Student Staff

First Year Assistants: Academic Year 2018-2019

Community Development Assistants

Lead FYA and Lead CDA

First Year Assistants: Academic Year 2018-2019

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

First Year Assistants (FYAs) live in the residence halls and serve as mentors to new students by introducing resources and facilitating their integration into the Tufts community. FYAs are the primary point of comprehensive support for new undergraduates at Tufts. FYAs work with the Office of Residential Life & Learning and with fellow FYAs to shape an environment that supports intellectual and personal growth and cultivates a living-learning community. FYAs have a responsibility to design inclusive opportunities for engagement, to create learning opportunities for residents, and to empower students to connect to and explore curricular and co-curricular offerings at Tufts.

FYAs develop their skills as leaders, mentors and team-members through on-going department workshops and through reflection, discussion and practice.

EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Community Engagement: From Orientation through the academic year, engage with residents on a regular basis, create intentional programs and act as a resource to aid new students in making connections.

Conflict Resolution and Crisis Response: Take action to support wellness and safety in the residential community and empower residents to care for themselves and each other.

Learning and Leadership: Seek to learn and develop knowledge, skills, and strategies as student leader, mentor and facilitator. Support resident growth and learning through initiatives and programs.

Administrative Responsibilities: Assist with opening and closing responsibilities and tasks related to maintaining a clean and safe building. Respond to individual student needs including lockout requests. Communicate proactively by checking and replying to Tufts email daily and by meeting with residential life team members as needed. 

Time Commitments:

  • Participate in all trainings, workshops and meetings. Obligations include:
    • Spring Training (2 evening meetings in April and April 22, 2018)
    • Summer Training (August 21 – 28, 2018)
    • Winter Training (January 14 – 15, 2019)
    • Weekly staff meeting- On alternating weeks we meet as a full department, otherwise teams meet as a zone or building staff.
    • Communicate with residents via email over the summer
    • Serve as Undergraduate Orientation leader (August 29- September 3, 2018)
    • Return to campus before the beginning of each term (August 22, 2018 and January 14, 2019) and stay until after the end of each term (December 21, 2018 and May 20, 2019)
    • Serve on the on-duty rotation on weekday and weekend nights up to 18 nights per semester
    • Design and execute at least one program a month
    • Facilitate on-going conversations and design initiatives to actively introduce resources, to build community connections, and to shape engaged campus culture
    • Prioritize FYA role and work with ORLL to determine scheduling of other commitments (i.e. extracurricular activities, jobs, etc.)

Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to address complex personal matters with discretion, honesty and empathy
  • Commitment to actively welcoming, supporting and engaging students across all identities to ensure full participation in residential community
  • Commitment to building a comprehensive first year experience
  • Proven ability to model behavior consistent with the Code of Conduct both on and off campus
  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior with at least one semester prior experience living on campus at Tufts
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor

Remuneration: Room charge credit and a partial academic year meal plan (80 meals).

* Please note: Receiving these benefits may affect your financial aid. Please contact your financial aid advisor to examine your individual package.

Community Development Assistants

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Community Development Assistants (CDAs) live in residence halls as resources and mentors to continuing students at Tufts. CDAs work to support individual residents’ growth and thriving, to shape an environment that supports health and wellness, and to facilitate conversation, connection and learning. In this leadership role, CDAs work together with the Office of Residential Life and Learning and with partners and leaders across campus to support and build positive campus culture.

CDAs develop skills as leaders, mentors and team-members through on-going department workshops and through reflection, discussion and practice.

EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Community Engagement: Engage with residents to responsively support individual wellness and thriving. Initiate opportunities for continuing students to deepen their Tufts experience, mentor one another and build skills to live independently.

Conflict Resolution and Crisis Response: Take action to support wellness and safety in the residential community and to empower residents to care for themselves and each other.

Learning and Leadership: Seek to learn and develop knowledge, skills, and strategies as student leader, mentor and facilitator. Support resident growth and learning through initiatives and programs.

Administrative Responsibilities: Assist with opening and closing responsibilities and tasks related to maintaining a clean and safe building. Respond to individual student needs including lockout requests. Communicate proactively by checking and replying to Tufts email daily and by meeting with residential life team members as needed. 

Time Commitments:

●      Participate in all trainings, workshops and meetings. Obligations include:

○     Spring Training (evening meeting in April and April 22, 2018)

○     Summer Training (August 21 – 28, 2018)

○     Winter Training (January 14 – 15, 2019)

○     Weekly staff meeting- On alternating weeks the full department meets, otherwise teams meet as a zone or building staff.

●      Return to campus before the beginning of each term (August 22, 2018 and January 14, 2019) and stay until after the end of each term (December 21, 2018 and May 20, 2019)

          ●      Assist with student move-in (August 29th & 31st, September 1st &2nd)

●      Serve on the on-duty rotation up to 7 weekend nights  per semester

●      Design and execute 3 programs per semester

●      Facilitate conversations and programs to build community connections and to shape an engaged campus culture

●      Prioritize CDA role and work with ORLL to determine scheduling of other commitments (i.e. extracurricular activities, jobs, etc.)

Qualifications:

●     Proven ability to address complex personal matters with discretion, honesty and empathy

●     Commitment to actively welcoming, supporting and engaging students across all identities to ensure full participation in residential community

●     Desire to lead initiatives that support continuing students, and reimagine the residential experience

●     Proven ability to model behavior consistent with the Code of Conduct both on and off campus

●     Rising sophomore, junior, or senior with at least one semester prior experience living on campus

●     Curiosity and a sense of humor

Remuneration: $1500 dollar stipend and a partial academic year meal plan (80 meals).

* Please note: Receiving these benefits may affect your financial aid. Please contact your financial aid advisor to examine your individual package.

Lead FYA and Lead CDA

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Lead FYAs and Lead CDAs serve a critical role as a peer leader for student staff members employed by the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL). In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of FYA or CDA, Leads also facilitate learning and conversation among their student staff team and with the ORLL. They are responsible for scheduling and managing on-duty rotations and providing stucture and feedback to staff team members as they also support residents.

Tufts University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability, except as such conditions may constitute bona fide occupational or assignment qualifications.