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Job Summary

Program Description: Summer Bridge Program

The Promise Scholars Program at the University of Michigan—Flint was created to allow an admissions pathway for students whose previous academic performance did not meet standard admission. However, through their interview process, we believe that these students have the potential to succeed academically. Promise Scholars are students who are passionate about obtaining their bachelor’s degree here at the University of Michigan-Flint. Broadly, the Promise Scholar Program is designed to provide an inclusive, supportive environment that results in 4-year graduation success. To support all students throughout their undergraduate experience, the Promise Scholars program is designed to increase persistence and retention, provide academic enrichment opportunities, and offer holistic success coaching. Promise Scholars begin their experience at the University of Michigan-Flint through the Success Institute which takes place during the summer after their senior year of high school.

Position Description: Program Associate (PA)/Resident Advisors (RAs)

The main responsibility of the Residential Advisor is to support, encourage, and serve as a leader to the Promise Scholar community. Through programming and community building activities, RAs address student well-being, academic growth, and university navigation to promise first year transition and success. RAs will develop, coordinate, and maintain high quality programming while serving and the leaders in community development and well-being. This position requires supervision and monitoring of 50 incoming freshmen through a strengths-based approach. Special care will be taken to provide a high quality and comprehensive introduction to the University of Michigan-Flint and the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives. Resident Advisors will report to Residence Hall Coordinator and/or Program Manager.


Duties and Responsibilities (Summer)

  • Live in the residence hall and assist with the daily implementation of the Promise Scholars Summer Bridge Program.
  • Build meaningful relationships with residents and invested stakeholders in the Promise Scholars community.
  • Create and implement programs that support leadership, diversity of ideas, and inclusively among community members and positive residence hall culture.
  • Supervise and advise incoming college freshmen to support their transition from high school to college level expectations throughout Promise Scholars Summer Bridge Program.
  • Must attend all trainings and meetings pertaining to program (Listed dates TBD).
  • Lead weekly group discussions on norms, expectations, and community responsibilities both in the residence halls in and courses, seminars, and workshops.
  • Develop workshops and discussion programming targeting academic preparedness, health and wellness, financial literacy, and Promise Scholar community building.
  • Coordinate social, cultural, and recreational on and off campus enrichment activities
  • Uphold residential hall policies and protocols to ensure safety and well-being, in residence halls.
  • Supervise study and homework halls, serving as tutor in academic success strategies and behaviors.
  • Address and refer student disciplinary, crises, and personal issues to appropriate staff and campus offices.
  • Maintains professional relationships and boundaries with students
  • Serve as mentors for incoming freshmen, sharing key strategies and insights on first year experience and beyond. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Currently enrolled at UM-Flint (at least sophomore standing).
  • Cover letter to explain interest in role and key experiences that demonstrate fit
  • Reference Letter to highlight character and interpersonal skills
  • Resume
  • Have completed at least 2 years at UM-Flint and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Prior experience working with students linked to college motivation, confidence building, and postsecondary success.
  • Must exercise a strengths-based approach in being sensitive, respectful, and understanding of the need of economically and academically disadvantaged, ethnically diverse students.
  • Must possess the commitment and stamina to participate constructively in potentially stressful interactions and situations during the summer program.
  • Can fully commit to the time requirements of the residential advisor role and reside on campus during Summer 2019 (June- trainings and orientation; July 7th  – August 9th- programming). Room costs are included/covered by the program. Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how this might impact your award.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Completed 2 years of college and minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Demonstrated commitment in serving underrepresented students
  • Prior experience in designing workshops and student engagement activities
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve swiftly and responsibly
  • Passionate in supporting student persistence
  • Data Management experience.
  • Graphic design and social networking skills.
  • Experience working in an office setting.

Additional Information

  • Offers are contingent on background check clearance and academic status verification

FERPA Waiver

By submitting this job application, I understand that I am waiving my privacy rights as outlined in the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and allowing staff within Educational Opportunity Initiatives to view my transcript to confirm my academic eligibility for this position. Furthermore, by submitting this job application I understand I am authorizing the Office of the Dean of Students to release my student conduct history to confirm my conduct eligibility for this position. I understand this waiver remains in effect while this specific employment application remains active.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.