Philosophy of the TPE Ambassador Program
TPE Ambassadors work with The Placement Exchange in a variety of ways. Primarily, the Ambassadors serve as the main communication conduit on campuses with colleagues, peers, faculty, potential candidates, and potential employers. They are given the most up-to-date information about a variety of TPE resources, events, and initiatives for Student Affairs professionals to share on campus and within their professional circles. Graduate Ambassadors are current graduate students who also implement different programs and workshops on their respective campuses to assist classmates and other potential candidates with their Student Affairs job search. Candidate Ambassadors serve as volunteers focusing on outreach, preparedness, career discernment, and capacity building among current candidates. This could include serving as a coach, mentor, resume reviewer, and more. Employer Ambassadors will help shape the Employer Experience for both the TPE Spring (Virtual) Event and other TPE initiatives around recruiting, hiring, and onboarding.
Directed Goals and Outcomes of the TPE Ambassador Program
- On-campus leadership role through planning and implementing programs to support TPE and to serve peers who are gearing up for the job search process.
- Increased awareness of job placement services and career resources.
- Networking opportunities with professionals in Student Affairs and Higher Education.
- Professional development via webinar and conference calls.
The TPE Graduate Ambassador Position (Applications Open October 1)
Terms and Conditions of TPE Graduate Ambassador Position
- Graduate student enrolled in a master’s program with an emphasis on student affairs. (Typically first-year or non-graduating students. Graduating students and/or those participating in TPE as a candidate in the coming spring are not eligible to apply to be an Intern.)
- An interest in serving the student affairs field and providing opportunities for peers.
- Provide a professional reference - either a Student Affairs practitioner or a faculty member from a Student Affairs/Higher Education graduate program.
- Attend Ambassador conference calls (October through May).
- Willingness to perform responsibilities below.
Appointment and Contract Period
- Member of a subcommittee.
- Serve as an active participant within the TPE subcommittee.
- Contribute to TPE by performing stated "Community and Relationship Development Responsibilities" outlined below.
- Contract period is from October through May.
Community and Relationship Development Responsibilities
- Serve as a marketing "street team" on campus, distributing materials to peers.
- Attend and participate in Ambassador monthly and bi-monthly conference calls.
- Plan and implement three programs/workshops that promote TPE on your campus.
- Provide feedback to the overall TPE Committee.
Graduate Internship Opportunity
Another great opportunity for first-year (or non-graduating) TPE Ambassadors is the potential to serve as a TPE Intern for the annual Spring TPE event. TPE interns will be selected from the current cohort of TPE Graduate Ambassadors. Selected interns will have a behind the scenes look at the TPE Experience and serve as an integral member of the TPE Spring Event Steering Committee. *NOTE: Only non-graduating TPE Ambassadors are eligible to serve as TPE interns in the spring. Ambassadors who plan on registering for the Spring Virtual event as a candidate are not eligible to apply. The intern application will most likely open in December or January.
The 2020 - 2021 Application Period will open on October 1. The priority application deadline is October 18.
TPE Candidate Ambassador Position (Applications Open Nov. 1)
TPE Employer Ambassador Position (Applications Open Nov. 1)
"Being a TPE Ambassador reminded me of why I want to be a student affairs professional-- to serve a campus community-- which is something I can start doing right now on my home campus." - Hanna Wasco, George Washington University
"Having the opportunity to facilitate workshops at my home institution while partnering with TPE gave me the confidence to continue facilitating workshops to support peers in their job searches, as well as facilitating my own job search." - Frankie DiFranco, Florida State University
“Being a TPE Ambassador was a wonderful opportunity. Not only was I a resource for the second years in my program, I was an asset to my cohort and myself through all the knowledge that I learned. It was a great experience and it helped confirm that Student Affairs is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” – Relius Johnson, University of Central Arkansas
“I loved being an Ambassador and TPE Intern! It was such an amazing experience to connect with students and professionals from across the country. I enjoyed seeing professionals and their dedication towards helping students succeed as they enter the job search. Now when I head to TPE Onsite in the future I know what to expect!” – Kaitlyn Thruston, Appalachian State University
The TPE Engagement Chairs - Krystal Nicholson and Nikiah Campbell - oversee the Ambassador and Intern recruitment and selection process.
Questions about the TPE Ambassador program? Send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org