Summer Bridge - Resident Advisor Application

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Summer Bridge Program: 

The Summer Bridge Program is administered by Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Support and Equity Programs. It is a five-week (three-week residential and two-week commuter) program for incoming EOP students that assists them in making the transition from high school to the more challenging environment of the University.

Program Dates (Residential Portion): Sunday, June 24, 2018 — Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Resident Advisor Position

 Required commitment (no exceptions to any of these dates and times; hold your calendar for all dates):

  • The following Fridays during Spring 2018 term from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for trainings: May 25, June 1, and June 15
  • One possible Saturday in May or June (determined by Area Coordinator once team is selected)
  • Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22, 2018: RA training (every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and live-in required at the Residence Hall)
  • Sunday, June 24 – Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Live in the residence halls (be on-call, on-duty evenings and weekends); RAs will trade off working weekends (Saturday – Sunday); the schedule will be determined by the Area Coordinator
  • July 11, 2018: Debrief and wrap-up with Area Coordinator (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Job Responsibilities Summary (see below for expanded description)

  • Report to the Summer Bridge Area Coordinator (AC) and Coordinator of Educational Assessment and Transition
  • Live in the residence halls staring Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Be on-duty on weekends (Saturday – Sunday); the schedule will be determined by the AC
  • Monitor student discipline and enforce program regulations
  • Create, develop, attend and supervise residence hall activities and special programs
  • Provide guidance and mentoring (not academic advising) for student participants
  • Model positive behavior a tall times, promote tutoring, support all aspects of the program
  • Provide assistance with campus information sessions and recreational activities
  • Perform special tasks related to the residence halls as required
  • Perform all duties under the direct supervision of the Summer Bridge Area Coordinator


  • Cal Poly Pomona student
  • High work ethic; willing to engage in all aspects of the program, with the residence life team, and with student participants
  • Minimum Cal Poly Pomona cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Sensitivity and appreciation of students from diverse backgrounds, and ability to work with groups of 30-150 students
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions, and perform tasks appropriate for the position
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to handle stressful situations effectively
  • Ability taking initiative on developing programs and coordinating student activities
  • Ability to work harmoniously with colleagues, work in teams, challenge self to form connections with others
  • Must NOT be enrolled in classes or have ANY other obligations during the periods of:
    •  Resident Advisor trainings (Fridays of Spring quarter – May, 25, June 1, and June 15-, 3:00-5:00 p.m.; one Saturday in May or June; and June 18-22, 2018)
    • and the Summer Bridge Program and wrap-up (June 21 – July 11, 2018)


  • Be comfortable with having a flexible schedule
  • Understand the schedule demands of residence life
  • Experience in residence life or equivalent
  • Flexibility and being comfortable with ambiguity; the schedule may have some minor changes after evaluation of the first days
  • Minimum of sophomore standing (48 or more units)


  • $12/hr. plus room and meals during full week of training (June 18 – 22, 2018) and Summer Bridge (June 24  – July 10, 2018)

Application Process:

  • Submit online application (link at the bottom of this page; requires that you upload your Resume) by 12:00 noon, Monday, May 7, 2018. The application system records the date and time your application was submitted.
  • You must provide contact information for two people who can provide a reference for you related to this position. Make sure you contact them with enough time and ask if they will provide a reference. If they agree, ask them for their contact information (full name, job title, phone number to reach them at, and email to send them a reference form to complete).

Interviews & Hiring Plan:

  • May 10, 11, & 14, 2018 - Interviews conducted; selection of RAs (subject to changes)




  • Attend all RA trainings as described below: 
    • Each of the following Fridays during Spring 2018 quarter from 3:00-5:00 p.m.: May 25, June 1, and June 15
    • One Saturday in May or June (determined by AC once team is selected)
    • June 18 – 22, 2018: RA training (hold every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and live-in required at the Residence Hall)
  • Prepare residence hall for opening day (e.g., decorate halls, lobby, room boards, etc.)
  • Be on-duty all day on Opening Day, Sunday, June 24th  (assist with check-in, materials distribution, directing students and their families to various locations)
  • Attend and participate in the following meetings (meeting times are subject to change):
    • Staff meetings when students are involved in non-residential activities as determined by AC
    • Hall and Wing meetings: Sundays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Meeting with Summer Bridge – days and times to be determined
    • One-on-one, AC meetings, to be determined by AC
  • Participate fully in wrap-up, debrief, and evaluation activities on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Participate in the Closing Ceremony – date and time to be determined
  • Participate in all meals in the Los Olivos Commons (be present with students).
  • Assist students with adjustment to the community living situation of the residence hall and in making the transition to the University environment.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of residence hall programs. Taking initiative and organization is crucial.
  • Assist with conducting emergency evacuations and dealing with crises situations through immediate action and sound judgment if necessary.
  • Develop rapport with all participants and staff throughout the program (not just participants within wing assignment).
  • Convey openness and receptivity to all residents regardless of value system, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.
  • Be available and accessible to residents.
  • Exhibit patience with and acceptance of individuals.
  • Refer students to campus resources as appropriate.
  • Maintain staff and departmental CONFIDENTIALITY at all times, while maintaining student confidentiality when appropriate. Make referrals to SSEP staff as needed.
  • Use effective listening skills when resolving a resident’s problem.
  • Build a sense of community and develop a sense of belonging, unity, and loyalty among students.
  • Promote an atmosphere of cooperation in the hall with staff and students.
  • Encourage involvement and enthusiasm in all activities, while demonstrating personal interest and enthusiasm.
  • Model “good student” and ethical behavior AT ALL TIMES, ON AND OFF-CAMPUS through the end of the program, July 10, 2018
  • Be aware of problems and concerns of students and be prepared to mediate conflicts as they occur.
  • Take steps to ensure that the students behave in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Consistently enforce policies and follow-up on violations according to established UHS, EOP and University policies; Notify the AC immediately of any violations of the rules.


All RAs are “on” every day of the program; however, “on-duty” responsibilities alternate during the program and on weekends

  • Two RAs are assigned to be on-duty at all times.
  • Being on-duty includes through the night (you may be sleeping during this time) and on weekends.
  • One RA must be in the residence hall at all times.  RAs must notify the AC (or RAs on duty) if they need to leave the building.
  • RAs on-duty need to carry the Summer Bridge radio, be attentive to messages, and be responsive to RA on-duty partners.
  • Ensure that all students leave the hall to attend scheduled activities.
  • Notify the AC immediately if any student plans to miss an activity due to illness or serious reason. Log time of call to AC, student’s name, reason (illness, injury, etc.), which activity(ies) will be missed, other pertinent information.
  • If someone is hurt or ill, inform the AC and follow procedures. If students feel ill enough to miss activities, they must be taken to the Student Health Center.
  • Complete an Incident Report no later than 1 hour after an incident occurs.
  • Take turns checking students in and out of the hall at the front desk between 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Conduct room-checks of all students between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Now that you have read all details of the job and job requirements, if you are able to commit to the position requirements entirely, you can proceed to complete the application:


 For more information, contact Norma Leon at or (909) 869-3227