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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 18, 2017 — Thursday, July 6, 2017. 

Resident Advisor Position:

 Required commitment (no exceptions to any of these dates and times):

  • Every Friday during Spring 2017 quarter from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. for trainings, starting Friday, May 19
  • One possible Saturday in May or June (determined by RLC once team is selected)
  • June 12 – 16, 2017: RA training (every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and live-in required at the Residence Hall; schedule to be confirmed)
  • June 18 – July 6, 2017: Live in the residence halls (be on-call, on-duty evenings and weekends); RAs will trade off working:  weekends (Friday – Sunday)
  • July 10, 2017: Debrief and wrap-up with Residence Life Coordinator (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • July 20, 2017: Summer Bridge Closing Ceremony (hold from 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.)

Job Responsibilities Summary (see below for expanded description)

  • Report to the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) and Summer Bridge Coordinator
  • Live in the residence halls (be on-call at all times when on-duty); Sunday, June 18 — Thursday night, July 6 at 11:00 p.m.
  • Trade off being on-duty on weekends (Friday – Sunday); this will be determined by the RLC
  • 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 Residence Life Coordinator


  • Cal Poly Pomona student
  • High work ethic; willing to engage in all aspects of the program, 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 other obligations during the periods of Resident Advisor trainings (Fridays of Spring quarter, starting May 19, 2017, 2:00-5:00 p.m.; one Saturday in May or June, and June 12-16, 2017) and the Summer Bridge Program (June 18 – July 10, 2017, and July 20, 2017)


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


  • $2,000 stipend, plus room and meals during residential portion of Summer Bridge (June 18 – July 6, 2017)

Application Process:

  • Submit online application (link at the bottom of this page; requires that you upload your Resume) with TWO completed reference forms by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The application system records the date and time your application was submitted. Your reference forms must also be submitted by the deadline.

Interviews & Hiring Plan:

  • May 3 – May 4: Interviews conducted; selection selection of RAs (subject to changes)


  • Attend all RA trainings as described below: 
    • Every Friday during Spring 2017 quarter from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for trainings, staring Friday, May 19
    • One Saturday in May or June (determined by RLC once team is selected)
    • June 12 – 16, 2017: RA training (hold every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and live-in required at the Residence Hall; schedule to be confirmed)
  • Prepare residence hall for opening day (e.g., decorate halls, lobby, room boards, etc.)
  • Be on-duty all day on Opening Day, Sunday, June 18th  (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 RLC
    • Hall and Wing meetings: Sundays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Meeting with Summer Bridge staff on Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • One-on-one, RLC meetings, to be determined by RLC
  • Participate fully in wrap-up, debrief, and evaluation activities on Monday, July 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Participate in the Closing Ceremonty on Thursday, July 20 (hold from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Participate in 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. (Remember, however you are not an academic advisor or tutor)
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of residence hall programs. Taking initiative and organization is crucial.
  • Assist with conducting emergency evacuations and any crisis situation through immediate action and sound judgment.
  • 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 on a daily basis. 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 20, 2017
  • 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 RLC immediately of any infractions of the rules.


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

  • Be “on-duty” when assigned, 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 RLC (or RAs on duty) if leaving the building.
  • Carry the Summer Bridge radio at all times and be attentive to messages.
  • Maintain regular communication with the RA on-duty partner(s).
  • Ensure that all students leave the hall to attend scheduled activities.
  • Notify the RLC immediately if any student plans to miss an activity due to illness or serious reason. Log time of call to RLC, student’s name, reason (illness, injury, etc.), which activity(ies) will be missed, other pertinent information.
  • If someone is hurt or ill, inform the RLC and follow procedures.  
  • Always notify the other RA on duty if you must leave the hall for any reason.
  • 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.
  • Check for messages at the Summer Bridge Program office, by calling (909) 869-3994 between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. daily.  Distribute appropriately to Residential Life team.

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