Tutoring & Teaching Opportunities

There are many great ways to get involved with the Urban Scholars program! Volunteer and work positions are available both in the academic year and summer. Position descriptions and application instructions are listed below.


Summer Staff Positions



Tutor/Residential Counselor Available
Residential Supervisor Available
Summer Instructors TBA
Summer Tutors (paid, work-study or volunteer) TBA


Counselor Description:


Residential Counselor positions are currently available for the 2012. The Summer Residential staff will be employed for a three-week period, with an approximate start date of Sunday July 8, through Saturday, July 28. Additionally, there will be approximate three days of non-compensated training before and during the three-week period.

Residential Counselors’ (RC) primary charge is to provide supervision for Urban Scholars participants and ensure their safety and well-being while at the dorms of CMSV. RCs will be assigned a group of participants with whom you will supervise and interact with during the evening activities (primarily between 6:00pm to 9:00pm.) RCs are expected to assist with pre-session planning and preparation and post-session activities, participate in staff meetings, and lead and organize social and recreational activities. RCs are expected to serve as leaders, counselors, disciplinarians and role models throughout the program. Supervisory staff are available to the participants and residential staff, 24 hours per day during the summer session. RCs are usually off on weekends but are expected to assist if they choose to stay on campus. During the day when participants are in class at CCNY or on a field trip, counselors are usually off duty, but may be assigned to additional duties as the need arise. All resident counselors and participants live on the CMSV Campus.


Resident Counselor Responsibilities to Participants:

  • Supervise participants
  • Clearly articulate the program rules and expectations to participants
  • Fairly and consistently enforce program rules
  • Plan, prepare, and lead on campus recreational and social activities
  • Be a positive role model for all participants
  • Establish good relationships with participants by initiating conversations and activities, and conducting residential meetings.  RCs should communicate daily with each student in their living group.
  • Promote   a sense of community by teaching and modeling cooperation, respect, and responsibility in the residential living environment; encouraging participants to interact with one another and creating opportunities for them to do so
  • Encourage and support participants’ academic interests
  • Facilitate participant problem solving through active listening, guidance, and conflict mediation
  • Seek assistance when needed from colleagues and supervisors
  • Ensure safety at all time


Resident Counselor Responsibilities to Dorm Staff:

  • Act and behave professionally
  • Provide thoughtful feedback and support to colleagues, supervisor, and administrators
  • Attend and participate in all training activities and staff meetings
  • Work cooperatively with program directors, instructors, and other designated staff when assigned
  • Share duty coverage with team members
  • Be prompt


Resident Counselor Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Know and comply with all policies and procedures
  • Perform required administrative duties, such as check-in and checkout, information gathering and dissemination, and monitoring facilities needs
  • Complete necessary documentation and evaluations
  • Keep supervisor and administrators informed about relevant participant issues


  • All candidates must have completed at least one year of college or university education and must have an established record of professional and personal responsibility.  Counselors must enjoy spending structured and unstructured time with young people; have the ability to work cooperatively with the counseling team; and be able to plan and lead enrichment activities. Experience with young people ages 13-18 is preferred, as is previous camp counselor or residential advisor experience.


Salary and compensation:

  • The standard compensation for a Residential Counselor is $8-10/hr approximately $560 biweekly on a 19 hour per week work schedule.
  • Housing for three (3) weeks
  • Dinner for the duration of their camp (other meals may be provided, but the Program is not responsible for providing them)


Proposed Work Schedule:

  • Monday – Friday
  • Morning wake up and exercise (times will vary; about 0.5 hours of work)
  • Mandatory Daily Staff Meeting: TBA
  • Nightly Assignment: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (about 3 hours of work, you are required to stay the night in the dorms)
  • Weekends assigned


General Rules and Policies:
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages in the presence of students or at  any time in campus housing  or classroom facilities is prohibited.
  • The possession and/or use of illegal drugs is not allowed at any time, on or off campus.
  • No smoking is allowed in the residence hall or in view of participants at any time.
  • No overnight guests are allowed in the residence hall while camp is in session. (All guests must be escorted in the dorm at all times.)
  • Staff members are expected to attend all staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Staff members should be on or near campus at all times, except during designated time off.
  • Staff members are expected to act as role models at all times.   This includes treating all participants and staff with respect and refraining from inappropriate language, sarcasm and the discussion of inappropriate subjects (drinking, sexual innuendoes, where your tattoos are located, etc.).
  • Staff members must sleep in their own rooms each night that camp is in session.
  • Staff should not be in a participant’s room after lights out unless it is an emergency.
  • Personal relationships between staff members may not interfere with their job responsibilities.
  • Under no circumstances should staff become romantically or too personally involved with participants.
  • Staff should never strike or restrain a participant.
  • Staff is prohibited from using the CMSV and CCNY logos or pictures from camp that can be associated with the Urban Scholars on any social networking site.
  • Violation of any of these rules or policies may result in automatic dismissal.
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and current transcript along with the application by email at urbanscholars@ccny.cuny.edu or mail to:


Urban Scholars Office
City College of New York
NAC Building, R5/143
160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031All application materials should be received by May 25, 2015 by 5pm. Once all applications have been reviewed, the Urban Scholars will contact the appropriate applicants for interviews.

