SOAR Student Leaders (Toledo Campus)

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Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) Student Leaders at Mercy College of Ohio assist incoming students in their transition to the College.

They serve a vital role in conveying information to new students about College programs and services, assisting with all SOAR events and helping to facilitate the adjustment of new students to the campus community. This position is an outstanding opportunity for any student interested in gaining leadership skills.

Student Leader Information

Reporting to the Director of Student Life, SOAR Student Leaders will work with others in the Division of Student Affairs, as well as other campus departments, to facilitate the SOAR program by:

  • Creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students and their guests;
  • Portraying the policies, departments, services and campus life of Mercy College of Ohio in a professional manner to new students and their guests and serve as a role model for incoming students and peers;
  • Assisting in the preparation of SOAR activities and materials;
  • Leading, facilitating, and participating in campus tours, small group discussions, and other activities;
  • Explaining academic opportunities and procedures;
  • Assisting with the class registration process;
  • Communicating and checking-in with students before, during and after SOAR;
  • Adhere to the SOAR Student Leader Contract and other College guidelines in regards to policies, personal and professional conduct, and attitude; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Students who are selected for this position will be hired for the timeframe of May 2019 to May 2020.

Specific commitments for this position include:

SOAR Student Leader Training

This will occur during the spring semester and will cover such topics as facilitation, conflict management, communication skills, sexual violence and health, diversity and a variety of leadership areas. The goal is to challenge individuals both personally and academically in order to develop facilitation skills needed for the position. Training for the SOAR Student Leader position will occur on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Do not apply for the SOAR Student Leader position unless you can attend the training commitment.

SOAR Sessions

SOAR sessions for incoming Mercy College students are held throughout the year, as new students start in August, January, and May. Students hired in May 2019 will be expected to work the following summer sessions (AM sessions are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PM sessions are 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.):

  • Monday, June 10 – AM and PM Sessions
  • Tuesday, June 11 – AM Session
  • Wednesday, June 12 – AM and PM Sessions
  • Thursday, June 13 – PM Session
  • Saturday, June 15 – AM Session
  • Monday, July 15– AM and PM Sessions
  • Tuesday, July 16 – PM Session
  • Wednesday, July 17 – AM Session
  • Thursday, July 18 – PM Session
  • Tuesday, August 13 – AM Session
  • Friday, August 16 – AM and PM Session
  • Monday, August 19 - PM Session

SOAR dates for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 incoming students have not yet been scheduled.

Additional Opportunities

SOAR Student Leaders may be asked to assist with Week of Welcome activities in both August and January.

SOAR Student Leaders are required to attend the annual Student Leader Retreat, scheduled for August 23, 2019.

Students who are offered and accept this opportunity will gain significant leadership experience; develop professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students; and learn effective communication skills. In addition, SOAR Student Leaders will receive a $1,000 stipend, meals on days when two SOAR sessions are scheduled, and SOAR gear. The stipend will be applied to students’ Mercy College tuition bills at two separate times: $500 in the fall semester and $500 in the spring semester.

All applicants must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time Mercy College student and remain enrolled through the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Be in good academic and student conduct standing.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at time of application and maintain a 2.5 throughout time of employment (circumstances which may impact GPA will be considered on an individual basis.)
  • Be available for all of the dates and times listed in the Time Commitment section.

All applicants should:

  • Model a genuine enthusiasm for, and basic knowledge of Mercy College of Ohio including resources, programs, ways to get involved, activities, etc.
  • Possess a strong desire and interest to help new students make a positive transition to Mercy College of Ohio.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse group of people including students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Exhibit strong communication skills (written and verbal), facilitation skills, and role modeling behaviors.
  • Project a positive image of service which represents the Division of Student Affairs and Mercy College of Ohio.

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