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Student Leadership Positions

Simpson offers a variety of leadership roles on campus. Taking part in a leadership role is a great way to get involved, make a difference and build your resume.

Getting involved in student leadership at Simpson is a great way to:

  • Grow communication, problem-solving skills and the ability to work in a team  (The top 3 attributes that employers seek on a candidate’s resume!)
  • Develop personal leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Get connected to the Simpson College community and build a lasting network

There are many different student leadership positions available on campus, so be sure to carefully consider what position is best for you. There is a lot to gain from having a position as a student leader, however, some roles can require a significant amount of time and commitment. You may apply for more than one position, but please note, there are several positions on campus that you cannot hold at the same time (example: SARA and SC Leader.) More detailed information is included in each application.

Available Leadership Positions for 2023-2024

Each available position includes information for a contact person and a link to learn more and apply.

    Admissions Student Ambassador
    Student Ambassadors provide a glimpse into student life for prospective students and families through giving tours, escorting to lunch, and walking to appointments. The Ambassadors also support the Office of Admissions with clerical tasks, answering the phone, and assisting with various projects. Come and share your love for Simpson!

    • Alison Swanson | 515-961-1696
    • Learn more
    • Apply
    • Application deadline for the Spring 2023 semester is November 23. Interviews will be scheduled for November 30-December 9.
    • Information regarding Fall 2023 hiring will be posted soon.

    Career Peer Career Peers extend the services of the office of Career Development while building professional skills and earning a Collaborative Leadership designation.  

    • Michelle Peirce | 515-961-1502 | michelle.peirce@simpson.edu
    • Learn More
    • To apply, log on to your Handshake profile and apply for Career Peer. Applications will be accepted until the end of the day Sunday, January 30th.
    • Finalists will be invited to interview between February 1-15.

    Chapel Intern 
    Chapel Interns provide leadership for the Religious Life Community and their programs.  RLC is a student-led organization that plans ongoing programs and events to enhance the religious, secular, and spiritual lives of our student body. Any student who would like to be more involved in these programs, would like to help build supportive environment among students, or is looking for an opportunity to grow in their leadership skills is encouraged to apply. Students can earn Collaborative Leadership credit and are paid $8.25/hour. There are Chapel Intern openings for spring semester (’23)!

    • Mara Bailey | 515-961-1684
    • Chapel Interns for the '23-24 school year are hired through the UGA process, which opens in the spring semester. Interested students are encouraged to notify Chaplain Mara Bailey now to begin conversations around the application process.
    • Application deadline for Spring '23 openings: email a letter of interest (cover letter) to Mara Bailey by November 30.

    Community Advisor (CA)
    CAs are leaders in our campus residential buildings whose work fosters both the social and academic success of our residential students. They serve to support students as they live on campus and are a key component in creating welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus communities by connecting, hosting events, and upholding community standards. 

    • Heather Emery-Cunningham | 515-961-1732
    • Applications are available through Handshake starting January 9, 2023. Applications are due January 27.
    • Applicants are required to spend 1-2 hours job shadowing a CA during rounds.
    • New CA interviews: February 6-9. CA Offers will be made on: February 14. CA acceptance: due February 20.
    • Application Process and Job Descriptions

        Peer Academic Coach
        Academic Peer Coaches are students who are in their 2nd-4th years of college, who serve as academic mentors trained to help peers navigate their studies. Students in this position may help with, for example, time management study strategies. They may work individually or in small groups with students. This is an hourly paid position. More information will be available at the start of the spring semester.

        • Colin Payton | 515-961-1682
        • This position will follow the UGA process. More information will be posted when those dates are available.

        Peer Academic Leader
        Peer Academic Leaders serve as course-specific, subject-based tutors. A range of courses/subjects are typically represented within the CARs tutoring program. Please visit simpson.mywconline.com to view current courses/subjects that are represented. This is an hourly paid position.

        • Colin Payton | 515-961-1682
        • This position will follow the UGA process. More information will be posted when those dates are available.

        SC Leader
        SC Leaders serve as peer mentors to new students as they transition to collegiate life at Simpson. SCLs work as part of a team with Foundations faculty. Each SCL will be assigned one Foundations section. SCLs facilitate community building activities, introduce students to campus resources, and guide students through SOAR, Welcome Week and their first year at Simpson.

        • Sal Meyers | 515-961-1743
        • Learn More
        • Interested candidates should apply through Handshake. After logging in, click Jobs and filter by clicking on-campus.
        • Application Deadline: January 26

            Simpson Writing Center Consultant 
            WCs are advanced writers in the 2nd-4th years of college who serve as academic mentors trained to help other writers understand and manage the expectations, demands, and learning objectives of college level writing.  This is an hourly paid position.

            • Colin Payton | 515-961-1682
            • This position will follow the UGA process. More information will be posted when those dates are available.


            Sexual Assault Response Advocates

            ​​​​​​​Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA) is looking to add 7-10 new members to this campus group. The goal of SARA is to educate and support members of the Simpson community in dealing with sexual assault and sexual misconduct. SARA consists of student advocates who are specially trained to provide education and support in sexual assault incidents on campus (training is 30 hours, happens right before the start of fall semester, and focuses on various topics related to sexual assault). SARA is also an organization which provides educational programming about issues related to dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, bystander intervention, and being conscientious about sexual choices. 

            • Jenny Vargas | SARA Advisor | 515-961-1556
            • Interested candidates should apply through Handshake. After logging in, click Jobs and filter by clicking on-campus.
            • Application Deadline: February 3 @ 5pm

                Student Chaplain
                The Student Chaplain program is a partnership between Religious Life Community and Residence Life. Student Chaplains work alongside CAs to foster a sense of belonging and community in the first and second year residence halls. Student Chaplains can also serve as CAs or Chapel Interns.

                • Mara Bailey | 515-961-1684
                • Application Deadline: March 1, 2023 - resume and cover letter emailed to Chaplain Mara Bailey

                    Upward Bound College Mentor
                    Academic-Year College Mentor: College Mentors provide support, encouragement, and mentoring to high school students through the academic year. College Mentors will interact with program participants in two main ways: through Saturday Session events and college visit trips. Pay rate is $11/hour. Minimum of 10 hours/month with additional hours available. Additionally, College Mentors will be assigned a specific role in one of two areas of Upward Bound programming: social media or program evaluation. Applications are open and accepted until positions are filled.

                    Summer College Mentor: Summer CMs are provided on-campus housing, meals, and a stipend. The program includes one week of training, five weeks of a hybrid program on campus, and a one-week trip out of state. During the five-week hybrid summer program, high school students engage in academic coursework, enrichment activities and social/cultural experiences. Our team of summer CMs lead programming, provide supervisions to program participants, and buid mentoring relationships. Applications will open in March and will be accepted on an ongoing basis until positions are filled.


                        Note: Not all leadership positions are included in this process due to varying requirements, hiring timelines and/or processes (Student Government Association (SGA)/Campus Activities Board (CAB)/Fraternity and Sorority Leadership, etc.) For those roles, stay tuned for more information on their process or contact Rich Ramos