Summer 2023 Job Descriptions

The Northwestern University College Preparation Program is looking for applicants to help guide high school students through a summer of learning and fun at Northwestern online and in-person.

 

Residential Opportunities


 

RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR (RD)

Start/End Date: May 8 – August 13, 2023 
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Resident Director and Assistant Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time (40+ hours per week)
Compensation:  

  • Stipend of $10,360 (14 weeks)
  • Travel Stipend if relocation is needed
  • Accommodation: single room and full-board plan while on contract
  • Access to University athletic and sport facilities while on contract
  • Significant professional opportunity in area of leadership development

Program Description:

The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS (on campus) seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100-and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.

Job Summary  

The Residential Director (RD) is the highest-level residential position for the Northwestern College Preparation Program. The RD communicates with members of the College Prep team on a daily basis. The RD supervises the day-to-day residential experience of the pre-college summer program to assure a safe, enjoyable experience for all participants and staff. The program includes a combination of residential students and commuter students for a duration of eight weeks. The RD takes a lead role in resolving higher-level participant issues and ensures that all problems are promptly addressed. Reporting to the Director of Summer Session, the RD supervises the CPP Assistant Residence Directors (ARD), and Resident Advisors (RAs), and provides regular feedback about the residential staff and participants to CPP senior staff. In coordination with the ARD’s, the Resident Director conducts training for RAs one week prior to the start of the program and directly supervises them throughout its duration. The RD works closely with other University departments (Residential Life, Housing, Dining, Health Services, University Police, and Facilities) to foster a campus environment of academic achievement and personal development, and ensures the physical safety and comfort of all CPP participants

General Responsibilities

 Supervision/Training Responsibilities

  • Conduct RA orientation and training prior to program start in coordination with the ARD’s
  • Ensure staff equipped with required supplies, resources, and knowledge to carry out Residential Assistant duties
  • Provide leadership and support to RA staff
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with each ARD
  • Conduct weekly all-staff meetings
  • Evaluate staff and provide leadership and guidance, addressing any personnel issues
  • Serve as primary contact between residential staff and CPP Team (Director, Program Coordinator, and other NU departments)

Administrative/Operations Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary liaison for all residential and program related issues, collaborating with other NU departments.
  • Manage overall operation of residence hall
  • Coordinate move-in/move-out schedule for each session (three total)
  • Conduct orientation for each session (and commuter students)
  • Enforce University residential policies and procedures
  • Submit and maintain accurate records and reports (room condition reports, check-in logs, on-call logs, student conduct reports, social event records, etc.)
  • Coordinate assessment (program surveys) for use in future program planning
  • In coordination with the CPP Team, create and maintain a budget and expense report tracking
  • Responsible for ensuring all staff and students obtain access to University resources and work with University departments to resolve any issues

Community Building & Staff Development Responsibilities

  • Create and coordinate one group activity each session for all students.
  • Identify and carry out team building/bonding activities for staff
  • Willingness to embrace responsibilities through enthusiastic leadership

Facilities Management Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary program representative in coordination with Front of House Staff working with University Facilities Management staff
  • Responsible for reserving and maintaining motor vehicle during program (mail pick-up and delivery)
  • Report and follow up damages to Facilities Maintenance.
  • Report and follow up any safety and security issues with Housing
  • Maintain communication with housekeeping staff to resolve issues and turn around rooms at the end of each session

Minimum Qualifications (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)

  • A bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired
  • Prior experience in residential life for similar programs
  • Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
  • Previous supervisory experience with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Organizational and Budget Management skills
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in groups or independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body and staff
  • Experience implementing programs and services geared toward meeting the needs of students from many diverse backgrounds
  • Experience working with academic professionals in a higher education organization
  • Provide a high level of discretion and confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications (Education and experience)

  • Master's degree in higher education/student affairs/management or a related field
  • Facilitation, staff management, or teaching experience
  • Experience working in international contexts or with international students
  • Bi- or multi-lingual, with international travel or living abroad experience
  • Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated graduate student or program alum

Preferred Competencies (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
  • A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and high level of maturity
  • A genuine interest in working with high school students
  • Comfortable exploring issues of equity and social justice
  • Coachability: Being receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement
  • Familiarity with NU or higher education CRM systems (SES, CLSS, RADIUS, etc.)

