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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 12:10 AM



Madison ABC Resident Assistant

Description of Organization:

A Better Chance (ABC) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. The Madison A Better Chance chapter was established in 1970 and is a Community Schools Program (CSP) that provides up to 6 academically talented, male, minority students from educationally disadvantaged urban environments the opportunity to attend Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut.

Purpose of Resident Assistant Position:

The ResidentAssistantis responsible for mentoring scholars enrolled in the Madison ABC program andshares responsibility with the Resident Director for the safety and personal conduct of scholars. The Resident Assistant oversees the scholars’ academic progress and is expected to show genuine interest in theiracademic and extra-curricular activities, including establishing and maintaining high expectations and standards for academic conduct and achievement. As a leader of the household, the Resident Assistant, together with the Resident Director, creates a “home-away-from-home” atmosphere with a sense of family unity for those living in the ABC house. The Resident Assistant reports directly to the Resident Director on a day-to-day basis, but receives additional guidance from Board members including, but not limited to, the President, Student Affairs Chairperson, and Personnel Chair.

Principal Responsibilities:

Assist scholars with managing their academic responsibilities, with a specific focus on teaching them how to study effectively, successfully manage their workload, and proactively seek assistance from teachers;

Serve as a primary resource for scholars, high school teachers and administrators, parents, and any others responsible for the academic well-being of the scholars. Attend academic review meetings for each scholar at Daniel Hand High School;

Supervise evening study hours 5 nights per week (between Sun – Thurs), as well as any extra study hours required during exam periods;

Share information on scholars’ academic work and areas of concern with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Coordinators on a regular basis;

Plan at least one weekend activity per month in which the entire house will participate;

Share overnight coverage of the house with the Resident Director(including some weekends);

Participate in evening meals and show interest in scholars’ extracurricular activities and interests;

Partner with the Resident Director in overseeing the residence and making sure scholars abide by house policies, including chore assignments, sign-out procedures and curfew/ lights-out policies.
Share responsibility for driving scholars in the Madison ABC van to academic and extracurricular functions as needed;

* The Resident Assistantmust live in the ABC House. The Resident Assistant may be employed full or part-time elsewhere or attend school, provided it does not interfere with carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or at least four years of relevant professional experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Must have a valid state of Connecticut driver’s license and an excellent driving record, both of which must be maintained during entire course of employment;
Ability to work a flexible schedule includingeveningsand some weekends;
Maturity, leadership, good judgment, strong communication and decision-making skills, as well as a collaborative and respectful nature;
Ability and intent to serve as Resident Assistant for a full academic year. Candidates are strongly encouraged to entertain a multi-year commitment to the program.

Room and board are provided during the school year and a year-round salary. During thesummer months, housing and salary are provided, but not board.

To apply:
Send resume to Helise Owens, Personnel Chair at

• Location: New Haven

• Post ID: 13733677 newhaven is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017