Orientation Leaders

Applications will be available on albany.joinhandshake.com on Monday, January 23rd

The Orientation team plays a vital role in helping new students and families adjust to our campus community. Orientation Leaders (OLs) go above and beyond to welcome students and families to the University at Albany. To do this, they create a welcoming and informative environment and serve as a resource for new students and their families.

All Orientation Staff attend Orientation Leadership Training. This leadership training provides OLs with the necessary skills and experience to assist new students and their families during the summer and throughout their first-year experience. Orientation Leaders support the mission of Orientation and Transition Programs by preparing new students and their families to:

  1. Identify campus resources, traditions, and ways to contribute to the UAlbany community.
  2. Engage with university faculty, staff and current students.
  3. Plan for academic success by setting personal and educational goals.
  4. Describe behaviors that promote personal and the University’s Community Rights and Responsibilities.
  5. Demonstrate respect for the diversity of their campus community.

 In total, 20 Orientation Leaders will be hired and assigned one of the following specialties:

16 Group Leaders: responsible for leading and mentoring new students during their Orientation (including student group activities, leading walking tours, presentations, and testimonials).

4 Family Leaders: responsible for leading and participating in aspects of the Family Orientation program (including leading walking tours, bus tours, and testimonials).

Qualifications
All Orientation Leaders:

  1. Possess a positive attitude, knowledge, and enthusiasm for UAlbany.
  2. Exhibit leadership potential, professional demeanor, strong work ethic, and willingness to accept responsibility.
  3. Display good teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrate respect for the diverse UAlbany community and exhibit a desire to work well with a diverse group of students, staff, faculty, administrators, new students, and new family members.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to problem solve, take initiative, and manage conflict.
  6. Have a working knowledge of University resources.

Conditions of Employment
All Orientation Leaders must:

  1. Be matriculated University at Albany undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and will attend UAlbany in the Fall 2017 semester.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the University at Albany
  3. Be in good judicial standing (no active judicial sanctions at the University).
  4. Be available to participate in the application and interview process (see calendar below).
  5. Be available to participate in all training sessions and orientation programs during summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018.
  6. Be available to students and family members at all times once they are on campus during the Summer Orientation program. This includes freshman overnight programs.
  7. Be free of outside commitments to organizations, employers, and/or classes during June and July of 2017 (unless given prior permission from the Director of Orientation and Transition Programs).
  8. Be available to work for the entirety of the Orientation summer commitment of May 31st through August 4th.

Responsibilities
Orientation Leaders play a vital role in helping new students adjust to our campus community. To do this, they create a welcoming and informative environment and serve as a resource for new students and their families.

Assistance to new students and families:

  1. OLs will welcome new students and family members to the University and assist them in the initial orientation registration and check-in. Specific tasks are assigned to each OL per session.
  2. OLs will assist in the implementation of specific programs for Summer Orientation and work with students and families throughout the summer.
  3. OLs will serve as a role model and facilitator to new students and families during small and large group settings.
  4. OLs will serve as a source of information regarding academics, policies and procedures, campus services, activities, building locations, and all other aspects of life at UAlbany.
  5. OLs will conduct small group meetings and discussions for new students and family members.
  6. OLs will represent all University organizations to the best of their ability to new students and their families.
  7. OLs will assist academic advisors and representatives, in order to help students understand the course registration process.
  8. OLs will send group communications to new students and/or family members to continue to foster student and family connections. The frequency and content of these communications will be based on guidelines provided by the Orientation and Transition Programs staff.
  9. OLs will engage in reflective assessment activities throughout their term of employment to provide feedback about their experience, knowledge, skills, development, etc.
  10. Each OL must stay in his/her own room the night before and the night during an orientation session. Overnight guests are not allowed to stay with OLs during this time.

Administrative Duties

  1. OLs will work individually and collectively to help each other perfect skills in program presentations, facilitate small group discussions, deliver testimonials, and maintain a welcoming environment.
  2. OLs will work to increase each other’s knowledge of the University’s and Orientation and Transition Programs’ goals, academic and social programs, personnel resources, and facilities.
  3. OLs will design and construct all necessary program materials to successfully present aspects of summer orientation programs (i.e. deliver testimonials, floor and office decorations, etc.).
  4. OLs will assist with administrative tasks during Orientation as delegated by Orientation and Transition Programs staff. These tasks will include, but not be limited to: assisting with late check-in, placing and collecting directional signs, distributing and collecting participant evaluations, assisting with program presentations, attending the various programs during each Orientation session, making signs, placing labels on materials and assembling nametags, running errands, assisting with Orientation parking, cleaning out storage closets after sessions, etc.
  5. OLs will assist with other duties related to the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs as assigned.

Great Dane Welcome

  1. OLs will attend and assist with Welcome Week initiatives in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 as assigned.
  2. OLs will attend and assist with Orientation and Transition Programs tabling and programs as assigned throughout the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Orientation Leader Time Commitment
Spring 2017 Semester

  1. Paperwork Submission
    1. April 18th or 19th (drop in to submit paperwork)
  2. Two training sessions
    1. Friday, April 21st, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    2. Friday, May 5th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Volunteer opportunity: Campus Clean Up

Summer 2017 (May 31 – August 4)

  1. Full-time commitment
  2. Three week student leadership training and preparation
  3. Nine Freshman Orientation Programs
  4. Four Transfer Advisement Programs
  5. Includes evening responsibilities

Fall 2017 (August 20 – August 26)

  1. Part-time commitment
  2. One Freshmen Orientation Program
  3. One Transfer Orientation Program
  4. Support for Opening Week Activities

January 2018

  1. Part-time commitment
  2. One Freshmen Orientation Program
  3. Two Transfer Orientation Programs

Compensation

  1. Stipend of $2,500 for work from May 31 through August 4.
  2. Free room and board during Training and Summer Orientation (June 1 - August 5).
  3. Hourly pay ($10.50 per hour) and meal compensation for Fall and January Orientations.
  4. 2 credits if you are enrolled in community service class and participate in 60 service hours throughout the fall semester with Orientation and Transition Programs.

