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SOAR New Student Leader

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Division/Organization: Division of Student Life
Department: Center for the First-Year Experience
Job Type: Local Student Jobs, UW Student Jobs
Location: UW-Madison
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $12.00
Job Categories: Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Interpersonal Communication, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Education and Training

Department Overview:

The Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program, operated by the Center for the First Year Experience (CFYE), welcomes more than 16,000 students and family members across more than 30 sessions during the summer months. New Student Leaders (NSL) are essential members of the SOAR Programming Team, which is the public facing team that helps ensure the entire SOAR program runs smoothly. The NSL team directly supports the newest class of Badgers and their families during their transition to UW-Madison throughout their employment. All NSLs will work together to complete the full responsibilities of the position. NSLs are supervised by CFYE’s undergraduate SOAR Programming Interns and full-time Coordinator of Orientation – Programming.

Anticipated Start Date:

Spring Training: March 28th, April 4th, April 18th (Training Occurs between 8am - 4pm)

SOAR: May 21st - September 2020

* There is no work on weekends, and July 6-10 or August 12-18

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

September 2020

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

Spring Semester Training - Spring 2020: 8 hrs per training day (March 28, April 4, April 18)

SOAR: Summer 2020 - 35-40 hrs per week

Wisconsin Welcome - August/September 2020: 5-10 hrs (total)


Varies between 9am - 10pm

*NSL schedules run all day, work hours vary between 9am – 9pm and include regular evening work.

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

New Student Leaders are paid at a rate of $12.00 per hour.  NSLs will also receive two SOAR polos and one track jacket. Dinner will be provided for every Freshman SOAR session and lunch will be included in every Transfer SOAR session in which you work.

Number of Positions:



Summer classes, second jobs, or other major commitments cannot conflict with summer staffing dates and work time. They must be disclosed and approved by the supervisor prior to accepting the employment offer. 

Comfortable with frequent and infrequent movement- i.e. leading students between SOAR locations, being in one area during a designated time.

Must be in good standing academic and non-academic with the University at the time of application, hire, start of employment, and through the duration of employment. All non-academic misconduct will be reviewed for employment consideration.

Note: This position does not do any academic advising. If interested in academic peer advising, please see the SOAR Peer Advisor position offered through the Office of Undergraduate advising and your school/college.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong customer service, writing, and communication skills
  • Attention to detail, well organized
  • Punctuality, reliable attendance, and flexibility
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • A desire to build positive relationships
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other coordinators, specialists, interns, peers and professional staff 

Position Summary/Job Duties:

  • Welcome new students and guests for SOAR program by providing customer service to students, guests, and campus partners during key portions of the schedule
  • Support daily logistics of the SOAR program to ensure a seamless experience for campus partners, students, and guests
  • Lead small group discussions with guests to discuss campus resources and address any concerns
  • Lead small group discussion with new students on UW-Madison’s academic and campus culture
  • Serve on panels and speak to incoming families in a question and answer format
  • Engage with new students through social evening programs
  • Be accessible to parents/guests throughout the sessions by answering questions
  • Support the Programming Intern throughout the Student Evening Program for Freshman SOAR
  • Support the presenters of the Parent/Guest sessions by timing presentations, answering questions, and sharing your student experience during the presentation
  • Assist in planning and staffing the Wisconsin Welcome events, including Convocation and Night at the Overture
  • Other duties as assigned

Important Dates and Time Commitment Requirements:

  • March 28, 2020 (Spring Training 1: 8am – 4pm)
  • April 4, 2020 (Spring Training 2: 8am – 4pm)
  • April 18, 2020 (Spring Training 3: 8am – 4pm)
  • May 21-22, 2020 (Bethel Team-building Overnight Retreat)
  • May 26 – June 4, 2020 (tentative dates for Summer Training: 8am – 4pm each day)
  • June 5 – August 27, 2020 (Summer SOAR)*
  • TBD: Night at the Overture
  • September 1, 2020: New Student Convocation

Physical Demands:

  • Comfortable with frequent and infrequent movement- i.e. leading students between SOAR locations, being in one area during a designated time.

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfils its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

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