TASS factotum

TASS factotum

For summer 2020, the Sophomore Seminar Committee of the Telluride Association will hire a total of six individuals with a dedication to facilitating African American living learning communities and an interest in black studies to staff two TASS sites at the University of Michigan and Cornell University as TASS factotums. The factotum team serves as the primary onsite authority for the duration of the program. Factotums manage residential life for students, ensure their well-being during the program, and help them form an inclusive, intentional community centered around the discussion and acknowledgment of black experiences and the diversity of blackness. They also work as teaching assistants in the program seminars, which will focus on topics of African American culture and history and the study of racial difference. During the spring, hired factotums will write a welcome letter to students that introduces them to the core aspects of the program and how to prepare, work with professors to identify and order seminar materials, and organize an orientation week for students. Those selected for the factotum position must attend three training sessions in the Spring of 2020; one two-hour webinar on May 16th and two in-person training weekends: May 22nd-24th in Ithaca, NY and June 5th-7th in Ann Arbor, MI. TASS factotums will receive a $5,037 stipend and a supplemental stipend of $308 for additional writing tutoring duties, in addition to room and board in the student residences for the duration of their summer employment.

Throughout the course of the program, factotums will serve as a resource for student questions and be available to address pressing student issues after-hours. Factotums introduce and teach students Robert’s Rules and facilitate town hall-style community meetings to jump start students’ democratic self-governance. Those hired are responsible for guiding students in the creation of an inclusive environment for students of all genders, races, sexualities, and other identity categories; this should include discussions of how students account for this within their self-governance and if the use of Robert’s Rules can facilitate such a community.

In addition to ensuring a respectful atmosphere, factotums provide logistical support to help student committees plan activities, including community service projects. Factotums must hold weekly calls during the program with committee oversight to update them on the program’s progress and write a detailed program report after the program’s conclusion.

The mission of Telluride Association is to prepare and inspire promising students to lead and serve through free, transformative educational experiences rooted in critical thinking and democratic community. In addition to the TASS program, the Telluride Association runs summer seminars for rising seniors, two residential Branches for students at Cornell University and the University of Michigan, and programs for alumni. To learn more about the Telluride Association and all its programs, please feel free to further explore this website.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Communicate program guidelines to incoming students prior to program start
  • Orient and supervise students who attend the program
  • Assist seminar professors in course preparation and provide teaching and tutoring support as needed
  • Supervise students in all daily activities and ensure students know and understand program policy
  • Facilitate students’ use of democratic self-governance by organizing and facilitating town hall-style community meetings and providing supervision as they plan their activities
  • Provide holistic care and emotional/intellectual mentorship to students
  • Communicate professionally with parents about student needs and program logistics
  • Coordinate pre-program logistics with relevant Telluride Association staff before the start of the program

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 19 years of age by program start (June 21)
  • Must be able to attend two-hour webinar on May 16th
  • Must be able to attend two training weekends: May 22-24th in Ithaca, NY June 5-7th in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with people of a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and strong follow-through skills
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and employ basic reasoning skills
  • Ability to be on-hand/on-call at all times excluding break hours or days, if necessary, as determined by the TASS Committee and your factotum team
  • Ability to facilitate a community of high school students

 Background Screening

The Telluride Association conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

 Work Eligibility

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired must submit an I-9 form to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The form must be completed upon hire. The Telluride Association cannot sponsor visas for its summer employment opportunities.

Application materials

If you’re interested in being a factotum, please download the 2020-TASS-Factotum-Application  and return it by December 15th. If you have any questions about the program or the application position, please contact us at tass@tellurideassociation.org.