Resident Counselor

Location
Aurora, DuPage County
Posted
Sep 29, 2014
POSITION SUMMARY The Department of Residence Life is a part of the Office of Student Life and strives to provide students with a safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment. Students live on campus in residence hall communities, which fosters their personal, social, intellectual and ethical leadership development. The residence life staff is composed of the Associate Director of Student Life, 3 Area Coordinators, 28 Residential Counselors, and 3 Day Hall Monitors. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions: Student Contact: Build relationships through regular interaction with the 24 students in the wing Directly monitor and support the academic, emotional, and developmental needs and progress of 24 residents Refer students to appropriate Academy resources Plan and implement educational, cultural, and social programs grounded in our Residence Life curriculum Create a nurturing, safe, and healthy living and learning environment Student Development: Serve as an ethical role model for students by demonstrating responsibility to self and others Utilize the Student Leadership Development curriculum to support and assess the development of students in these areas: ethical decision making, leadership, responsible risk-taking, personal accountability, self-awareness, relationship development, appreciation of differences, community membership, communication, identity development, stress management, time management, transition, and self-care Plan and implement learning experiences and activities Communicate student issues with residential life staff, parents, faculty, and other support staff. Make student referrals to support services staff and administrators as needed Demonstrate sensitivity to all community members and their needs, paying particular attention to at- risk and minority students Student Supervision: Generate thorough and accurate written documentation Enforce school policies Respond to emergencies such as: physical and mental health crises, acts of intolerance, and severe weather Monitor student attendance, academic progress, and service learning requirements. Monitor campus sign-outs and curfews Complete regular inspections of student rooms and common areas Manage residential facility and security concerns Program Development: Provide programming in the hall Support and assist Residence Life, Student Life, and Student Leadership Development program efforts Work with support staff in the academic building On-Call/ Emergency Response and Follow-up: Participate in “on-call” rotation and duties for the whole campus Respond to calls from Residence Life staff and Campus Safety as needed Assist in transporting residents to medical and psychological emergency facilities as needed Support Residence Life and Campus Safety in responding to emergency and conduct-related situations Report all health, safety, and security concerns to appropriate personnel General Accountabilities: Serve on departmental and Academy committees Participate in training and development sessions Follow professional development track Performs other duties as assigned MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Minimum of a bachelor’s degree Experience in residence life and/or work with adolescents is preferred. Exceptional organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals and diverse populations A valid Illinois driver’s license and an excellent driving record WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This is sedentary work which requires the following physical activities: sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity. Response to emergency situations requiring use of stairs, quick movement, and administration of first aid/CPR. Irregular hours. Ability to operate a mini-bus. COMPENSATION: Compensation for this position includes a salary of $19,800 for a 10-month term of employment in addition to live-in accommodations. IMSA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, vision, dental, and prescription coverage) and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS). Live-in accommodations include a furnished apartment and meal plan. APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history, and the contact information of three professional references to: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Attention: Steve Zant, Job Code SL-RC-IHE, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506, 630-907-5909 (phone) or zant@imsa.edu . Letters of interest with all appropriate attachments listed above will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and excellence. Qualified individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.