Orientation Leader (OL)

Orientation Leaders are responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for approximately 7000 new first-year students during New Student Orientation and Welcome Week. Both programs focus on providing a quality transitional experience for new students. Additionally, the Orientation Leaders work as a team to recruit, train and supervise a volunteer team of 350 Welcome Week Leaders.

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  • Register and complete OUE3311: Leadership Development for University Student Leaders which is a one-credit, B-Term training course meeting from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday between March 16 - April 27.
  • Supervise and train a group of 10-20 Welcome Week Leaders during the Spring Welcome Week Leader Conference on Saturday, April 23.
  • Complete summer orientation training from either May 22-June 5 or May 31-June 11 (pending orientation date announcements) from approximately 9 a.m.-5p.m. daily (dates may change)
  • Staff 23 Freshman Orientation (2-day) dates which include:
    • presenting to large audiences of new students and families
    • facilitating small group discussions
    • supporting the logistics of the orientation program including assembling student/family materials and program setups/tear down
  • Complete Welcome Week Training from August 23-26
  • Supervise and train a group of 10-20 Welcome Week Leaders for Welcome Week Leader Prep Weekend from August 26-August 30 and throughout the Welcome Week program from August 31-September 5
  • Provide programmatic support to the Welcome Week Program

Reports to: Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development & Student Leadership Intern

Position Qualifications

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher to be maintained throughout employment and reviewed each semester
  • Enrolled full time (13 credits) as a student through Fall 2022 semester
  • Not enrolled in classes past 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights during the Spring semester starting March 16
  • Not planning to study abroad before September 6, 2022 and will not graduate prior to December 2022
  • Must reside in the United States during term of employment
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated awareness of self and others
  • Can positively receive and utilize constructive feedback
  • Ability to think critically and be adaptable to situations
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred Position Qualifications

  • Prior presentation experience
  • Strong organizational, administrative, customer service, and leadership skills including the ability to effectively communicate
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while delivering high-quality work along a specific set of deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a team and with supervisors
  • Self-motivated and possesses a desire to work in a flexible team and focused atmosphere

Important Dates

January-April (2-4 hours/week)

  • Wednesday, February 3: Application Due
  • February 13: Group Interviews
  • Wednesday, March 2: Notification
  • Wednesday, March 16 - Wednesday, April 27: OUE3311 (Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 23: Welcome Week Leader Conference

May-July (40 hours/week paid) - dates subject to change

  • May 3-May 26: OL Break, no work
  • May 16-June 3: Summer training, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • June-July, dates TBD: Freshman Orientation, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (various shifts)
  • Vacation from July 4-6 & July 27-August 18

August-September (Varying hours, potential in-person based on program structure)

*All dates, times, and responsibilities listed below are subject to change based on University’s COVID response plan

  • August 19-20 and August 22-25: Welcome Week Training, 9 a.m.-5p.m. daily
  • August 24, August 25, August 29, and August 30: Freshman Orientation
  • Friday, August 26-Tuesday, August 30: Train Welcome Week Leaders 
  • August 31-September 5: Welcome Week


Orientation Leaders will be paid a $4,000 stipend.


Information Sessions

It is recommended that you attend one of the information sessions.




Friday, January 21 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345
Monday, January 24 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345
Monday, January 24 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Tuesday, January 25 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345
Wednesday, January 26 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345
Wednesday, January 26 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Thursday, January 27 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345
Friday, January 28 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345
Friday, January 28 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Tuesday, February 1 4:00 p.m. Nicholson Hall 345

The 2022 OL Application is closed.