Position: Residence Community Assistant (TERM)
Deadline: April 25, 2022
Job Description / Duties
Under the Direction of the Dean of Students, the Residence Community Assistant (RCA) position is live-in and maintains a schedule of second-tier on-call responsibilities, alongside the Assistant to the Dean, Residence Life and Residence Life Program Coordinator, for the Fall/Winter session. In the Summer session this role serves as the primary second-tier on-call support for University of Toronto students in Summer residence ONLY (approximately 150 students). This position will be 100% FTE (full-time hours) from May to August and 60% FTE (part-time hours) from September to April.
As a member of the Office of Residence and Student Life (ORSL), the RCA will be committed to an equity that recognizes, supports, and responds to the diverse histories, lived and marginalized experiences of students and many communities.
Your responsibilities will include:
-Advising students on personal and academic issues by probing and providing a range of options and possible consequences
-Implementing plans and process improvements for program and service activities
-Advising students on the interpretation of rules and regulations regarding the use of space and organizing events on campus
-Determining logistical details and activities for events and/or programming
-Investigating community standard and housing policy breaches
-Providing basic support and general referrals to individuals in distress
-Applying established standards when responding to emergencies
-Coaching residence student staff on handling personal and non-personal complaints
Qualifications / Required Skills
-Bachelor's Degree in leadership development, community development, cross-cultural communication, or adult education, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience. or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
-Minimum two years of recent and related related para-professional experience in student and residence life settings, with specific experience in supporting the development of vibrant and welcoming residence communities, as well as experience in a university student residence live-in setting.
-Demonstrated experience advising student groups and organizations, interpreting policies, and developing positive working relationships.
-Demonstrated experience advising students on personal and academic issues.
-Demonstrated experience with supporting students in distress and knowledge of risk management procedures.
-Experience in supporting the planning and facilitation of educational, personal or academically supportive programming for students in residence.
-Experience developing positive and collaborative working relationships with partners in both virtual and in-person settings.
-Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and of legal and governance issues affecting student groups and higher education governance.
-Demonstrated knowledge of public health protocols applicable to student events and programming (e.g. Event Assessment Tool and Risk Assessment Forms).
-Demonstrated knowledge of the Student Code of Conduct, Community Standards, COVID protocols and emergency processes.
-Demonstrated understanding of a student-centred approach with sensitivity to principles of equity and inclusivity.
-Advanced skills with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
-Familiarity with video/audio conferencing software (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams).
-Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to adapt to new and changing priorities.
-Excellent oral and written communication, and public speaking skills.
-Certified in standard First Aid and CPR.
-Successfully completed and received a certificate for ASIST and safeTALK.
To learn more about the position, please visit: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/558177417/
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