Frequently Asked Questions

What is the overall time committment for this position?

Visit the Time Commitment page of this site to understand the details of the time commitment.  The total commitment for the semester is about 76 hours.  While the semester is in session, you can expect to commit 4-5 hours per week.

When does this facilitator position start?

Outside of the initial training requirements, the position may require that you lead a session of community building between the dates of August 17th and August 20th.  Training and/or other events will happen on August 21st and 22nd.  The position ends when the semester is complete and final grades are due.

Is this a paid position?

Yes, this is a paid position.   Year One Programs uses the NYS minimum hourly wage for Peer Facilitators and the university-wide adjunct hourly rate for Staff/Faculty to determine their stipend or contracted amount.  For Peer Facilitators, this stipend is $960, distributed on bi-weekly pay dates during the Fall semester.  For Staff/Faculty adjuncts the contracted pay is $1860 for one section or $3145 for two sections.  This is distributed in your normal paycheck if you are currently an RIT exempt employee.  If you are not otherwise employed by RIT, your pay is distributed on the bi-weekly pay dates during Fall semester.

Is the application process for a returning Facilitator different than a new Facilitator?

Both new and returning applicants are required to complete the application form, including uploading a cover letter and resume.  Applicants with two semesters or more of experience as an RIT 365 Facilitator have a separate interview process, though the application is accessed through the same link. After your application is approved, you will receive an email with more information about signing up for an interview.

Can I hold other student leader positions in addition to being an RIT 365 Faciltator?

Yes.  To be specific, there is no conflict with being a Resident Assistant (with Residence Life) or Orientation student positions (with New Student Orientation) and a Facilitator for RIT 365.  In general, it is recommended that students don't exceed an estimated 20 hours per week of extra-curricular obligations.  You are welcome to ask more about balancing the Facilitator role with other positions at your interview.

Can non-exempt RIT employees be RIT 365 Facilitators?

Because of the hourly nature of non-exempt employees’ work, we are unable to hire non-exempt employees into the Facilitator position at this time. We recognize and are disappointed that this disqualifies many qualified people who would make great Facilitators.

Where is the Year One Programs Office located?

We are located on the 2nd floor of  the Student Alumni Union (SAU).  If you take the large staircase to the right of Artesano's, there is an information desk at the top that can direct you to our office space. The Year One Programs team is currently working remotely.  The best way to reach us is through our department email, yop@rit.edu.

What is the difference between a Facilitator and a teacher/instructor?

As a teacher/instructor you are likely to be considered an authority in the room and have an expertise in the subject matter of the course.  The role of a teacher/instructor is to deliver content information in a format that helps students learn and retain it.   As a facilitator, you are not an expert and actively work to discourage the authority that students may give you because of your position.  Your role is to create a space where every student's experience and perspective is valued equally.  As a facilitator, you are a co-learner with the students.

Is there a deadline to apply?  What is the hiring timeline?

We are hiring on a rolling basis.  Applications are welcome beginning February, and will be accepted through mid-August.  After applying, you will receive detailed information regarding scheduling an interview.

Will the delivery of RIT 365 be changed as a result of COVID and social distancing guidelines?

RIT 365 will be delivered according to university guidelines.  When we have more information about the university's delivery plans for Fall 2021, we will update our response to this question.

What can I expect for the Interview? How can I prepare for the interview?

Applicants should come prepared to reflect, discuss, and articulate experience(s) and self reflection relevant to the listed job responsibilities. In addition, please give thought to relevant experience with co-facilitation/teamwork, dialogue and discussion, and an experiential learning.