Important Dates 

  • While the deadline to apply is April 15th, qualified candidates are hired on a first apply, first hired basis. Early candidates have an advantage as some positions are filled early in the application cycle.
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview

To Apply: Email cpp@northwestern.edu the following items (3):

  1. A current resume
  2. Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
  3. A cover letter for full consideration. Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
  • Tell us about your specific background
  • Which three e-focus seminars are you interested in assisting in and why you would like to be a Teaching Assistant for these seminars. (Please visit our website for more information on each seminar.)
  • The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
  • Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.

Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at cpp@northwestern.edu or call 847-491-7239

COVID-19 Specific Requirements for Program Staff:
Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

In-person CPP staff must adhere to and enforce all health and safety measures established by Northwestern University Residential Services and CPP, which may include masking and social distancing for both students and staff. Note that these measures may change.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

ASSISTANT RESIDENTIAL HALL DIRECTOR (ARD)

Start/End Date: June 5 - June 9, 2023 (40 hours Online)
                                 June 12 – August 12, 2023 (40+ hours In-Person)
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)

Compensation:                 

  • Stipend of $7,040 if working full program (10 weeks)
  • Accommodation: single room and full board plan while on contract
  • Access to University athletic and sport facilities while on contract
  • Public transportation pass
  • Significant professional opportunity in area of leadership development

Program Description:

The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS (on campus) seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100-and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.

Responsibilities:

The central responsibility of the CPP Assistant Resident Director is to provide mentorship and support for the academic, experiential, and co-curricular components of the College Preparation Program. In addition, upholding CPP values, policy and procedures, and managing the duties supporting the functions of the program with which all CPP RAs are assigned. The Assistant RD will directly support the Residence Director in the training and programming for the overall program. The Assistant RD assumes a higher level of responsibility in supervising participants with issues such as health, discipline, and all other aspects of participants’ residential life.

The Assistant RD reports directly to the Resident Director and receives further supervision from the Director of Summer Session as needed. They also act as the primary resource for residential staff and may not have more than 5 hours of outside commitment a week.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Be alert to possible crises and serious situations, notify appropriate program staff and take action
  • Assist with arrival and departure days on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Orientation for incoming students
  • Live in residence halls throughout duration of the program
  • Assume the responsibility of the Residential Director one day a week, taking the lead in overseeing the residence hall
  • Co-Facilitate weekly staff meetings with the Residential Director
  • Support the Residential Director in evaluating staff and providing leadership and guidance, addressing any personnel issues
  • Oversee deployment of RAs to ensure assigned duties are completed, facilitating overall team dynamics and effectiveness, and maintain close contact with RAs individually and as a team.
  • Assume the responsibilities of Co-ARDs on their days off
  • Participate in multiple 24 hour on-call duty rotations for emergencies
  • Serve as an RA if needed
  • Other duties as assigned by Residential Director and program staff

Each ARD will have one of the following roles:

 

Logistics ARD
Typically, 9-5 type of hours except when on-call

  • RA (Residential Assistants) Schedule- Including managing any overtime, absences, OFF Requests
  • Get Ready Series Management
  • Orientation Set Up- Making sure the room is clean and set up, Presentation is ready to go on the projector.
  • Placing food order for training and orientation
  • Manage all paperwork- filing off-campus slips, incident reports, duty logs, check in binder
  • Vehicle Management- Knowing when the vehicle is being used/ parking passes
  • Facilitate one-on-one meetings with the RAs
  • Managing Wildcard student issues

Activities ARD
Typically, Evening hours except when on-call

  • Manage supplies for activities- tracking inventory, supply runs, organizing supplies
  • Manage receipts turned in by RAs for activities
  • Manage program proposals submitted by RA’s- must look over and approve programs
  • Manage program sign ups- create a system for students to know what activities are taking place on any given day
  • Manage flyer submission from RAs- RAs will create their own flyers and turn them into you.
  • Manage activity space- making sure RAs don’t use the same space on the same day for activities
  • Lead Activities Workshop during training
  • Manage excursions (Larger activities like 4th of July, program field trips- if any)
  • Manage event transportation if necessary
  • Orientation set up- food and drinks, serving the food, trash, etc.
  • Managing the bonfire welcoming activity
  • Facilitate one-on-one meetings with the RAs
  • Manage Closing Activity

Academic & Medical ARD
Typically, 8-4 except when on-call

  • Oversees COVID policy and procedures
  • Manages student health files
  • Document details of student illnesses, ongoing health problems, and health emergencies
  • Transports student to urgent care- Must be able to and feel comfortable enough to drive
  • Lead cleaning efforts after orientation
  • Facilitate one-on-one meetings with TAs
  • In coordination with the CPP team, oversee the training and supervision of Teaching Assistants(TAs)
  • Coordinate communication across academic and residential departments

