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Resident Counselor

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Job Location:
Aurora, Illinois
Residence Life and Housing


Resident Counselors (RCs) are members of a four person hall staff, who work collaboratively to monitor and support a residence hall. Each of our seven residence halls houses approximately 96 students. RCs are charged with directly supporting and developing 24 students in their wing. Through this live-in campus position, RCs facilitate the personal, social, emotional, and academic growth of students through personal interactions and programming in a living learning environment. This position's start date will be August 2021.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Directly monitor and support the academic, emotional, developmental needs and progress of 24 gifted residents and refer them to academy resources as necessary
  • Annually plan, implement, and document educational and social programs grounded in our Residence Life curriculum
  • Work and or/attend Academy-sponsored events, including but not limited to Convocation, Graduation, Community Days, Carnival, equity and excellence initiatives, etc.
  • Coordinate and facilitate service learning opportunities for students in your wing
  • Complete professional development outcomes to grow and learn in your role and the field of residence life as a whole
  • Communicate student issues with residence life staff, parents, faculty, and other support staff
  • Respond to and document emergencies such as: physical and mental health crises, acts of intolerance, and substance abuse situations
  • Monitor student attendance, academic progress, and service learning requirements through weekly written reports
  • Spend approximately 20 hours in an office setting completing administrative tasks
  • Transport students on social trips or other necessary destinations in State-owned vehicles
  • Work one summer orientation session
  • Participate in RC summer training at the beginning of the academic year
  • Serve in a liaison capacity in one of the follow areas: residence hall function, student development, learning and leadership, or student involvement
  • This is a full-time live-in position which requires regular evening and weekend hours. Resident Counselors participate in an “on-call” rotation approximately every 9 days, in which they are expected to respond on a 24 hour basis while on duty. Resident Counselors are also “overnight” approximately every other day where they act as an on call responder in their building overnight (10pm – 9am)
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Driver’s license required
  • Experience in residence life strongly preferred
  • Experience working with adolescence strongly preferred
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals and diverse populations
  • Comfort with technology and the use of basic computer skills


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements.


Compensation for this position includes a salary of $29,640 for a 10-month plus five days term of employment. Resident Counselors also receive furnished living space, free parking, utilities, and internet access year round. IMSA offers a comprehensive state benefits package (major medical, dental, and vision) and retirement plan through the State University Retirement System (SURS). Academy stipends and summer program opportunities for additional remuneration are also available.

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