Orientation Assistant - Student Hourly - 13130BR

Orientation Assistant - Student Hourly

First Year Experience
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The function of the Orientation Assistant (OA) position is to serve as a member of the Office of First-Year Experience staff and work toward the goal of assisting new students with their academic, social, and personal transition to the University of Kansas. Orientation Assistants initiate and develop positive relationships and maintain open communication with students and guests at orientation programs and throughout students’ first year at KU. OAs provide information about life at KU, including campus involvement opportunities, academic departments and resources, services, campus facilities, policies, and procedures. OAs offer new students an opportunity to connect with current KU students and foster intellectual engagement and belonging at the University of Kansas. At orientation, they facilitate small group discussions and activities for incoming students and familiarize new students with the diverse communities that make up the university.

Orientation Assistants also serve as an ongoing resource for current KU students by serving as ambassadors for other Office of First-Year Experience programs including Hawk Week, KU Common Book, Seminars, and Learning Communities. OAs also perform administrative tasks and duties such as tabling for various programmatic efforts, organization of orientation materials, etc.

The OA position is a year-round role. Orientation Assistants are expected to work Orientation, Hawk Week, KU Common Book events, and related programs throughout the year. Some OAs may also serve as peer mentors for fall Learning Communities, First-Year Seminars, and/or UNIV courses. Additional work days are required for training events and office programs—this may include evening hours throughout the school year.

Time Commitment:
Spring 2019
  • Weekly Spring Training Sessions: Tuesdays from 4-6pm beginning March 26th
  • Spring Transfer Orientation: April 6th
Summer 2019
  • Summer Training: May 20th-May 31st (32-40 hours per week, excluding Memorial Day)
  • Orientation: June 3rd-July 19th and August 15th-22nd. (30-40 hours per week)
    • Orientation sessions do not occur on Mondays during the months of June and July.
  • Hawk Week: August 23rd-September 1st
Fall 2019
  • Common Book Events (throughout the semester)
  • Various Tabling Opportunities related to First-Year Programming
  • Orientation Assistant Recruitment: November 2019
  • Transfer Orientation: November 8th
  • Peer Mentor: Learning Community, First-Year Seminar, or UNIV 101** (8-12 hours per week)
Spring 2020
  • Common Book Events (throughout the semester)
  • Spring Orientation: January 15th
  • Spring Open Enrollment: January 16th
  • Transfer Orientation: April 17th & April 18th
  • ** Orientation Assistants may be assigned to mentor students in a Learning Community, First-Year Seminar, or UNIV course for the fall semester (2019). Those assigned will develop the specific role with the instructor. Typical duties involve mentoring new students, attending class, holding office hours, participating in and/or leading discussion and attending co-curricular programming. OAs support instructors in teaching and facilitating lessons and interacting with students in and outside of the classroom.

Job Description

Orientation Assistants should possess and demonstrate the following:
  • A strong desire to help others
  • Pride in being a member of the Jayhawk Community
  • Ability to serve as a role model, demonstrating good judgement and ethical behavior
  • Strong academic skills, including knowledge of their own academic program(s)
  • Strong communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking and interpersonal communication
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to manage stressful situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Motivation of self and others
  • Adaptability
  • Responsibility and reliability

Required Qualifications

  1. Available Summer 2019 (no classes, jobs, or time away from Orientation without prior approval), Hawk Week, and KU Common Book events
  2. Undergraduate student standing (sophomore, junior, or senior status by Fall 2019; students preferred who can work through May 2020)
  3. 12 credit hours completed at the University of Kansas by the end of the Fall 2018 semester
  4. Preferred GPA of a 3.0, Minimum GPA of a 2.75
  5. Desire to guide, mentor, and lead new students.
  6. Open to sharing their experience as a KU student to incoming students, parents, and guests.
  7. Demonstrate effective communication, organization, and time management skills
  8. Able to work and thrive on a diverse team
  9. Demonstrate sensitivity to needs and concerns of incoming students
  10. Available in the Fall semester for potential Peer Mentorship opportunities**
  11. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include the following:
  • cover letter describing your qualifications for this position
  • resume or CV
  • responses to both essay questions below
In 1-2 paragraphs, please answer the following essay questions:
  1. Why do you want to be an Orientation assistant?
  2. Describe what kinds of experiences you have had interacting with others that have different backgrounds from your own. What did you learn?
Only complete online applications will be considered.
This is a pool posting. Review of applications will be ongoing and hires will be made as needed throughout the posting period.

Contact Information to Applicants

Alex Cruse, alexcruse@ku.edu 785-864-4270

Advertised Salary Range

$9.25/ hour

Anticipated Start Date


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