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Admissions Coach

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Who you are:

The ideal candidate will have experience assisting high-achieving, low-income high school students with the college application process, strong writing and public speaking skills, a capacity for engaging students in the classroom, and a passion for expanding student access and academic opportunity. Resumes should demonstrate volunteer, work or personal experience with students from low-income families.

Candidates not local to Southern California will be provided housing during the three-week summer program plus one week of in-person training.

What you’ll do:

Admissions Coaches will be responsible for delivering the program curriculum to a group of 12 students during the three-week summer session. Admissions Coaches will also work individually with each student to help identify best-fit colleges, review college application essays, discuss career interests, teach college knowledge, and provide support and encouragement throughout the college application process.

Coaches will begin a week prior to the program start date for training and have the opportunity to support students through the entire application process.

Schedule:

In addition to the summer session, July 6, 2020 to August 1, 2020, this role includes:

  • Remote Training/Self-Study: 3-5 hours per week for three weeks in Spring, prior to on-campus program start
  • Remote Support (Optional): Ongoing support throughout the students’ senior year of high school (September 2020 – May 2021) to help with the college and financial aid applications and the decision-making process. An average of 10-15 hours per month via phone, text, email, and video conferencing.

Classroom Support Coordinator

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Who you are:

The ideal candidate is a high school teacher or early-career college counselor with experience supporting diverse and economically disadvantaged students within an academic environment. Classroom Support Coordinators will have experience working with high school students, strong writing and public speaking skills, a capacity for engaging students in the classroom, and a passion for expanding student access and academic opportunity.

What you’ll do:

Classroom Support Coordinators will each be responsible for supporting the delivery of the program curriculum to a group of 10-12 students during the three-week summer session. Each Classroom Support Coordinator will be paired with an Admissions Coach with years of expertise supporting high school students through the college admissions process.

The Coordinator and Coach pair will work together to determine how to manage their time with students. Additionally, they will work individually with each student to help identify best-fit colleges, review college application essays, discuss career interests, teach college knowledge, and provide support and encouragement throughout the college application process. Coordinators will also assist with program coordination and administrative tasks, as assigned.

Schedule:

This is an on-campus position from July 6, 2020 to August 1, 2020

Resident Assistant

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Who you are:

Resident Assistants are live-in student staff who serve as positive role-models, advisors, mediators, and event planners, organizing social events throughout the program. Each Resident Assistant will be responsible for 10-12 high school students in the residential community. The ideal candidate is a current USC student and has experience in residential life or student affairs.

What you’ll do:

Successful Resident Assistants demonstrate the ability to foster and develop community among students of diverse backgrounds, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to counsel residents regarding problems or concerns, and provide resource and referral information as needed. Resident Assistants work closely with the Head Resident Assistants to maintain the safety and general well-being of minors and enforce all university, campus housing, and Bovard Scholars program policies.

Resident Assistants are resourceful leaders who are familiar with USC student support services on campus, including the student health center, cultural communities, Department of Public Safety, among others. The Resident Assistant position also requires maturity, integrity, excellent judgment, attention to detail, a good sense of humor, creativity, and energy.

Schedule, Compensation and Benefits:

In addition to the summer session, July 6, 2020 to August 1, 2020, this role includes:

  • Paid staff training and development: July 6-10, 2020
  • Room and board for the duration of the job assignment
  • Three meals provided daily, including weekends
  • Evening and weekend excursions to possible sites: Knott’s Berry Farm, Fulcrum Ropes Course, Santa Monica Beach, Jet Propulsion Lab, etc.
  • Meaningful mentoring experience that helps cultivate a range of important qualities like leadership, problem-solving, and communication
  • Competitive compensation

All applicants must reside in the residential halls. Resident Assistants may undertake limited part-time employment and other activities if these commitments do not conflict with scheduled responsibilities.

TO APPLY:

Applicants should send the following materials to bovardscholars@usc.edu: cover letter and resume.

Mental Health Counselor

Who you are:

The ideal candidate for the Mental Health Counselor position is a licensed mental health provider (LCSW or MFT) who has experience working with high school students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Mental Health Counselor has at least one year of supervised employment in the field of school social work with high school-age children. The Mental Health Counselor should demonstrate excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal skills along with a strong commitment to students’ well-being and learning.

What you’ll do:

The Mental Health Counselor will work directly with scholars who experience difficulties within the program due to social or emotional adjustment; facilitate drop-in discussions; work with and support program staff to cultivate a healthy, positive culture and triage cases that require further evaluation and referral to USC’s mental health professionals. Additionally, this position will:

  • Provide individual, short-term mental health assessment and counseling to select high achieving, low-income students who are living on campus during a three-week college admissions program over the summer; most hours would be M-F in the evenings.
  • Provide individual, short-term mental health assessment and counseling to select high achieving, low-income students who are living on campus during a three-week college admissions program over the summer; most hours would be M-F in the evenings.
  • Help to identify students needing support; provide clinical support and coping tools to students with emotional or social concerns.
  • Provide crisis assessment services. Collaborate with USC mental health professionals as needed
  • Participate in the development of program-wide initiatives and policies related to student wellness, safety, anti-bullying and social/emotional health
  • Facilitate relevant staff trainings related to detecting and assessing mental health needs of students
  • Perform consultations with classroom teachers and be a resource for program staff on mental health and social/emotional related issues
Schedule:

On Campus, 4 weeks, 25 hours per week mostly in the afternoon / evening, July 6, 2020 – August 1, 2020

To Apply:

Applicants should send the following materials to bovardscholars@usc.edu: cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.

Essay Editor

Who you are:

The ideal candidate is a writing professional with a degree in English, Literature, Creative Writing, Communication, Screenwriting or related field with at least three years of experience in a writing-intensive position. The Essay Editor should demonstrate excellence in writing, ability to edit with adherence to strict deadlines, professional demeanor, and strong interpersonal skills. Any experience in coaching students through the writing process for college admissions is preferred.

What you’ll do:

Essay Editors support Admissions Coaches and their students during the fall college application season by editing and proofreading personal statements and supplemental essays. Essay Editors help students in different stages of writing, from brainstorming essay topics for different prompts to finalizing essays for submission. Responsibilities include helping students improve in the areas of premise, structure, style, and concision, taking into consideration basic grammar, spelling and sentence structure. Essay Editors may work on essays independently on GoogleDocs, set up online essay workshops, and work with students individually via phone or video conferencing.

SCHEDULE:

This is a remote and seasonal position from October through December 2020.

To Apply:

Applicants should send the following materials to bovardscholars@usc.edu: cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and a writing sample. Once all application materials have been received, selected applicants will be invited in for an in-person interview and essay-editing assessment.