Orientation Leader Application

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All interested candidates must attend an Info Session to gain access to the application.The next Orientation Leader Info Session is on Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:30pm in Hagerty Lounge.


An Orientation Leader is an undergraduate who, along with student coordinators, assists the Office of New Student and Family Programs with the planning and implementation of Orientation and Weekend of Welcome programs at Saint Mary’s College. Orientation Leaders facilitate various aspects of student and family programs, manage events, and serve as student representatives of the College. Orientation Leaders assist first year students with their adjustment to the college both socially and academically. In order to participate in The Orientation Leader Program, students who are selected must in enroll in EDUC 085: Exploring Leadership during spring term and a full time commitment over the summer during the month of June and the latter half of August 2019.


  • Complete and pass a section of EDUC 085: Exploring Leadership, the .25 Leadership Course.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings with the Orientation Leader team.
  • Must be available to assist with the organization and implementation of Orientation and Weekend of Welcome programs, to include sessions on June 20, 22, 29 and Weekend of Welcome from August 18th-Sept. 2
  • Facilitate various aspects of Orientation student and parent programs, to include academic advising workshops, interest sessions and discussion groups.
  • Manage the planning and implementation of events during Weekend of Welcome.
  • Assist with registration and overnight accommodations for orientation program participants.
  • Enforce College, residence hall, and orientation policies during the programs.
  • Serve as a general resource for new students and families, and campus officials.
  • Assist Admissions with recruitment programs in the spring semester.
  • Identify and appropriately respond to any academic or co-curricular issue that may arise with student advisee(s).
  • Work collaboratively with other student staff to promote and/or assist in planning of programs that promote learning in the First Year Experience areas of interest.
  • Assist the Office of New Student & Family Programs with other duties as assigned.


Along with the Leadership Course, there will be a mandatory training in June that will examine the role of the Orientation Leader within the College community, and in the recruitment and retention of new students and the support of their family members.


Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Good communication and public speaking skills, professionalism, teamwork, a prompt and dependable work ethic and the ability to make new students and their families feel comfortable, are essential for success in the program. Campus involvement and an understanding of Saint Mary’s College resources are preferred; bilingual language ability is a plus. CANDIDATES CANNOT BE RESIDENT ADVISERS AND ORIENTATION LEADERS FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR.


This program offers a $1,000 leadership award gifted in June and August as well as provides on-campus housing during the June commitment. Awards are based upon the completion of tasks and the conduct of the individual.


If you are interested in filling out the Orientation Leadership application click the link below.  You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • General Information
  • Application Questions (5 essay questions)


Once you attend an Info Session, you will receive a link to the application.

Thank you for your interest in welcoming our newest Gaels!