Alumni Mentor (Contracted Position)

The Washington Center has a rich history of helping interns to gain valuable experience while setting them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities. The Alumni Mentorship program reflects the belief that Alumni who have continued these pursuits can deeply enhance the intern experience. Using targeted training focused on mentorship theory, practice, and outcomes, the program seeks to provide Alumni the opportunity to become thoughtful and effective mentors for participants while growing personally and professionally in this unique capacity with The Washington Center.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with intern population that create a safe and supportive environment through the following methods:
    • Orientation support
    • 1 on 1 engagement
    • Group mentoring sessions (virtual)
    • Project based mentoring opportunities
    • Schoology online community engagement
  • Foster intern development through events aligned with the mission and goals of The Washington Center, Office of Student Services and Community Life, Internship Bill of Rights, and as outlined in the AM expectations agreement. This includes crafting unique professional level events, engaging the assigned cohort on Schoology, and participating in large scale programming developed by the Student Services and Community Life office. We anticipate that programming will be largely, if not solely, virtual for the Spring 2021 semester to ensure compliance with local government standards and safety measures.
  • Serve as a resource for the resident TWC experience including knowledge of internal resources such as programs, staffing, and various policies, and procedures. Also serve as a resource on external resources such as personal network, networking events, D.C. culture and food scene, etc. Use resources to engage residents in upholding expectations and guidelines, as outlined in the TWC Code of Conduct as well as meeting goals of maximizing experience in accordance with the TWC Intern Bill of Rights and expressed career development goals.
  • Support and serve as first-level responder in TWC’s residential communities as part of an on-call rotation. Provide follow-up on interns of concern and front-line response for active conflicts as needed. Document any incidents/policy violations and on-call activities using TWC’s reporting systems. Please note: Alumni Mentors are provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use in any instances in which they may be required to enter an apartment or interact with students in-person.
  • Other duties as assigned to include a collateral assignment based on skill set and preference in the area of SSCL support, Civic Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, online community engagement with Virtual Internship Program students, and other areas of need.
  • Complete administrative responsibilities including but not limited to trainings, development opportunities, bi-weekly staff and 1:1 meetings, and facilities management assignments in between semesters. Complete administrative reporting, special assignments, and team focused responsibilities as well as providing prompt response to inquiries from interns, staff, faculty, and other key TWC stakeholders with accuracy and efficiency.

Essential Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a Washington Center internship program (Please note, persons having only completed the seminar program should demonstrate an internship experience in their application materials.)
  • Must demonstrate familiarity with TWC programs as well as the greater Washington metro area.
  • Minimum 1 year of post baccalaureate professional work experience (Applicants with at least 1 year of completed post-graduate study will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement experiences to meet specific established goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly evaluate situations and respond appropriately, with safety at the forefront of practices
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience engaging with college students in a higher education setting
  • Demonstrated facility with online communication tools and social media; particular consideration for such with academic/community life platforms such as Schoology or Blackboard
  • Event planning/management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to build and grow community
  • Crisis management experience

Additional Terms and Conditions 

This is a contracted position for which TWC offers housing within the living communities as compensation (please note that room types vary and may include den-style rooms, which do not have windows). Currently, we are housing Alumni Mentors in individual apartments and anticipate we will do so for the Spring 2021 semester, but this may change by semester as COVID-19 guidelines evolve. 

A prerequisite for the Alumni Mentor position is a thorough criminal background check with satisfactory result and successful completion of pre-semester training. Given the purpose of this role and the training provided for it, we ask that AM’s make a commitment for the entirety of their designated term (Yearlong term: 15 weeks in fall, 15 weeks in spring and 10 weeks in summer, plus additional weeks for training. Summer term: 10 weeks in summer plus additional weeks for training.) and expect to be engaged in at least 15-20 hours/week for the responsibilities described above. Despite term appointment, AM’s are welcome to express on-going interest beyond the minimum commitment and consideration will be made based on enrollment and performance observations.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form.

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.