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Male and Female Residential Advisors


West Virginia University Upward Bound Program is seeking individuals that desire to work with teens (ages 14 to 19) in a residential setting. The Upward Bound Summer Program is a six-week (June 25-August 4), academically focused program located on the campus of WVU. We are looking for individuals who will serve as encouraging role models, can develop positive relationships with the participants, and will contribute to the participants’ academic, social, and cultural development.

* Reside on campus at the Evansdale Residential Complex where you will live with and supervise participants in the resident halls overnight, during activities, at mealtimes, on all trips, and at other times as specified by the UB staff.
* Provide guidance, leadership, advising, tutoring, motivation, and assistance with career exploration.
* Enforce program regulations and resident hall guidelines.
* Monitor condition of resident halls and facilities used by UB participants.
* Attend all meetings scheduled by the UB staff.
* Provide shared planning of evening activities and conduct weekly floor meetings and check-ins with participants.
* Assist the staff in identifying participants’ academic & personal counseling needs.
* Assist the UB staff in program functions as assigned.
* Complete all paperwork in a timely manner and enter into program database as needed.
* Abide by program rules which prohibit staff from fraternizing with the participants, other resident assistants, or non-Upward Bound residents in the Evansdale Residential Complex.
* Abide by program rules which prohibit tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drug use.
* Complete training prior to participants’ arrival (must complete online training before completion of hire and must be available during the week prior to the summer program start date for in-person training).

Minimum Requirements:
* Preferred completion of two years of school at a college or university.
* Preferred residence hall (dorm) living experience.
* Preferred previous experience working with culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse young people.
* Demonstrated maturity in use of appropriate language, leadership & role modeling skills.
* Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills to support work as part of a staff team.
* Ability to establish and maintain strong rapport with program participants from diverse ethnic, socio-economic and rural backgrounds, while also maintaining professional boundaries.
* Ability to initiate, organize and set priorities for multiple assignments while working independently and as part of a team.
* Demonstrated commitment to helping students succeed in school & life.
* Preferred age is 21 with valid driving license.
* All applicants must pass a criminal background check (conducted by UB after interview process).

Compensation: The Residential Advisor position pays room and meals during the six-week summer program, as well as a stipend of between $2100-$2300 based on number of hours worked, experience, and available funding. Employment is conditional based on acceptable results of a background check and completion of required online training.

Application Process: Applicants must submit a completed application , an academic transcript (may be unofficial), a resume, and two letters of reference from an instructor, employer, staff member, or person who can speak to your abilities and character. Applications received by Friday, March 17, 2017 will receive priority consideration, with the job closing date being Friday, March 31, 2017.

Applications can be submitted by email to or, electronically through MountaineerTRAK (Job ID: 6010), by mail to the address listed on this website, or in person at the Student Services Center, 3rd Floor, 322B on the downtown campus.