We are seeking an individual who is personable and possesses a passion for serving residential students and staff. We seek a graduate student with previous student staff supervisory experience; experience with residential/housing policy development; strong programming skills; good foundation in student development theory; experience with bench-marking, research, and data collection and analysis; and experience effectively responding to student crises. Individuals having a desire to take advantage of the Alaskan “experience” may benefit the most from this internship.
University of Alaska Anchorage
Department of Residence Life
SUMMER RESIDENCE COORDINATOR
Introduction: The Department of Residence Life (DRL) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks current graduate student to join our team and family for the summer of 2019.
Position Overview: The Summer Residence Coordinator (RC) position is an opportunity for a graduate student to experience life as a professional staff member in a dynamic residential community. The successful candidate should possess a great sense of humor, passion for working with students, and should be willing to contribute fresh ideas to our growing residential program. We welcome candidates who are energetic, adventuresome, committed, and open to new perspectives. The Summer RC is a valued member of our professional staff team, and is entrusted with responsibilities including: supervision of the summer Resident Advisors (RA) and summer programming, coordination of student staff training, Welcome Home Week planning, response to critical incidents that occur in the residential community including follow-ups with students in crisis, and other special projects. The Summer RC shares this experience with three to four interns employed by Conference Services, and lives with the other interns for the duration of the summer
Critical Incident Response: The Summer RC participates in an on-call duty rotation with the Conference Services interns to respond to crises and incidents that occur in the residential community. Duty rotations run for one week at a time, and the RC On Duty is expected to be within 15 minutes of campus to respond. UAA sees a broad range of crises that occur, which is an opportunity for the Summer RC to receive a true professional experience and to assist residents in need. The Summer RC can expect to serve on duty approximately four weeks during their time at UAA.
Supervision: The Summer RC is responsible for all aspects of supervision of five RAs. The Summer RC will hold weekly 1:1 meetings with each RA, and will support staff members in hosting at least one program per week. The Summer RC coordinates training and staff development activities for the RAs, including an overnight retreat on the Kenai Peninsula in May. The Summer RC is also responsible for oversight of administrative tasks, including time sheet supervision for reportable hours, telephone outreach to incoming residents, and other responsibilities as assigned.
Student Staff Training: In collaboration with the Associate Director, the Summer RC will develop a detailed plan for our annual 10-day fall training for 60 student staff members. This includes drafting a schedule using past examples and feedback from students and professional staff members. The Summer RC is also responsible for reserving meeting spaces and collaborating with other UAA departments and branch campuses on joint training opportunities.
Welcome Home Week: The Summer RC will serve on the Welcome Home Week planning committee in partnership with the Associate Director, Office Manager, Office Assistant and RAs to develop and schedule programming targeted at the residential community for the first two weeks of the academic year. The Summer RC will ensure that events focus on the core values of Residence Life and address the following areas: social interaction, academic success, drug & alcohol education, safety, and sexual assault awareness. The Summer RC will also design event marketing materials and will represent DRL by serving on the Campus Kick-Off Committee (UAA’s campus-wide welcome event on the last Saturday before classes begin) through Student Life & Leadership.
Special Projects: Summer interns at UAA have had the opportunity to participate in many special projects. Here are some examples of projects you may be asked to work on:
- Updating and creating marketing materials for departmental initiatives
- Designing infographics on topics important to the department and residents
- Benchmarking and research projects on potential new departmental initiatives
- Assistance with the Residential Native Early Transition (ResNET) program
- Updating departmental websites and assistance with the department’s social media outreach plan
About Residence Life at UAA: DRL is a department within the Division of Student Affairs, and works together with University Housing, Dining, & Conference Services (UHDCS) to oversee the nearly 1,000 beds and 14 residential facilities at UAA. Together, DRL and UHDCS identify as On-Campus Living (OCL), a department focused on the holistic needs of the residential community. DRL is staffed by eight full-time professionals, including: Director, Associate Director & MAC Residence Coordinator, Office Manager (all 12-month employees), and Cama-i Room/Alaska Native & Rural Outreach Program Coordinator, Student Success Coordinator, and three Residence Coordinators (all 10-month employees). DRL employees roughly 60 student staff members, including Cama-i Room Peer Mentors, Community Assistants, Desk Attendants, Office Assistants, Resident Advisors, and Residential Academic Coaches.
Throughout the internship, the DRL Summer RC and the Conference Services interns will participate in the Intern Lecture Series, meeting with professionals across campus to expose the interns to a variety of functional areas within Student Affairs, as well as giving them the opportunity to network with seasoned professionals. DRL is strongly committed to ensuring the Summer RC has an enriching professional and personal experience while in Alaska.
DRL Mission: DRL, including the Alaska Native & Rural Outreach Program (ANROP) and Cama-i Room, seeks to create a safe and inclusive environment that supports personal and educational growth, leadership, wellness, and citizenship through intentional programming and outreach. In partnership with students, faculty, staff, and the greater Anchorage community, we provide opportunities to empower residents as community members and as evolving individuals who contribute to society.
DRL Core Values: Civic Engagement, Inclusivity, Leadership, Personal Growth & Academic Success, Safe Environment, and Wellness.
About UAA: this unique institution has a lot to offer an aspiring student affairs professional. UAA is an open-access institution that ranges from granting associate degrees and certificates all the way to doctoral degrees. UAA educates many of the engineers that access resources in our state, many of the teachers that work in our schools, many of the pilots that provide transportation to our rural villages, and thousands of other students. UAA and Anchorage are also widely recognized for their diversity, with Anchorage being one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. Additionally, UAA’s student population is more than 12% Alaska Native; our institution is very conscious of our location on tradition Alaska Native lands and the people that we serve.
Life in Anchorage: Past interns have enjoyed the Alaska summer with opportunities for outdoor adventures especially considering the extended daylight hours. Working with our uniquely diverse student population offers many rewarding experiences. Interns enjoy the opportunity to take in many facets of the Anchorage and University communities, including summer sports leagues, food and music festivals, hiking, camping, interacting with wildlife, and generally enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
More facts about the Anchorage area are available online through the Anchorage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at www.anchorage.net. Additional information about the Department of Residence Life, UHDCS, and UAA is available at www.uaa.alaska.edu.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: We are seeking an individual who is personable and possesses a passion for serving residential students and staff. We seek a graduate student with previous student staff supervisory experience; experience with residential/housing policy development; strong programming skills; good foundation in student development theory; experience with benchmarking, research, and data collection and analysis; and experience effectively responding to student crises. Individuals having a desire to take advantage of the Alaskan “experience” may benefit the most from this internship.
Education or Training Required: Current graduate student
Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reporting and control Act of 1986 and must possess a valid social security card. All Nonresident Aliens must provide proof of eligibility to work.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office.
Public Disclosure: Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
Background Investigation: Finalists may be subject to a background investigation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a review of the results of the background investigation by the Human Resources office.
Immigration Reporting and Control Act: Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reporting and Control Act of 1986 and must possess a valid social security card. All foreign nationals must provide proof of eligibility to work. A job must qualify as a "specialty occupation" to be eligible for sponsorship of a U.S. H-1B visa petition.
Social Security: On January 1, 1982, the University opted out of the Social Security system; however, participation in Social Security is still required for adjunct faculty hired after January 1, 1996, temporary staff, extended temporary staff, and certain student employees. Also, benefit-eligible employees hired after April 1, 1986, are required to pay into Medicare even though they do not participate in Social Security.
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