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2023 Youth Resident Assistant

We will review candidates on a rolling basis. As of May 1, we still have 3-4 openings. Apply soon!

Are you…?

  • Looking for an exciting, short-term role and want to be part of a small team making a big difference?Tech Girls Leaders
  • Someone who believes in empowering young women with the skills needed to excel in STEM and who loves building cross-cultural understanding? 
  • Ready to join a close-knit team that inspires and connects individuals, organizations, and businesses to make a real difference in the lives of teens and young professionals worldwide? 

TechGirls connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them access and opportunities to advance their skills and pursue their dreams. TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by Legacy International.

  • Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 528 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen.  
  • In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).
  • In 2022, the program expanded again to support approximately 111 young women from 35 countries/territories and 25 U.S. peers in a dynamic four week U.S.-based experience with an 8-month mentoring program. (This includes pre- and post-exchange activities and mentoring.)

This summer, we will hire 12 women who are energetic, passionate and organized people with the ability to build community and to facilitate a fast paced exchange program. TechGirls’ Youth Resident Assistant/Group Leaders should also be resilient and calm under pressure, highly collaborative, able to develop good working relationships with people, generous, and supportive. Please note U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to apply. You will gain valuable skills in international exchange program management and practice international relations and development in a real-world setting.  

Primary responsibilities:

  • Serve as one of twelve Youth Resident Assistants as part of the 18-member team for 111 international teens and 15 U.S. teens. The staff create a safe, secure, and rich learning environment (in-person or virtual-hybrid.) 
  • Each Youth Resident Assistant teams up with 2 other RAs to mentor 30-32 girls throughout the 3-week intensive program, assisting individual girls to meet the demands of the program.
  • Guide students through an arc of leadership development as they integrate the lessons from a variety of guest speakers, technical instruction and, most importantly, the lessons they learn from one another.
  • Assist in facilitating 4-5 leadership clinics, group-building and orientation activities, cultural sharing sessions, activity and reflections circles, and university/career readiness workshops.
  • Throughout the three-week experience, assist students through community-based project planning sessions and capstone program preparations. 

Secondary responsibilities include: 

  • Monitoring youth participation, providing an encouraging and supportive environment;
  • Assisting with general program support including: event/meeting set-up, communications with program providers, assisting with logistics (procuring supplies, getting food, getting laundry done, errands); 
  • Daily health monitoring. Collaboration with a health specialist to model, uphold, and monitor health protocols and guidelines; and
  • Escorting and monitoring group on outings. 

 

Key Dates and Workflow:  This is a temporary, full time position from June 20 to August 1, 2023. (Dates are subject to adjustments).

June 20-24:  Virtual Staff Training

July 2-6:  In-person staff training and program set-up at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

July 7-8:  Assist with arrivals in Washington, DC (near IAD), or set up at Virginia Tech

July 9-21:  Virginia Tech Program, Blacksburg, VA

July 22-25: TechGirls go off to six communities across the USA.  RA's may accompany girls or take time to close down Virginia Tech dorms and prepare for Washington DC

July 26-31:  Program wrap-up in Washington DC

August 1:  Youth and Staff departures

 

Qualifications - Our Leaders are:  

  • Previous resident advisors or have group leading experience with teens;
  • Ages 20 and older (Rising college juniors or seniors may apply);
  • Professional, flexible, resilient, resourceful, and proactive;
  • Good decision makers, able to establish and change priorities according to needs of participants/program;
  • Possess prior peer leadership experience and enjoy spending time with high school students;
  • Strong curriculum development, facilitation and/or group building skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a high level of social and emotional intelligence;
  • Have a passion for tech and gender empowerment and come from a wide variety of backgrounds;
  • Willing to put their students’ learning and development ahead of their own experience;
  • Willing to work in an intensive, cross-cultural environment with limited personal time;
  • Prior international travel is a plus but not required; and
  • Ready for an intense, challenging, and rewarding summer!
  • You do not need to have a STEM or tech background to be a great addition to the team. 
  • First Aid and CPR certification is a plus, but not required.

Essential Functions:

  • Group Tech Girls participantsAbility to effectively communicate with youth and staff, and to provide necessary instruction and training.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards.
  • Cognitive and communication abilities for large, complex event management.
  • Ability to operate essential office equipment needed to carry out responsibilities (i.e. telephone, digital camera, computer, photocopy machine).
  • Ability to move furnishings (tables, chairs) & lift supplies up to 25 pounds.

 

Compensation: $2000 (pre-tax / gross).   

  • Housing and meals throughout staff training and program delivery, while on duty with the program, are covered. At Virginia Tech you will be housed in a dormitory in a single occupancy room. While in hotels in Washington DC you will share a room with one other staff member. 
  • Transportation, admission fees and other associate program costs while traveling with the group staff and participants are also covered.
  • Transportation to job location - this will be negotiated at time of offer. 

 

TO APPLY: To streamline our hiring process, we use the WilloTalent. This allows you to upload your resume and answer 5 questions from the comfort of your home. It is user friendly and you have several chances to do retakes.

Deadline: Candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis as applications are received. As of May 1, we still have 3-4 openings. Apply soon!

Please note U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to apply.

If you run into technical issues, please use the help function in the Willo platform. For specific questions about the position, please visit https://techgirlsglobal.org/contact-us/ and select the subject "2023 Summer Staff Position" to contact us.

 

TechGirls Is a U.S. Department of State initiative and exchange program designed to inspire young women from around the world to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development. It is administered by Legacy International in partnership with Virginia Tech, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.

 

Legacy International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks qualified applicants to represent diverse geographical, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Our goal is to select the most qualified staff. The competitive standards are set by each group of applicants. Our policy is to ensure that no employee or applicant for employment is denied equal opportunity because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other non-merit-based factor.

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