Orientation Leader Job Description

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are undergraduate students who play an integral role in introducing new students to Newbury by serving as mentors and sharing their experiences as successful students. Throughout the summer, OLs assist our incoming students and their families in a variety of capacities, all to make the newest members of our community excited and prepared to come to Newbury College. OLs work in collaboration with other OLs, student affairs professional staff, residence life staff, academic advisors, peer mentors, admissions ambassadors and other College administrators to ensure that new students have a positive orientation experience.


An OL must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at Newbury College who has completed at least 15 credit hours and whose baccalaureate degree will not be completed prior to December 2015. OLs should be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or above) and good student conduct standing. The division of student affairs staff is looking for individuals who represent the diversity of the Newbury College community in their experience and interests. OL candidates should possess a variety of qualities, including (but not limited to):

  • Effective communication skills
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Familiarity with Newbury resources, services, and degree units
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Pride in being a Newbury student
  • A desire to work collaboratively with students, families, faculty, and staff
  • Dedication and flexibility
  • A willingness to learn
  • Desire to part of a dynamic team experience


  • Facilitate small group interaction with incoming students
  • Serve as a positive representative of Newbury while fostering a welcoming environment among its newest community members 
  • Explain academic and co-curricular opportunities and procedures
  • Acquaint new students with campus services and building locations
  • Communicate essential information in a variety of public settings
  • Assist with the preparation of Orientation materials and activities
  • Assume Resident Advisor (RA) responsibilities while living in Weltman Hall throughout OL training and all Orientation sessions 
  • Attend and participate in all OL training sessions
  • Other duties as assigned?


  • The OL position offers a variety of benefits:
  • Development of leadership and communication skills
  • Cultivation of lasting relationships with College faculty, staff, and students
  • Résumé enhancement
  • $400 stipend
  • A residence hall room in Weltman Hall during summer training and orientation sessions
  • Meals and orientation uniform

Additional Information

  • The OL position requires a significant time commitment during training and throughout all Orientation sessions. Duties during Orientation sessions require that OLs are alert and engaged from early in the morning until late in the evening
  • OLs are not permitted to engage in any course work during Summer session 1, with the exception of an internship course with the permission of the Dean of Student Affairs (as long as it doesn’t interfere with orientation training and program commitments. 
  • OLs are not permitted to have additional, non-University employment during
  • OLs may not consume alcohol in the residence halls, even if of legal age, at all during the orientation program. 
  • Please review Orientation Leader required dates and expectations

Important Orientation Leader Dates

Orientation Leader important dates to know:

Spring training –
if selected, you must attend the training session
May 10, 2017 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
May 11, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Residence hall move-in Friday, June 9, 2017
Intensive training week (including weekend) Friday, June 9 – Friday, June 16, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Orientation sessions Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18
Tuesday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 21
Orientation Wrap-Up Wenesday, June 21, 2017
Residence hall move-out Thursday, June 22, 2017 by 11:00 AM
Transfer Orientation Prep/Training Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Transfer Orientation Thursday, August 3 to Friday, August 4, 2017
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