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • Completed three years of college
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a college setting
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
  • A team player attitude with an ability to work effectively in diverse groups
  • Experience working with students ages 15 – 17 also desirable
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
  • A mature sense of responsibility, professionalism, and work ethic

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum
  • Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
  • Previous teaching, mentoring, and/or counseling experience is desirable
  • Prior residential/student affairs experience is also desirable
  • Experience working in international contexts or with international students
  • Previous experience as an RA or prior student affairs experience

Important Dates:

  • While the deadline to apply is April 15th, qualified candidates are hired on a first apply, first hired basis. Early candidates have an advantage as some positions are filled early in the application cycle.
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview

To Apply:

Email cpp@northwestern.edu the following items (3):

  • A current resume
  • Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
  • A cover letter for full consideration. Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
    • Tell us about your specific background
    • The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
    • Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.

Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website at northwestern.edu/collegeprep to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at cpp@northwestern.edu or call 847-491-7239.

 

COVID-19 Specific Requirements for Program Staff:
Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.


In-person CPP staff must adhere to and enforce all health and safety measures established by Northwestern University Residential Services and CPP, which may include masking and social distancing for both students and staff. Note that these measures may change.


Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

RESIDENTIAL ADVISOR (RA)

Start/End Date: June 12 – August 13, 2023 (May vary)
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Resident Director and Assistant Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Residential, Full-time (40+ hours per week)
Compensation:  

  • $16 per hour/ $640 per week
  • Accommodation: single room and full board plan while on contract
  • Access to University athletic and sport facilities while on contract
  • Significant professional opportunity in area of leadership development

Program Description:

The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS (on campus) seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100- and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.

Position Summary:

Along with the Resident Director (RD) and the Assistant Resident Director (ARD), the central responsibility of the CPP Resident Advisor (RA) is to provide mentorship and support for the academic, experiential, and co-curricular components of the College Preparation Program. You will have a unique opportunity to bridge and cultivate learning inside and outside the classroom. CPP students and RAs are housed together on campus in the program’s residence hall. RAs are expected to be engaging, visible, and accessible to students and the program on a daily basis throughout the summer. RAs will be responsible for regularly checking in with an assigned group of students and ensuring the safety of all participants. You will also create, coordinate, and implement extracurricular activities and supervise students at those and other program-related activities. In addition, upholding CPP values, policy, and procedures, and managing the duties supporting the functions of the program. RAs report directly to the Assistant Resident Director and receive further supervision from the Director of Summer Session. This is a full-time residential position.

General Responsibilities:

  • Assist with student arrival and departure on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as orientation for incoming students
  • Live in residence hall throughout duration of the program
  • Report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
  • Participate in after hours on-call duty rotation for emergencies and/or lock outs and to immediately address student needs
  • Chaperone social events and off-campus excursions (day, evening, weekends as scheduled)
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with the RD or ARD
  • Complete paperwork including: incident reports, original receipts, program proposals/ flyers, and blog content
  • Build community through planning and implementing extracurricular activities for students (primarily scheduled for afternoons, evenings, and weekends)
  • Expected to work Holidays
  • Those RA’s who meet the qualifications for driving a university vehicle will be expected to do so, potentially transporting students
  • Other duties as assigned by Resident Director and program staff

Qualifications:

  • Completed a minimum of one year of college by June 2023 (rising sophomore, junior, or senior)
  • Experience working with high school students
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
  • A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
  • Excellent communication, coordination, creativity, and problem-solving skills
  • Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff
  • Must be able to lift and/or maneuver 40 pounds
  • Familiarity with technology such as WhatsApp, GroupMe, WeChat, Word Press, Microsoft Suite, and other creative platforms

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum
  • Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
  • Previous teaching, mentoring, and/or counseling experience is desirable
  • Prior residential/student affairs experience is also desirable.

Important Dates:

  • While the deadline to apply is April 15th, qualified candidates are hired on a first apply, first hired basis. Early candidates have an advantage as some positions are filled early in the application cycle.
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview

To Apply: Email cpp@northwestern.edu the following items (3):

  • A current resume
  • Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
  • A cover letter for full consideration. Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
  • Tell us about your specific background
  • The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
  • Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.

Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at cpp@northwestern.edu or call 847-491-7239.

COVID-19 Specific Requirements for Program Staff:
Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.


In-person CPP staff must adhere to and enforce all health and safety measures established by Northwestern University Residential Services and CPP, which may include masking and social distancing for both students and staff. Note that these measures may change.


Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

 

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF (FOH)

Start/End Date: June 12 – August 12, 2023
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Resident Director, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Full-time (40 hours per week) work shifts available: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm; both shifts run 6 days a week; commitment for full set of working dates required. There are 2 roles available.
Compensation: $15 per hour/ $600 per week and meal plan

Program Description:

The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS seminars, or E-Focus seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100- and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our InFocus seminars are small, discussion-based noncredit courses offered in special topics.

Position Summary:

Front of House (FOH) staff serve as the first point of contact for all clients who enter the College Prep residence halls on a daily basis. From the front desk of their assigned building FOH staff provide information, answer the phone, facilitate communication between the College Prep Office and the Residential Offices, maintain program blog, and act as a point of contact for families of students living in the building. In addition, upholding CPP values, policy and procedures, and managing the duties supporting the functions of the program. They act as role models for students, ensuring students uphold the CPP student code of conduct. Housing is not provided to FOH Staff.

General Responsibilities:

  • Assist with student Arrival and Departure on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Orientation for incoming students
  • Communicate with parents and guardians using best practices in customer service
  • Maintain program blog
  • Clearly and expediently communicate student needs with appropriate CPP support staff
  • Serve as mentor, resource, and facilitator of calendar
  • Report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
  • Support community among students and staff that is inclusive, positive, safe, and fun
  • Maintain programming forms
  • Act as point of contact for facilities management and lockouts
  • Other duties as assigned by Resident Director and CPP staff

Qualifications:

  • Completed one year of college
  • Experience working with high school students
  • Must be able to lift and/or maneuver at least 40lbs
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
  • A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
  • Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum

Important Dates: 

While the deadline to apply is April 15th, qualified candidates are hired on a first apply, first hired basis. Early candidates have an advantage as some positions are filled early in the application cycle. Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview

To Apply:

Email cpp@northwestern.edu the following items (3):

  1. A current resume
  2. A cover letter
  3. Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website at northwestern.edu/collegeprep to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at cpp@northwestern.edu or call 847-491-7239.

 

COVID-19 Specific Requirements for Program Staff:
Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.


In-person CPP staff must adhere to and enforce all health and safety measures established by Northwestern University Residential Services and CPP, which may include masking and social distancing for both students and staff. Note that these measures may change.


Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

 

Instructional Opportunities


TEACHING ASSISTANT (TA) IN-Focus

Start/End Date: Training June 12 – 18, 2023
         Class time: June 19 - Aug. 11, 2023 (may Vary)
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Academic Program Coordinator, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Varies contingent upon seminar assignment(s), beginning June 12, 2023 (orientation/training); In-Focus (noncredit courses) June 19 - Aug. 11, 2023
Compensation: $17 per hour (30 hours per week)

Program Description:

The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS (on campus) seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100-and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.

 

Position Summary:

The central responsibility of the CPP Teaching Assistant (TA) is to provide mentorship and support for the academic, experiential, and co-curricular components of the In-Focus Seminars. You will have a unique opportunity to bridge and cultivate learning inside and outside the online classroom. As a Teaching Assistant you will be responsible for providing instructional and organizational support to a lead faculty member in the classroom. TAs are expected to be engaging, visible, and accessible to students on a daily basis throughout the seminar. TAs will be responsible for regularly checking in with their assigned group of students. You will be responsible for coordinating and supervising students during online program-related activities. TAs report directly to the Academic Program Coordinator and may receive further supervision from the Director of Summer Session. This is a part-time in person position.

 

Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to and enforce the university’s COVID-19 requirements.
  • Participate in mandatory online training before program begins: June 12-18, 2023
  • Oversee all technological aspects to the program such as access to CAESAR, CANVAS, ZOOM, Global Protect, NU email addresses, net IDs etc.
  • Take attendance daily within first 15 minutes of class and submit to CPP administration.
  • Serve as mentor, resource, and facilitator of summer program policies, procedures, and calendar
  • Abide by and enforce program Standards of Conduct and University rules and procedures, and report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
  • Represent and uphold the values of the Northwestern community and the College Preparation Program in all circumstances
  • Attend all class meetings for one In-FOCUS Seminar providing classroom support and organization to faculty
  • Meet (conference call or via Zoom) with instructor the week of TA training
  • Attend meetings with instructor and program director prior to and as needed while course is in session
  • Serve as primary communicator with students before and during seminar, notifying students of assignments, virtual field trips, any last minute schedule changes, etc.
  • Engage all students during online seminar class time for study groups
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the Instructor
  • Other duties as assigned by Academic Program Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Completed two years of college by June 2023 (rising junior or senior)
  • A consistent record of academic achievement
  • College-level coursework in one or more CPP/IN FOCUS academic subject area (biology, business, chemistry, creative writing, economics, engineering, environmental and earth sciences, expository writing, global health, humanities, international relations, legal studies, philosophy & literature, physics, political science)
  • Experience working with students ages 15–17
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
  • A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
  • Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum
  • Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
  • Previous teaching, mentoring, and/or counseling experience is desirable
  • Prior student affairs experience is also desirable.

