Resident College Adviser (RCA) Job Description
The FSI RCA position is a summer leadership position for experienced Princeton undergraduates. FSI RCAs work closely with small groups of student advisees to promote an appreciation of the diverse Princeton community and to foster a welcoming, safe, and stimulating environment for all residents of the program.
During the summer, FSI RCAs will work closely with FSI’s Resident Graduate Students (RGS’s) and the FSI Staff to assist FSI scholars in the transition to college life and provide guidance as they develop responsible decision-making skills in social, personal, and academic spheres. RCAs provide support as students in their advisee groups manage health and adjustment issues, roommate/groupmate relationships, and the demands of academic work and extracurricular activities. They also employ their familiarity with campus resources to serve as vital communications links between all offices and organizations of Princeton and FSI students. FSI RCAs are mature, generous, and thoughtful campus leaders who seek to work collaboratively with staff and administration to create a warm, welcoming environment for the entire FSI community.
FSI RCAs will receive:
- Financial compensation of $400/week
- Intensive and inclusive leadership training during both the Spring semester and Summer, including facilitation, mentoring, and communication skills.
Note: While the core components of FSI 2021 will be virtual, we anticipate that there will be a subset of FSI Scholars who may need on-campus accommodations during the program period-- and therefore, would be in need of an in-person RCA. If you plan on living on campus, or would be interested in living on campus for the summer 2021 period, please indicate this in your application. If chosen to be an on-campus RCA, compensation would be adjusted to include room and board expenses, in addition to the above stated compensation.
Requirements and Expectations
Spring 2021 (Pre-FSI commitment)
- Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings
- Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars
- With the guidance of a DSL, the Associate Director of FSI, and an RGS, planning and organizing student activities during the FSI period (e.g., special activity nights, weekly activities, etc.)
Summer 2021 (Program Commitment)
During the length of the program (June 27th-August 22nd), FSI RCAs should plan to spend approximately 20 hours per week (weekends inclusive) on the following activities:
- Attending and participating in RCA Training on June 24th and/or 25th, FSI Orientation between June 27th and 29th, weekly Core Meetings (day TBD), and weekly activities.
- Planning the logistics for and facilitating at least TWO 1-hour weekly group meetings for approximately 8-10 Freshman Scholars
- Track attendance and write weekly reports of meetings
- Meeting with mentees individually throughout the week at least once.
- Providing mentorship as well as social, emotional and academic support to Freshman Scholars by facilitating interactive and meaningful connections among students
- With the guidance of a DSL, the Associate Director of FSI, and an RGS, planning, organizing and implementing weekly study breaks and other small-scale social events for Freshman Scholars
- Assisting in connecting students to a range of resources on campus
- Assisting the Associate Director and Communications Director with virtual community building and communications (e.g., helping to post to, and moderate, online discussion forums and affinity groups)
- Fostering a safe, inclusive and hospitable environment for all students through warm, responsible and mature behavior.
RCA/All Staff Training: June 24 and 25
FSI Student Orientation: June 27-28
College Night – TBD
Weekly Colloquia– Wednesday evenings
Mid-Semester Check-In: date TBD
FSI Re-Orientation: August 12 and 13
Official program ends – Aug. 15
On-Call period-- August 16-22
Please note that while the programming will be virtual, you must be able to devote 20 assigned hours a week to FSI during the program period. If you foresee the need to excuse yourself from program activities at any time during the program dates (June 27- August 22), please talk with Dr. Ashlee Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Olivia Weiner (email@example.com).