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Job Title: Supervisor (Seasonal)

Date of advert: January 2020

Place of Work: Cambridge University Colleges

Reporting to: Program Coordinator(s)

c.£350-£450 per week including half board and accommodation

We are looking for individuals who are hard-working, energetic, socially confident and engaging, flexible, conscientious and capable of assuming an ambassadorial role for Reach Cambridge.

You will also have relevant experience working with teenagers, and be comfortable and competent in fulfilling a leadership role for them.

As a residential supervisor you will have direct responsibility for a corridor or staircase of students, which requires staying with them for the duration of the program. Supervisory staff are also expected to have the skills necessary to organise fun, inclusive and educational activities on campus and around Cambridge in accordance with our health and safety guidelines. Supervisors will also help lead and coordinate excursions to various cultural locations across the UK.

Senior Supervisory Roles: We are also looking for suitable candidates to fulfil senior supervisory roles in the following areas: Welfare, Community Outreach, Academia & Administration. If you are interested in, and have relevant experience of, any of these positions, please indicate this on your application form.

Residing overnight in Cambridge the program dates are:

  • Program 1: Friday 26th June – Saturday 11th July (2 weeks)
  • Program 2: Friday 10th July – Saturday 25th July (2 weeks)
  • Program 3: Friday 24th July – Saturday 8th August (2 weeks)

We will consider applicants who are available for one, two or all of the programs. Please note that all staff must attend essential training which usually takes place the first Friday & Saturday of each program.

Purpose of Job:  To ensure the smooth and successful running of the summer programs and creating a positive, memorable, safe and supportive environment for all students and staff.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Act as an ambassador of Reach Cambridge and be a first point of contact for students throughout the program, especially those on your assigned corridor.
  • Plan, execute and supervise all activities throughout the program. Help supervise and lead excursions, evening lectures and workshops. Help implement smooth arrival and departure weekends. Follow all health & safety guidelines.
  • Assist with other administrative duties set by senior staff including marketing tasks, assisting in classes, pastoral care & behavioural incidents.
  • Attend all training, workshops and meetings, and ensure you are aware of, and comply with, the day-to-day management, administrative, financial and operational procedures of Reach Cambridge. This includes all responsibilities relating to safeguarding and student welfare.
  • Uphold, protect and promote Reach Cambridge’s core values, protocols and standard operating procedures so that students do the same.
  • Undertake all other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the knowledge, skills and experience of this role as may be requested by the Program Coordinators or one of their nominees.

Additional senior supervisor roles include:

Welfare Coordinators: In addition to supervisor duties, the Welfare Coordinators have more specific responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the students. The role involves some preparation pre-summer, such as preparing medical data, as well as ensuring all First Aid kits are fully stocked and available for all excursions and activities during the summer. They will also be responsible for overseeing and keeping up-to-date with any ill students, accidents and injuries. The role may also involve speaking to parents and keeping in close contact with senior staff. Additional training will be provided.

Community Outreach Coordinator: Community Outreach gives involved students the opportunity to earn community outreach hours, learn valuable skills in teamwork and project management, and take part in a project that really makes a difference. The role involves some preparation pre-summer, such as liaising with the chosen charity. In addition to supervisor duties during the summer, the position consists of coordinating the involved students’ ideas and efforts to raise money, and helping them get the entire student body involved in fundraising activities.

Teaching Assistant: You will be responsible for assisting teaching staff on a nominated subject class either daily or on a more adhoc basis.

School Rep: Every year, school groups (students and accompanying teachers) join our summer programs. Each School Rep is allocated a school group, and the supervisor duties are tailored to their responsibility to these students and their teachers. Working as part of the supervisor team, School Reps help organise activities and supervise excursions. School Reps also reside on-site overnight in the same accommodation as the school group for whom they have specific responsibility, and part of their role includes communicating all updates and information to both students and their accompanying teachers accurately and efficiently on a regular basis.

Equipment Monitor: In addition to supervisor duties, the Equipment Monitor assists the Academic Coordinator, with responsibilities including setting up classrooms each day, being on hand in case the Academic Coordinator is not available, and acting as a point of contact for teachers when they are preparing equipment for classes. Prior to the summer, the Equipment Monitor also helps to check and update all laptops and other technical classroom equipment.

Register Monitor: In addition to supervisor duties, the Register Monitor assists the Senior Staff team in ensuring that we know students’ whereabouts. As part of this, the Monitor goes into classes at the beginning of each lesson to check that everyone is present.

Media Assistant: During the summer, we like to make sure our social media accounts are lively and up-to-date. The Media Assistant’s role is to contribute to creating this buzz, by taking good quality photos of events during the day, and adding to our Instagram Story and Twitter. Photography skills are desired for this role, as well as a working knowledge (and hopefully love) of social media platforms. We’re looking for a fun loving communicator who can capture the everyday excitement of the Reach Cambridge summer program.


  • Articulate, engaging and sociable
  • Friendly, approachable and sensitive to the needs of others
  • High levels of energy, resilience and enthusiasm
  • Proactive, responsible and professional

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Previous experience working with young people (Desirable)
  • Previous experience working in a residential setting (Desirable)
  • Cambridge city, its colleges and history (Desirable)



Successful applicants will be invited for interview. Interviews are available in Cambridge, London or exceptionally on Skype as a first interview.

Before completing an application, please read this document on Visas and Right to Work in the U.K Reach Cambridge Visa Policy Document 2020

Reach Cambridge promotes the safeguarding of young people. Should applicants be successful, we will contact at least one referee and will carry out an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check will be required.

For a printable version of the job description please click here: RC-Supervisor-Job-Description-2020