Jump Start Leader Job Description

Program Description

Jump Start

Consists of three programs – Ohana, Service, Leadership & Sustainability (SLS), and Steppin Out. The program provides a safe and interactive environment that eases the transition of new students into Opening Days. In addition, Jump Start provides leadership experience to explore vocation, personal growth, and shared decision making.


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 accommodating and willing to assist with cultural transitions, model academic success and be culturally sensitive. They must also enjoy working with new students and be open to sharing about their WU experiences.

Service, Leadership & Sustainability 

Leaders of this program will develop the itinerary for the SLS experience and assist participants in contributing community service in Salem and the 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 SLS 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 be able to work with incoming students and be open to sharing their WU experiences. Applicants do not need a driver’s license or outdoor experience, although both are preferred.

Time Commitment

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

Spring Training:

Dates TBD

Summer Training:

All Jumpstart leaders return to campus for summer training on a date to be determined. Training continues until the Jump Start programs begin.


All meals and program costs will be covered from the beginning of training through the conclusion of the program.


  • Ohana – Gordy Toyama, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Service, Leadership & Sustainability – Eric Lassahn, Director, Office of Community Service Learning
  • Steppin Out – Bryan Schmidt, Director, Office of Campus Recreation


  • 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 appropriate 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/policies once selected as a Jump Start leader
  • Follow all policies and protocols for transportation as outlined by the university

Additional responsibilities and qualifications


  • 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 racial identity and developmental issues preferred

Service, Leadership & Sustainability

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

Steppin’ Out

  • Possess or obtain current CPR/First Aid certification by August 2017
  • Knowledge of Oregon and trail sites located within 100 miles of Salem is preferred
  • Ability to lead and follow appropriate outdoor protocols
  • 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 a 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 2016-17 academic year
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and three years driving experience preferred