Important Dates:

  • Mandatory training before program begins: June 12-18, 2023
  • IN-Focus (noncredit courses) June 19 - Aug. 11, 2023 (may Vary)
  • Deadline to apply: April 15, 2023
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview by mid April

To Apply:

Email cpp@northwestern.edu the following items (3):

  • A current resume
  • Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
  • A cover letter for full consi Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
  • Tell us about your specific background
  • Which three In-focus seminars are you interested in assisting in and why you would like to be a Teaching Assistant for these seminars. (Please visit our website for more information on each seminar.)
  • The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
  • Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.

 

Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website at northwestern.edu/collegeprep to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at cpp@northwestern.edu or call 847-491-7239.

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TEACHING ASSISTANT (TA) e-Focus

Start/End Date: June 12 – 18, Class time: July 17-28, 2023 (may Vary)
Location: Virtual
Supervised by: Program Coordinator, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment: Varies contingent upon seminar assignment(s), beginning, June 12, 2023 (orientation/training); e-Focus (noncredit courses) July 17-28, 2023
Compensation: $17 per hour (20 hours per week per class)

Program Description:

The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS (on campus) seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100-and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.

 

Position Summary:

The central responsibility of the CPP Teaching Assistant (TA) is to provide mentorship and support for the academic, experiential, and co-curricular components of the Wildcat Connect: e-FOCUS Seminars. You will have a unique opportunity to bridge and cultivate learning inside and outside the online classroom. As a Teaching Assistant you will be responsible for providing instructional and organizational support to a lead faculty member in the classroom. TAs are expected to be engaging, visible, and accessible to students on a daily basis throughout the seminar. TAs will be responsible for regularly checking in with their assigned group of students. You will be responsible for coordinating and supervising students during online program-related activities. TAs report directly to the Academic Program Coordinator and may receive further supervision from the Director of Summer Session. This is a full or part-time online position.

 

Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all technological aspects to the program such as access to CAESAR, CANVAS, ZOOM, GlobalProtect, NU email addresses, net IDs etc.
  • Take attendance daily within first 15 minutes of class and submit to CPP administration.
  • Serve as mentor, resource, and facilitator of summer program policies, procedures, and calendar
  • Abide by and enforce program Standards of Conduct and University rules and procedures, and report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
  • Represent and uphold the values of the Northwestern community and the College Preparation Program in all circumstances
  • Attend all class meetings for one e-FOCUS Seminar providing classroom support and organization to faculty
  • Meet (conference call or via Zoom) with instructor the week of TA training
  • Attend meetings with instructor and program director prior to and as needed while course is in session
  • Serve as primary communicator with students before and during seminar, notifying students of assignments, virtual field trips, any last minute schedule changes, etc.
  • Engage all students during online seminar class time for study groups
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Completed two years of college
  • A consistent record of academic achievement
  • College-level coursework in one or more CPP/IN FOCUS academic subject area (biology, business, chemistry, creative writing, economics, engineering, environmental and earth sciences, expository writing, global health, humanities, international relations, legal studies, philosophy & literature, physics, political science)
  • Experience working with high school students
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
  • A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
  • Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum
  • Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
  • Previous teaching, mentoring, and/or counseling experience

 

Important Dates:

  • Mandatory training before program begins: June 12-18, 2023 virtual
  • e-Focus (noncredit courses) July 17-28, 2023
  • Deadline to apply: April 15, 2023
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview by April

To Apply:

Email cpp@northwestern.edu the following items (3):

  • A current resume
  • Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
  • A cover letter for full consideration. Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
  • Tell us about your specific background
  • Which three e-focus seminars are you interested in assisting in and why you would like to be a Teaching Assistant for these seminars. (Please visit our website for more information on each seminar.)
  • The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
  • Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.

Contact Us: Please visit the College Preparation Program website at northwestern.edu/collegeprep to learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, email the CPP office at cpp@northwestern.edu.

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