Resident Advisor/Mentor Summer Pre-College Program
What is Summer Springboard?
Our mission at Summer Springboard is to help students increase their self-awareness so
they can make decisions about college selection, academic majors, and career planning
that reflect their personal vision for success. Our innovative pre-college summer programs,
offered at some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, combine the benefits of
an academically challenging summer experience with tools and frameworks for personal
leadership development and self-discovery.
We are seeking Resident Advisors/Mentors to join our team for the following locations:
Tentative programs and Dates are as follows:
If you’re interested in applying to work at our New York location, preference will be given to
applicants who can work both sessions at New York (see above dates) and then relocate to our
Georgetown campus for its sole session (see above dates). The same applies to our
GA Tech/Duke University, and Cal Poly SLO/UCSD locations respectively. Summer Springboard will
provide transportation between locations.
RA/Mentors are an integral part of the Summer Springboard team. We are seeking energetic, fun, and engaging individuals to inspire our teens to become the best version of themselves. Mentors will report to and be under the direct supervision of the Campus Director.
What is a Great RA/Mentor?
1. Mediator: Mediating conflict and maintaining a positive group dynamic.
2. Model: Be a role model to your students. Possess a good attitude.
3. Caretaker: Take care of the physical and mental health of your student.
4. Listener: Be an active, empathetic listener.
5. Facilitator: Facilitate meaningful discussion and reflection. Demonstrate the ability to
facilitate individual conversation.
6. Teammate: Offer proactive assistance to your team members, for the good of the
RA/Mentors will be responsible for supervising students in a university residence hall
setting and help guide students through campus life. RA/Mentors will design, execute, and
plan a variety of activities, either social or co-curricular in nature. Completing nightly
check-ins, monitoring curfew, and helping students adapt to dorm life are just some of the
aspects. During the program, RA/Mentors will help facilitate or lead activity groups,
athletics, projects, discussions, or workshops. On weekends, RA/Mentors will accompany
and be responsible for students while out and about on excursions such as museums, local
sports team games, or tourist attractions. RA/Mentors should be highly accessible in the
residence hall and around campus, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.
● Participate in virtual training with Summer Springboard HQ staff and Campus Director.
● Attend three days of in-person training on-campus prior to the start of the first camp session.
● Read and prepare questions on all the resources provided by Summer Springboard.
Plan for and prepare for the program:
● Read through and complete all staff forms and paperwork in a timely manner.
● Plan and arrival/departure travel to/from your designated campus.
● Participate in introductory and planning calls with your Campus Director or Program Director.
● Become familiar and comfortable with the program schedules, structure, resources, staff responsibilities, and Summer Springboard’s 5-Point Safety Plan and other emergency and health procedures and policies.
Work to uphold positive group dynamic:
● Live alongside students; Mentors will have responsibility for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while programs are in session (except for designated evenings off).
● Protect the health and safety of students at all times.
● Facilitate or co-facilitate team building and reflection activities, as well as parts of the Summer Springboard curriculum.
● Work as part of a team to create a successful, safe, and fun learning environment for students.
● Enforce the rules and policies of Summer Springboard and those of the host university’s residence life department, dining services, and campus safety.
● Mentor and counsel students through personal growth experiences.
● Meet regularly with supervisor and residential staff.
● Provide constructive feedback for further program and curriculum development.
● Hold students accountable for their behaviors and comfortable enforcing policy.
● Confront and respond appropriately to any violation of Summer Springboard rules.
● Use common sense and good judgment when interacting with students, staff, and University partners!
● Currently enrolled in college or graduate school (At least 2 years of undergrad experience by the summer of employment) OR Bachelor's degree.
● Minimum of 2 seasons working in a camp or experiential learning environment or equivalent.
● Exhibit positive behaviors/attitudes and serve as a role model for Summer Springboard students.
● Two years experience working with teenagers.
● Exceedingly personable, positive, and engaging demeanor.
● Group management experience and cross-cultural awareness.
● Collaborative in nature; skilled in problem solving and communication.
● Good physical and mental health. Staff must possess the ability to actively participate in all elements of the program’s experience.
● Natural aptitude to motivate and energize students in a variety of settings, situations, and ice-breaker/team-building activities.
● Facilitation experience with team building and leading workshops, or interest in gaining experience.
● Proactive in nature with the ability to anticipate team and student needs and ready to volunteer and take on responsibilities.
● **Compliance - at all times - with Terra Education/Summer Springboard’s Vaccination Policy**:
“At this time, as a condition of employment and continued employment, Summer Springboard requires that all staff, including temporary Staff, part-time, and full-time be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination(s)/boosters.”
● CPR and First Aid for Adults certification. Any advanced certification (WFA/WFR) is also accepted.
Note: Summer Springboard does not accept online CPR/First Aid certifications. Certifications must be attained prior to staff’s contract start date and will be at the expense of the candidate.
● Experience with the university campus or immediate surrounding area/city where you will work.
● Knowledge of one subject matter being offered on campus where you will work. Those can be found on our website.
● High school counseling experience.
● Prior experience as an RA/Mentor, Camp Counselor, or similar type experience that entailed withdrawing students out of their comfort zone and engaging them to build a community and establish friendships.
● Advanced degree a plus.
Compensation and Benefits
● Competitive salary
● Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) provided at no cost at the designated campus during Pre-program Training and duration of program sessions. *Summer Springboard does not provide housing or meals for staff arriving prior to Pre-program Training or departing late.
● Professional development and networking opportunities. Our course instructors are
notable individuals with years of experience at reputable companies, organizations, and/or educational institutions. You will have the ability to network with them.
● The ability to make an impact on students and their future.
● The opportunity to experience a new city and go on fun, free, and exciting activities!
“While in Boston, the staff and I had ample experiences exploring the city
working for Summer Springboard each session. On the weekends, we all (staff
and students) took a walking tour of the city and got to explore Copley Square,
The Freedom Trail, Downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace, and
the restaurants of Boston’s North End. We also had the chance to attend Red
Sox games each session, take Duck Tours through the city and up the Charles
River, visit Six Flags Amusement Park in Springfield. During the week, staff also
get the opportunity to join students on various field trips to local academic
course-specific companies, sites, museums, and more. All of this for free!” –
Ryan Farrell, Assistant Campus Director (Boston 2021)
● RA/Mentors will be subject to background checks prior to employment. For some staff, additional checks are required:
○ California mentors are required to do an additional fingerprint LiveScan
from the California Department of Justice
○ Boston Mentors are subject to a CORI/SORI check
○ Yale mentors are subject to additional testing from the State of Connecticut
○ UT Austin mentors must comply with Texas Youth Protection program requirements
● RA/Mentors must commit to working all sessions at their designated campus, plus be available three days prior to the start of Session 1 and one day after the final concluding session. Please see above or the Summer Springboard website for session dates. There will be scheduled time-off and breaks during the days for each Mentor.