Orientation Leader

Job Description

General Statement of Duties: Orientation Leaders are responsible for providing academic, residential area, and student living information to new students through planning, organizing and facilitating group meetings, tours, and other activities. Orientation Leaders prepare new students for a successful transition into the University by acquainting them with helping resources, the physical layout of campus, and administrative procedures, while stressing assertive behaviors. The complete job description is available here.

Position Details

Time Commitment: Being an Orientation Leader is a seasonal, full-time, live-in position. Staff move into the residence halls for training in mid to late May and work in June and July. There is also one spring semester training session. Attendance at all trainings, meetings, and orientation sessions is required.

Benefits/Compensation: In addition to developing leadership, public speaking, time management, and networking skills, Orientation Leaders receive a stipend (paid in bi-weekly installments), a room in a residence hall, and meals for the duration of the program.


  • All eligible candidates must have successfully completed EDUC391R: CORE in a previous semester, or be enrolled in the course for Spring 2020.
  • Orientation Leaders must be University undergraduate students enrolled in degree granting programs with at least six credits.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required at time of hire and two weeks prior to the commencement of duties in May. OLs must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 to remain in the position. New Students Orientation will review all OL cumulative grade point averages. If an OL’s GPA does not meet these requirements, the OL is no longer eligible and their contract will likely be terminated, unless there is evidence of extenuating circumstances.
  • OLs must be free of current student conduct sanctions and have resolved any pending conduct charges prior to the commencement of OL duties. NSO will review all OL conduct histories with the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office.
  • OLs must be eligible to reside in a residence hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • OLs must be eligible to work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Application and Interview Process

The 2020 Orientation Leader job application will open in November.

Eligible applicants participate in a three-tiered selection process:

1. Applications are reviewed and students moving forward will be invited to participate in a Group Interview.

2. Students moving on from the Group Interview round will be invited to participate in an Individual Interview.

3. Students selected to be 2020 Orientation Leaders will be notified during Spring Break.

Contact Information

Laura Bourque
Phone: 413-545-2621