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Residential Advisor (Davis)

Company: SMASH
Location: Davis
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Job Description:

About Us and Our Philosophy:

Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

SMASH Academy is a three-year STEM residential academic acceleration program for motivated, high school students from underrepresented populations (African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander, and Native American), who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math. During the summer component, SMASH provides accelerated classes rooted in solving real-world problems and exposure to STEM fields; the academic rigor is alloyed with a strong community experience in residential dorms to introduce our scholars to a university environment. During the academic year, SMASH provides computer science courses, scholarship workshops, college counseling, community events and further exposure to STEM opportunities.

SMASH will be operating a 3-week Hybrid Academy model for Summer 2022 with the first 2 weeks in person and the last week being virtual.

All scholars and staff will be required to comply with the SMASH vaccine mandate for SMASH Academy in-person programming. However, vaccine exemptions will be considered based on medical exemptions, disability accommodation, or religious objection on a case by case basis. If a quarantine mandate is enforced by local government, university, or SMASH, all SMASH Academy programming will be held virtually.

SMASH will follow all guidelines and requirements set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as local, state, and county guidelines which may include but not limited to:

  • Mask requirements
  • Regular COVID testing at the site
  • Physical distancing requirements

    As we look forward to finally being able to bring the magic of the SMASH experience to students and alumni in-person this summer, we also remain focused on ensuring the health and safety of all program participants - both in light of the current pandemic and beyond. Our leadership is finalizing plans for the summer program working closely with internal task forces and outside medical experts. We are committed to ensuring that our students are able to fully participate in SMASH programming - and the connections, interactions, and experiences that come with it - within a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to reducing exposure and protecting the health of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We are currently finalizing our policy in accordance with applicable public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. We expect to offer further clarity in early 2022.

    This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

    The Opportunity:

    Working at SMASH Academy is about personal growth, commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the pedagogical status quo. SMASH Academy offers a unique environment for scholars and staff alike to focus on their interests in STEM education and explore cutting-edge practices. SMASH is seeking to hire individuals who will contribute to our larger aim of developing our scholars to be STEM practitioners who are civically aware and social justice oriented, equipped to employ their STEM knowledge and skills for the betterment of their local, national, and global communities.

    Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.

    About the Role:

    The SMASH Residential Team is comprised of the Residential Director, Head Residential Advisors HRAs), and Residential Advisors (RAs). The HRAs, with the direction of the RD, manage the RAs.

    The Residential Advisors (RAs) support the Residential Director (RD) and Head Residential Advisors (HRAs) to oversee the residential and youth enrichment components of the SMASH Academy. RAs are responsible for 30-105 high school students living on campus during the duration of SMASH Academy. Reporting to the RD and HRAs, RA's build a tight-knit scholar learning community that is safe, empowering, and conducive to advancing scholars' interest in STEM and social justice. RAs promote scholar success in STEM through facilitating residential programming, including workshops, wellness activities, and other SMASH events. RAs also act as educational leaders (for both students and staff) to create, model, and sustain the culture.

    This is a 2.5-week assignment, with an additional commitment of training + prep prior to launch, and a close out after SMASH Academy, and requires living on campus full time with evening and weekend work requirements.

    As this role has a virtual component, we expect staff to provide the following -- their own personal computer (desktop or laptop) that has a working webcam, speaker and microphone for video conferencing capabilities (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Cisco Webex); reliable Internet connection (at least 25 Mbps download speed); and quiet work space for virtual programming. If you cannot provide your own equipment, please speak with your Site Director.

    You must be available for all training and program dates.

    Onboarding: 6.11.2022 (National, Virtual)

    Staff Training: 7.5.2022 (National, Virtual), 7.6- 7.8.2022 (Site-specific, In-Person)

    SMASH Academy: 7.9.2022 - 7.23.2022 (Site-specific, In-Person)

    Virtual Close Out: Week of 7.25.2022

    Key responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed below.


