Orientation Leader

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs employs 100 Orientation Leaders (OLs) who work closely with the Associate Director to support our new students (first-year and transfer) and their families during their transition to Ithaca College. We are looking for a comprehensive team of leaders who demonstrate skills in the following areas to become members of this enthusiastic and resourceful group.


  1. Guide and welcome new students, families, and guests to Ithaca College.
  2. Assist with all aspects of Fall Orientation including, but not limited to, orientation prep, escorting students/families and guests around campus, event set-up/tear down, participation in meals and evening activities, crisis response, and other duties as assigned.
  3. Facilitating and effectively managing small group discussions with incoming students including resource sharing, supporting students through their transition to college, self-identity exploration, etc.
  4. Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment by articulating and exemplifying Ithaca College’s academic and community expectations, addressing common transition questions, discussing what it means to be part of a diverse community, and modeling an exploration of self/social identities.
  5. Being a responsible and positive peer mentor to new students, understanding that this relationship continues into the semester and has a significant impact on a student’s IC experience.
  6. Educating incoming students on academic planning information and resources.
  7. Introducing students to campus support services and locations across campus, as well as social, emotional, and academic resources provided by the college.
  8. Adhere to the Office of New Student & Transition Programs employment policies, the Student Conduct Code, and all national, state, and local laws throughout the duration of your employment.

Job Requirements:

All candidates must be

  • In good judicial standing.
  • Have acceptable academic standing (with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 maintained through the spring semester).
  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at time of hire through Fall 2020.

Employment Details:

  • All Orientation Staff will receive a comprehensive leadership development training designed to increase knowledge of campus resources, effective communication strategies, leadership tools, and to create a high-functioning, cohesive orientation team.
  • Orientation Leaders will be paid an hourly rate of $11.80 over two weeks.

Work Schedule:

  • O-Staff Spring Training: April 18th (*this is required for all new hires)
  • O-Staff Fall Training: August 12th (8 am) - August 17th
  • Orientation Program: August 18th - August 23rd
    • O-Staff cannot work another job during August employment, this includes pre-semester trainings/programs.