Undergraduate Resident Fellow Job Description 2023-2024
Title: House Undergraduate Resident Fellow (URF)
The House Undergraduate Resident Fellow (URF) lives in a West Campus House and partners with the House staff in creating a positive, vibrant and academically engaging residential community. The URF serves as a peer mentor to undergraduate residents and supports the House Professor-Dean, Assistant Dean, and Graduate Resident Fellows with a particular focus on the well-being of individual House members. In commitment to an equitable and inclusive community, and in alignment with both WCHS program goals and University learning goals, the URF helps residents foster a sense of belonging to one’s House and creates a safe, healthy, and welcoming community through the promotion of active citizenship, personal growth, and interpersonal understanding. The URF takes a leadership role in creating community by planning and promoting a variety of programs and activities. The URF provides assistance, resources, and referral information to undergraduate residents.
I. Support Student Development and Community Building
- Interact regularly with house residents in the dining room including required attendance at all House Dinners.
- Advise and encourage residents in planning and implementing programs and activities.
- Lead/assist in the planning and implementation of resident engagement activities, including but not limited to programming, marketing, and other House or West Campus wide initiatives.
- Actively participate in creation and implementation of programs that support and enhance academic engagement and encourage student-faculty interaction.
- Work with Graduate Resident Fellows to promote inter- and intra-house programs and activities.
- Communicate program, policy and other information to residents through meetings, bulletin boards, e-mail, etc.
II. Provide Peer Advising Support
- Be generally present and accessible to house residents.
- Advise students on Cornell’s academic programs and support services and make referrals to Graduate Resident Fellows, House Professor-Dean and Assistant Dean as appropriate.
III. Maintain Community Standards
- Communicate, observe, and enforce community behavioral standards (e.g., Residential House Rules, Campus Code of Conduct, Housing Contract/Terms and Conditions, Life Safety requirements) by confronting and reporting inappropriate behavior.
IV. Administrative Duties
- Attend all staff training sessions and staff meetings.
- Assist with move-in and move-out administrative duties.
- Assist with house orientation.
- Assist with distribution and posting of House publicity materials.
- Assume responsibility for other house administrative functions as assigned by the House Professor-Dean and the Assistant Dean of the House.
- Be familiar with building fire alarm equipment and system, security/access systems and other safety issues and practices.
- Assist in emergency evacuations.
Supervised by the Assistant Dean of the House
Employment requirements and expectations:
In order to perform the duties of the position, each URF will be provided a single room within a West Campus House. URFs must enroll in a House Meal Plan.
- Must be a junior or senior.
- Strong preference will be given to candidates who live/have lived on West Campus prior to applying.
- Must live in the assigned West Campus House.
- Term of appointment is Monday, August 7, 2023 through Tuesday, May 27, 2024.
- Must attend staff training in August 2023, January 2024, and periodic in-services.
- Must remain in residence in December 2023 and May 2024 until all residents have left and all URF administrative duties are complete.
- May be required to be in residence prior to the reopening of the House in January 2024.
- Observe all terms and conditions of housing contract, Residential House Rules, and Campus Code of Conduct.
- Work an average of 10 hours per week during the academic year.
- May take on additional employment with permission of supervisor.
- Must be in good academic standing for the entire term of appointment.
- Must subscribe to a House meal plan.
- Annual Stipend of $800 – first year, $1,000 – second year.
Recruitment, application, and selection
- Application, with references.
- Required staff training program