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 smash.org/jobs
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.
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:
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.
Additional Essential Duties for a Wellness Residential Advisor:
Additional Qualification for Wellness Residential Advisor:
$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.