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SOAR Leaders

What is a SOAR Leader?

Formerly known as SOAR Advisors, SOAR Leaders are current students – either undergraduate or graduate student – who assist new students in their academic and social transition to Long Beach State. SOAR Leaders welcome the newest members of the Beach Family by showing them around campus, introducing our history and traditions, discussing expectations, explaining what it takes to earn a degree, and promoting student success. They also assist new students with course selection and registration for their first semester courses.

Meet the SOAR Leaders

Get to know our current team of SOAR Leaders learn a little about who they are and some interesting facts about Long Beach State University.

SOAR Leaders Information

SOAR Leader Expectations & Responsibilities

Students hired to serve as a SOAR Leader are required to fulfill the following expectations and responsibilities:

  • Available for full-time employment during Summer 2019 (May 27 to August 11) and Winter 2020 (TBD);
  • Lead campus tours that introduce University history and traditions, campus safety, as well as identify important campus resources and explain essential campus community policies;
  • Introduce the Orientation to Campus Life & Resources (OCLR) component that covers student support services, personal responsibilities & wellness, Title IX Policy, and opportunities for involvement with campus organizations & clubs;
  • Co-lead Academic Advising presentations which introduces University policies, General Education, and department requirements;
  • Conduct individual and group academic advising sessions; assist students with course selection & registration via MyCSULB;
  • Complete Campus Security Authority training;
  • Abide by University regulations, policies, and expectations, enforce residence hall policies during the freshman Overnight Program;
  • Lead Classroom Tours and staff Lifeguard Stations; and
  • Complete other duties as assigned by SOAR professional staff


SOAR Leader Position Duration

SOAR Leaders work a maximum of 40 per week during the summer and winter breaks. Additional paid and volunteer opportunities are available throughout the academic year with various programs and events.

SOAR Leader Compensation (Pay Range)

Compensation for first-time SOAR Leaders is minimum wage.

SOAR Leader Qualifications & Requirements

All applicants must meet the qualifications & requirements listed below in order to be offered a SOAR Leader position.

  1. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (undergrads) or 3.25 cumulative GPA (graduate)
  2. Must be a current Long Beach State undergraduate or graduate student
  3. Must attend a SOAR Leader Information Session during the current academic year
  4. Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Long Beach State
  5. Must be flexible, adaptable, enthusiastic and motivated
  6. Must be able to work with a culturally diverse campus community
  7. Must display effective communication and interpersonal skills
  8. Must have experience with public speaking and working with groups various sizes

Students selected to serve as SOAR Leaders are required to successfully complete all necessary training including SOAR Leader Pre-Training (April/May), SOAR Leader Retreat (late May), and SOAR Leader Training (early June) in order to facilitate SOAR workshops.

New SOAR Leader Recruitment & FAQs

All interested students must first attend a SOAR Leader Information Session, which will detail expectations, requirements, and the full application/interview process. Visit SOAR Leader Information Sessions to register for an upcoming info session.

Interested students can also visit SOAR Leader Information to learn about the position. Please note that all applicants MUST register and attend a SOAR Leader Information Sessions in order to proceed with the application process.

SOAR knows students who are interested in this position may have lots of question about becoming a SOAR Leader. Find the answers to these questions and more in the SOAR Leader FAQs.