Orientation Program Assistant

Orientation Programming Assistants (OPAs) are responsible for logistical support of the Welcome Week which includes event set-ups, supply management and delivery, disability accommodations and other projects as assigned. Welcome Week focuses on providing a quality transitional experience for new students and helps new students prepare for their life at the U of M through planning, exploring campus, building community, and participating in campus traditions. This position requires availability from August 26-September 6, 2021.

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  • Facilitate event set-ups
  • Manage and deliver supplies for programming
  • Assist in managing disability accommodations
  • Provide customer service and support for students, families, and programmatic partners
  • Manage other tasks as assigned to support Welcome Week

This position reports to Lisa Gruszka, Director of Orientation Programs

COVID-19 Program Plan

Plans for Welcome Week 2021 are being developed to offer an in-person experience in alignment with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota COVID protocols. As students apply to this position, we will not require any student to deliver in-person responsibilities beyond their comfort levels. The modality of the program is subject to change and will be communicated with leaders throughout the process. Please see dates and details below. 

Position Qualifications

  • Undergraduate students
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated awareness of self and others
  • Ability to think critically and be adaptable to situations
  • Ability to work independently
  • A valid driver's license is required
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.
  • Not planning to study abroad before September 7, 2021 and will not graduate prior to December 2021

Position Learning Outcomes

  • Be confident interacting with students and families
  • Set a personal example of what you expect of others
  • Adapt behavior in response to team or organizational needs
  • Develop cooperative relationships among the people with whom you work
  • Know when to work alone and when to consult with others
  • Seek out challenging opportunities that test your own skills and abilities
  • Take responsibility for and be accountable to your actions
  • Work in situations where the rules are not always clear
  • Learn how to operate in an environment where plans may change with short notice

Important Dates

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

  • Friday, April 23: Application Deadline
  • Monday, April 26-Wednesday, April 28: Individual Interviews
  • Friday, April 30: Notification
  • Friday, August 27: OPA Training, Approximately 9am-12pm daily
  • Monday, August 30-Tuesday August 31: Welcome Week Check-In Support, Hours vary between 8am-10pm daily
  • Wednesday, September 1-Sunday, September 5: Welcome Week Support, Hours vary between 8am-12am daily


OPAs will be paid $12.00 per hour


This application is currently closed.