Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Summer 2009 job opportunity

Resident Teaching Assistants For The Pennsylvania Governor’s School For International Studies

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies (PGSIS) is a five-week residential program for talented high school students (rising seniors) interested in studying global issues and international affairs. PGSIS will be held from June 28 through August 1 this summer, on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A total of 11 openings are anticipated for Resident Teaching Assistants (RTAs) who will live with and supervise the PGSIS students in the residence hall and organize extra-curricular and student development activities. Each RTA also works as a country team facilitator for students as they participate in the International Communication and Negotiation Simulation (ICONS).

RTAs participate in all aspects of the program. There is an intensive, seven-day staff training program prior to PGSIS (June 21 – June 28), which is required for all staff. During the actual program, the commitment is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Compensation includes free room and board during the program plus a stipend of $2500. Internship and/or directed study opportunities are negotiable.

General qualifications for staff members include: (1) experience in a residence life position and/or with high-school-aged youth, (2) experience as a teacher, tutor or facilitator, (3) experience living, working, and/or studying in a foreign country, (4) familiarity with the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies program, (5) ability to work long hours, under pressure, and (6) excellent organizational and communication skills. A degree or coursework in education or another social science discipline is preferred but not required. Applicants who have completed (at least) their junior year at the undergraduate level by summer 2009 are preferred. The program also welcomes applications from graduate and international students.

To apply, send: (1) a resume, (2) a copy of academic transcripts, (3) the names, titles, and phone numbers of three academic or work references, and (4) a cover letter outlining the strengths you would bring to this position to JoEllen Taylor, PGSIS assistant director, 1229 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

Applications submitted via email (to pgsis@pitt.edu) are acceptable. The deadline for application is January 20, 2009. In accordance with Pennsylvania school law, all employees must obtain a federal criminal history record, Pennsylvania state history background check, and Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance.

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