 

Application and Selection Process

 

All applications must be submitted on albany.joinhandshake.com/login by March 1st before 11:59 pm.

  1. Complete the application form located on Handshake.
  2. As part of your application, you will need to upload the following:
  3. Cover Letter – Be sure to:
    1. Introduce yourself to the Orientation and Transition Programs and indicate whether you are interested in the Group Leader position, Family Leader position, or both.
    2. Describe UAlbany and what you love about your experience at UAlbany as if you were talking to a new student.
    3. Describe the role of an Orientation Leader and what makes you uniquely qualified for the position.
  4. Resume – Be sure to include:
    1. On and off campus job experience
    2. Leadership responsibilities
    3. Organizations and student activities in which you have participated.
  5. Reference page – Provide three references with phone and email contact information.
  6. Sign up for a Group Interview. As part of the application you will sign up for a group interview. Group interviews will take place between March 6th and 9th, in the basement of Steinmetz Hall on State Quad.

Orientation Leader Application Process: 2017 Calendar


January 23rd

Orientation Leader Applications Go Live on albany.joinhandshake.com/login

February 7th-9th

6:30-8:00 pm

February 9th

11:00 am-3:00 pm

Talk to representatives from Orientation and Transition Programs!

February 7th - Indian and State Dining Halls
February 8th - Dutch and Colonial Quad Dining Halls
February 9th (afternoon) - Campus Center Lobby
February 9th (evening) - Alumni Quad Dining Hall

February 15th
8:00pm

Orientation Leader General Interest Meeting
Lecture Center 4

February 21st
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Career and Internship Fair
SEFCU Arena

March 1st

Deadline to submit applications

March 6th – 9th

Group Interviews
Steinmetz Hall, State Quad

March 10th

Applicants will be notified via email whether or not they will be granted an individual interview (notifications will be sent out on or before this date)

March 20th

5:00pm

Deadline to sign up for an individual interview

March 22nd - March 30th 

Individual interviews for those applicants selected to continue

March 31st

All applicants notified of final application status

April 7th

Deadline to accept position

April 18th and April 19th

Paperwork submission (drop in to submit paperwork)

April 21st 4:00-6:00pm

Training Session 1

May 5th 4:00-6:00pm

Training Session 2

May 31st

Orientation Leaders move into summer housing on State Quad

June 1st

Summer Leadership Training begins

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Can I work a second job or take summer classes?

The Orientation Leader position is full-time including some evening responsibilities. Working a second job or taking classes is prohibited without approval from the Director of Orientation and Transition Programs.

2. Is there any required experience?

No! Staff member selection is based on a student’s ability to communicate, work well with others, and relate to new students, among others. Staff will receive training on all the information necessary to perform as an Orientation Leader.

3. What if I don’t know anyone applying?

No problem! If selected, you will quickly make friends with the other members of the Orientation team.  

4. Have another question?

Email the Orientation and Transition Programs staff at orientation@albany.edu and they will get back to you as soon as possible!

 

Here It from an Orientation Leader

Tameka Edwards
Orientation Team Leader, Summer 2015
Orientation Group Leader, Summer 2014

“My experience as an Orientation Leader, then Orientation Team Leader, has changed my college experience in such a tremendous way. I knew I had skills that needed to be further developed, but I wasn't sure how to break that shell. Being in constant interaction with prospective students, their families and with the support of the Orientation team, I am more than who I could have ever dreamed of being. I'm genuinely happy to help new students and I definitely stress the importance of getting involved. Being an Involved Dane changes your perspective and teaches you things you could never learn in the classroom. If you're looking for professional growth, good vibes, and some hard working fun, becoming an Orientation Leader is definitely right for you!”

Jesus Vasquez
Orientation Group Leader, Summer 2015
Orientation Group Leader, Summer 2014

"Working as an Orientation Leader has completely changed my life. You meet a ton of new people and make the best of friends, all while growing and developing into a more confident, well-rounded person. Having the chance to work with incoming students and influence them and mentor them is a feeling that cannot be described. Ultimately, orientation has given me the confidence and drive to be better and to do the best that I can, and it’s a experience I’ll never forget."

Caitlin Briggs
Orientation Family Leader, Summer 2015

“Being a part of the Orientation staff has been such a valuable experience for me on both a personal and professional level. Not only did I gain marketable skills and experiences, but I also gained a long list of coworkers who are like extended family. My summer with New Student Programs helped me to feel more confident in my abilities as a leader, while at the same time allowing me to have a genuine impact on how first-year students and their families felt during such a vulnerable time. There is nothing better than improving oneself through helping others, and being an Orientation Leader is one of the very few opportunities to do so in college!”

Here It from New Students & Families

“My Orientation Leader was very fun, welcoming, and made me feel a part of the university already.”
– Freshman Student

“The OL's were so helpful and made me feel welcome and excited about starting at UAlbany in the Fall.”
– Transfer Student

“Very well-trained Orientation Staff. Made me feel much better about leaving my child in your hands.”
– UAlbany Family Member