Position Description


The Dorm Coordinator (RS) is employed by the Urban Scholars program as liaison between full-time staff and other dorm staff. The Dorm Coordinator reports directly to the full-time faculty. The DC exhibits leadership and encourages team work and a positive atmosphere in the dorms. He/She is responsible for dorm activities, discipline, team supervision and record keeping. The Dorm Coordinator is to maintain the best possible group atmosphere. They coordinate and supervise all personnel aspects of the dorm staff, including scheduling, team management and communication. They also assist in other areas where and when appropriate. The DC helps to develop and carry out student extracurricular activities and will help supervise students on field trips. Finally, the DC is responsible for the guidance and supervision of the summer program students.


In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the Dorm Coordinator/Residential Supervisor will:

  • Supervise the staff of Tutor-Counselors (Residential Assistants).
  • Become well acquainted with dorm staff, meeting both formally and informally with dorm staff to review daily schedule, and review student activities, to allow the regular exchange of ideas ensuring open communication to make the program more effective
  • Maintain safety and security of the dorm
  • Make the Program Director aware of any existing problems in the dorm.
  • Ensure that all paperwork is completed in a timely fashion and correspond daily with program office
  • Work with program staff members to ensure consistency in disciplinary action and rewards for the students.
  • Be responsible for scheduling office hours, sick-call duty, cafeteria monitors, study-time monitors, hallway monitors.
  • Supervise, schedule activities and study-time scheduling for students.
  • Ensure staff meets with students on a weekly basis and updates parents on student progress weekly.
  • Oversees the coordination of field trips and other recreational programs.
  • Coordinate consequences for tardiness/absences, inappropriate behavior, etc; be responsible for providing appropriate Tutor-Counselors with this information as relevant.


Time Commitment and Compensation:
  • Mandatory Orientation: (TBA)
  • Program Orientation: TBA
  • Dorm Move In Orientation: TBA
  • Move In Dorms: TBA; Move Out: TBA
  • Daily meetings TBA (typically at 8:00 – 9:00 pm, except on week-ends).
  • Presentation Day: TBA
  • College Tour: TBA


The standard compensation for a Dorm Coordinator is $25/hr approximately $950 biweekly on a 19 hour per week work schedule or may receive a stipend of $2,500 – $3,000 and room/board will be provided


If you are interested in applying for a Dorm Coordinator/Residential Supervisor position:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and current transcript along with the application by email at urbanscholars@ccny.cuny.edu or mail to:


Urban Scholars Office
City College of New York
NAC Building, R5/143
160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031


All application materials should be received by May 25, 2012 by 5pm. Once all applications have been reviewed, the Urban Scholars will contact the appropriate applicants for interviews.

Position Description


Summer instructors are responsible for developing and teaching a high school level introductory course or courses in Science, Math, Foreign Language, English, Social Sciences, SAT Preparation, or Study Skills. Instructors are also responsible for:


  • Developing innovative and interactive instructional programs to engage students
  • Assessing the unique learning styles of students
  • Utilizing a Undergraduate Teacher’s Assistant
  • Providing academic advising to students, as needed
  • Maintaining attendance, grade, and evaluation records on assigned students
  • Preparing weekly lesson plans and homework schedules
  • Preparing weekly and cumulative narrative and letter grade evaluations
  • Serving as a role model/mentor for program participants
  • Participating in all staff trainings and meetings
  • Participating in parent and student summer program orientations


Selection Criteria

  • Prior experience working in a teaching capacity in a secondary or postsecondary institution or setting (New York State-eligible teaching credential preferred)
  • Familiarity with and sensitivity to the unique learning issues associated with low-income and/ or potential first-generation college bound youth
  • Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with program participants
  • Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to initiate, organize and set priorities for multiple assignments while working independently and as part of a team
  • Individuals with educational and/or economic background similar to the participants strongly encouraged to apply


Application Process

Click here to download a PDF copy of the job description and application instructions. Applications are due on a rolling basis until filled


Position Description

Summer tutors assist students with homework and study skills during evening study hall hours. More details will be posted in April. This is a volunteer or work-study position.


