Orientation Leader Position Description
General Roles and Responsibilities
Orientation Leaders assist with the implementation of University of Idaho’s Fall 2013 New Student Orientation (NSO) Program.
- Sophomore or above (for Fall 2013) with 2.5 cumulative grade point average or higher.
- Pass a University of Idaho judicial record check with no or minor documented incidents.
- Able to serve as a role model who exemplifies strong academic decision-making and a balanced lifestyle.
- Able to and possess a desire to connect with people with a variety of personalities and backgrounds. We welcome introverts and extroverts to apply.
- Possess a positive attitude with the ability and desire to:
- learn leadership and facilitation skills.
- organize and set up events and demonstrate flexibility.
- help new students adjust to life at the University of Idaho.
- share student expertise about attending the University of Idaho.
Senior Orientation Leaders, in addition to the above qualifications, have the following qualifications:
- Served successfully as an Orientation Leader at UI at least once before.
- Possess a desire to take on additional responsibilities and lead other Orientation Leaders.
- Leadership experience on the University of Idaho campus.
- Cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher.
- Orientation or recruitment experience serving incoming and/or prospective students and families.
- With a partner, lead a group of new students living in the Residence Halls, Steel House, and/or off campus.
- Foster a positive transition to campus life for new students by creating an atmosphere in which students can get to know each other and feel comfortable interacting with each other.
- Facilitate group activities and discussions throughout NSO.
- Contribute to the organization and implementation of all aspects of NSO.
- Greet, welcome, and check-in new students and their families when they arrive for NSO.
- Represent the University, including the Residence Halls, the Greek Community, and the many other campus offices and resources, in a positive and unbiased manner, regardless of personal affiliations.
- Familiarize new students with the campus academics, processes, geography, and culture.
- Serve as a resource and referral point for campus resources and student needs.
- Participate in all training sessions and NSO meetings in April and August. Please see Important Dates below.
Senior Orientation Leaders, in addition to the above duties, have the following duties:
- Lead teams of Orientation Leaders during training and some NSO activities.
- Assume additional responsibilities during NSO evening events.
- Organize additional administrative processes.
- Serve as a role model for new Orientation Leaders.
- As needed, arrive earlier and stay later than other Orientation Leaders to complete tasks.
- Develop leadership skills such as group facilitation, organization, problem solving and team building.
- Early residence hall check in, as applicable.
- Orientation Leaders: $250 scholarship* awarded upon successful completion of all NSO activities.
- Senior Orientation Leaders: $300 scholarship* awarded upon successful completion of all NSO activities.
* Please note, federal financial aid regulations and university policy prevent Student Financial Aid from allowing students to receive financial aid awards and university scholarships in excess of their cost of attendance for the academic year. The cost of attendance includes actual tuition and fees, estimated costs for books and supplies, room and board, personal expenses and transportation. Upon receipt of additional resources, such as Orientation Leader scholarships, the amount of other aid (with the exception of Pell Grant) may be reduced or canceled to make room in a student’s budget for the new resource.
First-Time Orientation Leaders
- Submit the application by March 20, 2013, for preferential selection. Applications will be accepted through April 14, 2013, or until all positions are filled.
- Submit one letter of recommendation from one of the following reference categories. Please bring the letter to the Office of the Dean of Students in the Teaching and Learning Center room 232, Attention: Holly Brown.
- Most recent past employer
- University of Idaho professor, advisor, or staff member
- Residence Hall Association Executive Board Member or Area Representative, Panhellenic Council Leadership, Interfraternity Council Leadership
- One of the following student leaders from your living group: Resident Assistant, Hall President, Sorority President, Fraternity President, Cooperative President
- After application review, strong candidates will be invited for an interview. Interview attire is recommended. Interviews will take place starting on March 26, 2013, and continue through April 5, 2013, or until positions are filled. These dates are subject to change.
Returning Orientation Leaders
- Submit the application by March 10, 2013, for preferential selection. Applications will be accepted through April 14, 2013, or until all positions are filled. Be sure to indicate if you are applying for a Senior Orientation Leader position.
- Returning Orientation Leaders are exempt from the letter of recommendation and interview.
- March 10, 2013 Applications due for preferential selection for returning Orientation Leaders. Applications will be accepted through April 14, 2013, or until all positions are filled.
- March 20, 2013 Applications due for preferential selection for first-time Orientation Leaders. Applications will be accepted through April 14, 2013, or until all positions are filled.
- March 26, 2013 Orientation Leader candidate interviews begin.This date is subject to change
- April 27, 2013 1-5 pm Required Orientation Leader social and preliminary training.
- August 18-25, 2013 (morning through evening hours each day) Orientation Leaders must be available exclusively for training, preparation, and New Student Orientation. Those involved with other leadership startup (for example, Marching Band, RHA Executive Board, RHA Area Representatives, and Resident Assistants) will not be able to serve in both capacities. Those involved with sorority or fraternity recruitment and startup will need permission from their chapters to serve as an Orientation Leader.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 208-885-6757, email@example.com, or visit TLC 232.