This is a serving volunteer position, ideal for those interested in providing opportunities for peer networking and resource sharing, collaborating on special projects that meet a unique need, or communicating the value of the Association.

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®) promotes the personal growth and skill development of college students, and a vital part of the event are the members of the facilitation team who help to make it all happen. These short-term volunteer opportunities are some of the most intense and unique that ACUI offers, but they can also be some of the most impactful and rejuvenating. Student interns will work closely with the lead facilitators to prepare for institute activities and assist in the presentation of select sessions.

Reporting to the I-LEAD® Program Team Leaders and event staff liaisons, all facilitation team members are responsible for:
  • Being a positive and productive role model for students and professionals.
  • Maintaining a strong working relationship with the facilitation team.
  • Having a working knowledge of “The Leadership Challenge” (Kouzes & Posner, 2012), and positively promoting the curriculum to the student participants.
  • Addressing minor disciplinary problems as needed with individual students, and bringing larger problems to the attention of the lead facilitators.
  • Participating in pre-institute training calls and webinars.
  • Being an active participant in all aspects of I-LEAD®. The institute is one of the most exhausting and rewarding experience one could have in their professional career. The team needs volunteers to be ready to show up, be present, and commit to making a huge difference in the lives of the student participants.

For I-LEAD® 2022 at the Annual Conference: Training for this program will be virtual. I-LEAD® racilitators will be able to attend some conference sessions during I-LEAD® where there will be joint activities and can attend all-conference sessions after the conclusion of the I-LEAD® program. Double-occupancy lodging, most meals, and conference registration fee will be paid for by ACUI. Selected facilitators will be expected to arrange and pay for their own travel to the conference. If student enrollment is low, ACUI reserves the right to cancel the session as necessary.

More specific responsibilities for each position include:

Lead Facilitator
  • Assisting in the recruitment and training of the I-LEAD® Facilitation Team, including, small group facilitators, and interns.
  • Maintaining a strong working relationship with your co-lead facilitator partner.
  • Facilitating discussions and activities corresponding with the curriculum, building community, and challenging students to get the most from their experience during large group sessions.
  • Leading large group activities with the I-LEAD® Program Team leaders.
  • Assisting in the facilitation of training for small group facilitators and daily facilitator wrap-up meetings on-site.
  • Addressing minor disciplinary problems as needed with individual students, and bringing larger problems to the attention of the I-LEAD® Program Team.
  • Having at least one year of previous experience as a small group facilitator. 
Small Group Facilitators
  • Facilitating discussions and activities corresponding with the curriculum, building community, and challenging students to get the most from their experience during small group sessions.
  • Assisting and supplementing the lead facilitators as needed, while remaining a positive, active participant in large group sessions.
Student Interns
  • Providing logistical support for large group and small group institute activities.
  • Preparing and facilitating the presentation of select sessions.
  • Being an active participate in large group sessions and informal reflection times, challenging students to get the most from their experience. 
  • Supporting small groups by encouraging their team identities.

Apply

Whether applying for lead facilitator, small group facilitator, or student intern, each application will require the following items to be completed:

  1. Written application responses
  2. An uploaded resume
  3. References

A screening committee made up of the staff liaison and related volunteers will review applications, interview qualified candidates, and make a selection recommendation.

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Core Competencies

Volunteers involved in this opportunity will enhance their skill sets in the areas below. More information about the ACUI core competencies for the profession is available here.

  • Organizational Leadership
    • Awareness of Self
    • Problem Solving
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Group Management
  • Student Learning
    • Application of Theory to Practice
    • Knowledge of Student Development Theory
  • Social Justice
    • Understanding of Self, Identity, and Culture
Qualifications

At the time of application, professionals must have: employment at a higher education institution; institutional or individual membership; and a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term. 

At the time of application, students must be: a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student who is not a full-time employee at the institution; involved in a college union/student activities department; not set to graduate the upcoming May or August; and committed to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term.

Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as knowledge and skills related to the responsibilities of the position. 

Time Commitment

The time commitments for facilitation team members include:

  • Lead Facilitators: Participate in monthly curriculum development, planning meetings, and small-group facilitator trainings.
  • Attending mandatory online training prior to the institute.
  • Attending all daily facilitator wrap-up meetings.
  • Attending all in-person institute program meetings and sessions from Saturday, March 12–Tuesday March 15, 2022.