Consider Being a Transitions Leader

Transitions Leaders are undergraduate volunteers that facilitate sessions for new students about the mission, vision, & values of the university.  Transitions Leaders use their personal experiences & their own transition to university life while facilitating the educational sessions.

The staff varies between 175-200 students each year.  8-10 student leaders, referred to as the "Go Team," assist in coordinating this large volunteer staff.  The Go Team provides Transitions Leaders with the resources to educate & welcome our first year students.


Transitions Leader Job Description


  1.  Facilitate modules to their assigned group of first-year students on diversity, student engagement, healthy lifestyles, & personal safety
  2.  Attend all scheduled trainings
  3.  Attend the entire Transitions program
  4.  Work during one preassigned late-night Transitions event (assignments are communicated the week of Transitions)
  5.  Attend the housing meeting for the floor or building which they have been assigned (if applicable)
  6.  Be punctual & professional
  7.  This position requires ~40 hours between trainings & the program itself

Conduct & Behavior

  1.  Uphold the mission & values of Grand Valley State University
  2.  Be a role model to their group of first-year students & other Transitions Leaders
  3.  Be a positive representative of the University & not endorse any one group or organization within it

Assessment & Required Forms

  1.  Ensure that their assigned group of first-year students is completing each required form or evaluation
  2.  Complete an evaluation of the Transitions program
  3.  Ensure all paperwork is returned to the Go Team Leader in a timely manner
  4.  Maintain accurate attendance records of participants throughout the program

Minimum Qualifications

  1.  Be a currently enrolled, full-time Grand Valley State University student
  2.  Possess a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Ideal Traits

  1.  Personal:  Embraces diversity, outgoing, articulate, friendly, resourceful, takes initiative, responsible, organized, empathetic, creative, team player
  2.  GVSU specific: Demonstrates pride in the University, knowledgeable about campus resources
  3.  Skills: Facilitation, public speaking, detail-oriented, communication, team-building, vested interested in the success of the Transitions Program