Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

Resident Counselor

IMSA’s Mission:

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

Resident Counselor Job Description:

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 will support IMSA's Diversity Stance by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive constituent-centered support, while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture, that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA, to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Driver’s license required
  • 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
  • Experience in residence life strongly preferred
  • Experience working with adolescence strongly preferred

Necessary Competencies

  • Openness to people and a willingness to hear what others are saying and not what you think they should say, or are going to say
  • The ability to understand the needs, interests, strengths, and weaknesses of others, and to utilize this information for contributing to the growth and development of others
  • The ability to maintain a rational and objective demeanor when faced with stressful or emotional situations; a measure of self-composure in a difficult situation and the ability to act objectively, rather than impulsively or emotionally
  • The ability to keep critical issues in context so that you can understand what is happening and effectively use one’s knowledge to solve problems
  • The ability to identify alternative solutions to a problem and to select the best option
  • The internal drive to excel in a chosen career path; a desire to be “better” than you currently are, no matter how good you have already become
  • The ability to find your own motivation for accomplishing a task, and the degree to which you will maintain this course in the face of adversity

Specific Responsibilities

  • Directly monitor and support the academic, emotional, and developmental needs and progress of 24 gifted residents and refer them to academy resources as necessary
  • Annually plan, implement, and document at least 31 educational and 12 social programs grounded in our Residence Life curriculum
  • Coordinate and facilitate at least 2 service learning opportunities for students
  • Complete 26 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
  • 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)

Benefits and Remuneration:

Compensation for this position includes a salary of $21,800 for a 10-month term of employment. Resident Counselors also receive furnished apartments, free parking, utilities, internet access, and a meal plan while school is in session. 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.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references to: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Attention: Steve Zant, Job Code: SL-RC-WS, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL  60506 or e-mail to  Letters of interest with all appropriate attachments listed above will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and excellence.  Qualified individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.