Apply to Become an Orientation Leader (OL)!

2021 Orientation Leader (OL) Team Application -

Link Provided After Applicant Attends one of the Mandatory Virtual OL Information Sessions (below see the Virtual OL Information Sessions tab for details)

opens on Monday, September 28, 2020  

closes on Friday, October 16, 2020 by 5:00pm CST

Please take a look below to learn more about the Orientation Leader (OL) role. If you are interested for our OL role or you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at newstudentprograms@umsl.edu or at 314-516-5089.

 

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New Student Programs Office each year selects a group of undergraduate student leaders who have the opportunity to welcome our new incoming students, new transfer students, and family members to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Orientation Leader (OL) team is a group of students who are trained to share about UMSL's campus resources, to share about their UMSL experience, and to build connections to their peers, faculty, and staff. 

The OLs selected are considered some of UMSL's top student leaders on campus by students, faculty, and staff.  Individuals interested in this position need to want to grow your own personal and professional development skills, want to learn/grow knowledge about UMSL's campus, want to share positive experiences of being a student, and to provide our incoming students and families the best experience at Orientation. 

Orientation Leader Job Description & Important Dates PDF for 2021 

Orientation Leader Job Description

Department Mission:

The Office of New Student Programs (NSP) provides ongoing programs and services that support new students and families in transition to University of Missouri – St. Louis

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a positive role model, set an example, & be excited to promote the UMSL community to students.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, to provide assistance, and to promote accurate information to students regarding UMSL, campus, and welcome programming.
  • Initiate and develop open communication & interaction with your new students, fellow leaders and professional staff.
  • Work closely and effectively with Orientation Leaders and staff to make a memorable and welcoming environment for new students.
  • Lead other students in programmatic components & sessions during family or student Orientation programs.

Requirements:

  • Reliable, responsible, confident, creative, sincere, flexible, willing to help, and good communication skills.
  • An energetic and fun personality, positive attitude, and dedication to the role.
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA for the OL role.
  • Eligible to register as an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) from now (Fall 2020-Fall 2021).
  • Basic knowledge of UMSL campus and desire to further knowledge.
  • Able to attend all training and Orientation dates on following page.
  • You are not allowed to enroll in summer courses or study abroad in the summer, as they would conflict with required dates below page. You need to be present to work all dates below.

Compensation:

  • The opportunity to impact the lives, experiences, and academic success of first-year students at UMSL.
  • To build deep bonds and friendships with other students and increase your professional network with staff/faculty on campus.
  • Experience as a Para-professional to gain personal and professional skills for your future with the trainings.
  • Hourly wage: $10.30 per hour
  • Additional Perks: OL apparel items, meals during programs, and much more!
  • Potential Option for On-Campus Living in Residential Life and Housing facility during May-August. (Must complete Residential Life and Housing volunteer hours for compensation of living on campus listed on next pages volunteer dates. This does not include a meal plan.)
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Required Dates: Please view important dates in the next section called OL Time Commitment & Important Dates. 

Required Dates:

ORIENTATION DATES MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK ALL DATES.Will be notified upon hired or as soon as NSP staff knows if any dates have changed to the dates listed on the following pages. Please note the hour’s estimation is an estimate and is subject to change.

NODA Regional Conference (if selected & availability), team socials, and ResLife Volunteer Hours (compensate for Housing if interested) are included in dates, but are NOT PAID EVENTS. 

Orientation Leader Job Description & Important Dates PDF

MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK ALL DATES. WILL BE NOTIFIED IF DATES CHANGE UPON HIRED

December (17 hours)

Saturday, December 5 (9am-5pm)                                   OL Virtual Retreat

Friday, December 18    (2pm-5pm)                                  NSP: OL Prep for Virtual Orientation -Virtual

Monday, December 21 (8am-2pm)                                   Virtual Orientation 

January (15-20 hours)

Wednesday, January 13 (2pm-5pm)                                  NSP: OL Prep for Virtual Orientation -Virtual

Thursday, January 14     (8am-2pm)                                  Virtual Orientation 

Saturday, January 16      (8am-2pm)                                  Virtual Orientation 

Monday, Jan. 11 - Friday, Jan. 22 TBD                Work Shifts for Welcome Bags & Virtual Programming

OL Spring Trainings (January-April--19.5 hours)

OL Spring Training begins, week of January 19 first meeting to last meeting end of April, (1.5 hours, per week, for 13 weeks).

