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Upward Bound Head Resident Advisor

Apply now Job no: 493446
Work type: Staff (Temporary)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Pre-Collegiate Programs
Division: Student Affairs

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This is a summer live-in temporary position from June 16, 2023 - June 30, 2023 (approximately two weeks, not including Fridays and Saturdays for student engagement). Reporting to the Upward Bound Program Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Director, this position provides 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 Head Resident Advisors will be living and working with high school students in a college dormitory from Sunday evenings through Thursday evenings. Through this position, an RA 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. The RA will lead students in recreational activities with a social skill-building focus.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 other Residential Advisor, Program Director, Program 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.

Minimum Qualifications:


Candidates selected for the Head Resident Advisor position are expected to participate in a summer training session one week before the Upward Bound summer component begins from June 18, 2023 - June 30, 2023. The official move-in date for RAs will be June 16, 2023.

  • 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 $70.00+ 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.
  • Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in human development, education, counseling, or related fields.
  • Background similar to Upward Bound participants.
  • Seeking or have an advanced degree in social work or counseling.
  • Experience working with teenagers from an economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
Additional Position Information:
  • Work Hours: Resident Advisors are required to work while students are on campus. Students live on campus.

  • Work Schedule: Sunday-Thursday Students check-in on Sunday evenings and return home on Thursday afternoons. RA’s are off on Friday and Saturday. The candidate selected for the Resident Advisor position is expected to participate in a summer training session one week before the Upward Bound summer component begins.
    • Student Move-In: June 18th
    • Student Move-Out: June 29th

  • Training Schedule: June 8 to June 9th, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 
    • Student Move-In: June 18th
    • Student Move-Out: June 29th
  • Compensation: $2,000 ($1,000 per week X 2 weeks)
    • Room and board (housing and meals) provided (Meals are not provided on Friday-Saturday)

  • There are no benefits associated with this position.
Instructions to Applicants:

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

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter (optional)

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

About Upward Bound:

Upward Bound is a campus-based college-preparatory program assisting 72 college-bound high school students from Orange County. During the school year the program provides college-prep advancement instruction, guidance in preparing for college admission, tutorial services and academic advisement to further enhance the participants' academic development and preparation for post-secondary educational opportunities and curriculum advancement for the school year. Our students are motivated learners from socioeconomic backgrounds considered statistically less likely to complete a four-year degree. They range from general level to honors to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.

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

About Rollins College:


Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. To learn more, please click here.

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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