Orientation Leaders in WCU shirts

 

Applications for the 2021 Orientation Team are closed. If you have questions about your application, reach out to the orientation team's supervisor, Ann Mitchell. She'll be happy to answer your questions.

Click below to watch our video about being a 2021 Orientation Leader!
OrientationLeaders

Hello, Golden Ram! We're so glad you're here and interested in becoming a WCU Orientation Leader.

Being an Orientation Leader is a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to grow your leadership skills, enhance your resume, and have a lasting impact on the next class of Golden Rams. Applications for the 2021 Orientation Team are closed; however, please feel free to read through the information provided on this page and reach out if you have any questions.


New Student Programs Logo with Ram Head

 

Position Description

NOTE: The information below pertaining to the 2021 Orientation Team hiring process is being provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change for the 2022 Orientation Team hiring process, so please check back for updates.

Orientation Leaders are responsible for welcoming and orienting incoming students, families, and guests to West Chester University during all New Student Orientation programs offered for first-year students, transfer students, and adult learners. 
 
Expectations: 

  • Inform new students about campus resources, policies, and involvement opportunities
  • Serve as a role model, and mentor incoming students as they make their transition to WCU and throughout their first semester as a Golden Ram
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills and effective leadership skills
  • Take initiative and be task oriented
  • Model adaptability by demonstrating openness to change and embracing new opportunities
  • Exemplify organization and attention to detail
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the cultural differences and support diversity and inclusion
  • Attend and work all mandatory training and orientation events
  • Possess a sincere desire to serve WCU’s incoming students, families, and guests
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and show insight into the purpose of orientation
  • Support all University policies and procedures
  • Support University faculty and staff
  • Communicate effectively in a public setting and within a team environment
  • Support the mission, vision, values and goals of the Office of New Student Programs, the Division of Student Affairs, and West Chester University

Compensation: 

  • Hourly pay rate of $8.50
  • Optional traditional housing in June
  • Meal Plan (three meals/day) on required training and orientation days
  • Official New Student Programs uniform 

Qualifications

NOTE: The information below pertaining to the 2021 Orientation Team hiring process is being provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change for the 2022 Orientation Team hiring process, so please check back for updates.

In order to serve as an Orientation Leader, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current, full-time WCU degree seeking undergraduate student enrolled/enrolling in classes for the spring and fall 2021 semesters (seniors must be/plan to be enrolled in classes for spring 2021)
  • Possess a current cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.50 GPA throughout the employment period
  • Comply with the University Student Code of Conduct and be in good judicial standing
 

General FAQs

NOTE: The information below pertaining to the 2021 Orientation Team hiring process is being provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change for the 2022 Orientation Team hiring process, so please check back for updates.

  • I received a Golden Ticket from my OL. Does this mean I'm guaranteed a position or have a better chance at becoming an OL?
    Your Golden Ticket doesn't give you priority over other candidates, however, it does mean someone who has been an OL sees your leadership potential and wants you to apply!
  • What do do I do as an OL?
    Great question! OLs help new students and their families make a seamless transition to West Chester University. The team provides all the information necessary for new students to become successful members of the WCU community. 
  • Do I have to be a first-year student to apply for the OL position?
    No. Any student registered for at least 12 credits can apply. 
  • Do I have to be involved on campus in order to apply to be an OL?
    No, but it can help!  
  • I graduate in May. Can I still apply?
    Yes! In order to be eligible, you must be a WCU student through the Spring of 2021. You can work the summer semester after graduation. 
  • What types of characteristics or abilities are you looking for in Orientation Leader candidates?
    The Office of New Student Programs is seeking students who have a willingness to learn and grow as a student, person, and leader. In addition, students should live a life congruent with the purpose of helping new students and families have a seamless transition to WCU. Lastly, students should be passionate about WCU school spirit and the Ram Family!  
  • What if I must miss an orientation session over the summer?
    When you apply, you are committing to working all summer orientation programs. If you are already aware of an obligation that may pose a conflict, please contact Ann Mitchell. If we are unable to work through the conflict with you, we may suggest that you consider applying for the OL role in a future year.  
  • Can I live off campus during the summer?
    Yes. Please note that housing will be available during orientation periods in a traditional residence hall if we are holding on campus orientation programs for 2021.  
  • Can I take summer classes?
    Yes, but only during Summer II session. Summer I classes must discussed with the OL supervisor prior to registering for the class(es).  
  • Can I have another job?
    In the past, OLs have had other jobs while serving on the orientation team but found it added quite a bit of stress during the summer orientation season. Therefore, you can have another job in the summer but the hours must be equal to or less than 10 hours per week. We will expect the OL position to be your priority when there are mandatory orientation commitments, and you will not be allowed to miss these commitments due to conflicts with another job.  
  • Can I study abroad in the summer?
    It depends. The OL position will have various dates with required commitments that you should be aware of so please discuss these dates with the orientation team supervisor before moving forward with any study abroad planning.   
  • What is the time commitment for the OL position?
    Developing the orientation dates and time commitment information is currently in progress.  Once complete, there will be a document outlining two different scenarios for on-campus versus virtual orientation sessions.   
  • Can I be a Resident Assistant (RA) and an Orientation Leader at the same time?
    Yes, however August can be a challenge.  In light of COVID we are working on a plan to best accommodate both positions. 
  • Can you be an OL for more than one summer?
    Yes, but a returning OL application process may be required.
  • Are Orientation Leaders hired for just the summer, or do they work during the school year as well?
    The contract dates for the 2021 orientation team will be from January 24, 2021 through January 22, 2022. While the summer is when the most hours will be worked, there will be events during the spring and fall 2021 semesters that OLs will be expected to work. 

