Leadership mentor

Leadership Mentors are a team of dedicated and passionate student leaders who support leadership development at Gettysburg College by providing resources, programs, and other opportunities for the College community. They design and facilitate workshops to help students, clubs, and organizations. LMs promote GLC values, programs, and various leadership-based campus opportunities.

Group of leadership mentors posing for a photo

The Leadership Mentor role is best described as a part-time para-professional commitment. While most Leadership Mentors work an average of 10 hours each week, some roles and events require more time.

Group work and collaboration are at the heart of how we enact our mission. Some examples of meetings that Leadership Mentors actively engage include:

Weekly team meetings: We could not do all the work that we do without the support of all our Leadership Mentors. While we have certain LMs planning events, the execution of events and facilitation require everyone on our team. These larger team meetings allow us to communicate between different project teams, it opens space for LM training and development, and it is a time and space for larger team bonding.

Project Group Meetings: These are scheduled times with a given project team. This helps orient the week-to-week work. During these meetings we discuss roles, group dynamics, projects goals, tasks, etc. Project team descriptions.

One-on-Ones: Every member of the team has the opportunity to regularly meet with one of the GLC directors. This time is customized for each individual and is used to coach every member of the team in their personal leadership development. Moreover, the project leads of the different teams meet with one of the directors for project advisement. Topics may vary from the goals and objectives of the project, budgeting, marketing and communications etc.

Requirements

The position is for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. LMs will be expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and work an average of ten (10) office hours per week. LMs must also be available to participate in monthly training sessions, including two (2) retreats in August and January. LMs will be paid at the standard student employee rate ($7.25/hour). The ideal applicant will be able to give this position the highest priority among their co- curricular activities.

Leadership Mentors are asked to attend training outside of the regular school year, including returning to campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes in August and one week prior to the beginning of classes in January. August training is mandatory for new LMs.

Qualities of a Leadership Mentor

  • An interest in personal leadership development
  • An optimistic and personable attitude
  • Resilience during times of adversity
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others
  • A desire to learn about and engage in group facilitation
  • Openness to change and an adventurous spirit
  • Time and organization management skills
  • A passion for and commitment to learning
  • High level of professionalism
  • Serves as a role model

Leadership Mentor Job Description

  • Serve on at least one project team each semester.
  • Design and facilitate workshops targeted to help student clubs and organizations achieve leadership related goals - both on the challenge course and in the classroom.
  • Contribute to project team success through intense collaboration with others.
  • Provide support and resources for students interested in leadership development.
  • Promote GLC values, programs, and various leadership-based campus opportunities.
  • Attend weekly team meetings, project planning meetings, and 1 on 1s with the professional staff.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with alumni and parent volunteers of the GLC.
  • Support department-wide events such as open houses, Leadership Mentor recruitment, ELR, etc.
  • Demonstrate professionalism as a representative of the GLC within the office and on-campus.