Milton Hershey School (MHS) is accepting applications for full-time Flex Transitional Living Assistants (FTLA). FTLAs are responsible for living in and working in residence halls for 12th grade students. This role is very similar to college Residence Assistant positions, though this role is much more involved in teaching life skills to our high school seniors so they are fully prepared for living on their own as soon as they graduate from MHS.
The primary responsibility of FTLA’s is to ensure that our seniors are fully prepared for successful independent living, including life’s challenges. FTLAs are CONSTANT coaches and role models – teaching and demonstrating wise choices and positive behaviors. In partnership with other Transitional Living staff, they supervise the students in the building and teach them how to manage their budgets, their residences, their time, and their responsibilities including meeting their scholastic and extra-curricular requirements. THE FTLA’s help students recognize and prepare for the realities of the world they will enter as they transition into college, the military, or the work force.
There is a strong emphasis on students learning self-responsibility and to uphold high standards of personal conduct. Skills such as goal-setting, planning, time management, personal finance, persistence, conflict management and other interpersonal skills are key to the programming. Topics such as appropriate dating behaviors, responding appropriately to peer pressure, and other matters relevant to young adults are all addressed. FTLAs also develop and deliver wellness and recreational programming. Spiritual development is also a component of the programming and all TL staff and students attend Sunday chapel on campus.
In collaboration with other Transitional Living Staff, the FTLAs assess the programs’ success on an ongoing basis and contribute to the refinement of the program - adapting it to meet the ever changing challenges of the world students live in today. To fulfill the role, FTLAs live on campus in private apartments in the residence halls on a schedule of 12 days on and 3 days off. (The three days off are not on weekends.)
Bachelor's Degree required. Master’s a plus.
Experience living and working in a residential education setting or student affairs preferred.
Experience counseling, teaching, advising &/or working with lower income youth is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to develop & deliver life skills programming desired.
Exceptional interpersonal & leadership skills required including the ability to effectively manage conflict and inspire others to develop and grow.
High degree of organizational skills & flexibility required.
Skills in Microsoft applications, Internet & social media.
Fluency in Spanish a plus.
On campus residence required. A married spouse is permitted to reside with the FTLA, but the buildings do not accommodate pets nor children.
MHS is a non-smoking campus.
Must be able to work 12 consecutive days. (Days off do not include weekends.)
Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of integrity, as all MHS staff are considered to be role models for MHS students.