Orientation Leader (OL)

We need you!

Orientation Leaders are responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for approximately 7000 new first-year students during New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, and for various events throughout the school year. 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.

For Orientation Leader opportunities, please contact Charlie Ellis at [email protected]

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Training for OL's varies depending on specific assignments. Some examples are:
  • Register and complete OUE3311: Leadership Development for University Student Leaders which is a one-credit, B-Term training course meeting 
  • Staff 30 Orientation sessions for first years (2-day) and transfers (1-day) dates which includes, but is not limited to:
    • 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
  • Support the logistics of all orientation programs including assembling student/family materials, program set up/tear down, and moving materials.
  • Facilitate small group discussions
  • Build relationships with incoming students and their families and guests
  • Present and facilitate various topics to various sizes of new students
  • Serve on late night duties during orientation programming
  • Assist new students in the navigation of campus through campus tours and exploration of campus
  • Supervise and train a group of 10-20 Welcome Week Leaders during the Spring Welcome Week Leader Conference
  • Complete summer training
  • Live in University residence hall alongside new students
  • Complete Welcome Week Training 
  • Supervise and Train a group of 10-20 Welcome Week Leaders for Welcome Week Leader Prep Weekend and throughout the Welcome Week program 
  • Provide programmatic support to the Welcome Week Program including Transfer Track
  • Reports to: Assistant Director of Orientation and Student Leadership

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 
  • 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)

  • Orientation Leader application available soon!
  • FlipGrid interviews TBD
  • Individual Interviews TBD
  • Position offers made TBD
  • First OUE3311 class TBD
  • Weekly Wednesday classes for OUE3311 TBD
  • Welcome Week Leader Conference TBD

May-July (40 hours/week paid)

  • Orientation Leader summer training 
  • Orientation dates, various shifts


  • Complete Welcome Week Training TBD
  • Facilitate Orientation dates TBD
  • Train Welcome Week Leaders during Prep Weekend TBD
  • Supervise Welcome Week Leaders and provide program support during Welcome Week with varying schedules of at least 20 hours per week and upwards of 40+ hours. May take place in person based on program structure decisions.
  • Provide programmatic support to the Welcome Week program including Transfer Track


Orientation Leaders will be paid an hourly wage of $15 and can anticipate to work between 30 - 40 hours a week during the summer. Hours for this job will vary at certain times of the year.

Room (approximately $1775) and board (approximately $850) in a campus residence hall.

Meals (approximately $300) during Welcome Week training and program.



Orientation Leader application will be available soon!
If you have any questions please contact [email protected]