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The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU seeks qualified candidates for the position of Residential Counselor. This is a 10-month position that reports to the Assistant Director of Residential Life. 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.
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 Gatton staff, and serves on the Academic Success Team.
Provides leadership and supervision on Gatton 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 Gatton 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 Gatton and serve as a role model/mentor in all areas of personal, relational, and academic life.
Play an integral role acclimating students to Gatton during student orientation week.
Transport students in University owned or rented vehicles.
Implement Gatton initiatives, particularly those focused on student retention.
Administrative or Managerial Functions
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.
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Effective leadership, mentorship, and organizational skills.
Ability to make sound, ethical decisions in times of crises.
Willingness to serve as a role model for students in work ethic, attitude, and respect for others.
Experience working in residential life at the secondary or post-secondary level as hall director, residential assistant, desk clerk, or similar position.
Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid driver's license.
Must be able to reside on a single-gender wing of the Gatton Academy.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits:
- 10-month contract paid over a 12-month period
- Partially furnished dorm room with cable, internet service, utilities, local phone service (fair market value of approximately $10,000 per year). Room use is restricted to the employee.
- Professional development within the Academy and the University at-large.
- Salary range of $23,078 to $25,000 annually, with benefits package including options for medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, partial University tuition waiver, University Bookstore discount, and reduced price membership to the University's health and fitness facility. (Salary grade 105)
About The Gatton Academy
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.
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