POST (Pre-Orientation Service Trip) Team Leaders

The success of POST is a direct result of the commitment, enthusiasm and leadership of its student staff.  For twenty years, POST Leaders have been returning to Cornell early each fall and giving up weekends during the academic year to attend trainings and team building sessions.  All team leaders are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who participated in POST previously.

During POST they are “on” literally 24/7 becoming sleep deprived all to have the opportunity to welcome new students to Cornell and provide the same amazing experience that was provided to them through POST.  As one alumnus put it “the only time I get a break is in my dreams.”

What do leaders do?
Co-lead a group of 8-9 incoming first-year and transfer students through a 5-day program welcoming them to the Ithaca and Tompkins County community while leading daily community service projects.  Leaders balance being a friend, mentor and authority figure; resolve conflicts; interact with difficult or homesick participants; manage trip logistics, and ensure a fun and safe experience with minimal supervision from PSC staff.

What are leaders expected to do?

  • Attend all required trainings and participate in Cornell Days to promote POST to visiting students and their parents.
  • Be knowledgeable about and able to communicate and adhere to the POST schedule—arrive on time for daily service projects and evening activities.  Must be knowledgeable of sites and the day’s service work (i.e. transportation needs, meal preparation/requirements, etc.) and prepare and pre-plan as necessary.
  • Communicate POST expectations, rules and guidelines to participants as well as co-leaders if necessary.
  • Manage participants with minimal support/supervision from PSC staff throughout the program.
  • Develop team cohesiveness through team-building activities, group-based decisions, delegation of tasks and work, social activities and reflection exercises.  Communicate on a regular basis with co-leader, participants and POST staff.
  • Actively promote the goals of the POST program and successfully lead and complete community-service activities at daily sites, specifically our established partnership with the Ithaca City School District.
  • Be respectful to POST staff, co-leaders, participants and agency and Boynton staff at all times.
  • Maintain and promote a positive and outgoing attitude; be inclusive; able to work with diverse groups relating to ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual orientation as well as socio-economic status.

Training
Consider carefully your ability to commit to this position.  POST is not just an August program and Leaders are expected to attend and participate fully in all trainings.  Failure to do so can result in your termination and an alternate will replace you.

  • August Training—Wednesday, August 12th through Friday, August 14  (no training on Saturday)
  • POST Program—Sunday, August 16th through Friday, August 21, 2015

Team Leaders are expected to remain with POST for the duration of the program and not to schedule any outside commitments/ meetings/etc.

Team Leaders receive a $200 stipend upon completion of all required trainings and the POST program.

How are leaders selected?
Each year POST leaders who are graduating seniors join PSC staff in a two-part interview and selection process. First, you will have a 20-minute conversation with POST staff and then you will be join one of two groups of 5-6 applicants each to participate and debrief POST-based scenarios.

How many positions are available?
Position availability is determined by the number of graduating seniors as well as any other positions that are being vacated, e.g. leaders not returning or leaders being asked to apply again due to unsatisfactory performance.

  • Calendar/Timeline—TBA for 2015-16
  • September—POST Team Leader Debrief Meeting—date TBA
  • Oct/Nov—announcement of recruitment
  • Interview Day—TBA
  • April 2016—Saturday training TBA