SOAR Student Leaders (Toledo Campus)

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Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) Student Leaders at Mercy College of Ohio assist incoming students in their transition to the College.

They serve a vital role in conveying information to new students about College programs and services, assisting with all SOAR events and helping to facilitate the adjustment of new students to the campus community. This position is an outstanding opportunity for any student interested in gaining leadership skills.

: The application process for 2020-2021 SOAR Student Leaders is NOW OPEN!

The application deadline has been extended. Individuals who complete the following online application by Thursday, April 30 will receive full consideration.

Student Leader Information

SOAR Student Leaders will work with staff members in the Division of Student Affairs, as well as other campus departments, to facilitate the SOAR program by:

  • Creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students and their guests;
  • Portraying the policies, departments, services and campus life of Mercy College of Ohio in a professional manner to new students and their guests and serve as a role model for incoming students and peers;
  • Assisting in the preparation of SOAR activities and materials;
  • Leading, facilitating, and participating in campus tours, small group discussions, and other activities;
  • Explaining academic opportunities and procedures;
  • Assisting with the class registration process;
  • Communicating and checking-in with students before, during and after SOAR;
  • Adhere to the SOAR Student Leader Contract and other College guidelines in regards to policies, personal and professional conduct, and attitude; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Students who are selected for this position will be hired for the timeframe of May 2020 to May 2021.

Specific commitments for this position include:

SOAR Student Leader Training

This will cover such topics as facilitation, conflict management, communication skills, sexual violence and health, diversity and a variety of leadership areas. The goal is to challenge individuals both personally and academically in order to develop facilitation skills needed for the position. Training for the SOAR Student Leader position will occur on Friday, May 15, 2020. Do not apply for the SOAR Student Leader position unless you can attend the training commitment.

SOAR Sessions

SOAR sessions for incoming Mercy College students are held throughout the year, as new students start in August, January, and May. Students hired in May 2020 will be expected to work the following summer sessions (AM sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and PM sessions are 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.):

  • Tuesday, June 23 – AM Session
  • Wednesday, June 24 – PM Session
  • Thursday, June 25 – PM Session
  • Saturday, June 27 – AM Session
  • Tuesday, July 21 – AM Session
  • Wednesday, July 22 – PM Session
  • Thursday, July 23 – PM Session
  • Saturday, July 25 – AM Session
  • Tuesday, August 11 – AM Session
  • Wednesday, August 12 – PM Session
  • Monday, August 17 – PM Session

SOAR dates for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 incoming students have not yet been scheduled.

Additional Opportunities

SOAR Student Leaders may be asked to assist with Week of Welcome activities in both August and January.

SOAR Student Leaders are required to attend the annual Student Leader Retreat, scheduled for August 21-22, 2020.

Students who are offered and accept this opportunity will gain significant leadership experience; develop professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students; and learn effective communication skills. In addition, SOAR Student Leaders will receive a $1,000 stipend and SOAR gear. The stipend will be applied to students’ Mercy College tuition bills at two separate times: $500 in the fall semester and $500 in the spring semester.

All applicants must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time Mercy College student and remain enrolled through the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Be in good academic and student conduct standing.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at time of application and maintain a 2.5 throughout time of employment (circumstances which may impact GPA will be considered on an individual basis.)
  • Be available for all of the dates and times listed in the Time Commitment section.

All applicants should:

  • Model a genuine enthusiasm for, and basic knowledge of Mercy College of Ohio including resources, programs, ways to get involved, activities, etc.
  • Possess a strong desire and interest to help new students make a positive transition to Mercy College of Ohio.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse group of people including students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Exhibit strong communication skills (written and verbal), facilitation skills, and role modeling behaviors.
  • Project a positive image of service which represents the Division of Student Affairs and Mercy College of Ohio.

For more information about SOAR or the SOAR Student Leader position, please contact Deanna Vatan, Assistant Dean of Student Life, at or 419-251-2133.

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