Jump Start

Jump Start Leader Job Description

Program Description

Jump Start

Consists of three programs – Ohana, NSOCO, and Steppin Out. The program provides a safe and interactive environment that eases the transition into Opening Days while providing mentorship and support throughout the academic experience in a personal and self-contained environment that meets the needs and interests of the student populations participating. In addition, Jump Start provides leadership experience to explore vocation, personal growth, and shared decision making.

Ohana

Leaders of this program will assist primarily new multicultural students in learning about the WU campus and successful transition into a majority culture. Successful Ohana leaders are outgoing and willing to assist with cultural transitions, model academic success and must be culturally sensitive. They must also enjoy working with new students and be eager to share their WU experiences.

NSOCO

Leaders of this program will assist students in doing community service in Salem and surrounding areas. They will also lead evening activities and reflection, encouraging students to bring meaning to their experiences and their role in the Salem community. Successful NSOCO leaders must enjoy doing service, facilitating reflection, engaging new students, and sharing their WU experiences.

Steppin’ Out

Leaders of this program will assist new students on day hikes that can average between 4-8 miles, round trip. Leaders will also help with a white-water rafting trip, explore the great outdoors, live with students, and be a positive role model. Successful Steppin’ Out leaders should working with incoming students and be eager to share their WU experiences.


Time Commitment

Jump Start leaders will participate in one (1) mandatory training session with all Jump Start leaders. Individual programs will have additional trainings during spring semester, referred to as spring training, unless they are abroad. All trainings will be held on the following dates:

Spring Training:

March 13 All Jump Start Dinner 5-6:30 p.m. Wilson-Hines Room (Goudy)

Summer Training:

All Jumpstart leaders return to campus for summer training on 8/12/14. Training continues until the Jump Start programs begin (8/16/14).


Compensation

All meals and program costs will be covered from 8/12/14 through the conclusion of the program on 8/21/14. In addition, a $40 stipend will be awarded for meals from 8/21/14 until 8/24/14.


Supervisors

  • Ohana – Gordy Toyama, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • NSOCO – Amy Green, Director, Office of Community Service Learning
  • Steppin Out – Bryan Schmidt, Director, Office of Campus Recreation

Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in all training sessions and Jump Start programs
  • Demonstrate team leadership, responsibility and effective communication skills
  • Facilitate small and large group meetings and presentations
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse populations
  • Provide excellent customer service to new students and family members by communicating accurate information
  • Assist new students in developing peer relationships, academic effectiveness, and personal adjustment to WU through positive interactions
  • Regularly interact and collaborate with all Jump Start leaders and administrators
  • Act in accordance with all Opening Days and Willamette regulations once selected as a Jump Start leader
  • Demonstrate common sense and due care when transporting participants and guests in University vehicles

Additional responsibilities and qualifications

Stated on the shared Jump Start position description, each program has these additional requirements:

Ohana

  • Ability to develop programs and activities that focus on successful transition to university life for all new multicultural students
  • Ability to work collaboratively with campus offices and programs (e.g. Admissions, Athletics, CLA, International Education, Opening Days, Residence Life) to successfully welcome and orient all new students and their families to Willamette University
  • Serve as an academic resource
  • Participation in multicultural student organizations preferred
  • An understanding of the racial identity and developmental issues preferred

NSOCO

  • Prior knowledge and experience with reflection and discussion
  • General understanding of volunteer management
  • Introduce students to the Salem community through service activities
  • Collaborate with sites to create meaningful, creative service projects
  • Develop and facilitate meaningful and creative reflections

Steppin’ Out

  • Possess or obtain current CPR/First Aid certification by August 12th, 2014
  • Knowledge of Oregon and trail sites located within 100 miles of Salem is preferred
  • Ability to lead and follow appropriate trail markings
  • Awareness of group dynamics

Qualification Standards

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment in a high profile position
  • Excel as a team player while maintaining a high energy level, enthusiasm and stamina when working long days
  • Effective interpersonal communication
  • Demonstrate familiarity with WU resources and services
  • Ability to facilitate small and large group discussions, activities, and reflection
  • Possess high level of maturity and an ability to use independent judgment
  • Desire to make a difference in the lives of new students
  • Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, discipline and self-confidence
  • In good standing (academic and student conduct) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Committed to attending all training sessions
  • Committed to attending the full session of your Jump Start program
  • Full time student at Willamette University for at least one year with the intention of remaining a full-time student during the fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and 3 years driving experience preferred