    Key Responsibilities: Residential Programming and Facilitation SMASH Site Leadership Scholar Support and Safety
    • Residential Team Member
      • Supervise 30-105 high school students (minors) in residence; serve as a role model for responsible behavior and personal integrity
      • Work closely with fellow Residential Team members to create, deliver, and fine-tune scholars' residential experience
      • Continuously develop personal leadership and teamwork skills to ensure the whole team functions at a high-performing level
      • Complete administrative duties as it relates to surveys, incident reports, scheduling, event planning and coordinating, tracking, etc.
      • Manage and facilitate daily scholar duties and meetings, e.g. wake up calls and lights out, suite meetings, meal participation, community meetings, etc
      • Collaboratively implement SMASH Residential Curriculum, consisting of experience-based lesson plans and workshops
      • Coordinate and attend weekly Fun Friday activities, weekend field trips and speaker series and networking nights, all dependant on COVID-19 safety precaution protocols
      • Support program activities, including: scholar move-in/move-out, Town Hall, family picnic, dance and talent show, recognition and exhibition event, supplies inventory/packing, and staff debriefs
      • Manage the facilitation of scholars' study time and collaborate with designated instructors on assignments
      • Plan and deliver activities for scholars to participate in during unscheduled times and supervise scholars' unstructured free time and recreational activities
      • Complete all assigned deliverables on time
      • Adhere to COVID-19 safety precaution protocols put in place
      • Attend and actively engage in regular program meetings, 1:1s with site management, RA retreat, training, and debrief (see link above for specific training dates)
      • Communicate and uphold norms and program rules of conduct to ensure student safety, open and honest communication, and responsible student behavior.
      • Build and maintain positive relationships with all SMASH and university personnel; positively represent the SMASH organization and program
      • Act as an academic and leadership role model, while maintaining physical and social boundaries with scholars (applies to social media as well)
      • Supervise scholars, being that they are minors, at all times and remain attentive to their safety as well as socio-emotional needs
      • Create an environment that cultivates a sense of self-efficacy and personal well being
      • Participate in identifying scholars who need additional support and collaborate with the team, per the direction of the RD and Site Director, to develop and deliver support plans
      • Uphold SMASH policies and core values
      • Communicate norms and program rules of conduct to ensure student safety, open and honest communication, and responsible student behavior
      • Report, document, and follow up on any scholar misconduct as per SMASH and university policies, expectations, and core values
      • Sleep on site amongst scholars and support in responding to overnight emergencies
      • Depending on the site, participate in a rotating on-call daytime shift (when scholars are in class) and/or on-call nighttime shift by responding to emergency phone calls and conducting rounds
      • Position requires walking, sitting, and standing day to day. Climbing stairs, running, and participation may be required during community activities. Lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs of supplies may be required
      • Address Scholar Issues through a Restorative Practices approach
        Debrief & Wrap Up
        • Attend Staff Debrief
        • Ensure Completion of RA deliverables (e.g. final survey, etc.)

          The attributes you possess:
          • Collaboration: Exceptional communication skills; professionalism; excellent time management and organizational skills; timeliness and dependability; ability to have difficult conversations
          • Relationship Building: Respect for individual differences of everyone in the room; humility; patience when addressing situations; ability to listen to multiple perspectives
          • Problem Solving: Remain curious, innovate, iterate, and quickly pivot as needed; keep activities on task and think creatively in the face of unexpected events; consider multiple perspectives in all situations
          • Resilience: Approach situations with a growth mindset, adapt, and reflect to ensure desired outcome(s) are met; sense of urgency
          • Life-long Learner: Willingness to model learning and figure out content alongside scholars; open to feedback; learning from what scholars have to offer

            What you bring:
            • Demonstrated commitment and/or alignment and understanding of the mission of SMASH
            • Demonstrated effectiveness working with students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds
            • Will complete junior year of college by start date (preferred), or has completed at least freshman year of college and has proven, relevant experience
            • Comfort working with online data, tools, and platforms - which include Google Drive, Google Calendar, Slack, Canvas, SMASH Resource Library, etc.
            • Previous experience teaching and/or facilitating programs for high school age youth
            • Flexibility and professionalism a must
            • Ability to form positive and professional relationships with ethnically and culturally diverse youth and staff
            • Ability to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively, and give and receive feedback
            • High competency in written and verbal communication skills
            • Demonstrated experience in leadership, teamwork, decision-making, and working with diverse groups of individuals
            • Ethical, consistent, and available to students as a role model and resource
            • Willingness to be hands-on, conflict resolution oriented, and an active problem solver as challenges arise
            • Strong academic and critical thinking skills; ability to tutor high school AP math and/or science preferred (not required)
            • Interest or skills in sports, yoga, art/expression and/or wellness activities a plus
            • Spanish fluency preferred (not required)
            • CPR/First Aid certification preferred (not required)

              Application Information:Apply for this position below and ensure you can make the training and program dates (see table in above section of Job Description). If applying to multiple sites, please rank your site preference in the application.

              The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter and to provide written responses to specific prompts. This position will close when filled.

              If you have been selected for this position by your Site Director, no application is required. Simply submit the recommitment form provided by your Site Director, and SMASH will send you your updated offer letter.



              This is a non-exempt position. The hourly compensation for this position is estimated to be $16.00/hr. Should the employee miss any hours or days of work, the daily and therefore total compensation will be adjusted accordingly. If your assignment ends earlier than we anticipate for any reason, your compensation may also be reduced accordingly. Please note, pay will be variable per pay period based on part-time and full-time phases of the program. These policies are subject to variation based on specific circumstances.

              Statement of Non-Discrimination:

              In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on "protected categories," SMASH also strives to prevent other subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (i.e., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at SMASH.

              We value a diverse workforce: people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: SMASH, Davis , Residential Advisor (Davis), Other , Davis, California

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