Upward Bound Resident Advisor

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Work type: Staff (Temporary)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Categories: Pre-Collegiate Programs
Division: Student Affairs

Service Months:

Summer: June 10, 2018 - June 28, 2018

Position Summary:

The Pre-Collegiate Programs Office at Rollins College is seeking three (3) Resident Advisors (RA) for the summer Upward Bound Program.

These are summer live-in temporary positions from June 10, 2018 through June 28, 2018 (approximately three weeks, not including Fridays and Saturdays). Reporting to the Upward Bound Program Coordinator and Director, these positions provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, or other qualified individuals, wishing to gain practical experience in working with youth in academic and social development. Our Resident Advisors will be living and working with high school students in a college dormitory Sunday evenings through Thursday evenings.

Through this position, RA's will enhance leadership, organizational, problem-solving and communication skills in a safe, educational environment, while enhancing their ability to establish and maintain meaningful student relationships. Resident Advisors will lead students in recreational activities with a social skill-building focus.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to the program’s residential component
  • Supervising high school students
  • Planning and developing student activities
  • Advising students with regard to their adaptability to a college campus and discipline issues in collaboration with the Head RA, program director and coordinator and other staff members
  • Implementing and enforcing residence hall and college policies and safety procedures
  • Organizing study groups, tutorials, discussion sessions and other academic and social activities
  • Assisting with the program’s meals component
  • Assisting with the implementation and coordination of summer goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

To learn more about the Upward Bound Program please click here.

Candidates selected for the Resident Advisor positons are expected to participate in a summer training session one week before the Upward Bound summer component begins from June 7 - June 8 2018. The official move-in date for RAs will be June 6, 2018.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Experience working with teenagers in a camp setting or a residence hall
  • Relevant academic background that reflects a commitment to academic excellence
  • Must be at least 20 years of age
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse population

Level 2 Background Screening Requirement

Once an offer of employment is made, the candidate must pass a Florida Level 2 Background Screening prior to their start date. The cost of the fingerprinting is the responsibility of the candidate. The cost is approximately $68.00+ and payment is collected when the appointment is scheduled.

Upward Bound Resident Advisors cannot start working until all background screening results are returned and cleared or until they have received an approved exemption.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with high school aged youth
  • Direct experience working as a Resident Advisor is strongly preferred
  • Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in human development, education, counseling or related field preferred 
  • Eligible candidates for this position who had backgrounds similar to Upward Bound participants and seeking or have an advance degree in social work, counseling and experience working with teenagers from an economically disadvantaged background preferred
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
Work Hours & Special Instructions to Applicants:

Resident Advisors are required to work while students are on campus. Students live on campus Sunday-Thursday. Students check-in on Sunday evenings and return home on Thursday afternoons. RA’s are off on Friday and Saturday.

Candidates selected for the Resident Advisor positons are expected to participate in a summer training session one week before the Upward Bound summer component begins from June 7 - June 8, 2018.

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.


  • $1,200 ($400 per week X 3 weeks)
  • Room and board (housing and meals) provided
There are no benefits associated with this position.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of employment.

Our Values:


Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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