Explore Leadership

Bates has an array of leadership opportunities, many of them paid positions.

Community Work-Study

Through the Harward Center for Community Partnerships community work-study program, students eligible for federal work-study funding are able to work in community non-profit agencies and be paid through the college payroll.  Positions include tutoring in local schools, working in community gardens, running a program for elderly and disabled public housing residents, and many more.  For more information, contact Marty Deschaines, mdeschai@bates.edu.


Junior Advisors and Residence Coordinators

JAs and RCs are juniors or seniors who live in the dorms and are trained to help with all kinds of campus-life questions and issues. JAs serve as guides, resources, and role models to first-year students. RCs act as building coordinators and organizers in residences that house upper-class students or students from all class years. For more information about becoming a JA or RC, contact Erin Foster Zsiga at 786-6125. This is a paid position.


Math Tutors

Do you enjoy math and helping others?  Consider working at the Math Workshop assisting students in introductory level courses that have a mathematical component.  For more information on becoming a math tutor or teaching assistant, contact Grace Coulombe at 786-8374.  This is a paid position.


Peer Science Leaders

If you enjoy science and are interested in facilitating structured study sessions in the sciences, consider becoming a peer science leader.

This is a paid position. Applications are received in November and March. Peer science leaders assist students in learning course material through collaborative learning activities. For more information on the program,visit the Peer Science Leader website. To inquire about becoming a leader, contact Judy Head at 786-6067.


Peer Writing and Speaking Assistants

Do you have strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills and enjoy working with fellow Bates students?

Consider applying for an academic leadership position as a Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant. Assistants offer support and feedback at all stages of the writing and writing process. They work one-to-one with students on a drop-in basis in the Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd and also directly with students taking FYSs, W2s, and writing-focused courses.

To learn more, check the Peer Writing and Speaking webpages or contact Joanne Cole, Peer Writing and Speaking Coordinator, at jcole2@bates.edu or 753-6986. This is a paid position. The application process begins in February.


Student Organization Leaders

Bates offers a wide variety of clubs and organization, and many are looking for students to get involved in planning activities and taking leadership over parts of their groups.  For more information on getting involved in a club or organization at Bates go to http://www.bates.edu/activities/student-orgs/all/.  For a list of the leaders of the various groups go to http://www.bates.edu/activities/student-orgs/organizations-officers/


Student Volunteer Fellows

The Student Volunteer Fellows program (http://www.bates.edu/harward/vsl/svf/), run through the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills while coordinating volunteer programs in the community and working on campus to engage students in service.  For more information, contact Marty Deschaines,mdeschai@bates.edu.  This is a paid position.


Technical Writing Assistants

 If you are interested in helping other students learn the conventions of scientific writing consider becoming a Technical Writing Assistant (TWA). For more information on becoming a TWA, visit http://www.bates.edu/learning-commons/becoming-a-twa/ or contact Seri Rudolph at srudolph@bates.edu or 753-6985. This is a paid position.