Pre-College Opportunity Program Jobs


STEP Summer Project Assistant

Supervisor: Kurt Sarsfield, STEP Assistant Director

Remuneration: $13/hour

Must be Federal Work-Study eligible for the summer 2019 employment term

Position Description:

The mission of the Cornell Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) is to prepare 7th-12th grade students who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups or as economically disadvantaged prepare for college and careers in STEM (science, techonology, engineering, and math) and the licensed professions. STEP is grant funded by New York State Department of Education.

The STEP Summer Project Assistant will work with STEP Assistant Director to support the coordination of the office logistics critical to the success of the STEP Summer Program and 2019-2020 academic year planning process. Primarily, this positions will help create, review and track documents; research best practices; support and develop manuals and procedure handbooks; create systems for and support the organization documents, files and records; manage student and program data; support the STEP Summer Program daily operations; plan and coordinate activities for the STEP Summer Program; maintain materials; and other tasks as assigned.

The preferred candidate has a solid work ethic, experience working in an office environment, creativity, intermediate computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite), is highly organized and has the ability to work with minimal supervision. Further, the ideal candidate is looking to develop this position and provide significant contributions to the Cornell STEP grant and the Public Service Center.

The preferred candidate has had a driver's license for at least three years with a clean driving record.

Application Process:

Interested students, please submit a resume and cover letter that addresses your skills and motivation for this position to Kurt Sarsfield via email at kss226@cornell.edu. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be done on a rolling basis. Priority deadline for applications is December 7, 2018.


Upward Bound Finance and Administration Internship (Summer 2019 Upward Bound)

This summer of 2019 Upward Bound has an exciting opportunity for a Finance and Administration Internship. This person will possess a background in relevant experience or coursework in ILR, AEM, Hotel Administration, or Business minor and be seeking hands-on experience in education, public service, non-profit, and grant funded programs. The Finance and Administration Internship will be a crucial member of the office team, responsible for assisting all aspects of program administration, human resources, and budget creation/management, purchasing, and other financiall related tasks to contribute to the effective and compliant operation of the six-week summer program.

Tutor Counselor (Summer 2019 Upward Bound)

Our Summer Tutor Counselors provide personal, academic, and developmental support to our participating students throughout the entire summer session. Each summer we seek to hire motivated college students invested in making a difference in the lives of our Upward Bound scholars. Applicants for the Tutor Counselor position must have completed their sophomore year of college and it is preferred that they have had a valid driver's license for at least 3 years.


STEP Summer Program Assistant

Supervisor: Kurt Sarsfield, STEP Assistant Director

Remuneration: $15/hour

Must be Federal Work-Study eligible for the summer 2019 employment term

Position Description:

The mission of the Cornell Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) is to prepare 7th-12th grade students who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups or as economically disadvantaged prepare for college and careers in STEM (science, techonology, engineering, and math) and the licensed professions. STEP is grant funded by New York State Department of Education.

The STEP Summer Program Assistant is the primary facilitator of the participant experience during the STEP Summer program. This summer STEP will bring 20-40 middle and high school students that qualify as low income and/or identify as historically underrepresented in STEM careers to Cornell University for one week of academic and co-curricular programming, intended to create exploratory experiences in STEM and support their college preparation.

Organization: 2-6 Summer Program Assistants will directly supervise STEP middle and high school student participants. Summer Program Assistants are supervised and supported by the STEP Assistant Director, the STEP Program Advisor, and the Pre-College Opportunity Programs Director.

Responsibilities and Expectations: This position is an integral part of the summer program staff. This position requires availability during the STEP Summer Program from July 8-12, 2019 and the staff training workshop on Monday, July 1, 2019. Serving as a role model for participants, and the front line of all programmatic supervision this position will, but is not limited to:

Overarching Responsibilities:

  • Create and/or use daily opportunities to promote individual growth of participants
  • Provide consistent and effective leadership to middle and high school students through role modeling
  • Assure immediate and complete disclosure of participant and staff concerns to STEP Assistant Director and STEP Program Advisor
  • Be a participaing member of the STEP community, and accessible at all times during scheudled working hours
  • Participate in staff training and daily meetings as assigned
  • Provide motivation to ensure the STEP Summer Program runs on schedule
  • Support staff and student efforts to maintain community balance and connectedness through the daily interactions of student participants

Programming Responsibilities:

  • Supervise activities and particpate as appropriate
  • Provide active and engaged supervision to participants during all STEP activities
  • Lead community service and/or college visit trips

Policy Enforcement:

  • Adhere to and enforce all laws, University regulations, Campuus Life and STEP policies and rules
  • Address issues/infractions with participants immediately as they arise, follow up when necessary and report to STEP Program Advisor
  • Educate and support participants in understanding the purpose behind and importance of laws, rules, and guidelines
  • Provide written documentation of policy infractions and follow up on issues with STEP Program Advisor

Miscellaneous:

  • Provide teachable moments to participants to grow the STEP culture
  • Maintain healthy personal habits in order to best support STEP students
  • Other duties assigned as dictated by programmatic, staff, and participant need

Time Commitment: Position will begin Monday, July 1, 2019 with the potential opportunity to work between this date and the start of the program in a planning capacity. STEP Summer Program Assistant Training will take place on Monday, July 1, 2019. Program with the students begins Monday, July 8 and ends Friday, July 12, 2019. Applicants must have availability between 7:30am-6:00pm.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Valid Driver's License for 3 years (not required)
  • Experience working with a diverse student population
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Pride in doing their best work, with the determination to see through long days and difficult situations
  • Experience with summer programming for middle and high school students
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and follow through consistently
  • A system of organization that works well for them, and translates effectively to others

Application Process:

Interested students, please submit a resume, cover letter , names of 2 references, and detailed answers to the questions below to Kurt Sarsfield via email at kss226@cornell.edu. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be done on a rolling basis. Priority deadline for applications is December 7, 2018.

Application Questions

  1. What is the most important thing you'd like to see our STEP participants take away from their one-week experience at Cornell?
  2. Please provide an example of your personal best leadership experience.
  3. How would you benefit from the Summer Program Assistant position with the STEP program?

Pre-K and Pre-College Programs Tutoring Position

The Public Service Center's PreK-12 and Pre-College Opportunities Programs are hiring tutors for the Spring Semester! Our tutors are motivated and dedicated individuals who provide tutoring and/or mentoring assistance and support to local school students. Tutors have the opportunity to be placed in the following programs: America Reads and America Counts Challenge, STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program), Upward Bound, and the 21st Century Afterschool Program.