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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 the helping resources, physical layout, and administrative procedures, while stressing assertive behaviors.

Position Details

Time Commitment: Being an Orientation Leader is a 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 are also two spring semester training sessions in April. 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 double-single room in a residence hall, and meals for the duration of the program.

Application and Interview Process

The Orientation Leader job application is hosted through Campus Pulse.  Applications are due February 3, 2016.

Eligible applicants participate in a three-tiered selection process:

1. Applications will be reviewed and students moving forward will be invited to participate in a Group Interview (January 30 - February 7).

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

3. The 2016 Orientation Leaders will be notified during Spring Break.

Contact Information

Jeanne Horrigan or Elizabeth Cleary
Phone: 413.545.2621
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