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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:
Identify campus resources, traditions, and ways to contribute to the UAlbany community.
- Engage with university faculty, staff and current students.
- Plan for academic success by setting personal and educational goals.
- Describe behaviors that promote personal and the University’s Community Rights and Responsibilities.
- 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).
All Orientation Leaders:
Possess a positive attitude, knowledge, and enthusiasm for UAlbany.
Exhibit leadership potential, professional demeanor, strong work ethic, and willingness to accept responsibility.
Display good teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.
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.
Demonstrate the ability to problem solve, take initiative, and manage conflict.
Have a working knowledge of University resources.
Conditions of Employment
All Orientation Leaders must:
Be matriculated University at Albany undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and will attend UAlbany in the Fall 2017 semester.
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the University at Albany
Be in good judicial standing (no active judicial sanctions at the University).
Be available to participate in the application and interview process (see calendar below).
Be available to participate in all training sessions and orientation programs during summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018.
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.
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).
Be available to work for the entirety of the Orientation summer commitment of June 4th through August 4th.
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:
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.
- OLs will assist in the implementation of specific programs for Summer Orientation and work with students and families throughout the summer.
- OLs will serve as a role model and facilitator to new students and families during small and large group settings.
- 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.
- OLs will conduct small group meetings and discussions for new students and family members.
- OLs will represent all University organizations to the best of their ability to new students and their families.
- OLs will assist academic advisors and representatives, in order to help students understand the course registration process.
- 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.
- OLs will engage in reflective assessment activities throughout their term of employment to provide feedback about their experience, knowledge, skills, development, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.).
- 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.
- OLs will assist with other duties related to the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs as assigned.
Great Dane Welcome
OLs will attend and assist with Welcome Week initiatives in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 as assigned.
- 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
April 18th or 19th (drop in to submit paperwork)
Two training sessions
Friday, April 21st, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, May 5th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Volunteer opportunity: Campus Clean Up
Summer 2017 (June 4 – August 4)
- Full-time commitment
- Three week student leadership training and preparation
- Nine Freshman Orientation Programs
- Four Transfer Advisement Programs
- Includes evening responsibilities
Fall 2017 (August 20 – August 26)
- Part-time commitment
- One Freshmen Orientation Program
- One Transfer Orientation Program
- Support for Opening Week Activities
- Part-time commitment
- One Freshmen Orientation Program
- Two Transfer Orientation Programs
- Stipend of $2,500 for work from June 4 through August 4.
- Free room and board during Training and Summer Orientation (June 4 - August 5).
- Hourly pay ($10.50 per hour) and meal compensation for Fall and January Orientations.
- 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.