Information Session FAQs

NOTE: The information below pertaining to the 2021 Orientation Team hiring process is being provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change for the 2022 Orientation Team hiring process, so please check back for updates.

  • What was covered in the information session?
    Each Information Session reviewed the OL job description and responsibilities, the application process, and important dates.  Please click on the 2021 Orientation Team Information Session PowerPoint for detailed information. 
  • What if I missed the sessions?
    Email Ann Mitchell, Assistant Director of New Student Programs. She can help answer questions.  


Application FAQs

NOTE: The information below pertaining to the 2021 Orientation Team hiring process is being provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change for the 2022 Orientation Team hiring process, so please check back for updates.

 

  • Where can I access the OL application?
    The 2021 Orientation Leader application is no longer available. When open, the Orientation Leader application can be accessed through Handshake.
  • How long will the application be open?
    Check back for information about applications for the 2022 Orientation Team.  
  • Do I need to submit a resume with my application?
    Yes, when completing an Orientation Leader application a resume is required.  If you do not have a resume, please don't let that discourage you.  Check out the Twardowski Career Development Center website for guidance.
  • Do I need references?
    Yes, students applying for an Orientation Leader position need to submit the names and email addresses for two recommendations with their application. References should be sure to include their name, title, email address, and phone number. Acceptable references are employers, professors, supervisors, coaches, pastors, or advisors. This reference should NOT be a friend or family member.
  • What should I put for my GPA if I don't have a WCU GPA yet?
    If this is your first semester at WCU and you don't yet have a GPA, please use your most recent GPA from your high school or previous college. 

Interview FAQs

NOTE: The information below pertaining to the 2021 Orientation Team hiring process is being provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change for the 2022 Orientation Team hiring process, so please check back for updates.

 

  • Are interviews being conducted in person?
    No, all interviews will be conducted virtually.
  • What should I wear for my virtual interview?
    We suggest business casual that would be appropriate for an in-person interview setting.  
  • How long is the virtual interview?
    You can expect to be in the virtual interview for approximately one hour. You will meet with the New Student Programs staff for 30 minutes, followed by a meeting with the Assistant Director of New Student Programs for an individual 30-minute interview.  
  • What if I have an issue scheduling a time for the virtual interview?
    The virtual interview is required. New Student Programs will work with you to find a time during business hours for your interview. If we are unable to find an acceptable time, we encourage you to consider applying for the OL role in a future year.  
  • What happens if I don’t sign up for an interview on time?
    We will try to contact you before the deadline to sign up for your interview, but if you do not select a time slot we will assume that you do not wish to continue in the application process. It is your responsibility as the candidate to follow through on this portion of the application process.  
  • Will I know the questions beforehand?
    No. Just like most other professional or leadership role interviews, you will not be privy to the questions before either the group or individual interview. However, generally speaking expect to be ready to share why you are interested in the Orientation Leader position, why you believe you are qualified, and how you connect with the Office of New Student Programs mission. 
  • Do I need to bring a copy of anything with me for my interview?
    No – just bring a smile and a great attitude!  
  • What is the best way to prepare?
    We suggest being familiar with the Office of New Student Programs mission and contacting the Twardowski Career Development Center for guidance. 
Back to top of page.