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Western Leaders: Positions & Qualifications

Western Leaders Positions

Western Leaders serve in three different, yet equally important functions: Crew Members, Team Captains, and Advisory Board. While each function is responsible for different aspects of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, the three functions complement each other and work to ensure the overall success of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan programs, and a positive orientation experience for all new students attending WKU.

Crew Members

Western Leaders who serve as Crew Members function as excellent customer service representatives and assist in the implementation of programs during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (August 13th-17th, 2017).*After one year of service, Western Leaders Crew Members have the opportunity to serve as Crew Member Team Captains.

Role Description

The minimum expectations and responsibilities for Western Leaders Crew Members include:

  1. Attend and actively participate in the Western Leaders Crew Members training program:Serve as a role model for new students by adhering to all University guidelines and housing policies and exhibiting responsibility and high levels of maturity.

    • Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 6:30 pm
    • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30 pm
    • Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 6:30 pm
    • Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:30 pm (Mandatory Attendance)
    • Thursday, August 11-12, 2017 - 9 am (Mandatory Attendance)
  2. Serve as a role model for new students by adhering to all University guidelines and housing policies and exhibiting responsibility and high levels of maturity
  3. Assist with the organization and implementation of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities:Display initiative in assisting new students with special needs and concerns. Provide referrals to new students and parents.

    • Assist with opening day registration processes, including hanging "welcome" and informational banners on-campus for move-in day, stuffing participant bags, unloading vehicles, directing traffic, and helping new students move into their residence halls.
    • Unlock presentation rooms, arrange/re-arrange room furniture, ensure presenters have all necessary materials to facilitate sessions, re-assign rooms when needed, and swipe student IDs for attendance.
    • Set-up and tear-down all social and special events (i.e. distributing Red Towels and facilitating seating/dismissal at Convocation, ushering at the CloseUP Theatre Troupe performances, setting up tables for the Campus and Community Involvement Fair, and facilitating seating/dismissal at TopperU).
  4. Encourage new students to fully participate in the University environment.
  5. Participate in the evaluation process of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program.

  6. Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for Western Leaders Crew Members include:

  1. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (at time position is offered and throughout time of service).

  2. Good judicial standing with the department of Housing & Residence Life and the University.

  3. Be reliable, responsible, confident, flexible, willing to help, and an effective communicator focused on building teamwork and fostering working relationships.

  4. Relate well to students, parents, family members, faculty, staff, and administrators.

  5. Demonstrate a desire to learn about Western Kentucky University, its traditions, regulations, people, and programs.

  6. Cannot be employed in the Resident Assistant position, by Housing and Residence Life, due to scheduling constraints.

Benefits

Western Leaders benefit from the opportunity to:

  1. Enhance interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills

  2. Increase knowledge of campus resources

  3. Connect with University faculty, staff, and administrators

  4. Increase self-confidence

  5. Serve incoming students

  6. Give back to the University

  7. Serve as role models while assisting in the orientation, transition, and retention of new students

  8. Acquire Western Leaders apparel and gear

  9. Move into fall campus housing assignment early (one week before other upperclassmen students)

Time Commitment

The 2017 Western Leaders Crew Member position begins TENTATIVELY on August 10, 2017 and finishes on August 17, 2017. Please note that the beginning date is subject to change. Listed below are dates and events Western Leaders are required to attend. Specific dates are mentioned where applicable.

  1. Western Leaders will tentatively return to campus Thursday, August 10th beginning at 6:00 p.m.

  2. Training is mandatory.

  3. Western Leaders Crew Members will be scheduled to work specific events that may require arriving early, before the event is to take place, and staying late, after the event is over. Breaks may be scheduled but can be rescheduled due to conflicts.

  4. Western Leaders are required to clear their schedules and refrain from participating in other activities August 10th-17th, due to the training and implementation schedule of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program. Exceptions to this are RARE.


 

Apply to become a Western Leader Crew Member

Applications are due Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Team Captains

Western Leaders Team Captains provide leadership to teams of up to 10 Crew Members during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan week (August 13th-17th, 2017), and have one year experience in the Western Leaders Crew Member position.

Role Description

The minimum expectations and responsibilities for Western Leaders Team Captains include:

  1. Assist with the recruitment, selection, and team placement of Crew Members.

  2. Attend and actively participate in the Western Leaders Team Captain Retreat (TBD).Serve as a role model for Crew Members and new students by adhering to all University guidelines and housing policies, and exhibiting responsibility and high levels of maturity.

