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Orientation Leader Position Description

Orientation Leaders serve as a primary resource for new students and their families and are therefore expected to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, integrity, care, friendliness, and a positive attitude. Orientation Leaders should exhibit a strong commitment to the mission of Drake University.


Orientation Leaders and other staff members will work to create a friendly and helpful environment in which students and their parents can find answers to their many questions and concerns about Drake University.  Specific duties will include the following:

  • Attend ALL portions of the orientation staff development and program sessions, including arrival and departure periods, briefing and debriefing. Applicants are advised that the schedule is tight and most weekends during the month of June will be used. 
  • Assist the Associate/Assistant Dean of their college with academic advising and course registration
  • Facilitate small group discussion
  • Assist with check-in and checkout processes
  • Assist the Residence Life staff in maintaining a warm and friendly community environment for orientation guests. This will include making keen observations of building activity and addressing behavioral problems, reporting maintenance concerns, etc.
  • Coordinate social activities and team building activities for orientation guests
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with a diverse group of staff members
  • Be responsible and accountable to team members, staff, and new students and their families
  • Serve as a positive role model and interact with team members, staff and new students authentically, truthfully, and honestly
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


All Orientation Leaders must be in good academic standing with the University.  “Good standing” is defined as maintaining no less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and being free of any type of academic or non-academic probation.

Please Note: The first phase of the selection process will begin with group process (each person will attend one of two sessions) and then the Orientation Leader Selection Committee will review applicants and select the individuals to be interviewed. All applicants must meet the requirement of a 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average, and have the ability to express their ideas and thoughts in written form. Clarity, grammar, spelling, and overall professionalism will be taken into consideration when reviewing the applications.

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