Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leader position is now closed.
Check back in December, 2019 for information on the Summer 2020 position.

 

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 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 2019 semester.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the University at Albany
  3. Be in good conduct standing (no active conduct sanctions at the University).
  4. Be available to participate in the application and interview process (see calendar in Application Process tab).
  5. Be available to participate in all training sessions and orientation programs during summer 2019 and academic year 2019-2020.
  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 between June 9th and August 4th (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 June 9th 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 connect with new students and/or family members through social media 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, assisting with program presentations, attending the various programs during each Orientation session, making signs, placing labels on materials, 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 2019 and Spring 2020 as assigned.
  2. OLs will attend and assist with Orientation and Transition Programs tabling and programs as assigned throughout the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Orientation Leader Time Commitment
Spring 2019 Semester

  1. Paperwork Submission
    1. April 1st - April 10th
  2. Two training sessions
    1. Friday, April 12th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    2. Friday, May 3rd, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Summer 2019 (June 9 – August 4)

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

Fall 2019 (August 18 – August 25)

  1. Part-time commitment
  2. One Freshman Orientation Program
  3. Two Transfer Advisement Programs
  4. One Transfer Orientation Program
  5. Support for Opening Week Activities

January 2020

  1. Part-time commitment
  2. One Freshman Orientation Program
  3. Two Transfer Advisement Programs
  4. One Transfer Orientation Program

Compensation

  1. Stipend of $2,500 for work from June 9 through August 4.
  2. Free room and board during Training and Summer Orientation (June 9 - August 4).
  3. Hourly pay for Fall and January Orientations.
  4. 2 credits if you are enrolled in community service class (RSSW 290) and participate in 60 service hours throughout the fall semester with Orientation and Transition Programs.

 

Project Achieve Leaders

The Project Achieve Leader position is now closed.

The Project Achieve team plays a vital role in helping first generation college bound high school Juniors and Seniors from NYC with exposure to the vibrancy of student life at UAlbany and surrounding community. Project Achieve Leaders (PALs) go above and beyond to promote the various opportunities available at the University at Albany. To do this, they create a welcoming and informative environment and serve as a resource for our collegiate bound visiting teens, who will be attending UAlbany for a 3-Week Pre-College Summer Program from July 14th – August 4th.

Prior to the start of the program, all Project Achieve Staff attend Project Achieve Leadership Training from July 7th – July 13th. This leadership training provides PALs with the necessary skills and experience to assist collegiate bound teens during their 3-Week visit at UAlbany and in preparation for their college application process. Project Achieve Leaders support the mission of Orientation and Transition Programs by preparing prospective new students 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 the University’s Community Rights and Responsibilities.
  5. Demonstrate respect for the diversity of their campus community.

In total, 6 Project Achieve Leaders will be hired.

Qualifications
All Project Achieve 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 Project Achieve Leaders must:

  1. Be matriculated University at Albany undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and will attend UAlbany in the Fall 2019 semester.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the University at Albany
  3. Be in good conduct standing (no active conduct sanctions at the University).
  4. Be available to participate in the application and interview process (see calendar in Application Process tab).
  5. Be available to participate in all training sessions and the 3-week Pre-College Summer Program.
  6. Be available to students at all times once they are on campus during the 3-week Pre-College Summer Program.
  7. Be free of outside commitments to organizations, employers, and/or classes between July 7th and August 4th (unless given prior permission from the Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs).
  8. Be available to work for the entirety of the Orientation summer commitment of July 7th through August 4th.

Responsibilities
Project Achieve Leaders (PALs) play a vital role in helping high school juniors and seniors become familiar with the college admissions process while also exposing them to UAlbany’s campus life. To do this, PALs create a welcoming and informative environment and serve as a resource for our visiting high school students.

Assistance to prospective students:

  1. PALs will support and mentor students throughout the Three-Week Program.
  2. PALs will represent all University organizations to the best of their ability to prospective new students.
  3. PALs will serve as classroom and afternoon workshop leaders. This involves accompanying students to and from class, dining locations, and afternoon workshops. During class and workshops, PALs will assist the lead instructors where needed.
  4. PALs will assist students during study hour on the evening of each weekday.
  5. PALs will organize and help facilitate evening events/activities.
  6. PALs will assist the program’s Residence Hall Director with conducting curfew check-ins and conducting rounds of the facility. Curfew will be at 10:00PM on Weekdays and 11:00PM on Weekends.
  7. Following curfew, PALs will hold a brief meeting with the Program Coordinator and Residence Director to discuss the best plans to support our visiting high school students for the following day.
  8. PALs will accompany students to pre-planned weeknight and weekend outings to local attractions. This includes a weekend trip to camp Dippikill and SUNY Potsdam.
  9. PALs 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.
  10. PALs will conduct small group meetings and discussions for new students.
  11. PALs will engage in reflective assessment activities throughout their term of employment to provide feedback about their experience, knowledge, skills, development, etc.
  12. PALs must stay in his/her own room when serving as the PAL on Duty. Overnight guests are not allowed to stay with PALs during this time.
  13. PALs may be called upon to assist with the operations of Orientation and Transition Programs’ operations as needed.