Week of the following dates:

  • Week of Jan. 25
  • Week of Feb. 1
  • Week of Feb. 8
  • Week of Feb. 15
  • Week of Feb. 22
  • Week of March 1
  • Week of March 8
  • Week of March 15
  • Week of March 22
  • Week of March 29 NO TRAINING SPRING BREAK
  • Week of April 5
  • Week of April 12
  • Week of April 19
  • Week of April 26

OL Dance/Song Practices (December-February 13 hours)

Week of the following for practices:

  • December Winter Break -- create song virtually (decided time) (2 hr)
  • Week of Jan. 19 --finalize song (2 hr)
  • Week of Jan. 25 --record song  (3 hr)
  • Week of Feb. 1   --practice dance (3hr)
  • Week of Feb. 12 —practice dance + performance 5pm-8pm (3 hr)

March/April (6 hours or more, optional 20 more hours)

Saturday, March TBD                                                  UMSL Day

March 2021 TBD                                                     NODA Virtual Regional Conference 

Monday, March 29-Friday, April 2 (2pm-5pm, 15 hours)  OL Phone Calling optional over spring break

Monday, April 5-April 16 (various times)                        OL Video Taping, sign-up for shifts--timeslot as it gets sooner

 

May (paid NSP 88 hours)             

Sunday, May 2 (11am-4pm)                                        Welcome Leader Spring Training 

Thursday, May 13 (2pm-5pm)                                       NSP OL Prep Work

Friday, May 14 (7am - 4pm)                                         Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Monday, May 17 (2pm-5pm)                             NSP OL Prep Work: OL Photo Day & Phone Calling/tasks

Tuesday, May 18 (8am-4pm)                                        OL Camp-low ropes course

Wednesday, May 19 (9am-5pm)                                    OL Training

Thursday, May 20 (9am-5pm)                                       OL Training

Friday, May 21 (9am-1pm)                                            OL Training + Fun social

Monday, May 24 (9am-5pm)                                          OL Training

Tuesday, May 25 (9am-5pm)                                          OL Training

Wednesday, May 26 (9am-5pm)                                     OL Training

Thursday, May 27 (9am-5pm)                                        OL Training

Friday, May 28 (8am-4pm)                       Orientation Transition Retention Showcase/NSP OL Prep Work

June (volunteer-Reslife/socials & paid NSP 98 hours)

Tuesday, June 1 (2pm-10pm)                     NSP OL Prep time/Triton Overnight Experience Session 1

Wednesday, June 2 (7am-6pm)                  New Student Orientation (NSO)

Thursday, June 3

     (10:30am-12pm)                                   Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

     (3pm-10pm)                                          Triton Overnight Experience Session 2

Friday, June 4 (7am-6pm)                            New Student Orientation (NSO)

Monday, June 7

    (10:30am-12pm)                                     Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (3pm-10pm)                                            Triton Overnight Experience Session 3 **Transfer session

Tuesday, June 8 (7am-4pm)                           Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Wednesday, June 9

   (12:30pm-2pm)                                         OL Social (not paid for fun)

   (2pm-5pm)                                                NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

Thursday, June 10

    (9am-12pm)                                               Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                                 NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

Tuesday, June 15

    (10:30am-12pm)                                         Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                                  NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

 

Wednesday, June 16 (3pm-10pm)                      Triton Overnight Experience Session 4

Thursday, June 17 (7am-6pm)                           New Student Orientation (NSO)

Friday, June 18

    (10:30am-12pm)                                           Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (3pm-10pm)                                                  Triton Overnight Experience Session 5

Saturday, June 19 (7am-6pm)                              New Student Orientation (NSO)

****OL BREAK from role: Great time to take vacations/trips from June 20 to July 4 if interested****

JULY (volunteer-Reslife/socials & paid NSP 65 hours)

Thursday, July 1 (2pm-5pm)                                If Available - NSP OL Phone Calling

Tuesday, July 6   

    (9am-12pm)                                                   Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                                     NSP OL Prepwork 

Wednesday, July 7 (3pm-10pm)                        Triton Overnight Experience Session 6 *Transfer session

Thursday, July 8 (7am-4pm)                                  Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Friday, July 9

    (9am-12pm)                                                   Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (1pm-5pm)                                                    OL Mid-Summer Social TBD, fun time not paid 

Monday, July 12

    (9am-12pm)                                               Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

   (2pm-5pm)                                                  NSP OL Prep: Prep & OL Admitted Student Phone Calling

Tuesday, July 13

   (9am-12pm)                                                Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

   (2pm-5pm)                                                  NSP OL Prep: Prep & OL Admitted Student Phone Calling

Wednesday, July 14

   (10:30am-12pm)                                          Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

   (3pm-10pm)                                                Triton Overnight Experience Session 7   

Thursday, July 15 (7am-6pm)                           New Student Orientation (NSO)

Friday, July 16 (7am-4pm)                               Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

