Residential Advisor (Los Angeles)

Smash Los Angeles , CA 90001

Posted 2 weeks ago

Organization: SMASH

Program: SMASH Academy

Title: Residential Advisor OR Wellness Residential Advisor

Location: UCLA (Los Angeles); to apply to other locations see which sites are hiring which positions here and apply at

Reports to: Residential Director and
Head Residential AdvisorPosition Type:
Full-time, temporary (program and training dates here)

About Us and Our Philosophy:

SMASH Academy, a program that US News and World Report called Perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields is heading into its 15th summer and national scaling and exposure. SMASH is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

The Opportunity:

There are two types of Residential Advisors:

1) The Residential Advisors (RAs) support the Residential Director (RD) and Head Residential Advisors (HRAs) to oversee the residential and youth enrichment components of the SMASH Academy. RAs support the well-being of 30-105 high school students living on campus. Reporting to the RD and HRA, RAs foster a clean, safe, positive, and inclusive environment that encourages SMASH Scholars to develop their full potential. RAs also act as educational leaders and role models (for both students and staff) to set the culture, standards, activities and interactions that will assure both an enriching and socially just experience conducive to scholar success in the STEM fields. RAs are also responsible for other areas of programming, including workshops, wellness activities, and engagement with the surrounding STEM community. Finally, an RA collaborates with the RD, up to five (5) HRAs, and a team of up to nine (9) additional RAs.

2) Wellness Residential Advisor (Mental Health Focus) fulfills similar job duties as an RA, including the planning and implementation of an RA Workshop, but with a specific focus centered around coping mechanisms and wellness strategies. Workshop content is based on the Wellness RAs expertise and educational interests. Topics include:

  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Management
  • Self Care
  • Comfort with Vulnerability
  • Embracing Failure
  • Mindfulness practice

This is a 6-week residential assignment, with a 7-day shift schedule that allows for a minimum of one day off per week. The daily average of hours worked and duties completed will vary by site. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.

Essential Duties:

  • Supervise 30-105 high school students in residence; serve as a role model for responsible behavior and personal integrity
  • Manage and facilitate daily scholar duties and weekly meetings, e.g. wake up calls, suite meetings, meal participation, etc.
  • Attend and actively engage in regular program meetings, 1:1s with site management, RA retreat, training, and debrief
  • Collaboratively implement SMASH Residential Curriculum, consisting of experience-based lesson plans and workshops
  • Develop and promote appropriate leisure, recreational, and educational activities.
  • Coordinate and attend weekly Fun Friday activities, weekend field trips and speaker series and networking nights
  • Attend and support the core out of classroom program activities, including: scholar orientation, scholar move-in/move-out, Town Hall, family picnic, dance and talent show, recognition and exhibition event, and staff debriefs
  • Communicate and uphold norms and program rules of conduct to ensure student safety, open and honest communication, and responsible student behavior.
  • Encourage personal, social, and academic development of scholars
  • Create an environment that cultivates a sense of self-efficacy and personal well being
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with all SMASH personnel; positively represent the SMASH organization and program
  • Manage the facilitation of scholars study time and collaborate with designated instructors on assignments
  • Complete all assigned deliverables on time
  • Participate in a rotational standby night shift whereby the employee is required to respond to an emergency, at the request of management
  • Position requires walking, sitting, and standing day to day. Climbing stairs, running, and participation may be required during community activities. Lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs of supplies may be required

Additional Essential Duties for a Wellness Residential Advisor:

  • Deliver one residential staff training, in collaboration with the Residential Director and the Residential Program Manager, during the RA Retreat & Orientation about Restorative Justice/Practices.
  • Collaboratively implement experiential lesson plans and workshops addressing Wellness



  • Demonstrated commitment and/or alignment and understanding of the mission of SMASH
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds
  • Will complete junior year of college by Spring of 2019 (preferred), or has completed at least freshman year of college and has proven, relevant experience
  • Previous experience teaching and/or facilitating programs for high school age youth
  • Flexibility and professionalism a must
  • Ability to form positive and professional relationships with ethnically and culturally diverse youth and staff
  • Ability to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively, and give and receive feedback
  • High competency in written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, teamwork, decision-making, and working with diverse groups of individuals
  • Ethical, consistent, and available to students as a role model and resource
  • Willingness to be hands-on, conflict resolution oriented, and an active problem solver as challenges arise
  • Strong academic and critical thinking skills; ability to tutor high school AP math and/or science preferred (not required)
  • Interest or skills in sports, yoga, art/expression and/or wellness activities a plus
  • Spanish fluency preferred (not required)
  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred (not required)

Additional Qualification for Wellness Residential Advisor:

  • Skills in delivering wellness activities, such as workshops on yoga/meditation, mindfulness, art/expression, and/or sports



$4,200 - $4,600 depending on the site, which includes training and post-program debrief.

Additionally, housing and food are also offered at an average $3,500 value. Please note that by accepting housing from SMASH, it is expected that the employee will sleep on site during their tenure of employment. While we cannot offer a benefits package for this position, we can reimburse you for any approved work-related expense. You are responsible for your own parking and transit related expenses.

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