Residential Seasonal Staff, Pre-College Student Life

Brown University

Job Description:

The Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs is dedicated to ensuring a supportive, challenging, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate living and learning environment for the approximately 6,000 pre-college students who hail from all 50 states in the U.S. and over 70 countries.

A leader in the field of higher education institutions that provide rigorous academic opportunities to students, Brown University’s Pre-College Programs offer high school students (13-18 years old) an opportunity to study a wide range of liberal arts subjects that reflect the breadth of Brown’s undergraduate Open Curriculum while strengthening their connection to a robust community of peer scholars from around the world. Students develop personal and social skills that are critical to success in the college setting and get a feel for what college life is like – the responsibility, the freedom, and the new friendships. Students enroll in programs with courses that vary in length offered both on-campus and online. More information about the programs can be found at

A seasonal position with Brown’s Pre-College Programs offers an opportunity for staff members to gain practical experience in community development, workshop programming, social justice education, administrative tasks, and customer service. All of our positions allow staff members to hone their leadership abilities and provide an opportunity to enhance supervision skills, in addition to many other transferable skills that prepare staff to excel in any future position.

The seasonal staff positions require an interest in working with college-bound high school students and engaging with them both intellectually and in a residential context. A successful staff member will have excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills; attention to detail; the ability to follow through with assignments, thrive in a constantly changing work environment, manage an irregular working schedule with some hours shifting on a weekly basis; and work collaboratively as part of a team. In addition, staff members will approach their work with a positive attitude, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and an interest and ability to work with students and staff from different backgrounds and identities. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to social justice and an ability to communicate with younger people, appreciating their developmental level, about these critical topics. These live-in positions require staff to display professionalism, maturity, and good judgment at all times.  Staff are expected to be models for productive, inclusive, and engaged behavior for the pre-college students enrolled in our programs. A cohort is hired in various positions to support the summer programs.


  • Promote Pre-College students’ development, engagement, holistic growth and well-being by:
    • Learning about and understanding the Pre-College programs in order to better support their success.
    • Effectively building a sense of community and belonging amongst the students.
    • Assisting with staffing of all-campus programmatic events, including but not limited to: Excursions, Movie Nights, Activities Fairs, and the College Fair.
    • Promoting a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment while supporting student needs.
    • Serving as a mentor and resource regarding policies and procedures, and enforcing policies, as needed.
    • Assisting with student support and development initiatives.
  • Support Pre-College Student Life operations by:
    • Responding to inquiries quickly, thoroughly, and productively to ensure participants continue to have confidence and comfort in the program’s ability to support them toward successful completion.
    • Completing administrative paperwork, including but not limited to health and safety forms, facilities work orders, media services work orders, duty logs, payroll sheets, and program forms, in a timely manner.
    • Assisting with the collection of documents, forms, and waivers from students.
    • Supporting residence hall check-in and check-out processes, including but not limited to key distribution/collection, room inspections, and building preparations for your building/area.
    • Providing assistance with set up, running stations, welcoming families, and breakdown for all Sunday check-ins.
    • Creating and posting informational signage for the residence hall.
    • Acting as a liaison to refer students and staff to appropriate resources as needed.
    • Intervening with and reporting unsafe, inappropriate, and concerning behavior to appropriate professional or graduate staff members.
    • Conducting well-being checks on residents, when necessary.
    • Being available to assist in case of emergency or unplanned student need with little to no prior notice
    • Working evenings and weekends regularly.
    • On weeks when Pre-College students are not in your residence hall, staff will be required to participate in training and/or complete various tasks for Pre-College Student Life.
    • Participating in debrief meetings and evaluations at the conclusion of your employment.
    • Completing other duties as assigned, as the summer is a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
  • Participate in relevant staff development offerings by:
    • Effectively assisting in building a sense of team and collaboration within the staff.
    • Staff training will be approximately 55 hours during these dates, with the majority being in-person sessions; up to 10 hours of virtual training and/or independent tasks.Attending and participating in all applicable training sessions.
    • No outside commitments are allowed during the training period — June 16 – 22, 2024.
    • Participating in on-going training opportunities throughout summer.
    • Meeting with a supervisor for weekly one-on-one meetings (location and time TBD in conjunction with supervisor at the start of the position’s employment dates).
    • Attending weekly staff meetings at date and time established by Pre-College Student Life professional staff.

This description reflects assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe nor restrict the specific tasks that may be assigned.


  • Employment dates are June 16 – July 29, 2024.
  • It is estimated that seasonal staff members will work on average, 35 hours per week, including required evening and weekend hours. Some weeks, with assigned tasks, the position may exceed that average.
  • Seasonal staff must have a phone with a data plan and a computer.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and inclusiveness; sensitivity to and understanding of diverse perspectives that students and staff bring to their work, including those of academic, socioeconomic, culture, race and ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, and intersectional identities.
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively, and to manage multiple tasks effectively.
  • All seasonal staff are expected to abide by all staff policies throughout your employment.
  • All seasonal staff are expected to maintain confidentiality regarding all student information.
  • Finalists receive a conditional offer of employment pending the outcome of a criminal background check, and, for current undergraduate students, additional review of any institutional conduct violations.


  • Compensation is taxable and paid bi-weekly.  Compensation differs by position and if a staff member is new or returning.
    • Resident Assistant
      • New Staff: $21.00/hour
      • Returning Staff: $21.25/hour
    • Program Assistant
      • New Staff: $20.50/hour
      • Returning Staff: $20.75/hour
    • Housing Assistant
      • New Staff: $21.00/hour
      • Returning Staff: $21.25/hour
    • Summer@Brown/STEM Resident Assistant
      • New Staff: $21.00/hour
      • Returning Staff: $21.25/hour
  • Staff are expected to work approximately 35 hours a week. Some weeks may require additional hours, depending on programmatic needs.  All hours worked that exceed 40 hours will be compensated at a rate of time and one half.  Please note that if staff have another on-campus position, the overtime rate will be different as it is contingent on the hourly pay of the other position. Overtime must be approved and authorized by staff supervisors prior to being worked
  • As seasonal staff members are expected to live and eat on campus, air conditioned housing (single room) and meals are provided and not included in compensation. Seasonal staff members will be provided with designated hours during which it is assumed that they will sleep, and for which they will not be paid unless they are called to duty.
  • Permitted 15 hours of paid time off, to be approved by supervisor and may not be taken during training (dates vary depending on job) or on Sunday check-in events. Please note that this paid time off is to be used during the contracted employment dates and is not able to be exchanged for additional compensation at the conclusion of the contract.
  • Membership to the Brown University Nelson Fitness Center for the duration of your employment.
  • Free ridership on RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority).

The position of seasonal staff member with Brown University is an at-will position, which means that either the University or the seasonal staff member may discontinue the position at any time and for any reason, prior to the conclusion of the Program. Termination includes loss of sponsored housing and meal plan. In the event of termination, the seasonal staff member will receive a prorated share of the agreed upon stipend amount offered in exchange for the services provided.

Please visit our staff website to access the descriptions, requirements, compensation and benefits information for the various seasonal staff positions and to apply.

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Residential Seasonal Staff, Pre-College Student Life

Pre-College & Undergraduate Programs

Ungraded Staff

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Seasonal/Intermittent (Fixed Term) (Seasonal)

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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