    • Attend and actively participate in the Western Leaders Crew Member training program (tentatively August 10th-12th, 2017).
  3. Provide leadership to a team of 9-10 Crew Members during the week of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (August 13th-17th, 2017).

    • Assign daily tasks;
    • Hold Crew Members accountable to communicated expectations and completion of assigned tasks;
    • Provide encouragement to Crew Members and recognize their efforts; and
    • Manage and mediate conflict between Crew Members.
  4. Assist with the organization and implementation of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities:Display initiative in assisting new students with special needs and concerns. Provide referrals to new students and parents.

    • Assist with opening day registration processes, including hanging "welcome" and informational banners on-campus for move-in day, stuffing participant bags, unloading vehicles, directing traffic, and helping new students move into their residence halls.
    • Unlock presentation rooms, arrange/re-arrange room furniture, ensure presenters have all necessary materials to facilitate sessions, re-assign rooms when needed, and swipe student IDs for attendance.
    • Set-up and tear-down all social and special events (i.e. distributing Red Towels and facilitating seating/dismissal at Convocation, ushering at the CloseUP Theatre Troupe performances, setting up tables for the Campus and Community Involvement Fair, facilitating seating/dismissal at TopperU).
  5. Encourage new students to fully participate in the University environment.
  6. Participate in the evaluation process of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program.

  7. Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for Western Leaders Team Captains include:

  1. Minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. (at time position is offered and throughout time of service).

  2. Good judicial standing with the department of Housing & Residence Life and the University.

  3. Be reliable, responsible, confident, flexible, willing to help, and an effective communicator focused on building teamwork and fostering working relationships.

  4. Relate well with students, parents, family members, faculty, staff, and administrators.

  5. Demonstrate a desire to learn about Western Kentucky University, its traditions, regulations, people, and programs.

  6. Cannot be employed in the Resident Assistant position, by Housing and Residence Life, due to scheduling constraints.

Benefits

The benefits for Western Leaders Team Captains include:

  1. Opportunity to:Opportunity to serve as role models while assisting in the orientation, transition, and retention of new students.

    • Enhance interpersonal, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills;
    • Increase knowledge of campus resources;
    • Connect with University faculty, staff, and administrators;
    • Increase self-confidence;
    • Serve incoming students; and,
    • Give back to the University.
  2. Western Leaders apparel and gear.
  3. Moving into fall campus housing assignment early (one week before other upperclassmen students).

  4. Opportunity to attend the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) (March 10th-12th, 2017, Statesboro, Georgia).

Time Commitment

The 2017 Western Leaders Team Captain position begins TENTATIVELY on August 10th and ends on August 17th, 2017. Please note that the beginning date is subject to change. Listed below are dates and events Western Leaders are required to attend. Specific dates are mentioned where applicable.

  1. Western Leaders Team Captains will tentatively return to campus Thursday, August 10th beginning at 3:00 p.m.

  2. Training is mandatory.

  3. Western Leaders Crew Members, Team Captains, and Counselors will be scheduled to work specific events that may require arriving early, before the event is to take place, and staying late, after the event is over. Breaks may be scheduled but can be rescheduled due to conflicts.

  4. Western Leaders  are required to clear their schedules and refrain from participating in other activities August 10th-17th, due to the training and implementation schedule of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program.

Advisory Board

The Western Leaders Advisory Board serves as the governing board for the Western Leaders organization, and is comprised of eight individuals who serve in the following positions:

  • Socials Chair
  • Marketing Chair
  • Big Red’s Blitz Chair
  • Logistics Co-Chair
  • M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Commuter Chair
  • Membership Co-Chair  

The Advisory Board Chairs/Co-Chairs are responsible for completing tasks in their functional areas, making recommendations to the Board, and voting on decisions that will ultimately shape the Western Leaders organization and the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program for the next year’s incoming class.  Advisory Board members should have at least one-year Western Leader Experience or Residence Assistance Experience (preferred).  While each Chair/Co-Chair is responsible for different aspects of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program, the Board functions as a whole.  The Chair/Co-Chair positions complement each other and work together to ensure the success of the program and positive experience of the new students attending M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan.

+ Learn more about the Advisory Board positions


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