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Orientation Team Position Descriptions

We have two types of positions that work directly with orientation throughout the summer. 

Orientation Leader

Who are Orientation Leaders?

Orientation Leaders are members of the Orientation and Family Connections staff. Orientation L eaders are current undergraduate NIU students who facilitate small group discussions with new students, answer questions, provide directions and help to ease the transition to NIU during orientation.

Responsibilities

Orientation Leaders are responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at orientation. This includes working in a positive manner with the entire Orientation and Family Connections staff, campus partners, new students and family members.

  • Facilitate numerous large and small group discussions on a variety of topics related to student success. This includes academics and student life
  • Be knowledgeable of campus resources, engagement and involvement opportunities
  • Serve as a role model, answer questions about student life and direct students to appropriate campus offices
  • Represent NIU and share your experiences as a student in an honest, positive and authentic manner
  • Assist with course registration during orientation programs
  • Prepare all orientation programming materials and set-up of orientation program
  • Attend and participate in all orientation leader trainings and activities
  • Attend and work all required orientation programs during summer 2018
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity/appreciation of difference of our new students, families and fellow orientation staff members.
  • Develop and demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills (including verbal and nonverbal)
  • Develop and demonstrate flexibility, critical thinking and conflict management skills
  • Serve in a community advisor role during the overnight portion of the program and address any issues that may occur on the floor
  • Work with the Orientation and Family Connections staff to produce high quality, organized and informative orientation programs

2018 Important Dates and Time Commitments

Orientation Team Training Kick-off
Wednesday, February 21 3:30-6 p.m.

Overnight Retreat
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24

Training
  • Wednesday, March 7 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 4 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday April 11 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2 3:30-6 p.m.

Reading Day Training Workshop
Friday, May 4 TBA

Orientation Student Staff Training
May 21-June 6 (full days)

Orientation for First-Year Students
June 7-August 7

End of Summer Celebration
August TBD

Terms of Employment

Orientation Leaders must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply and must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA during affiliation with Orientation and Family Connections. Orientation Leaders also must be in good disciplinary standing with NIU. Orientation and Family Connections will verify your academic and disciplinary standing as part of this application process.

Orientation Leaders must also be able to

  • Work 28 hours a week during summer training and first-year orientation programs
  • Live in a university residence hall during first-year orientation programs
  • Attend all required training sessions and orientation programs

Compensation

  • $8.50 per hour during spring 2018 training
  • $2,000 stipend for summer training and first-year orientation programs
  • Lodging in university residence hall during summer training and orientation programs
  • Meals while working first-year orientation programs

Orientation Program Intern

Who are Orientation Program Interns?

Orientation Program Interns are members of the Orientation and Family Connections staff. They are current undergraduate NIU students who serve a key function during first-year, transfer and family orientation programs. Orientation Program Interns manage program logistics, answer questions and provide directions to new students and families.

Responsibilities

Orientation Program Interns are responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at orientation. This includes working in a positive manner with the entire Orientation and Family Connections staff, campus partners, new students and family members.

  • Manage logistics for multi- dimensional orientation programs (first-year, transfer, family)
  • Manage check-in and checkout process (program and housing) for new students and families
  • Help design and serve on panels for new students and families
  • Be knowledgeable of campus resources, engagement and involvement opportunities
  • Serve as a role model, answer questions about student life and direct students to appropriate campus offices
  • Represent NIU and share your experiences as a student in an honest, positive and authentic manner
  • Prepare all orientation programming materials and set-up of orientation program
  • Attend and participate in all orientation program intern trainings and activities
  • Attend and work all required orientation programs during summer 2018
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity/appreciation of difference of our new students, families and fellow orientation staff members
  • Develop and demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills (including verbal and nonverbal)
  • De velop and demonstrate flexibility, critical thinking and conflict management skills
  • Work with the Orientation and Family Connections staff to produce high quality, organized and informative orientation programs

2018 Important Dates and Time Commitments

Dates are subject to minor changes.

Orientation Team Training Kick-off
Wednesday, February 21 3:30-6p.m.

Training
  • Wednesday, March 7 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 4 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25 3:30-6 p.m.
Overnight Retreat
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24

Reading Day Training Workshop
Friday, May 4

Orientation Student Staff Training
May 21-June 6 (full days)

Orientation for First-Year and Transfer Students
June 7-August 7

End of Summer Celebration
August TBD

Terms of Employment

Orientation Program Interns must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply and must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA during affiliation with Orientation and Family Connections. You also must be in good disciplinary standing with NIU. Orientation and Family Connections will verify your academic and disciplinary standing as part of this application process.

Orientation Program Interns must also be able to

  • Work 28 hours a week during summer training and first-year orientation programs.
  • Live in a university residence hall during first-year orientation programs.
  • Attend all required tr aining sessions and orientation programs.

Compensation

  • $8.50 per hour during spring 2018 training.
  • $2,000 stipend for summer training and first-year orientation programs.
  • Lodging in university residence hall during summer training and orientation programs.
  • Meals while working first-year orientation programs.