Summer Springboard company profile

RA/Mentor @ Multiple Summer Programs

Job Location

San Diego, CA, United States

Job Description

What is Summer Springboard?
Our mission at Summer Springboard is to help students increase their self-awareness so they can make decisions about college selection, academic majors, and career planning that reflect their personal vision for success. Our innovative pre-college summer programs, offered at some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, combine the benefits of
an academically challenging summer experience with tools and frameworks for personal leadership development and self-discovery.

We are seeking Resident Advisors/Mentors to join our team for the following locations:

Yale University
New York + Georgetown University
Georgia Tech + Duke University
UC Berkeley
Cal Poly SLO + UCSD

RA/Mentors are an integral part of the Summer Springboard team. We are seeking
energetic, fun, and engaging individuals to inspire our teens to become the best version of
themselves. Mentors will report to and be under the direct supervision of the Campus
What is a Great RA/Mentor?
1. Mediator: Mediating conflict and maintaining a positive group dynamic.
2. Model: Be a role model to your students. Possess a good attitude.
3. Caretaker: Take care of the physical and mental health of your student.
4. Listener: Be an active, empathetic listener.
5. Facilitator: Facilitate meaningful discussion and reflection. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate individual conversation.
6. Teammate: Offer proactive assistance to your team members, for the good of the overall program.

Position Responsibilities
RA/Mentors will supervise students in a university residence hall setting and help guide students through campus life. RA/Mentors will design, execute, and plan a variety of activities, either social or co-curricular in nature. Completing nightly check-ins, monitoring curfew, and helping students adapt to dorm life are just some of the aspects. RA/Mentors
will help facilitate or lead activity groups, athletics, projects, discussions, or workshops during the program. On weekends, RA/Mentors will accompany and be responsible for students while out and about on excursions such as museums, local sports team games, or tourist attractions. RA/Mentors should be highly accessible in the residence hall and around campus, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.

Mentor Training:
● Participate in virtual training with Summer Springboard HQ staff and Campus Director.
● Attend three days of in-person training on campus prior to the start of the first camp session.
● Read and prepare questions on all the resources provided by Summer Springboard.

Plan for and prepare for the program:
● Read through and complete all staff forms and paperwork in a timely manner.
● Plan and arrival/departure travel to/from your designated campus.
● Participate in introductory and planning calls with your Campus Director or Program Director.
● Become familiar and comfortable with the program schedules, structure, resources, staff responsibilities, and Summer Springboard’s 5-Point Safety Plan and other emergency and health procedures and policies.

Work to uphold positive group dynamic:
● Live alongside students; Mentors will have responsibility for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while programs are in session (except for designated evenings off).
● Protect the health and safety of students at all times.
● Facilitate or co-facilitate team building and reflection activities, as well as parts of the Summer Springboard curriculum.
● Work as part of a team to create a successful, safe, and fun learning environment for students.
● Enforce the rules and policies of Summer Springboard and those of the host university’s residence life department, dining services, and campus safety.
● Mentor and counsel students through personal growth experiences.
● Meet regularly with the supervisor and residential staff.
● Provide constructive feedback for further program and curriculum development.
● Hold students accountable for their behaviors and comfortable enforcing policy.
● Confront and respond appropriately to any violation of Summer Springboard rules.
● Use common sense and good judgment when interacting with students, staff, and University partners!

Compensation and Benefits
● $1,300 per session + $250 for pre-program training (virtual + in-person) + $400 travel stipend
● Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) provided at no cost at the designated campus during Pre-program Training and duration of program sessions. *Summer Springboard does not provide housing or meals for staff arriving prior to Pre-program Training or departing late.
● Professional development and networking opportunities. Our course instructors are notable individuals with years of experience at reputable companies, organizations, and/or educational institutions. You will have the ability to network with them.
● The ability to make an impact on students and their future.
● The opportunity to experience a new city and go on fun, free, and exciting activities!
○ “While in Boston, the staff and I had ample experiences exploring the city working for Summer Springboard each session. On the weekends, we all (staff and students) took a walking tour of the city and got to explore Copley Square, The Freedom Trail, Downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace, and the restaurants of Boston’s North End. We also had the chance to attend Red Sox games each session, take Duck Tours through the city and up the Charles River, visit Six Flags Amusement Park in Springfield. During the week, staff also get the opportunity to join students on various field trips to local academic course-specific companies, sites, museums, and more. All of this for free!” –
Ryan Farrell, Assistant Campus Director (Boston 2021)

Important Notes
● RA/Mentors will be subject to background checks prior to employment. For some staff, additional checks are required:
○ California mentors are required to do an additional fingerprint LiveScan from the California Department of Justice
○ Boston Mentors are subject to a CORI/SORI check
○ Yale mentors are subject to additional testing from the State of Connecticut

● RA/Mentors must commit to working all sessions at their designated campus, plus be available three days prior to the start of Session 1 and one day after the final concluding session. There will be scheduled time-off and breaks during the days for each RA/Mentor.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications
● Currently enrolled in college or graduate school (At least 1 year of undergrad experience by the summer of employment) OR Bachelor's degree.
● Minimum of 2 seasons working in a camp or experiential learning environment or equivalent.
● Exhibit positive behaviors/attitudes and serve as a role model for Summer Springboard students.
● Two years of experience working with teenagers.
● Exceedingly personable, positive, and engaging demeanor.
● Group management experience and cross-cultural awareness.
● Collaborative in nature; skilled in problem-solving and communication.
● Good physical and mental health. Staff must possess the ability to actively participate in all elements of the program’s experience.
● Natural aptitude to motivate and energize students in a variety of settings, situations, and ice-breaker/team-building activities.
● Facilitation experience with team building and leading workshops, or interest in gaining experience.
● Proactive in nature with the ability to anticipate team and student needs and ready to volunteer and take on responsibilities.
● **Compliance - at all times - with Terra Education/Summer Springboard’s Vaccination Policy**:
○ “At this time, as a condition of employment and continued employment, Summer Springboard requires that all staff, including temporary Staff, part-time, and full-time be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination(s)/boosters."

Preferred Skills/Experience
● Experience with the university campus or immediate surrounding area/city where you will work.
● Knowledge of one subject matter being offered on campus where you will work. Those can be found on our website.
● High school counseling experience.
● Prior experience as an RA/Mentor, Camp Counselor, or similar type experience that entailed withdrawing students out of their comfort zone and engaging them to build a community and establish friendships.
● Advanced degree a plus.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to
Complete Online Staff Application at

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Contact Information

Contact Chiara Thomas
Summer Springboard
10509 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA, United States 92108
Phone 858-379-0012


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