Lead Mentor Recruitment

Each year New Student Programs selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing the Summer Start program throughout the year. Taking their leadership and professional experience to the next level, Lead Mentors build upon the knowledge and skills they gained as Peer Mentors.  

As they serve as both mentors and supervisors, Lead Mentors must be strong role models and focused on the development of the new Peer Mentors. Lead Mentors will assist in the selection, training, and supervision of the Peer Mentor team.

Additionally, Lead Mentors will collaborate together as a team to oversee many aspects of new students’ Summer Start experience. These areas include supporting campus partner programs, managing Summer Start social media, and planning and implementing co-curricular programs throughout the summer.  Lead Mentors will gain a thorough understanding of the logistics associated with planning and implementing Summer Start.


Eligible candidates must:

  • Have one year of experience as a Peer Mentor;
  • Exhibit commitment to the mission of New Student Programs;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher must be maintained throughout employment;
  • Be in good standing with the university;
  • Exhibit the ability to effectively serve as a peer supervisor;
  • Display the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members;
  • Show strong mentoring and coaching skills;
  • Possess the following personal qualities: organized, dedicated, creative, hardworking, patient, confident, high energy and willing to learn;
  • Thrive in environments that require both structure and flexibility;
  • Demonstrate quick problem solving abilities.

Commitments and Responsibilities

Length of the position

The Lead Mentor position begins in the Fall 2017 semester with recruitment and selection of the Peer Mentor team.  In the Spring 2018 semester, Leads will assist with the USC 223 Student Leader Development class and attend weekly meetings/trainings with the professional staff. Beginning in June 2018, Leads will return to campus for Lead Mentor Training, then assist with Peer Mentor Training, and continue their employment through the duration of Summer Start. Employment concludes in August after fulfilling all Summer Start and Welcome Week-related duties.

Fall 2017 Semester

Peer Mentor Recruitment

  • Assist with presenting New Student Programs Leadership Information Sessions (approximately 1 session, 1 hour each)
    • Lead Mentors will assist with at least one Information Session (each around 1 hour)
      •    Thursday, September 21, 5:30-6:30 pm
      •    Wednesday, September 27, 12:00-1:00 pm
      •    Monday, October 2, 5:30-6:30 pm
      •    Tuesday, October 10, 5:30-6:30 pm
      •    Friday, October 13, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Conduct individual interviews (October 16-25) and group interviews (November 9-10)
    • Lead Mentors will assist with approximately 25 individual interviews (each around 25 minutes)
    • Leads will assist with all group interviews
      •    Thursday, November 9, 6:00-11:00 pm
      •    Friday, November 10, 3:00-5:30 pm
  • Attend “Meet the Team” gathering on Friday, November 17, 2:30-6:00 pm


  • Retreat Day: September
  • Attend and participate in three 2-hour training sessions during the following weeks (Dates subject to change):
    • October 9-13
    • October 30-November 3
    • November 27-December 1
Spring 2018 Semester

NSP Leadership Class and Training

  • Dates:
    • USC 223: Student Leader Development: January 8-April 27 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 pm)
    • NSP Leadership Retreat: January 20, 2018
    • Summer Start Staff Retreat: February 16-18, 2018 OR March 23-25, 2018*
      • *Retreat date will be confirmed by the end of September
  • Responsibilities:
    • Serve as a teaching assistant and lead class sessions
    • Facilitate group discussions, community builders, and other training activities
    • Mentor a small group of Peer Mentors, including individual check-in meetings and at least two mentor group outings

Lead Mentor Training and Office Work

  • Dates:
    • Weekly Team Meeting – 1.5 hour-long meeting with the professional staff each week that includes training and preparation for class (scheduled based on Lead Mentor availability)
    • Office Hours – Lead Mentors will schedule 5 paid office hours per week ($9.00/hour) depending on their availability
  • Responsibilities:
    • Actively participate in all training activities and discussions
    • Complete office duties including calling Summer Start participants, responding to emails, managing social media, brainstorming programming opportunities, and working on other projects
    • Represent NSP at related Admissions events (Experience NC State, etc.)
May- July 2017 Employment
  • Dates:
    • Lead Mentor Summer Training – Monday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (training may be held between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily with some independent night/weekend work required)
    • Peer Mentor Summer Training – Wednesday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (training may be held between 8:00 am – 10:00 pm daily)
    • Summer Start Program: Wednesday, June 20 – Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (duties may be scheduled between 7:00 am – 11:00 pm)
      • NOTE: Lead Mentors will not be permitted to hold outside employment or take any summer coursework (in-person or online) from May 29 – July 27, 2018.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Collaborate with the NSP team and campus partners to coordinate aspects of the Summer Start program
    • Serve as a peer supervisor to the Peer Mentor team and co-facilitate staff evaluation meetings
    • Assist with planning and facilitating Peer Mentor Summer Training sessions
    • Provide assistance to new students throughout the Summer Start program
    • Facilitate student staff recognition and motivation initiatives
    • Communicate effectively with staff about team concerns and conflict management


August 2018 Employment

Dates and Responsibilities:

  • Wolfpack Welcome Week – assist NSP with WWW events for 12 hours from Saturday, August 11 – Saturday, August 18, 2018, inclusive of Convocation, Chancellor’s Cookout, and other NSP welcome events. Schedules will be determined based on departmental needs and student availability.

*If you would like to apply but already know of a conflict with one of the dates listed above, please contact Carly Edwards at carly_edwards@ncsu.edu to discuss potential options.


  • Up to 5 office hours per week with a rate of $9.00/hour during the Spring semester (based on availability).
  • Gross salary of $2300 throughout summer employment. (Pay dates will be determined by the University payroll system. All pay is subject to state and federal taxes)
  • A $150 Conference Card during summer employment.
  • On-Campus housing during summer employment (June 4 – August 1, 2018).
    • Note: on-campus parking and gym access are not included in the summer employment package but can be purchased. A vehicle is not necessary for this position.

Recruitment Process

Students who are interested in the Lead Mentor position are required to arrange an appointment to learn more about the position between Monday, August 21 and Friday, August 25, 2017. To arrange a meeting, please email Carly Edwards (carly_edwards@ncsu.edu), and she will arrange a one-on-one meeting with you. The intent of the informational meeting is to give you an accurate and realistic perspective of the commitment necessary for the position, including changes for the upcoming year. We encourage you to use this opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns you may have about the job.

Lead Mentor candidates must submit a one-page typed cover letter and their resume (.pdf format) indicating their interest in this position. The cover letter should include:

  • Why you are interested in continuing to work with new students;
  • Why you are interested in serving as a mentor and peer supervisor to the Peer Mentors;
  • How the position would help you grow personally and professionally;
  • What unique skills or strengths you can contribute to this position and NSP;
  • Any commitments you may have that would prevent you from attending the meetings, classes and training

Application Deadline: Candidates must submit their cover letter and resume (.pdf format) to Carly Edwards (carly_edwards@ncsu.edu) by Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5pm. Once you have submitted your application materials, you will schedule an individual interview for a time August 29-30, 2017. If you are not available during the listed times, please email Carly to arrange an alternate time.

Note: We will accept applications until all positions have been filled.