The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU seeks qualified candidates for the position of Residential Counselor. Residential Counselors are live-in, residential staff who support the academic, social, and emotional development of Gatton Academy students. The Gatton Academy is a public residential STEM high school program, established and funded by the Kentucky legislature, on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Students complete their last two years of high school and earn at least 60 hours of college credit. This is a 10-month position and reports to the Assistant Director of Residential Life. Gatton Academy staff are employees of Western Kentucky University.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Creates and manages a safe, healthy, and nurturing living/learning environment within the residence hall.
Develops a supportive community consistent with the Academy's creed of Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Equality, and Diversity through creative educational, cultural, social, and recreational programming.
Advises, counsels, and seeks to develop students through individual interactions and by creating and sustaining a supportive living environment.
Provides appropriate support and referrals for students during emotional and physical crises.
Provides academic support services in coordination with other Academy staff, and serves on the Academic Success Team.
Provides leadership and supervision on Academy study abroad trips.
Monitors and documents student progress in academics and personal growth.
Serves as an advisor and liaison for clubs and activities.
Provides on-call support to students on a rotation basis.
Creating a Supportive Learning Environment
Collaborate with all Academy Residential Counselors and staff to create and sustain a community that fosters student learning, independence, and academic success.
Establish rapport and develop mentoring relationships with students.
Live on student wing in the Academy and serves as a role model/mentor in all areas of personal, relational, and academic life.
Play an integral role acclimating students to the Academy in student orientation week.
Transport students in University owned or rented vehicles.
Implement Academy initiatives, particularly those focused on student retention.
Maintain and oversee wing programming and supply budget.
Assess the efficacy of programs and activities.
Report and keep record of maintenance and security issues within the wing.
Communicate regularly with parents in support of students and to foster parental involvement in the academy.
Provide day-to-day intervention and crisis response.
Collaborate with housekeeping and facilities staff to maintain a living environment conducive to learning.
Staff and support the front desk as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Experience working in residential life at the secondary or post-secondary level as hall director, residential assistant, desk clerk, or similar position.
Must reside in a dorm room on a single-gender residential wing within Gatton's residence hall.
Must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid driver's license.
Must be willing to submit to a state and national criminal history background check.
About The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU is a public residential STEM school, established and funded by the Kentucky legislature, on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Students complete their last two years of high school by beginning college and earn at least 60 hours of college credit.
Gatton Academy staff and administrators are officially employees of Western Kentucky University. WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is approximately 70 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee, and 110 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky.