SOAR Leader Position Description

Each year, a team of outstanding undergraduate students are selected to help guide incoming students as they transition from high school to Missouri State University. These students—who we call SOAR leaders—serve as resources for new students and their family members. They inform students and families about life at Missouri State University, assist them in the process of building their first semester’s schedule of classes, and help them connect with faculty, staff members and their peers.

SOAR leaders play a critical role in new students’ academic, personal, and cultural integration into the MSU community. University administration and faculty recognize this important role SOAR leaders play, and they often consider these select students as some of our campus’ top student leaders.

This position requires motivated students leaders who have a strong desire to help new students make a successful transition to the Missouri State University community. SOAR leaders should exhibit genuine concern for others and a willingness to give others an overwhelmingly positive first experience at Missouri State University.


SOAR leaders are expected to:

  • Facilitate discussion with groups of incoming students and family members
  • Explain academic opportunities and procedures
  • Model appropriate behavior and skills for successful Missouri State students
  • Acquaint new students with campus services and building locations
  • Aid in the development of class schedules
  • Assist in the class registration process


All applicants must:

  • Exemplify core attributes of being adaptable, approachable, dedicated, responsible, and supportive
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the missions of Missouri State University, New Student & Family Programs, and the SOAR program
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal and group communication skills
  • Exhibit strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Exhibit leadership potential and take initiative
  • Possess integrity and high ethical standards
  • Possess a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Positively represent Missouri State University and New Student & Family Programs


All applicants must:

  • Possess and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher throughout selection and employment
    (first semester applicants must possess a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the end of the fall semester)
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours by end of spring 2018
  • Be enrolled as a full-time (12 or more credit hours) undergraduate student for fall 2018
  • Have completed IDS 280 in the spring 2018 semester with a grade of C or better
  • Attend all training activities and work all scheduled SOAR sessions, 


SOAR leaders receive the following benefits for their participation in SOAR:

  • Personal and professional relationships with faculty, staff and students
  • Opportunities to develop highly-demanded communication, problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Excellent leadership experience
  • Compensation for 40 hours a week at the rate of $7.65 an hour throughout the SOAR program
  • Free residence hall housing throughout the SOAR program
  • Free meal plan and BoomerMeals throughout the SOAR program
  • Free staff shirts
  • A summer full of fun and great memories

Important Dates

  • IDS 280: Student and Life Leadership - Mondays and Wednesdays 4 - 5 PM during Spring semester
  • SOAR leader move-in - May 29
  • SOAR leader retreat and training activities - May 30 through June 7
  • SOAR session dates - tentatively June 8 through August 2 and August 15 and 16