There is not another job in the entire world quite like being an educational leadership consultant (ELC) for Kappa Alpha Theta. If you have a passion for Theta, a love of travel, and a yearning to interact with leading women across North America, this may be the job for you. Regardless of your major, the chapter officer positions you have held, and the college you come from, Kappa Alpha Theta is looking for a woman just like you to share your Theta experience!
You may be wondering why, how, and could I ever? I know I had these same questions myself, but the answers to them are simple; being an ELC gives you a unique professional experience that will make you a marketable candidate in any career field you are looking to enter. Furthermore, being an ELC will teach you more about your own resiliency and the extent of your capabilities than you imagined possible. This position also gives you the opportunity to interact with and be inspired by amazing college women across the United States and Canada.
If you are interested, have questions, or want to know more, please visit the ELC Program web page. Also feel free to email any questions to the current 2016-2017 ELC team, as we are more than happy to talk with you and share our own experiences. Applications are being accepted beginning on Monday, October 17, and are due December 1!
Being an ELC is a job unlike any other. What could be better than having the chance to befriend and work with other amazing women, spend countless hours in Indianapolis at our beautiful international headquarters, and traveling to chapters to interact with the next generation of leading women? I feel honored to have been chosen to be a part of this experience, and know that even just in these first few months I have grown exponentially and learned life lessons you can't find in a text book. We all joined Kappa Alpha Theta in the hopes of belonging to an organization that reaches far beyond our individual selves, and being an ELC allows me to take this step of humility even further.
The educational leadership consultant program wouldn't be possible without the amazing staff and volunteers at Theta Foundation. These leading women work day after day to ensure the future of a program that is held close to all current and former ELCs' hearts. So the time has come for a formal "thank you" from the current ELCs.
ELC Sarah McGregor says, "Being an ELC has allowed me to connect and create relationships with fellow Theta members, current and alumnae, all over North America. I am incredibly thankful for the Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign for allowing me to be a part of such an incredible program and sisterhood."
ELC Savannah Vogel shares, "I am thankful to be an ELC because this job has shown me the impact our organization makes on lives of women around the world. Although each member of Kappa Alpha Theta has a unique experience, she is bonded to an organization that promotes personal and professional growth in her college and alumnae experience. To see and hear about the growth Theta provides our members every day is a remarkable opportunity and I am forever grateful for everyone who has contributed to the Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign."
Personally, I will always credit the ELC program for the person I am today. This program has challenged me by constantly putting me in new situations. This program has supported me by leading me to my best friends and mentors. Finally, this program has allowed me to help develop the future leaders of our generation.
I am proud to say the current educational leadership consultants are all donors to the Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign and are truly thankful to those who have joined us in our support. This Thanksgiving, consider showing your gratitude for an ELC by making a donation in her honor. After all, it is something we are all so thankful for!
You have the opportunity to ensure our young women and our chapters receive strong, informed peer-level guidance. To make a donation to Theta Foundation in support of the educational leadership consultant program, please visit www.GivetoTheta.org/Give. To schedule a personal conversation with a campaign leader, please contact Theta Foundation.
This week, amidst the busy time of midterm season, came a very important announcement from Kappa Alpha Theta headquarters: the ELC application is now live! There is no other job that's quite like the Kappa Alpha Theta educational leadership consultant. Current and former consultants can attest to the incredible opportunities and immense challenges they faced on the road, every experience ultimately leading to professional and personal growth unrivaled by any job following college graduation.
If you are considering applying for the ELC program, many resources online can help answer questions you may have. First, be sure to check out the ELC Program page, where you can find links to informational videos and documents about program requirements, application timelines, and job details. I recommend reading through the ELC Program Details and ELC Job Description for a great overview of the program. An ELC Program Video is available as well, featuring the 2015-2016 ELC team and why we chose to apply to the program.
Secondly, reaching out to current ELCs is a great way to get insight on what life on the road is like! Look over the list of current ELCs, and don't hesitate to send an email to any one of us with questions about our experiences. We are always willing and excited to talk about our time on the road and the many ways being an ELC has impacted our lives personally and professionally. Also, a great way to stay up to date on our ELC travels is by following along on the Instagram: @thetaelcs!
Being an ELC is a rare opportunity to find a job that allows you to develop professionally, while at the same time giving you the freedom to grow as an individual, experiencing life outside of your comfort zone. If ELC life is something you are interested in, be sure to head to the ELC application to complete all necessary components by December 1!
A diverse team from different colleges and universities across country, each ELC brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. Without a doubt, two things the ELC team has in common is a love for Theta and a desire to develop professionally. In reading the reflections of past ELCs over the course of this summer's Professional Blog Series, it is clear that the wealth of personal and professional skills develop from time spent on the road. When asked what skills the 2015-2016 ELC team hopes to develop during their year of traveling, there are many common themes: facilitation, public speaking, problem-solving, and effective communication, to name just a few. Though each ELC has a different assignment, from establishing a new chapter to traveling full-time, the professional experience gained is universal.
Wherever life takes this group of ELCs after their time traveling for Theta, there is no doubt they will be prepared and successful. If there is one thing repeated most by previous consultants, it is that being an ELC is an invaluable experience that comes with an equal number of challenges and adventures, but most importantly lifelong friends. Best of luck to the 2015-2016 ELCs in their travels!
View a list of the current 2015-2016 ELC team, and learn more about the ELC program!
Two of the most important things Leslie developed during her time as an ELC were organization and professionalism. Given the large amount of responsibility placed on ELCs, being organized was imperative to fulfilling the job responsibilities. The experience also allowed her to develop professionalism in the workplace by understanding how to communicate effectively and present oneself appropriately in the workplace. Leslie notes, "I am incredibly grateful for the professional development that I received from my experience, and aim to teach the young professionals who work for me similar current life skills."
Recently, Leslie spent six months working with a team on the logistics of a statewide conference, hosted by IU, on sexual assault for college professionals and community partners. When planning events, Leslie is taken back to the new chapter installations and Grand Conventions she was a part of coordinating as an ELC. As much of Leslie's work focuses on sexual violence prevention and creating safer environments for students, her hope is to be able to continue to integrate her work into Kappa Alpha Theta to positively influence the lives of Thetas everywhere.
Much of what April learned as an ELC can be applied to her current profession as a flight attendant for Delta. For work, April takes trips across the country, sometimes internationally, and works with different teams of individuals. When working with different crews, April finds it is important to quickly communicate personal strengths and divide tasks accordingly so they can work as a seamless unit for the next few days. This was a skill April gained as a consultant visiting chapters for short periods of time and supporting them in their operations.
When looking back at her ELC experience, April feels that the ELC interview process helped her prepare significantly for her future professional life. During the interview process, ELCs are given chapter scenarios to respond to, participate in group settings, and have interviews with Theta's executive director and director of chapter services. From this April says, "I felt more than prepared walking into Delta's flight attendant face-to-face interview. By participating in the ELC interview and all of the skills I fine-tuned as an ELC, I felt more than prepared in my interview, and thus made me a strong candidate to be considered and ultimately hired as a flight attendant."
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