Orientation Mentors, Program Assistants, and Advisors

'Working orientation'--it's more than just a job, it's a leadership learning experience. Serving as a staff member in orientation will help you develop critical leadership skills and perspectives no matter where you are at in your journey. The Office of Student Success oversees orientation programming for thousands of new students and their families every year, ensuring a successful transition to the university. None of these programs would be possible without the dedication of a strong team of student and professional staff members.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP ROLES
If you are looking for a rewarding leadership opportunity, working with a diverse and socially conscious group of campus leaders, then consider applying to become part of the team. By serving on staff, students are important representatives for all incoming students—they are among the first people new students and families meet! The on-campus housing, meal plan and wages are simply the generous monetary benefits of becoming a student leader in the orientation program. Read about the opportunities to serve on the staff.


Orientation Event and Multimedia Technician (OT)
The Orientation Event and Multimedia Technician (OT) serves a critical need for the New Student Orientation program. These paraprofessional student staff members are trained to be knowledgeable about campus event space management, stage management, technical support (stage hand duties, lighting and sound board operation, a/v operation), technical script-writing, and are assigned various creative projects, ranging from presentation design, staff videography/photography, and projection elements in support of the new student and family experience at New Student Orientation.


Orientation Mentors
A cross-departmental hiring team will select Orientation Mentors to assist in carrying out orientation programming. Mentors receive extensive training and development to provide the highest levels of service and care to new students and their family members. In your application, you will be able to indicate whether you would prefer to serve as a Family or Student Orientation Mentor.


Returning Orientation Mentor

The orientation program invites students who served as Orientation Mentors previously to apply to serve as Returning Orientation Mentors. These elevated leadership roles allow students to contribute as Orientation Mentors, while also providing leadership to the entire Mentor group.


Orientation Program Assistants (OPAs)
The Orientation Program Assistant (OPA) role is critical to the planning and execution of critical functions of the orientation program. Although each of the OPAs have specific duties and specialties, the group works collaboratively to support the program.
FACULTY, STAFF, AND GRADUATE STUDENT LEADERSHIP ROLES
Orientation Advisors

The Orientation Advisor position is a critical role within the orientation program. Orientation Advisors are staff members trained and assigned to work the summer orientation program. The Advisors are a mix of Success Coaches, Pre-Major Advisors, and assorted staff members from departments like Residence Life and Admissions. Staff receive approval from their supervisor and department to serve in this role. Orientation Advisors may be assigned to either the student or family orientation program.


Coordinator for Student Orientation
The Coordinator for Student Orientation is a leadership role within the orientation program to oversee the student schedule and logistics, while also providing leadership and support for the Orientation Program Assistants (OPAs). Staff receive approval from their supervisor and department to serve in this role.

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Coordinator for Family Orientation
The Coordinator for Family Orientation is a leadership role within the orientation program to oversee the family schedule and logistics, while also providing leadership and support for the Orientation Program Assistants (OPAs). The Coordinator for Family Orientation reports directly to the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Success. Staff receive approval from their supervisor and department to serve in this role.

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Graduate Project Manager
The Graduate Project Manager is a graduate assistant role within the orientation program designed to provide graduate students with a robust professional experience, while the student offers expertise and support the planning and assessment of the orientation program.

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