Must have previously been an ATL or a TL at ISLC or LEA.
A leadership position or active role with Operation Smile Student Programs (ex: NLC, CC, RLC, CEL, etc.) is preferred.
Highly motivated, self-directed and a problem solver.
Detail-oriented and well organized.
Multitasks with strong time management skills.
Strong work ethic and a team player.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
16 years or older preferred.
Those that are accepted to the TL position are required to attend ISLC 2020. All TLs must pay the $250 deposit during ISLC registration, $250 on January 10 and the remaining $500 will be waived. TLs will also be responsible for their transportation to and from the conference. TLs are required to arrive and depart on different dates than conference participants. More information will be given to accepted candidates.
Roles and Responsibilities
Please read the following terms regarding Team Leaders (TL).
The TL facilitates and supports the Student Programs department and staff by developing and executing portions of the International Student Leadership Conference.
The TL is responsible for the safety and well-being of ISLC participants under their care.
TLs are expected to be role models and ambassadors of Operation Smile and Student Programs in person and on social media. TLs are to adhere to all conference rules to set an example for participants.
Each team may include one TL, two TLs and/or an assistant team leader (ATL), as well as an adult chaperone.
TLs are expected to treat each other with respect, and if an ATL is on a TL’s team, the TL is expected to mentor them for future leadership opportunities, not just completing the work that the TL does not feel like doing.
TLs are responsible for providing their ATL with responsibilities throughout the conference; TLs act as a mentor and work with their ATL. ATLs are not TLs’ personal secretaries, but rather someone training to be in the TLs position. Thus, make sure that ATLs stay engaged and partake in leadership roles throughout the conference.
TLs must communicate with all participants on their team leading up to the conference and make themselves available via email, phone and in-person (if applicable). A TL is required to respond to a his or her participants within a 24-hour period.
TLs must remain in constant communication with the Student Programs department and their assigned ATL.
ISLC TL calls will be held Sundays at 12 p.m. EST on a conference line. They will be held monthly, and as the conference approaches, TL calls may be held twice a month. Calls are mandatory, and if a TL misses more than two calls, Student Programs may assess whether or not the TL should continue his or her involvement.
TLs are not assigned specific teams until late May, so participation in the planning process beforehand is imperative.
TLs will be assigned to lead specific planning committees. A committee leader will be selected, and it is that TL’s job to keep the committee on track. The committee leader will also be the spokesperson during the conference calls. Each TL within a planning committee (even though not assigned a committee leader) is expected to fully participate and support all projects. Planning committees include: Opening Ceremonies, Games, I-Party, Airport, Final Party, Awards, etc. It is imperative that each TL take his or her planning committee seriously as his or her actions will be a reflection on Operation Smile Student Programs.
TLs will be treated with respect; Student Programs staff expects TLs to treat, ATLs staff and each other with the same respect. Staff and TLs are typically the first ones up and the last ones to sleep. TL meetings will occur daily at the conference with the Student Programs Staff. A normal day at ISLC may start a 6 a.m. and not end until midnight.
Each TL will have the opportunity to lead a portion of a conference call. Also, a different TL will type out the minutes/discussion and post it in the Facebook group immediately after the call.
TLs are selected to be a part of the conference because they have shown dedication to Operation Smile Student Program’s mission and leadership among their peers.
Student Programs staff supervises all TLs.
Meeting the responsibilities is vital to the success of this conference, and failure to do so by a TL is grounds for dismissal.
Have previously attended an ISLC or LEA.
Have previously been involved with Operation Smile Student Programs (ex: Held a service project, been involved in his or her school club, etc.)
Be highly motivated, self-directed and a problem solver.
Be detail-oriented and well organized.
Be able to multitask well, with strong time management skills.
Have a strong work ethic and be a team player.
Have excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
Those who are accepted to the ATL position are required to attend ISLC 2020. Registration fee for the ATL position will be $750 USD and the remaining $250 will be waived. The ATL is responsible for transportation to and from the conference. ATLs will arrive and depart on the same dates as regular conference participants.
Roles and Responsibilities
Please read the following terms regarding Assistant Team Leaders (ATL).
The ATL facilitates and supports the Student Programs department and staff by assisting in executing portions of the International Student Leadership Conference.
ATLs are expected to be role models and ambassadors of Operation Smile and Student Programs in person and on social media. ATLs are to adhere to all conference rules and set an example for participants.
The ATL is responsible for the safety and well-being of ISLC participants under his/her care.
ATLs are responsible for planning and executing a service project at the conference for all of the participants.
The ATL must remain in constant communication with the Student Programs department and his/her assigned Team Leader.
ATLs are encouraged to continue to showcase their leadership abilities throughout the conference, being an engaging and active leader.
ATLs will be treated with respect; Student Programs staff expects ATLs to treat staff and each other with the same respect. ATLs may be assisting TLs for long periods of time. A day at ISLC may start at 6 a.m. and not end until midnight.
ATLs are selected to be a part of the conference because they have shown dedication to Operation Smile’s mission and leadership among their peers.
Student Programs staff and TLs supervise all ATLs.
All ATLs are still regarded as participants. This means that they are expected to follow all of the participant rules and to hold themselves as a role model for their fellow team members. Breaking the rules is grounds for dismissal from the ATL program and from the conference.
Meeting all responsibilities is vital to the success of this conference, and failure to do so by an ATL is grounds for dismissal.
The conference serves as a practical application to become a TL, and the ATLs are to be aware that their behavior and actions at the conference are always being evaluated as part of this application process.
There will be two mandatory ATL conference calls facilitated by Student Programs. All ATLs must be on the call, thus it is imperative that when planning the date of the call, you are making sure you communicate when you are available.
Applications for both positions are due by October 30, 2019 11:59pm EST. You must also submit an application for ISLC as your responses to the essay questions will be a part of your rubric for these leadership positions.
Applications for Team Leader are available here.
Applications for Assistant Team Leader are available here.