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Length of Appointment: March through August

General Statement of Duties

Under general direction, works in collaboration with the Safari guides, members of University Recreation, University Events and Core Staff to ensure the Leadership Safari conference is operating efficiently and effectively. Performs a variety of logistical, organizational, technical and service oriented duties while contributing to the overall operation of the Leadership Safarai conference. Members of Team Runner play an integral part in fostering an environment of inclusivity while supporting the Five Core Values of the Leadership Safari program.

Reporting Relationship

Members of the Team Runner are directly supervised by two Core Staff members and are accountable to the two Leadership Safari staff assistants, two Leadership Safari graduate assistants, and the Assistant and Associate Directors of Programming for the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute or their designee.

Minimum Qualifications and Additional Requirements

  • Full time, undergraduate student at Central Michigan University (CMU).
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.30 or higher at the time of application and should be maintained during the period of employment.
  • Must be not be on disciplinary probation within the same year application is submitted.
  • Have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must provide excellent customer service while maintaining confidentiality and respect.
  • Attend fall staff training.


  • Be mentally and physically present at all fall and spring training events.
  • Work to develop the backbone and logistical side of the conference including room set up and take down as well as speaker hospitality.
  • Work cohesively with fellow Runner members to complete tasks throughout the duration of the conference such as:
    • Developing and building sets for the main stage
    • Assisting in the construction and deconstruction the Leadership Safari Challenge Course
    • Assisting with the Service Project and Central Connections events
    • Facilitate the seating of Leadership Safari participants during events
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with the Graduate Assistants, Staff Assistants, Core Staff and fellow Guides.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore new insights about leadership through creative problem solving, risk taking, understanding, and application (Leadership Knowledge and Application).
  2. Develop a purposeful, holistic understanding of self (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 NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. There are no exceptions for late applications.
  • Interview notifications will take place on December 4, 2017 via email.
  • Interviews will take place Monday-Friday, January 15-19, 2018 in the Lake St. Claire, Lake Erie and Lake Huron Rooms of the Bovee University Center (third floor).
  • If selected to move on to training, all training dates are mandatory and considered part of the selection process.
  • Final staff notifications will happen via email by 5PM on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018