****OL BREAK from role: Great time to take vacations/trips from July 28 - August 1 if interested****

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER (volunteer-reslife/socials & paid NSP 79)

Wednesday, August 4     (1am-5pm)                    NSP OL Prep Work 

Thursday, August 5    (10:30am-12pm)                Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

Friday, August 6       (7am-4pm)                         Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Friday, August 13       (9am-5pm)                        NSP OL Prep Work —bring own lunch will have break

Saturday, August 14   (8am-4pm)                        Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Tuesday, August 17    (9am-5pm)                         NSP OL Prep Work —bring own lunch will have break

Wednesday, August 18

    (7am-6pm)                                                         New Student Orientation (NSO)

    (6pm-10pm)                                                       Welcome Leader Training (meal included)

Thursday, August 19 - Sunday, August 22                 Triton Take-Off Weekend **schedule as it gets sooner, keep all day open -- possible 30-40 hours this weekend to get paid

Monday, August 23-Tuesday, August 24                     Help-A-Triton Table, volunteer for two shift

September 13-17 (1 hour)                                   OL Exit Interviews, will sign-up for timeslot paid NSP

September 20-24 (5pm-7pm)    OL End of Year Celebration, team will vote on date to meet not paid fun

Mandatory To Attend a Virtual OL Information Sessions 

All applicants interested to apply for the Orientation Leader (OL) position are required to attend at least one of the below OL Information Sessions. This will be a time you will have professional staff and past OLs talk about the position and answering any questions from application to interviewing process. Each of these sessions are required to attend at lease one to receive your unique application link to apply for the OL 2021 Team position. 

  • Virtual Experience, RSVP on MyEngage Events https://myengage.umsl.edu/ to find OL Info Session Zoom Link:
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm CST 
      • Monday-Friday (September 28, 29, 30, October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
    • 5:00pm-6:00pm CST
      • Monday-Thursday (September 28, 29, 30, October 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15)

 

How to Apply Steps

Step 1 

Go to myengage.umsl.edu and RSVP for one of the Virtual OL Information Sessions. Save the zoom link of the OL Information Session and add your date/time to your calendar for the info session. 

 

Step 2

Attend at least one Virtual OL Information Session with your provided link from MyEngage Event for OL Information Session. All applicants interested to apply for the Orientation Leader (OL) position are required to attend at least one of the Virtual OL Information Sessions. This will be a time you will have professional staff and past OLs talk about the position and answering any questions from application to interviewing process. All applicants are required to attend at least one Virtual OL Information session to receive your unique application link to apply for the OL 2021 Team position. 

 

Step 3

Complete your OL 2021 Application by Friday, October 16 by 5:00pm CST.  The application should take 30 to 60 minutes to complete (general information about you, upload a recent resume, include a list of current involvement on campus and jobs, list of any awards, answer the essay question why are you interested in becoming an Orientation Leader?, and cumulative GPA.) If you are a first-year student, please provide your expected end of semester GPA---we will check grades upon end of semester. 

If you need assistance on writing a resume, please make a virtual appointment with the Career Services Office where they can assist you with resume assistance or check their online tools HERE

 

Step 4

Sign-up for your OL 2021 Interview by Friday, October 16 by 5:00pm CST on your OL Application the last question of your application, the link is provided. Must copy the link from the OL Application and select your OL Interview date. Add this date and time to your calendar. 

 

Step 5

Attend your Virtual OL Interview to be considered for the OL position.  The OL Interview will be on zoom for 1 hour with a few New Student Programs staff. You will receive an email calendar invite prior to your selected date/time with your individualized zoom link to attend your Virtual OL Interview. 

If you you have any questions, email us at newstudentprograms@umsl.edu  

Tips for your interview:

  • Check out UMSL Career Services Office to learn best practices for interviews. Plan ahead and make an appointment. 
  • Business casual attire is recommended.
  • If you are a first semester first-year student, you need to bring a copy of your midterm grades and submit them during this interview to verify your GPA. 
  • Arrive early to your interview on zoom, you will be in a waiting room.  Please be patience and NSP staff will let you in when they are ready for you. If you have an emergency and need to reschedule, please contact the New Student Programs Office at 314-516-5089 or newstudentprograms@umsl.edu as soon as possible. 
  • If at any time you need to withdraw your OL application, please contact the New Student Programs Office at 314-516-5089 or newstudentprograms@umsl.edu as soon as possible. 

Notification of the OL Position

After you completed the OL application, you attended your Virtual OL Interview---you will be notified by email if selected or not by Week of October 26, 2020. 

Not Selected for the OL Role

You are encouraged to apply again next year! Now you went through this process, you have learned more items to prepare for the future, and you can utilize the UMSL Career Services Office to gain more insight on how to prepare as well.  If you would like to learn how you can grow from the OL interviewing experience, you can email newstudentprograms@umsl.edu to make an appointment to talk about areas of growth in your interviewing skills. 

