Volunteers

Within Altitude there are many roles for volunteers.  Students may volunteers as Mentors, Site Coordinators and Outreach Coordinators. Also interested students are encouraged to apply for Altitude executive leadership positions.

Mentors

General Statement of Duties:

The role of the mentor is to form a supportive, coaching relationship with a first year undergraduate student to help them develop university survival skills and learning strategies, explore careers in healthcare and build social skill important to entering a profession. The overall goal is to develop the skills for success in undergrad and ultimately gain entrance to a healthcare profession. Deadline for Mentor applications is October 1, 2017.

Responsibilities:

Mentor’s duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend mentor orientation and training sessions
  • Meet with mentee on a regular basis to establish a relationship and to support mentee in academic, personal and social, and career development goals
  • Attend ongoing mentor training and support sessions
  • Participate in program evaluation and other activities as requested by the Site Coordinator

Qualifications: 

  • Sincere desire to be personally involved with another person to help him or her achieve personal and career goals
  • Ability to communicate with a mentee openly and without judgment
  • Strong listening skills
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect
  • Interest in needs and concerns of students with internal and external barriers to academic and career success
  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternative

Commitment Time: An eight-month commitment (one academic school year) with minimum of four mentorship activities per month. Mentors must attend four training sessions over the eight month period.

Site Coordinators

General Statement of Duties

This leadership position involves managing the operations of an Altitude program site. Responsibilities include screening potential participants, training program participants, delivering Team Mentorship Sessions and providing support for mentors and mentees. Site Coordinators supervise 5-10 mentorship relationships at their site.

Responsibilities:

Site Coordinator’s duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Accountable to the Regional Director
  • Manage program site
  • Implement participant screening, matching, training, support and supervision, recognition and closure activities for mentors and mentees
  • Communicate regularly with Regional Director concerning site or individual issues
  • Manage evaluation data collection
  • Identify and propose solutions to program areas that need special attention
  • Provides guidance to mentors and mentees to ensure that both have an enriching mentoring experience

Qualifications: 

  • Two or more years of experience in mentoring and/or youth development, working within community organizations and/or schools preferred
  • Extremely strong organizational, writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and flexibility are essential in assuming significant responsibility
  • Experience working in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities preferred Length of Term: One-year term (May 1st – June 1st) with the option of extending their term to an additional year in consultation with the Management Team and/or Board (maximum term length two years). The last month of one’s term is dedicated to handover and transition planning.

Outreach Coordinators

Duties/Responsibilities:

Each Altitude site has an Outreach Coordinator who leads the Outreach Team. He or she will develop an overall recruitment and marketing plan for the site to recruit mentee’s from local high schools as well as mentors and outreach officers from the host university. As the lead for all outreach initiatives at the site, Outreach Coordinator is responsible for developing relationships with local school board executives and superintendants as well as community partners. The Outreach Coordinator will also liaise with one local high school or community program.

Responsibilities:

Outreach Coordinator’s duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Accountable to the Regional Director
  • Create and oversee implementation of an ongoing mentor and mentee recruitment plan, including development of an annual recruitment and quarterly activity plans, development and distribution of program marketing materials, presentations to targeted organizations, and ensuring a presence at key community events
  • Oversee inquiry and orientation process to ensure excellent public relations and customer service
  • Organize and deliver presentations to high schools, service clubs, career fairs and community groups
  • Organize and deliver orientation sessions that outline goals and procedures of the program for both educators and potential mentors and mentees
  • Collaborate with program and OMA to write articles for publication in local newspapers
  • Develop relationships with school board executives and superintendants
  • Develop new relationships with groups that are potential sources of program participants
  • Manage a caseload of one high school or community programs
  • Assist in special events, such as annual fundraising projects

Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of experience in mentoring and/or youth development, working within community organizations and/or schools preferred
  • Strong public speaking skills; easily able to build rapport
  • Experience in sales or marketing is highly valued but not required
  • Extremely strong organizational, writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and flexibility are essential in assuming significant responsibility
  • Experience working in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities preferred

Length of Term: One-year term (May 1st – June 1st) with the option of extending their term to an additional year in consultation with the Management Team and/or Board (maximum term length two years). The last month of one’s term is dedicated to handover and transition planning.

Interested students who have served as Site Coordinators or Outreach Coordinators are encouraged to apply to Altitude Executive Leadership positions. Information on these positions will be advertised during May 2018.