Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leader Applications are available now on Handshake.
Applications are due on Wednesday, February 28th.


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).

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 is currently enrolled and will attend UAlbany in the Fall 2018 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 2018 and academic year 2018-2019.
  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 3rd and August 3rd (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 3rd through August 3rd.

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 2018 and Spring 2019 as assigned.
  2. OLs will attend and assist with Orientation and Transition Programs tabling and programs as assigned throughout the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Orientation Leader Time Commitment
Spring 2018 Semester

  1. Paperwork Submission
    1. April 17th or 18th (drop in to submit paperwork)
  2. Two training sessions
    1. Friday, April 20th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    2. Friday, May 4th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. Volunteer opportunity:
    1. BIG Event on April 21st

Summer 2018 (June 3 – August 3)

  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
  6. There are no Orientation programs from July 1st - 7th. Residence Halls will be closed during that time and Orientation Leaders will need to leave campus for the recess.

Fall 2018 (August 19 – August 26)

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

January 2019

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


  1. Stipend of $2,500 for work from June 3 through August 3.
  2. Free room and board during Training and Summer Orientation (June 3 - August 3).
  3. Hourly pay 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

Applications are available now and must be
submitted on Handshake by
February 28th 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 5th and 7th, in the basement of Melville Hall on State Quad.

Orientation Leader Application Process: 2018 Calendar

January 23rd

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

February 5th - 8th

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

February 14th
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Career and Internship Fair

February 15th, 8:00pm

Orientation Leader General Interest Meeting
Location 5

February 28th

Deadline to submit applications

March 5th– 7th

Group Interviews
Melville Hall, State Quad

March 9th

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 19th, 5:00pm

Deadline to sign up for an individual interview

March 21st- March 28th

Individual interviews for those applicants selected to continue

March 30th

All applicants notified of final application status

April 6th

Deadline to accept position

April 17th and April 18th

Paperwork submission (drop in to submit paperwork)

April 20th, 3:00-5:00pm

Training Session 1

May 4th, 3:00-5:00pm

Training Session 2

June 3rd

Orientation Leaders move into summer housing on State Quad

June 4th

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

Hear It from an Orientation Leader

Kayla James
Orientation Team Leader, Summer 2016
Orientation Group Leader, Summer 2015

“Working with Orientation and Transition Programs has opened endless doors for me. You get the opportunity to find out more awesome things about UAlbany and tell new students and families about it. Everything I've accomplished has been thanks to #TeamOTP."

Rainer Alvarado
Orientation Group Leader, Summer 2016

"Being an Orientation Leader helped me grow as a person. I was able to improve on my public speaking, communication skills, and leadership skills. I've met amazing people throughout the summer and now I know UAlbany like the back of my hand!"

Kate Cunningham
Orientation Group Leader, Summer 2015

“Being able to meet people from all different places and backgrounds was my favorite part of being an Orientation Leader. It allowed me to appreciate the diversity UAlbany has."

Hear 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