Selection Criteria

  • Enthusiastic and energetic
  • Interest in or prior experience with tutoring or mentoring youth
  • Some experience with students from diverse background


Application Process

Please email us at urbanscholars@ccny.cuny.edu if you are interested in tutoring for us this summer!




Academic Year Positions

Position Title


 Academic Tutor (work-study or volunteer)  now accepting applications for 2015
 Tutor Program Coordinator  now accepting applications for 2015
 Tutor Coordinator  now accepting applications for 2015
 Senior Adviser  now accepting applications for 2015
 Administrative Assistant  Positions filled



Multiple positions, 2-15 hours a week


Position Description

Tutors are selected for Urban Scholars based on their prior tutoring experience and their commitment and ability to motivate students. Tutors are matched with five students based on their tutoring ability in a combination of subjects in which the student needs assistance. Tutor positions are primarily paid with work-study or volunteer positions. Responsibilities include:



  • Tutoring for 2 hours on a weekday afternoon, at school site
  • Encouraging and motivating tutees to strive for academic excellence
  • Actively participating in quarterly tutor training sessions
  • Documenting tutoring content and hours after each session
  • Communicating regularly with Tutor Coordinators



Application Process

Urban Scholars requires a full academic-year commitment from all tutors. You must be available to tutor on two (2) weekday afternoon per week. If you are not able to make the full commitment but would be willing to act as a substitute tutor, please indicate so on the application.

15 hours per week


Position Description

The Tutor Program Coordinator coordinates all aspects of the academic year tutoring program. Responsibilities include:


  • Assisting with supervision of the Tutors
  • Overseeing tutor recruitment, selection, and training
  • Overseeing tutor motivation and appreciation
  • Coordinating tutoring program (i.e., schedule, documentation and records management)
  • Tutoring program participants
  • Serving as liaison to School from which participants are drawn
  • Working closely with Office professional staff


10 hours per week


Position Description

Tutor Coordinators work closely with tutors and students to coordinate tutoring at their target schools sites. Responsibilities include:


  • Assisting with tutor recruitment, selection, training, and appreciation activities
  • Leading a team of 3-10 tutors in providing individual academic assistance to students
  • Monitoring academic progress and school/class attendance of program participants
  • Providing tutors with student academic progress reports
  • Motivating students to pursue higher education
  • Maintaining program records
  • Analyzing student grade reports to determine academic strengths and areas in need of improvement
  • Facilitating monthly workshops for program participants
  • Meet monthly with Academic Coordinator to review Process Objectives.



5-7 hours per week


Position Description

The City College of New York Urban Scholars/Upward Bound Program provides low-income, first- generation college-bound high school students, who attend designated schools in NYC or reside in Harlem and Washington Heights, with the academic support and guidance necessary to prepare for a college education.

The College Advisor is responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process. Educating students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting a class of 20 – 30 seniors and families as they go through the process; and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely.

Meet with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about process and individual college choices. The College advisor also advises 9th and 10th graders on curricular choices, as needed.

Schedule information sessions with college representatives and invite program participants and guests students from target high schools.

Write letters of recommendation for each senior by gathering information from parents, teachers, school records and students themselves. Maintain records on seniors including PSAT/SAT scores, GPA, transcripts, college acceptance and rejection letters.

Purchase, maintain and share information on college, college guides scholarships, financial aid, and paying for college.

Create and update an annual College Search Handbook, a resource mailed to junior and senior parents each summer, an extensive assembly of information about the college search process. The College Advisor keeps parents informed through a monthly column, a newsletter for parents, and in letters about test dates, local college events, financial aid and scholarships.

Make informational presentations to parents, such as the annual presentations to parents of 8th graders, parents of juniors, new parents and the Parents’ Association.

Being aware of issues, and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date about specific colleges and maintain membership in professional organizations, the College Board, the National Association of College Admission Counselors.

Maintain and disseminate information about standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT.

Act as lead advisor to the senior class as a whole and advising several individual seniors each year, providing academic and personal counseling.




Necessary skills include bilingual, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to make deadlines. Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling, teaching experience, and computer skills.

Ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; goals, objective and mission of pre-college programs; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population; knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admissions policies, financial policies and procedure.


Multiple position, 10-15 hours per week


Position Description

The Administrative Assistant works with all program staff to maintain smooth functioning of US programs and operations. Responsibilities include:


  • Assisting Activity Coordinator with planning of special events
  • Typing, layout, spreadsheet work
  • General communications (phone calls, letter writing, emailing)
  • Writing and editing
  • Sorting, organizing, maintaining order
  • Archiving program files
  • Photocopying and filing
  • Running errands



Application Process

Click here to download the Student Staff application in PDF format.


Full-Time Positions

There are no full-time positions available at this time.

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