Length of Appointment: September 2017 through September 2018

General Statement of Duties

The Leadership Safari Staff Assistant is an upper-class student who works an active member in the Safari Office, along with the Director, two Graduate Assistants, and one other Staff Assistant. This position plays a crucial role in the planning, development and execution of The Leadership Safari yearly conference. The Leadership Safari Staff Assistant will hold individualized responsibilities, such as working to ensure an inclusive office culture, handling confidential information, and serving as a promoter of the Leadership Safari conference and a resource to campus members. This position will also work collaboratively with others on various projects throughout the course of the year. The Office Staff Assistant is a full-year, paid position from September to September.  Staff Assistants will play an integral role in fostering an environment of inclusivity and support, while promoting the Five Core Values of the Leadership Safari program as well as the leadership learning goals provided by Central Michigan University.

Reporting Relationship

Staff Assistants are supervised by the Assistant and Associate Directors of Programming for the Leadership Institute or their designee. 

Minimum Qualifications and Additional Requirements

  • Full time, upper-class, undergraduate student at Central Michigan University (CMU).
  • Must have at least one year of experience as a staff member of Leadership Safari.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application, and should be maintained during the period of employment.
  • Have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must provide excellent customer service and maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be self-motivated and demonstrate the ability to follow through with each task to completion.
  • Attendance at all staff trainings and retreats.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Preferred Requirements

  • Has served as a member of the Leadership Safari Core Staff


  • Assist in the planning, development and implementation of all spring and fall Leadership Safari staff training sessions.
  • Work cohesively with Graduate Assistants to ensure all staff members increase their knowledge and understanding of the Five Core Values, are properly trained for the Leadership Safari conference, as well as for various situations that may arise (i.e. emergencies, schedule changes, customer service).
  • Work cohesively with other Staff Assistant in the development, coordination and maintaining of conference schedule as well as the preparing and maintaining all logistical procedures.
  • Working with agents to research, communicate with, and book speakers for the conference. This includes reviewing speaker contracts and riders.
  • Communicate with various CMU offices to prepare and maintain logistical procedures of the Leadership Safari conference including reserving rooms on campus for all conference needs (i.e. trainings, excursion locations, speaker locations); communicate catering for all conference needs; and coordinating CMU Orientation events.
  • Assist in all aspects of the Leadership Safari conference including planning and improving special events, assisting in advertisement and publicity efforts, and registration and check-in procedures
  • Attending bi-weekly office meetings with the Associate Director, Graduate Assistants, and fellow Staff Assistant to keep open communication and awareness of what everyone is working on.
  • Attending professional development conference(s) where appropriate and available
  • Keeping up with and responding to daily correspondence (phone, email, in-person etc.).
  • Be available to work 20 – 25 hours a week in accordance with an academic schedule.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Learning Outcomes

As the result of performing the duties of this position, each student will be able to:

  1. Create new insights about leadership for self and others by using resources and applying previously understood information, concepts, and experiences about leadership to a new situation or setting. (Leadership Knowledge and Application)
  2. Integrate feedback into self-appraisal and future behaviors while assisting students in exploring various behaviors, values, and social identities. (Identity Development)
  3. Build collaborative relationships and support networks, while demonstrating respect for diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and beliefs. (Healthy Relationships)
  4. Develop an understanding of systems of power, privilege, oppression, and how the role of student leadership can aid in the development of inclusive and equitable communities. (Social Responsibility)

 Application Process

  • Interested applicants should submit their application through the application portal. Applications are due by 12:00pm on Friday, September 1st, 2017. There are no exceptions for late applications.
  • Round 1 Interview Notifications will take place on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 via phone call. Round 1 of interviews will take place September 6-7, 2017 in the Leadership Safari Office (201) of the Bovee University Center.
  • Round 2 Interview Notifications will take place on Friday, September 8th, 2017 via phone call.  Round 2 Panel Interviews will take place on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 in the Isabella Room of the Bovee University Center.
  • Final appointment offers will be extended on September 15th, 2017 via phone call. 
  • To apply, please proceed to the application portal link in the navigation pane of this webpage.
  • For a copy of the job description, please download it from our website.