The Indiana Academy serves approximately 250 juniors and seniors who are gifted and talented from across the state of Indiana and through its international program. The Indiana Academy’s major purpose is to provide educational opportunities appropriate to the ability and development of its students. It is a primarily residential high school with several local non-residential students. Through various outreach programs, the Indiana Academy strives to stimulate and enable vitality in educational programs for students who are academically gifted. The Academy is committed to creating innovative programs and practices that attract, retain, and nurture a diverse Academy community.
Job Function:Work with high school students to make significant contributions to their academic, personal, social, and physical development; encourage involvement in Indiana Academy programs and events; provide opportunities for problem solving and honest feedback; plan and support activities and be involved in student retention efforts; maintain a healthy relationship with the students while remaining professional at all times. (10-month contract)
Minimum Education:Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by date of first pay period.
Minimum Experience:Experience working with students or youth of any age; or experience as a volunteer, working with, or helping others in a school, in-home, or any other setting
Preferred Experience:Experience as a resident assistant or summer residential camp counselor; experience with gifted high school students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Willingness and commitment to work with the Academy’s high school students regarding the following areas: be a positive role model and example to others; protection and safety of all residents of the building; addressing conflict resolution; addressing all behavior concerns and problems; counseling and referrals; encourage students to do community activities and events; facilitate recreational and/or intramural activities; communicate maintenance needs to the Associate Director of Residential and Student Affairs; work with teachers supporting students in academic endeavors; know all students by name that reside on appropriate floor by first midterm.
- Assess and provide feedback to students regarding residence life coping skills.
- Provide supervision of students; be timely, effective, and consistent in confronting and re-directing behaviors that are contradictory to the mission and the goals of the Academy with confidence and consistency.
- Participate in the orientation program and retention efforts by students.
- Participate in staff training and development sessions.
- Supervise one or two Academy Student Peer Assistants.
- Provide programming for the residence hall: responsible for 10 programs/activities per semester; plan, organize, and implement weekend activities a few times per semester; support Peer Assistants in planning and implementing programs for individual floors.
- Enforce all Academy regulations and policies.
- Communicate regularly and be an effective resource to students, parents, teachers, and other professional staff.
- Keep all documentation up to date and professional.
- Complete various desk duties, rounds check-ins and curfew checks as part of daily residential operations.
- Work cooperatively with floor co-professionals and team leaders.
- Perform duties as assigned and scheduled by the Director of Residential and Student Affairs and/or the Associate Director of Student Life, including Staff Meetings/Staff Development once a week; individual meetings with Associate Director of Student Life once per semester; meetings with team leader to plan team programming; be responsible for an extra duty assisting the Department of Student Life.
- Transport students in cases of emergency, athletic practices, and general transportation needs as required.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.