Pathfinder Application

Jump Start Mission:

The Jump Start program is designed to facilitate the successful transition of underrepresented students to the University of Northern Iowa.

We do this by:

  • Connecting students to an active support network of faculty, staff and students.
  • Facilitating group conversations about the experiences of underrepresented students on a predominantly white campus.
  • Providing access to living and learning communities with other Jump Start participants.
  • Fostering student engagement through early move-in to the residence halls and early exposure to campus staff and services.
  • Empowering students to manage financial, time, and personal resources.
  • Assisting students in achieving academic and personal success.

Pathfinder Position Description 2023

Position Description:

Pathfinders are responsible for serving as mentors and guides to new UNI students participating in the Jump Start extended orientation program. Pathfinder will participate in training sessions, facilitate their small groups, and staff all events and activities of the Jump Start program. These activities include, but are not limited to check-in, program sessions, social activities, and Pathfinders will also provide resource and referral information to students and families, prepare Jump Start materials, in addition other duties as assigned.

The application for 2023 Jump Start staff will close Tuesday, January 31st by 5:00pm. 

Pathfinders interested in returning to staff will need to complete the application. Those interested in also being considered for a Program Assistant role can indicate that on the application.

Contact or 319-273-4705 with questions.



$12.50 per hour

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled UNI undergraduate student (must also be enrolled during the fall term following employment) in good academic standing
  • Positive attitude regarding the university
  • Ability to work effectively with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Openness to learning more about self, others, and UNI
  • Strong communication skills
  • Preference given to former Jump Start participants


Time Commitment:

  • Full-time staff training from Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th, 2023
  • Full-time work during Jump Start from Saturday, August 12th through Wednesday, August 16th, 2023
  • Pathfinders MUST be in attendance for the entire week of training and the entire Jump Start week