Administrative Duties

  1. PALs 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. PALs will work to increase each other’s knowledge of the University’s and Project Achieve’s goals, academic and social programs, personnel resources, and facilities.
  3. PALs will design and construct all necessary program materials to successfully present aspects of summer orientation programs (i.e. reflection workshops, study hour assistance, peer mentorship, hall decorations, etc.).
  4. PALs will assist with administrative tasks during the summer program as delegated by Project Achieve professional staff. These tasks will include, but not be limited to: assisting with check in, placing and collecting directional signs, assisting with program presentations, attending the various programs during each Project Achieve session, making signs, placing labels on materials and assembling nametags, running errands, etc.
  5. PALs will assist with other duties related to the Project Achieve Summer Program and Office of Orientation and Transition Programs as assigned.

Project Achieve Leader Time Commitment
Spring 2019 Semester

  1. Paperwork Submission
    1. April 1st - April 10th
  2. Spring Staff Meeting
    1. Thursday, May 9th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Reading Day)

Summer 2019 (July 7 – August 4)

  1. Full-time commitment
  2. One Week student leadership training and preparation
  3. Three Week Pre-College Summer Program
  4. Includes evening and weekend responsibilities on a rotation basis

Compensation

  1. Stipend of $1,200 for work from July 7 through August 4.
  2. Opportunity to participate in a 1-week Global Leadership Program at UAlbany
  3. Free room and board during Training and Summer Orientation (July 7 - August 4)

Application and Selection Process

Note: We welcome applications for both Orientation Leader and Project Achieve Leader.
You can submit the same application for both positions. You will only need to participate
in one interview and will be considered for both positions.

  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 the position you are interested in: Orientation Group Leader, Orientation Family Leader, or Project Achieve Leader (you may express interest in multiple positions).
    2. Describe UAlbany and what you love about your experience at our university.
    3. Describe the role of an Orientation Leader and/or a Project Achieve Leader and what makes you uniquely qualified for the position(s).
  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 February 25th and 27th, in the basement of Melville Hall on State Quad.

Orientation Leader and Project Achieve Leader Application Process: 2019 Calendar


January 23rd

Applications Go Live on albany.joinhandshake.com/login

February 5th - 7th

Tabling at Quad Dining Halls and Campus Center. Stop by to talk to Orientation and Transition Programs staff!

February 12th, 8:00 pm

Orientation Leader and Project Achieve Leader General Interest Meeting
LC 4

February 14th
12:00 - 5:00 pm
                   

Career and Internship Fair
SEFCU Arena

February 20th, 11:59 pm

Deadline to submit applications

February 25th – 27th

Group Interviews
Melville Hall, State Quad


March 1st

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 4th, 5:00pm

Deadline to sign up for an individual interview

March 6th - March 14th

Individual interviews for those applicants selected to continue

March 15th

All applicants notified of final application status (Orientation Leader and Project Achieve Leader)

March 27th

Deadline to accept position

April 1st - April 10th


Paperwork submission (drop in to submit paperwork)

April 12th, 3:00-5:00pm

Orientation Leader Training Session 1

May 3rd, 3:00-5:00pm

Orientation Leader Training Session 2

May 9th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
(Reading Day)

Project Achieve Leader Staff Meeting

June 9th

Orientation Leaders move into summer housing on Colonial Quad

July 7th

Project Achieve Leaders move into summer housing on Dutch Quad

August 4th

Orientation Leaders and Project Achieve Leaders move out of summer housing

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

1. What is the difference between the Orientation Leader and Project Achieve Leader positions?

Please read the full position descriptions listed on the website. The Orientation Leader position runs from June 9 - August 4th and works with incoming UAlbany students and their families. The Project Achieve Leader position runs from July 7 - August 4 and works with high school juniors and seniors.

2. Can I apply for both the Orientation Leader and Project Achieve Leader positions?

Yes! We encourage students to apply for both positions. You need to submit two separate applications on Handshake, but you can use the same resume, cover letter, and reference page for both applications. You will also only need to sign up for one group interview. We will consider you for both positions.

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

The positions are 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.

4. 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 be successful in their position.

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

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

6. Have another question?

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