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Join The Elevate Team

Want to work on creative projects to address real issues with high school students?

At Elevate, we aim to provide an experience that is as much of a learning opportunity for the high school student participants as it is for the Gordon student staff. The program provides an opportunity to:

  • Learn and implement asset-based community development
  • Explore your own strengths on a team
  • Build incredible friendships with students from across the globe (and from across Gordon’s campus!)

Elevate staff members are chosen based on their fit for the program and the program's fit with the applicant's personal goals. Staff members are required to be on Gordon College's campus for:

  • Staff training (July 10–14, 2018)
  • Week of Elevate (July 15–22, 2018)

Gordon students can apply to be Support Staff, Peer Mentor, or let us know that you are open to either. Please read the job descriptions below.

Staff applications are due Sunday, April 1. Please email  if you are considering applying!


Peer Mentor

  • Cares for each students’ basic needs.
  • Is prepared to coach each student and guide them according to their strengths
  • Is prepared to empower students’ strategies and real-world impact ideas so that they can be seen as feasible projects by the end of the week.
  • Is able to facilitate group participation and mediate group dynamics.
  • Is able to listen to students who come from diverse backgrounds.
  • Is able to integrate faith and leadership effectively.

Peer mentors are responsible for coaching a small group of high school juniors and seniors as they conduct research and work collaboratively to solve a real-world problem. Peer mentors will also support team building exercises on the La Vida ropes course, facilitate discussion, and proactively identify student strengths. A strong peer mentor candidate is one who possesses exceptional interpersonal skills, works well with groups, is familiar with the Strengths Quest assessment, has experience conducting research, and is in good academic standing at Gordon. A strong candidate is able to facilitate students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, mediate conflicts if they should arise, and demonstrate great responsibility.

On-Campus housing provided.

Compensation: $750 + Room and Board


Support Staff

  • Aids the Director and by planning and executing the events of the week.
  • Acts as support to the peer mentors by co-facilitating groups.
  • Is able to take direction quickly and make responsible decisions.
  • Is able to take responsibility for details and needs as they arise during the week.
  • Is able to listen to students who come from diverse backgrounds.
  • Is able to integrate faith and leadership effectively.

Support Staff members are the backbone of the leadership program. These staff facilitate transportation to and from the airport, check-in and check-out, setup and tear down for events, organize social activities for student groups, and work under tight deadlines. Support Staff members are paired with two Peer Mentors to relieve them and take charge of the group in the evening and afternoon activities. An exceptional Support Staff candidate will be a self-starter who works well independently as well as on a team. This individual possesses a strong work ethic, strong organizational skills, and an ability to improvise and make wise decisions.

On-Campus housing provided.

Compensation: $750 + Room and Board


Head of Peer Mentors

  • Is prepared to coach the peer mentors and guide them according to their strengths
  • Is able to assist in planning and conducting curriculum training workshops for the peer mentors during staff training
  • Is able to assist in teaching peer mentors how to facilitate group participation and mediate group dynamics
  • Is able to provide insight and feedback on all project plans and executive summaries and provides feedback
  • Is able to listen to peer mentors who come from diverse backgrounds
  • Is able to integrate faith and leadership insightfully

The Head of Peer Mentor's job is to set up the peer mentors for success. She/he serves on the core team, assisting the Director in supporting, encouraging, and equipping the peer mentors as they coach a group of high school students. The Head of Peer Mentors is able to embody the values of Elevate and invest in the personal growth of the peer mentors and team dynamics of their peer groups. She/he seeks to give back from their own peer mentor experience, has experience in teaching and facilitation, has demonstrated exceptional maturity and awareness of others, is an excellent team player. An exceptional Head of Peer Mentors candidate is able to facilitate peer mentors and students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, mediate conflicts if they should arise, and demonstrate great responsibility.  

*Must have prior experience as a Peer Mentor

Dates of Commitment:

  • Hourly Work: Monday, May 21, 2018–Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Staff Training: Tuesday, July 10–Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Elevate: Sunday, July 15–Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pay Rate: $11.25/hour, 5 hrs/week until Elevate begins (irregular weeks due to summer schedule), then assumes staff wage of Peer Mentor ($750 + Room and Board)


Head of Support Staff

  • Is able to foresee needs and attend to details in pre-conference planning
  • Is able to maintain organized registration, transportation, and housing records and data
  • Is able to provide exceptional hospitality to all parents and students in their end-to-end experience with Elevate
  • Is able to delegate to the support staff in all errands, chores, and tasks
  • Is able to listen to students who come from diverse backgrounds
  • Is able to integrate faith and leadership effectively

The Head of Support Staff's job is all things logistics. She/he serves on the core team, assisting the Director in coordinating an efficient, hospitable, and detail-oriented support staff team. The Head of Support Staff is able to embody the values of Elevate and invest in the personal growth and team dynamics of the support staff. She/he must be an excellent team player, have a strong attention to detail, strong ability to delegate, ability to self-start and initiate tasks with minimal supervision, and excellent customer service experience to interact with parents of students. An exceptional Head of Support Staff candidate is one who seeks to give back from their own support staff experience, possesses a strong work ethic, strong organizational skills, and an ability to improvise and make wise decisions.

*Must have prior experience as a Support Staff

Dates of Commitment:

  • Hourly Work: Monday, May 21, 2018–Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Staff Training: Tuesday, July 10–Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Elevate: Sunday, July 15–Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pay Rate: $11.25/hour, 5 hrs/week until Elevate begins (irregular weeks due to summer schedule), then assumes staff wage of Support Staff ($750 + Room and Board)