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Continuing Education Programs

Pre-University Programs Summer Positions

See yourself working with middle and high school students?  Planning a career that involves mentoring youth? Looking to acquire valuable experience? Share your love of UofSC with others! Learn more about the positions and apply today.

We are looking for the best and brightest!

Pre-University Programs in the Office of Continuing Education and Conferences at UofSC is accepting applications for Residential Program Director, Residential, and Day Summer Counselors. These positions will serve as university ambassadors and mentors to middle and high school students participating in academic summer programs, including the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series, Summer Program Research Interns from the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, SAT/ACT Summer Institutes, and others.

Learn more about the job requirements below and contact our office if you have any questions.

Job Responsibilities

You'll work to coordinate academic camps including the Carolina Master Scholars Adventures Series, the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) and the Accelerated Engineering camp sponsored by the SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics as well as participants of UofSC's SAT and ACT Summer Institutes. More camps may be added. 

  • Serve as a counselor and mentor for middle school and high school age academically talented students, typically in grades 6-12
  • Be responsible for the care of program participants to include supervising meals, transportation, coordinating academic schedules, bed-checks and waking up scholars (residential staff only)
  • Work alongside faculty, attending classes with participants. Supervise scholars during all activities, assist with disciplinary actions, coordinate emergency care and attention, and be a mentor academically, socially and personally.
  • Help prepare welcome packets, welcome signs, name badges, check-in and check-outs. Update bulletin boards with staff and camp information.
  • Carry a university issued mobile phone 24-hours a day to respond to scholar emergency needs.
  • Provide the utmost respect at all times to scholars, counselors, clients, instructors and CEC professional staff.
  • Follow confidentiality guidelines when handling scholar, counselor and CEC professional staff medical information.
  • Assist scholars and instructors during instructional time. We do not allow lounging, talking, texting on cellular phones or work that is not related to the program during class. You must be alert and attentive at all times.
  • Be responsible for the care of scholars on any field trips to include making sure all UofSC risk management policies are followed.
  • Present a positive image of UofSC by means of a tidy appearance, a pleasant and helpful disposition, a positive attitude and responsive action.
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date listing of personnel, location of personnel, services available on campus, and Columbia telephone numbers. Greet and receive inquires in a polite and courteous manner.
  • Conduct orientations for summer academic programs. Interact with parents/family members and respond to parental and group leader concerns.
  • Follow UofSC purchasing guidelines when buying supplies, program material, paying activity fees and other expenditures for the summer programs.
  • Operate a lost and found department in accordance with university policies and procedures.
  • Submit reports as required and provide necessary follow-up.
  • Maintain office hours. Conduct daily inventories and reports.
  • Operate a computer database and update new information immediately upon check-in of camp/program participants. Assist with meeting room set-ups and work special events as needed.
  • Assist the Pre-University Programs coordinator, the residential program director, and other CEC professional staff with other projects and duties as assigned.
  • Weekly COVID testing will be required.

The residential program director is responsible for coordinating and planning the on-site needs of all academic summer groups to include but not limited to the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series, the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) and the Accelerated Engineering from SC Governor’s School for Science and Math as well as UofSC SAT/ACT Summer Institutes. Additional programs may be named at a later date.

Duties include:

  • Responsible for and plans each group’s activities to include programming, academic and social learning
  • Responsible for all correspondence associated with these groups
  • Coordinates and works with faculty, professionals, and counselors to facilitate events
  • Responsible for staff scheduling and conducting weekly and nightly meetings with staff and with SPRI residential participants
  • Serve as customer service representative for event and program participants
  • Assist in hiring, training and directly supervises residential and day counselor staff
  • Responsible for adhering to budgets and following procurement procedures for each program
  • Responsible for keeping emergency information, health records and other important records for scholars and counselors
  • Responsible for programming, development and discipline of scholars and counselors
  • Creates and carries out mid-summer and end-of-the-summer evaluations of all programs and staff under their direction
  • Attends management meetings and assists the Pre-University Programs coordinator and other professional staff of Continuing Education and Conferences with other duties as assigned
  • Observes counselors and scholars during classes and activities
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including filling in for counselors on duty or in class when needed
  • Assists with weekly housing room assignments and reports
  • Assists with all other projects and duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age by May 1, 2021
  • The residential program director is required to live on campus in summer housing with the rest of the staff and program participants
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Experience working in student development and/or residence life preferred
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings and be on call
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills
  • Must have excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Must be responsible, dependable and punctual
  • Must have the ability to interact with people from all sectors of the university and community