Keep in mind New Student Programs has a Welcome Leader position for Triton Take-Off Weekend during the beginning of the fall semester.  This is a great way to help incoming new and transfer students on UMSL's campus to make a positive impact too! Recruitment for this position is in the spring semester. Or we encourage you to volunteer at our Help-A-Triton tables during fall/spring welcome programs, more information on our www.umsl.edu/wow page. 

Nomination Form

Yes, a fellow student, an UMSL staff member, and/or an UMSL faculty member are eligible to nominate an individual you think would be a great Orientation Leader. If you have someone in mind, please complete the nomination form (your name as nominator, your email, and your list of students first, last name with email, and with any reasons why.) After you submit your nomination form, the Office of New Student Programs will send them a follow-up email about the role that they have been nominated. Please note, the students must still complete the OL Application before it closes. If you have any questions, you can email newstudentprograms@umsl.edu or call us at 314-516-5089 to answer any questions.

Nominate a student here

All quotes from past Orientation Leaders of how they would describe their OL experience:

Learned how to be a better leader--on stage and off stage with work and life. Enhanced communication skills and to be more a empathetic listener. 

Mentorship to other students on the team and incoming students. 

Beneficial position that gives you great exposure to resources on-campus, people on-campus, and knowledge of UMSL. Transferable skills (communication, diversity/inclusion, public speaking, empathetic listening, Disney Customer Service, conflict management, working on a team, dancing/stage presence, gratitude/appreciation, Resume, LinkedIn account, job/graduate school search, etiquette dinner, and Being the best you).

Mix of professional Development and growing my UMSL Family. :)

Great group of friends to hang out with now and the OL role didn't feel like work! 

Confidence in myself, enhance school pride, knowledge of campus, and considering myself a leader now.

Helped me grow as a person.

Growth in my confidence, meaningful relationships, and inspiring new students.

Valuable experience that was enjoyable and enhanced my leadership skills. 

Built quick connections on the team with relationships, a group I can trust, and a team I was able to learn/grow!

Great networking opportunity! 

Really great experience that enhanced my public speaking skills. 

Learned how to be a better me, personally and professionally--by working with others, learning more about the university, building connections, and confidence to do my OL role.

Built valuable connections of faculty, staff, and new students (first-years & transfers) that will all assist in your college experience. 

OL experience was really awesome that it provided me with ways to learn (critical thinking, trouble shooting, communication skills, self-confidence, how to build rapport with others, etc.) about myself and help others find their passion. 

A great experience to learn more about my own leadership style, how to work in a team, where my strengths are best used in a team, and how I like to help others transition into a new life/career. 

Enjoyed reconnecting with students after Orientation season during the school year to know I was able to help impact them to be here at UMSL. :) 

The OL experience made me self-reflective on all the incoming student's passions in the excitement of Orientation, to realize what I want to do in my own life. 

Eye opening experience that builds you up as an individual.  I built close friendships with my teammates who help me through my ups and downs.  It is fun, sometimes long days, but it is a good experience to build you personally and professional with a network on campus from staff, faculty, and students. 

The role of the Orientation Leaders is one of the most important in the Orientation process; the students below are dedicating their summer to offer guidance and support to our incoming first-year and transfer students! Please look for these students and join the Office of New Student Programs in welcoming our new students. 

We encourage all new students and families to use these leaders during your time at Orientation. They are here to assist with any questions.

 

2020 Orientation Leader (OL) Team

**Please note all years in school of our OL Team below, reflects class standing for Fall 2020 semester.**


Divine Akinjiyan 

Divine Akinjiyan

Major: Computer Science

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Kelsey Ginger

Kelsey Ginger

Major: Elementary Education--Special Education

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Major: History

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Wildwood, MO

 Chris Johnson-Mobley

Chris Johnson-Mobley

Major: Entrepreneurship

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Jai Jones

Jairo (Jai) Jones

Major: Computer Science 

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Ripley, TN

 

Becky Lin

Becky Lin

Major: Information System

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Taiwan

Mallory Mason

Mallory Mason

Major: Social Work & Psychology

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Ballwin, MO

 Mia Milazzo

Mia Milazzo

Major: Elementary Education--Special Education

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Orland Park, IL 

Malik Taylor-Allen

Malik Lendell Taylor-Allen

Major: Media Studies

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

 Jasmin Watson

Jasmin Watson

Major: Communication & Business Administration

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Jacksonville, IL

Elizabeth Younger

Elizabeth Younger

Major: Elementary Education--Middle School

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Saint Peters, MO