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Summer Scholars Head Resident Advisor

Apply now Job no: 496519
Department: Admission
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Student
Categories: Student Services
Status: Part Time
Temporary: Yes

Job Title:

Summer Scholars Head Resident Advisor


$2500 plus room and board

Job Summary:

The Summer Scholars Program ( at Miami University is a residential, pre-college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors. 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 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.


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 18, and have junior standing by the start of the program. Graduate student status will be considered in lieu of experience. HRAs MUST live in the program’s residence hall and be on call 24/7 for the duration of the program. 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 29 - July 31, 2020, with leadership responsibilities in mandatory staff training sessions June 29 – July 4, 2020. The HRAs are expected to begin program planning responsibilities during the spring semester, and several on-campus 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
- Assist with planning and organization of program activities and special events, both on and off-campus
- Assist in facilitating daily counseling staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with counselors, and staff team-building/training as needed
- 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
- 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 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 students

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

Hall Management
- 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
- 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
- Understand and utilize emergency procedures as appropriate

- Participate in all training sessions
- Attend regular hall team meetings and one-on-one meetings with professional staff member

- 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 (for applicants age 21+)
- Assume other responsibilities as assigned

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and at least one letter of recommendation. Documentation may be submitted to Nloh Masango-Debo at If preferred, these letters can also be shared via campus mail. 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 setting.

All documentation should be submitted no later than May 21, 2020.

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 sex/gender (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin (ancestry), disability, age (40 years or older), sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, status as a parent or foster parent, military status, or veteran status in its recruitment, selection, and employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to 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 or (513) 529-3560.

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