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Freshman Mentor

Job Description

Student & Community Development

  • Establish a personal relationship with each freshman resident at the start of the academic year in order to gain an awareness of personalities, attitudes, academic goals, challenges, and health concerns.
  •  Spend the first two weeks of school visiting freshman rooms/suites daily and continue regular visits throughout the academic year.
  •  Help students develop relationships with each other so that a cohesive and respectful community is formed on the floor/freshman area.
  • Encourage residents to participate in regular floor meetings and programs throughout the year by seeking out their input and tailoring programs to their interests and concerns.
  • Recognize that it is important to be visible and available to students.
  • Function as an advocate for students by recognizing the problems, concerns, and opinions of individuals and groups.  Present the students' viewpoints to the appropriate University staff, through the appropriate  
    channels.  Advise and assist students in their efforts to present their views in the most effective and constructive manner.
  • Help residents develop respectful relationships with the students who live on their floors and in their building.  Students should respect other students' rights with regard to privacy, noise, cleanliness, and other considerations.
  • Advise and counsel students within the limits of training and capability in academic, personal, and social matters. 
  • Notify the Community Assistant and Building Director of any roommate conflicts and assist in their mediation.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with fellow Freshman Mentors, Freshman Mentor Advisor, Building Directors and Community Assistants that will be serving the freshmen you are assigned to during the academic year.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Serve under the direct supervision of the Freshmen Mentor Advisor.
  • Communicate with the supervisor regularly, via daily contact, weekly team meetings, and regular individual meetings.
  • Participate in program activities such as: Recruitment, Selection, Fall/Spring Training, and Staff Developments.
  • Staff members are expected to be present and available for the needs of their freshman residents and the community.
  • Provide a schedule outlining classes, extra curricular activities, internships, and jobs must be submitted to the Freshman Mentor Advisor and any changes must be communicated as they arise.
  • Maintain two office hours per week in their residence hall room.
  • Assist the Office of Residential Life in implementing all ongoing assessment efforts.
  • Complete one first-year focus newsletter per semester
  • Additional responsibilities and expectations as assigned (primarily determined by, but not limited to, the needs of the staff, resident population, and or the Central Office).

Policies & Responsibilities:

  • Uphold University regulations and act as a role model at all times, on and off campus.  Each Freshman Mentor should be familiar with University and Residential Life expectations with regard to all policies, including drugs and alcohol.  Each Freshman Mentor is responsible for his or her own behavior and aware of how it influences the behavior of his or her peers.
  • Develop an atmosphere in the residence hall in which students have concern and respect for the rights and privileges of others.  Help students develop methods for effective enforcement of rules regarding behavior
    necessary for an atmosphere conducive to study and community living.
  • Be available 24 hours a day during the first week of the semester.  The Freshman Mentor may be asked to assist in the Central Office during opening.
  • Freshman Mentors will be expected to return on Monday, August 23, 2010 for a Fall Training and Thursday, Wednesday, January 9, 2009 for Spring Training.  The Freshman Mentors contract is for an academic year.  The 2010-2011 contract will begin on Monday, August 23, 2010 and end Friday, May 13, 2011.  
  • Leave time must be made in consultation with the Freshman Mentor Advisor.

Programming:

  • Plan, execute, and evaluate a minimum of 3 first-year all-hall programs per semester that focus on academic, personal, and social development.
  • Assist in planning, executing, and evaluating 1 large scale first year programming initiative, as identified by the Freshman Mentor Advisor
  • All staff will be required to work weekends that involve large events or high activity including, but not limited to Freshman Move-In Day, Opening Weekend/Welcome Week Activities, Family Day, and Homecoming. 
  • Plan and execute a bi-weekly freshman meeting
  • Complete 1 Community Builder a week for the first 6 weeks of the semester and 10 total for the entire semester
  • Responsible for assisting the "In Residence First Year Experience" develop and implementation of first year initiatives including but not limited to: First Year Programming Series, Site Series, Freshman Activities Council, The Care Bears Organization, and HARLO Players.
  • Develop a working relationship with the Community Assistants and Building Director in order to develop programming goals for the building and enhance the residential community.

Training & Development:

  • Freshman Mentors must be available during Fall/Spring Training dates, Freshman Move-in Day, Fall Opening Weekend Activities, and Welcome Week. Training is a 24 hour commitment.
  • Continuous Training opportunities will occur throughout the semester.  Freshman Mentors will be required to attend 1 approved continued training opportunity per semester.
  • There will be a mid-year Evaluation of the Freshman Mentor job performance.
  • The Director of Residential Life, the Associate Director of Residential Life for Staff Training and Development and/or the Freshman Mentor advisor reserves the right to terminate a Freshman Mentor at any time during the year if a Freshman Mentor's performance is inadequate and contrary to reasonable expectations.

Additional Duty Responsibilities:

  • Assist first year students' process and understand information regarding various housing processes including: room selection, housing renewal, open room change, opening and closing, and general housing information.
  • Promote and recruit various Housing and Residence Life paid and volunteer leadership positions
  • Promote and support Housing and Residence Life programs
  • Promote and support housing organizations including: First Year Activities Council, The Care Bears