i-Program Facilitator

Facilitators are crucial to the success of our i-Program series. These programs are designed as interactive seminars (typically on Saturdays) focused on a particular aspect of leadership practice. In the facilitator role, you have the opportunity to assist in shaping the experience and environment of the programs.

To learn more about our i-Programs, go to https://leadership.illinois.edu/i-programs.

The ILC encourages faculty, staff members, alumni, and graduate student employees to apply to serve as an i-Program facilitator!

***With the uncertainty about the 2020-2021 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note we may have to change our traditional implementation model for our i-Programs this year. However, we are moving forward with our selection process as normal and will update applicants as more information becomes available regarding the academic year.***


For questions about applying to be a facilitator, please contact Marcus Kelley at mkelley7@illinois.edu.

For questions about the i-Program curriculum, please contact Cherise Marks at cherisem@illinois.edu.


You can apply to serve as a Lead Facilitator or Small Group Facilitator.

Please note we have already slated our Lead Facilitators for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will only be reviewing applicants interested in being a Small Group Facilitator.

Lead Facilitator


Small Group Facilitator


They are responsible for:

  • Training small group facilitators (in conjunction with ILC staff)
  • Introducing main concepts and objectives during the program
  • Leading discussions among the large group of 60 to 200 participants

They help participants with: 

  • Building community and rapport among a small group (8 to 12 participants)
  • Finding meaning in the program and ways to integrate the concepts into their daily lives



Time Commitment

Facilitators are expected to be present for the entirety of the program. Programs are typically on Saturdays between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and facilitators are asked to arrive an hour before the program is scheduled to start. Lunch is provided to all participants and facilitators.

Facilitators are also expected to be present for a two-hour training session, which is typically the Wednesday afternoon before the Saturday’s program. Training dates and times will be communicated to selected applicants as soon as possible. There is also an additional training session for all Lead Facilitators.

All facilitation materials and any resources will be shared weeks ahead of the program. Facilitators are asked to be somewhat familiar with the content prior to training so some additional preparation time may be needed.


Opportunity Benefits

We cannot provide our i-Programs without the commitment of our facilitators. In return, facilitators receive the opportunity to engage with students and foster their own leadership skills at the same time.

See the word cloud highlighting how previous facilitators described their facilitation experience:

In addition, the ILC offers facilitators a stipend for each session they facilitate if they qualify based on their employment classification with the University. Please note the following classifications are not eligible to receive a stipend, but can still volunteer as a facilitator:

  • Faculty & Staff members who are Academic Hourly or Extra Help
  • Graduate Students who are Grad Hourly (unless their appointment is less than 50%)
  • International Students who are GAs/TAs/RAs (due to workhour restrictions)


Application Process

Interested facilitators can begin applying in late-May/June for the slate of i-Program sessions the upcoming academic year. However, the application is open year-round in case additional/replacement facilitators are needed. Please see below about the selection process.

Please complete the following steps to submit an application:


Step 1: Go to: leadership.illinois.edu/login

  • If you have an Illinois NetID:
    • Log in using your netid and password
    • Hover over Volunteer Involvement tab (left hand side)
    • Click on "i-Program Facilitator"


  • If you do not have an Illinois NetID:
    • Click on “Non-Illinois Login”
    • Click on “Register Here” below the login box
    • Fill out the information, then click “Register” to create an account
    • Once logged-in, hover over Volunteer Involvement tab (left hand side)
    • Click “i-Program Facilitator:”


Step 2:  All applicants must answer the following two questions:

  • Why are you interested in facilitating an I-Program?
  • Please outline your past experience with facilitation and/or giving presentations.

First-time applicants, please upload a current resume.

Click "Next" to provide your availability.


Step 3: Please check the boxes for all Programs/Dates you are interested in.

Below are the 2020-2021 current scheduled dates for each program (as of June 1st):

  • Petullo Insight: September 12th & January 23rd
  • Inclusion: September 26th & February 6th
  • Ignite: October 3rd & April 17th
  • Rolls-Royce Innovation: December 5th & April 24th
  • Integrity: February 13th

Applicants will also indicate whether they are applying to be a Lead Facilitator or Small Group Facilitator.

Click the “Apply” button once done. Your availability can be updated at any time.


Selection Process

Facilitator selection typically begins in July, and full considersation are given those who apply by June 30th.

Notification to selected applicants typically starts to be sent out mid-July with the intent to have all facilitator spots filled before the start of the fall semester. However, selection will continue until all facilitator spots are filled or as needed.

Selected applicants will need to complete some additional paperwork, and may need to inquire approval from supervisor, to be a confirmed facilitator and receive the stipend (if eligible).

Please note prior facilitation experience is not a requirement to be an i-Program Facilitator. However, applicants with experiences in teaching and/or guiding group discussions are preferred.

Also, due to our prior success in implementing a cohort model (where we use the same lead and small group facilitators for each session of a program during an academic year), preference will be given to applicants who are available for all sessions for that particular i-Program.