monitoring behaviors, and enforcing program policies. The position requires a serious time commitment and a willingness to be available and accessible to students in the program.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive residential living community

* Serve as a positive role model

* Advise students on academic and social issues

* Supervise students when they are not in class

  • Chaperone activities on and off campus

    * Attend regular staff meetings

    * Enforce policies and values of the program

    * If necessary, accompany students to the hospital and remain with them until they return to campus

    * Curfew check-in, conducting rounds in the residence hall, and maintaining office hours

Employment Dates:

  • June 28-July 25

Compensation and other benefits:

* $1500 stipend

  • Shared apartment/dorm space

    * Meals will be provided (15 meals per week)

    * Access to University services (Marino Center, Snell Library, etc)

    * University cell phone for all PRA-related communication

    * Experience working in residence life

    * The opportunity to gain valuable professional skills, including leadership, effective communication, working with diverse groups of people in a team setting, problem solving

The program does NOT provide:

* Travel expenses

* Parking on campus

* Medical insurance

* Baggage or property loss insurance

* Personal phone calls


* Matriculated at a four-year undergraduate college or university.

* Proof of good academic standing.

* Strong written and spoken English.

* Positive attitude, ability to take both direction and initiative.

* Enthusiasm for working with student groups, mentoring younger students, and interest in building community. Previous mentoring / leadership experience a plus.

* Good familiarity with the metro Boston area (transportation options, cultural destinations, neighborhoods, etc).

* Available for the duration of the program.

Additional Information:

All applications must be submitted electronically at viewing this from a Northeastern website, click on “Apply to this Position” above.

Candidates must include a cover letter stating interest in the job, a current resume and two letters of recommendation. Applications received by April 4, 2014 will receive full consideration. Competitive applicants will be contacted by the CAMD Summer Program Directors and asked to set up an in-person interview.

For additional information, or with questions, please contact:

Alyson Tanguay and Rebecca Whidden

Co-Directors, CAMD Summer Program

151 Ryder Hall


This position requires a criminal background check.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.