i-Program Facilitator

Facilitators are crucial to the success of our i-Program series. These programs are designed as interactive seminars 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. 

The ILC encourages faculty, staff members, alumni, and graduate student employees to apply to serve as a Small Group Facilitator!

To learn more about our i-Programs as well as session dates for each program, go to https://leadership.illinois.edu/i-programs.

We will begin accepting Small Group Facilitator applications for the 2021-2022 academic year in mid-July! 

For questions about applying to be a facilitator or the i-Program curriculum, please contact Cherise Marks at cherisem@illinois.edu.



Below are the responsiblities for both the Lead and Small Group Facilitator. Please note, we are NOT accepting applications for Lead Facilitators. 

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
  • Providing feedback on Canvas modules to student participants prior to the program (for Blended format i-Programs only)



Time Commitment

Facilitators are expected to be present for the entirety of the program. Traditional i-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 of traditional i-Programs are expected to be present for a one-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.

Facilitators of blended i-Programs are required to commit three hours of time to provide feedback on Canvas modules and attend the two-hour discussion session portion of the program. Training will be provided on how to give feedback prior to the program deadline.

All i-Program facilitator experiences require the same level of time commitment. 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 mid-July 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 2021-2022 scheduled dates for each program (as of June 1st):

  • Blended Inclusion: Tuesday, September 21st from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Blended Ignite: Friday, October 15th from 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Blended Petullo Insight: Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Rolls-Royce Innovation: Saturday, December 4th from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

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 July 30th. 

Notification to selected applicants will start at the beginning of August 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.