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Orientation Leader Job Description and Responsibilities

The 2022 Summer Orientation Leader Position

The Office of New Student Programs is looking for approximately 100 students to fulfill the role as Orientation Leaders for the 2022 orientation season. Orientation Leaders are essential to a new student’s transition into the university. They will serve as mentors, provide information about the campus, answer questions and concerns, and build a community amongst other new students. These groups of students will need to be enthusiastic, resourceful and represent our diverse undergraduate population as they assist with new student and parent orientation. This position will work primarily in August, and will have monthly remote meetings throughout the spring and summer. 

Orientation Leader Duties

Each leader will assist with facilitating portions of the orientation program and providing program support where needed. Orientation will consist of a variety of campus tours, small group facilitation and assistance with both large/small scale programs. Sizes of student groups may vary.

Each leader will work in a cohort of 19 other Orientation Leaders and one Orientation Student Coordinator that will lead them. Leaders will be asked to meet one-on-one with their OSC, participate in training both virtually and in-person, and all scheduled Orientation related programming. 

Major job responsibilities will include program check-in, walking tours, planned social activities, leading small group sessions, and program support for Welcome to Michigan Events. Leaders are expected to actively engage with students and provide overall support to make each program a success in accordance with the ONSP goals and mission.

Orientation Leaders will facilitate a small group discussion focused on living and learning at U-M, academic and involvement questions and concerns, student health and safety, academic resources, decision-making strategies, and transitioning to U-M.


Conditions of Employment

Qualifications: Leaders must be a returning undergraduate student in August 2022 at the University of Michigan and are required to have been enrolled during the fall and winter terms prior to their employment, having been in good academic and judicial standing for both terms. OLs should be able to assume leadership roles and complete all assigned tasks. Positive representation of the University of Michigan is required. Commitment to serving students, parents, and University staff, including diverse populations, and a customer service philosophy are necessary. Previous experience in a team or community living environment is helpful, but not required.

Time commitment: Orientation Leaders are required to attend all training sessions, staff meetings, and must be available to work in August for programming and Welcome to Michigan Events. 

Orientation Leaders participate in training that will enhance their abilities in leading students for our Orientation program.

During the summer Orientation Leaders can have the flexibility to take summer courses, intern, have other employment, and other personal leisure activities as long as it does not interfere with the scheduled Orientation meetings and completion of the asynchronous Orientation Leader training requirements. Dates for those meetings are provided below. To be considered for this role as an Orientation Leader you MUST be available to work and be in Ann Arbor in August for Orientation programming and Welcome to Michigan Events. 

Contract: Each Orientation Leader will be required to sign a contract and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Must attend all training sessions both online and in-person
  • Be punctual, reliable, and conscientious in the performance of all responsibilities.
  • Must be available in August for in-person Orientation programming and events (Must be in Ann Arbor or surrounding areas).
  • Must follow all state/local laws and University policies regarding alcohol and other drug use. Must not consume alcohol when on-duty. Off-duty leaders may not use, or be under the influence of, these substances in the presence of any orientation participants.


  • Orientation Leaders will receive $15.00 per hour for all work.  Training is paid hourly as well. 
  • Meals will be provided during the Orientation program.
  • Orientation Leaders will receive staff apparel.

Important Dates 

Spring/Summer Meetings 

  • All candidates must be available for a mandatory meetings on the following dates during the winter, spring and summer 2022 terms:
    • Friday, April 15, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (in-person)
    • Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (virtual) 
    • Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (virtual)
    • Saturday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (virtual) 


August Training, Programming, and Events

  • All staff must attend training sessions on August 18-19 (virtual) and August 21-23 (in-person). Times will be provided once hired.  
  • All staff will assist with the facilitation of Orientation programs and events
    • Staffing of events will take place August 24-September 5. 
    • Orientation related events will be mandatory for all Orientation Leaders to staff, lead, and facilitate. 
    • Welcome To Michigan Events will be available for all Orientation Leaders who are able to work and will require registration. These events will occur during the first couple of weeks of school. 
    • Orientation Leaders will have the option to work around their class schedules when selecting days and times to work Welcome to Michigan events during the first week of classes. 
Application Process


Applicants must complete an online application by February 15 at 5:00 p.m. To access the application please click here. Applicants who are selected to move forward will be asked to complete and submit a video interview. Those invites will be sent by February 23. 

Upon review of the video interview if an Applicant is selected you must sign up for and attend an individual interview session. Interviews will be held March 14-30 at various times and will require Applicants to register for a day and time. 

Applicants will be notified if they have moved on to the individual interview round on March 9.  

At the conclusion of the individual interview round, candidates will be notified of their status by April 5.  


Orientation interview and selection dates section:

Individual Interviews

  • Individual Interviews will take place by invitation only from March 14- March 30.

Decision Notifications

  • Candidates will be notified of their status on April 5.