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Job Summary

Hail Orientation! Orientation Season is one of the most exciting times of the year for the campus! We have the opportunity to connect with and make an impact on eager incoming first-year students, transfer students, and their families! Students’ experience with orientation is our first opportunity at ensuring student success. Our Orientation Leaders are committed to the university and the Flint Community. We are seeking student leaders who truly enjoy serving and helping others.

Responsibilities*

New student orientation informs incoming students on university policies, opportunities, and regulations, acquaints them with their surroundings, and addresses their individual needs for success at UM-Flint. Orientation Leaders will work anywhere from five hours to thirty hours per week. Weekend events are extremely limited, so there is time for weekend activities and outside employment. Below are the major areas of responsibility.

  • Training: Trainings will begin in January. We anticipate Friday as the training day; however, the schedule will be according to selected candidates’ availability. In additional to the training sessions for the entire team, there is additional training sessions to provide development time to create various workshops for the sessions.
  • Early Communication: Beginning in March, Orientation Leaders will be expected to spend five hours per week in the Student Success Center contacting new students. Orientation Leaders must be comfortable and effective in communicating with new students over the phone and by email. 
  • Orientation Sessions: The sessions include first-year student orientation, transfer student orientation, and international student orientation sessions. In addition, we have guests and multiple high school dual-enrolled student sessions (including students in the Genesee Early College). Orientation Leaders are expected to work every first-year and transfer session and must be present for the entirety of them. Additional sessions will be based on need and availability. During the sessions, Orientation Leaders will be expected to present workshops, assist students with campus technology (including the registration process in SIS), relay information about campus policies and procedures, give tours of campus, and other various tasks to address new student success.
  • Extra Events: There are a number of additional events that the Orientation Leaders are expected to work. These typically take place from the end of August into the first few weeks of classes of the fall semester. These events include the My Flint events, New Student Welcome Day and Convocation, Move-in Day, Individualized Tours, and others as they arise. If an Orientation Leader's fall classes conflict with any of these events, an exception can be made.
  • Continuing Communication: During and through the fall semester, Orientation Leaders will continue to reach out to our new students. This will be similar to the Early Communication program, but focused on following up with the students to address their immediate and future needs for success.

 

Required Qualifications*

  • Current University of Michigan-Flint student with plans to enroll in Fall 2019
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 as of January 2019
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Positive outlook and attitude towards UM-Flint
  • Interest in learning new skills
  • Receptive to feedback from supervisor
  • Strong professional work ethic
  • Basic knowledge of university policies and procedures
  • Basic understanding of campus resources and their location on campus

Desired Qualifications*

  • GPA of 2.8 as of January 2019
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative when working with a team or as an individual

Additional Information

REQUIRED STEPS FOR EACH APPLICANT

  1. Must attend one of the info sessions
  2. Submit application and include cover letter, resume and additional questions (below) as one document.
  3. One letter of recommendation: References can be from professors, advisors, colleagues, or supervisors. Due on November 9, 2018.

For a list of all details including dates of info session, orientation dates, and form to letter of recommendation, please visit:  http://www.umflint.edu/orientationleader/

            

Additional Questions

For New Orientation Leader Applicants:

  1. What three things do you love most about University of Michigan – Flint?
  2. What three words would your friends use to describe you? Why do you think they see you in that way?
  3. What do you hope to gain or learn this year as an orientation leader? (150 – 300 words)
  4. Describe a time when you made a mistake and how you recovered from it. (150 – 300 words)

 

For Returning Applicants ONLY:

  1. What are three skills you gained during your first year as an Orientation Leader? How can those skills help you in your future career?
  2. What is motivating you to return as an Orientation leader for another year?
  3. What do you hope to gain or learn as a returning Orientation Leader this year?
  4. What will you do differently this time?

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.