Orientation Leaders

The Application Process for Summer 2016 Orientation Leaders has ended. Information on the Application Process for Summer 2017 Orientation Leaders will be posted in December of 2016.


The Orientation team plays a vital role in helping new students 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 New Student 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 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).


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.


All Orientation Leaders must:

  1. Be matriculated University at Albany undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and will attend UAlbany in the Fall 2016 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 2016 and academic year 2016-2017.
  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 from June 1st through August 5th, 2016 (unless given prior permission from the Director of New Student Programs).
  8. Be available to work for the entirety of the Orientation summer commitment of June 1st through August 5th.


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.
  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 New Student 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 their 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 New Student 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. prepare meeting and tour outlines, deliver testimonials, floor and office decorations, etc.).
  4. OLs will assist with administrative tasks during Orientation as delegated by New Student 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 New Student Programs as assigned.

 Great Dane Welcome:

  1. OLs will attend and assist with Welcome Week initiatives in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 as assigned.
  2. OLs will attend and assist with New Student Programs tabling and programs as assigned throughout the 2016-2017 Academic Year.


Spring 2016 Semester

  1. Paperwork Submission
    1. March 24th or 25th (drop in to submit paperwork)
  2. Two training sessions
    1. Friday, April 1st 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    2. Friday, April 29th 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  3. Volunteer opportunity
    1. Campus Clean Up Day

Summer 2016 (June 1st - August 5th)

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

Great Dane Welcome 2016 (August 21st - August 28th)

  1. One Freshman Orientation Program
  2. One Transfer Orientation Program
  3. Support for Opening Week Activities
  4. Specific hours will be assigned to each OL

January 2017

  1. Two New Student Orientation Programs
  2. Specific hours will be assigned to each OL


  1. Stipend of $2,500 for work from June 1 through August 5, 2016.
  2. Free room and board during Training and Summer Orientation (June 1 - August 5).
  3. Hourly pay ($10.00 per hour) and meal compensation for Fall and January Orientations.
  4. 2 credits if you are enrolled in the community service class and participate in 60 service hours throughout the fall semester with New Student Programs.


Application and Selection Process

How to apply:

1. Complete the application form located on albany.joinhandshake.com/login.

2. As part of your application, you will need to upload the following:   
Cover Letter - Be sure to:

  1. Introduce yourself to the Orientation and Transition Programs staff.
  2. Indicate if you are interested in being considered for the Orientation Group Leader position, the Orientation Family Leader position, or both positions.
  3. Describe UAlbany and what you love about your experience at UAlbany as if you were talking to a new student.
  4. Describe the role of an Orientation Leader and what makes you uniquely qualified for the position.

Resume - Please include:

  1. On and off campus job experience
  2. Leadership responsibilities
  3. Organizations and student activities in which you have participated

Other Document: Reference Page - Provide three professional references with phone and email contact information. 

3. 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 February 16th and 18th, in the basement of Steinmetz Hall on State Quad. 

Orientation Leader Application Process: 2016 Calendar

December 18th, 2015 

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

January 25th - 28th

Talk to representatives from Orientation and Transition Programs!
January 25th, 6:30-8:00 pm - Alumni & Dutch Quad Dining Halls
January 26th, 6:30-8:00 pm - State & Colonial Quad Dining Halls
January 27th, 6:30-8:00 pm - Indian Quad Dining Hall
January 28th, 1:00-4:00 pm - Lecture Center Concourse West

February 2nd

Orientation Leader General Interest Meeting
Lecture Center 4

February 10th

Deadline to submit applications

February 16th – 18th

Group Interviews
Steinmetz Hall, State Quad

February 22nd

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)

February 24th          5:00pm

Deadline to sign up for an individual interview

February 24th - March 3rd

Individual interviews for those applicants selected to continue

March 4th

All applicants notified of final application status

March 11th

Deadline to accept position

March 24th - 25th

Paperwork submission (drop in to submit paperwork)

April 1st

Training Session 1

April 29th

Training Session 2

June 1st

Orientation Leaders move into summer housing on State Quad

June 2nd

Summer Leadership Training begins

August 5th

Last day of Summer Orientation

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 New Student 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 New Student 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