Compensation

  • $8.25 per hour during spring office hours for training
  • $610 per week plus $90 per week stipend for living on campus/being on-call
  • On-campus housing included in exchange for on-duty hours
  • Includes meals (breakfast, lunch and/or dinner) at selected conference-dining facilities when monitoring scholars/scheduled to work a shift
  • Uniform consisting of a T-shirt for each day of the week and a nametag. All staff must provide their own khaki pants or shorts and closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers.

Residential counselors are responsible for monitoring, advising, and counseling middle and high school students during flexible shifts that include day, evening, after-hours and weekends. Residential counselors are required to work during camp check-in on Sunday. Schedules vary depending on the program. 

Requirements:

  • Residential counselors are required to live on campus in summer housing with the rest of the staff and camp participants. 
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours including day, evening and some weekend shifts, and to be on duty to cover 24 hours/day.

Compensation

  • Compensation is $360 per week pus $90 per week stipend for living on campus and being on call
  • On-campus housing included in exchange for on-duty hours
  • Includes meals (breakfast, lunch and/or dinner) at selected conference-dining facilities when monitoring scholars/scheduled to work a shift
  • Uniform consisting of a T-shirt for each day of the week and a nametag. All staff must provide their own khaki pants or shorts and closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers.

Day counselors are responsible for monitoring, advising, and counseling middle and high school students Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Day counselors are also required to work Sunday afternoons from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for check-in and orientation. Schedules vary depending on the program.

Requirements:

  • Day counselors are not required to live on campus. 

Compensation:

  • Compensation is $360 per week
  • Includes meals (breakfast and lunch) at selected conference-dining facilities when monitoring scholars/scheduled to work a shift
  • Uniform consisting of a T-shirt for each day of the week and a nametag. All staff must provide their own khaki pants or shorts and closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers.

 

Application Requirements

  • You must be enrolled at UofSC-Columbia and be a rising sophomore or above. UofSC Columbia graduate students are also welcome to apply.
  • You must have at least at 3.25 GPA (cumulative)
  • You must be able to get along with others, possess positive time management skills, and work well under pressure. You should enjoy working with middle and high school students, be self motivated, and have a positive attitude.
  • You must be willing to work a very flexible schedule.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license by the employment start date without significant points or safety violations. Employment is contingent upon review of driver record and a background check. A driver’s record will be requested of final candidates.
  • You must wear a standard uniform and adhere to personal conduct and hygiene standards.
  • Due to the nature of the programs and the work schedule it is discouraged to take a class during either summer school session or have a second job or internship.

Apply today!

 

Application Deadline

  • The application deadline for residential and day counselor positions is 4 p.m. April 28, 2021.

 

Important Dates for 2021

Staff training will be held June 1 - 5*.
All staff are required to attend all training activities.
*Dates subject to change.

Dates of employment for counselor positions will be June 1 - July 24, 2021.


Questions?

If you have additional questions about the positions or our Pre-University Programs, email pups@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-9447.


Learn More about Pre-University Programs

Pre-University Programs through the Office of Continuing Education and Conferences at UofSC offers educational programs for academically talented students in grades 4 through 12. Students are able to jumpstart a future career, refine skills in an array of topics, engage in interactive learning and exploration, meet new friends, and discover student life at UofSC.


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