Philosophy of the TPE Ambassador Position
The Ambassadors work with The Placement Exchange in a variety of ways. Primarily, the Ambassadors serve as the main communication conduit on campuses with their peers and faculty. They are given the most up-to-date information about a variety of TPE resources for Student Affairs professionals to share with peers and other prospective candidates campus. In addition, Ambassadors implement different programs and workshops that assist prospective candidates with their Student Affairs job search.
Directed Goals and Outcomes of the TPE Ambassador Position
- 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.
Terms and Conditions of TPE Ambassador Position Qualifications
- 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.
TPE Ambassadors are a combination of graduate students and working professionals who volunteer on behalf of TPE in a variety of roles. Ambassadors might share TPE initiatives with colleagues or serve as coaches/mentors to job seekers. TPE Interns are graduate students (typically first-year students) who are selected to join the TPE Planning Committee focusing efforts on Spring recruitment and job search initiatives. The TPE Ambassador Chair(s) will oversee the Ambassador and Intern recruitment and selection process.
Another great opportunity that is only available to (non-graduating) TPE Ambassadors is the potential to serve as a TPE Intern for the spring TPE event. TPE Interns are selected from the current group of TPE Ambassadors. TPE Interns receive lodging during TPE Onsite, along with funding to cover travel and meal costs. NOTE: Ambassadors who plan on attending TPE as a candidate are not eligible to apply for the Intern role. The intern application will open later in the fall semester.
"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 2019-2020 Application Period is Now Closed. Please check back this fall for the 2020-2021 Application!
Questions about the TPE Ambassador program? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.