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13-14 Success Mentor Team

As a Success Mentor, your main responsibility will be to help first-year students successfully acclimate to academic and social life at UC Merced. Successful mentors empower students to achieve their best through personal attention, encouragement, and providing first-year students with the essential tools and support needed to succeed at UC Merced.

Steps to Apply In order to be considered for the Success Mentor position, each of the following is due by, 12:00pm (noon), Thursday, February 27th:
1) Complete an online application at
2) Submit a resume and two references with your application at
3) Complete an online Supplemental Application (Click HERE)

Hiring Timeline
Application Deadline - February 27th, 12:00pm 
Interview Scheduline - February 24 - March 3, 2014
Interviews - March 4-18, 2014
Notification Letters Distributed - March 20, 2014 in the Bright Success Center

Position Description

Success Mentors empower first-year students to succeed academically, personally, & socially through community building, establishing connections with campus and community resources, and supporting first-year students as they transition to life as a Bobcat. Mentors will be matched with and meet individually with 4-10 mentees each semester. In order to ensure programmatic success, Success Mentors are expected to participate in committees and collaborate with fellow mentors as necessary. Additionally, Success Mentors are required to participate in ongoing training and development opportunities. 

  • Meet individually with assigned mentees (an average of 30 minutes a week)
  • Empower first-year students to make a successful academic and social transition to UC Merced
  • Connect mentees with campus and community resources as necessary
  • Serve as a liaison between the Bright Success Center, the University, and mentees
  • Work collaboratively to offer various resources and services for first-year students 
  • Exemplify the values of the University of California, including UC Merced’s Principles of community
  • Participate in Success Mentor Training (August 18-22)
  • Attend weekly meetings and trainings (Friday’s 1:30-3:30pm)
  • Represent the Success Mentor Program and support the Bright Success Center as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned


  • In good academic (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75) & judicial standing
  • Completed at least 2 academic years of college/university AND have Junior or Senior class standing as of fall 2014
  • Knowledgeable about campus resources and how to access them 
  • Able to work with and support a diverse body of students
  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening skills
  • Effective organizational, and time management skills
  • Able to work independently and exercise sound judgment
  • Familiarity and sensitivity to transition issues faced by first-year students, particularly commuter students
  • Able to listen and respond to others
  • Must be available to participate in fall training (August 18-22)
  • Must be available to attend weekly meetings and trainings throughout the 14-15 academic year (Friday's 1:30-3:30pm)
  • Experience with the Success Mentor Program (formerly Peer Mentor Program) as a mentee or mentor preferred but not required


If you have any questions, contact Jason Juarez at