Orientation Assistant - Student Hourly - 21177BR

Orientation Assistant - Student Hourly

Ctr Orientation Transition Prg
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The Center for Orientation and Transition Programs works to assist students with their transition to the University of Kansas. The function of an Orientation Assistant (OA) is to serve as a member of the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs and further our mission to help students discover, engage, and belong at the University of Kansas.

Job Description

The function of the Orientation Assistant (OA) position is to serve as a member of the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs 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 may also serve as an ongoing resource for current KU students by serving as ambassadors for other Center for Orientation & Transition programs initiatives including Hawk Week, Sophomore September, and Winter Welcome. 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, and related programs throughout the year.

Required Qualifications

  • Available Summer 2022 (OAs are required to be present during the Summer Orientation program. OAs are prohibited from taking in-person courses, but online enrollment is welcome. In addition, time away and conflicting employment is prohibited during training and Summer Orientation), Hawk Week, and other Orientation and Transition Program events.
  • Undergraduate student standing (sophomore, junior, or senior status by Fall 2022; students preferred who can work through May 2023).
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 2.5.
  • Experience with mentorship and leadership as demonstrated in application materials.
  • Strong written communication, organization and time management skills as demonstrated in application materials.
  • Prior experience working and thriving on a diverse team as demonstrated in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong desire to help others.
  • Pride in being a member of the Jayhawk Community.
  • Strong desire to mentor, lead, and inspire new Jayhawks.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to needs and concerns of incoming students.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to manage stressful situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Motivation of self and others.
  • Adaptability during any part of programming (beginning, during, after)
  • Responsibility and reliability.
  • Transfer student status a plus.
  • Open to sharing their experience as a KU student to incoming students, parents, and guests.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Completing the Orientation Assistant Application
Submit your Orientation Assistant job application by following the outlined instructions below:
  1. Go to employment.ku.edu.
  2. Select the blue “Students” box, then click on “Search Openings.”
  3. Click on the job title to view details and apply.
  4. Click "Apply to job."
  5. Either create a new login or log in using your credentials (if you have previously applied for an on-campus job using the KU employment system).
  6. Follow the steps to complete the application process.
  7. A complete application will include a resume and a cover letter.
  8. If you have problems applying, please call the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs at (785) 864-4270 or email Alex Cruse (alexcruse@ku.edu).
  9. Applications are due Wednesday, May 18, 2022 by midnight (updated).

Contact Information to Applicants

Alex Cruse

Advertised Salary Range

$9.75/hour; other compensation includes Orientation and Hawk Week attire, recreation pass, and summer student health fee paid. Successful candidates will be responsible for their own summer housing.

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
Ctr Orientation Transition Prg
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Employee Class: