Student Leadership Opportunities

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Student Leadership Opportunities

Orientation Advisors

New Student Services (NSS) oversees orientation for thousands of incoming students each year, ensuring they successfully transition, both academically and socially, to the university. Each year, NSS interviews and hires a diverse group of talented students, called Orientation Advisors (OAs), to develop, plan and execute these orientation programs.

If you are looking for a fun and rewarding leadership opportunity, working with a diverse and socially conscious group of campus leaders, then consider applying to become an OA. OAs are important representatives for all incoming students—they are among the first people new students and families meet! The on-campus housing, meal plan and wages are simply the generous monetary benefits of becoming an OA.

Develop your skills in countless ways, make lifelong friendships and become a true ambassador for The University of Texas at Austin as an Orientation Advisor!

2018-19 Recruitment

Information Sessions

If you are interested in being an Orientation Advisor, you must attend an information session. After attending an information session you will receive a link to the online application, which consists of basic demographic information and short answer questions. You will also need to enter the names and contact information for two references: one must be a peer leader and the other must be a UT faculty/staff member or former or current teacher/supervisor (can be a high school teacher). When you enter their names, they will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation letter.

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Calhoun Hall (CAL) 100

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Graduate School of Business Bldg. (GSB) 2.126

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Pharmacy Building (PHR) 2.108

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Garrison Hall (GAR) 0.102

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Mary E. Gearing Hall (GEA) 105

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Burdine Hall (BUR) 106

Online Application

You can check your application status at any time and see if your references have submitted their recommendation forms on the application status page: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/dos/orientation/staffing/status/

Before you apply, review Helpful Tips for Orientation Advisor (OA) Candidates.

Interview Process

When you fill out your application you will sign up for an interview session. You must attend the interview day in order to be eligible for a position. You will be notified if you have been selected to be an OA, if you have been put on the waitlist, or if you were not selected for a position before Thanksgiving.

Orientation Advisors are also expected to work the following events:

  • Summer School Orientation (one day in May)
  • August Orientation (three days in August)
  • Select Longhorn Welcome events

OAs may also be recruited to volunteer or work at various other extended orientation programs and campus events throughout the year.

See the job descriptions below for more information on the position requirements and compensation.


Summary of Orientation Advisor Positions

Position Status

1st Year Orientation Advisor

Serving as an Orientation Advisor (OA) provides the opportunity to have a significant impact on incoming students. Through their commitment to serving the university, OAs will receive in-depth personal and group leadership development, training on university history, job-specific skills and enhanced peer relationship-building techniques. Additionally, OAs receive several weeks of peer academic advising training from academic counselors within respective colleges. OAs have a unique position with the ability to engage fellow Longhorns in one of the most important times of their college career, as they transition to campus and register for classes. OAs are selected in the fall semester and enter into a probationary period during the spring semester. Upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period, OAs will be hired for employment beginning May 2019. Compensation includes an hourly wage, housing in an on-campus residence hall, a meal card for use during scheduled work or training hours, and Bevo Bucks. This position may be held up to two times.

Open

2nd Year Orientation Advisor

2nd Year Orientation Advisors are students who have served a year with the Orientation Advisor program and wish to serve for another year as a role model for 1st Year OAs. They will complete all of the same duties as 1st Year Orientation Advisors and will bring a level of added expertise and professionalism to the program. Compensation includes an hourly wage, housing in an on-campus residence hall, a meal card for use during scheduled work or training hours, and Bevo Bucks. This position may be held up to two times.

Open

Leadership Team Member

The Leadership Team provides significant guidance to Orientation Advisors, with the unique opportunity to impact peers and incoming students simultaneously. Only students who have completed at least one year of the Orientation Advisor program are eligible to apply. If selected, students will lead committees, assist in the training of Orientation Advisors and provide leadership to the orientation program. The Leadership Team will serve along with New Student Services staff to carry out the mission of New Student Services. Compensation includes an hourly wage, housing in an on-campus residence hall, a meal card for using during scheduled work or training hours and Bevo Bucks.

Open

Summer Orientation Staff (SOS)

Summer Orientation Staff (SOS) are former Orientation Advisors who work behind the scenes with orientation details and serve as a central location for new students to gain information during orientation. They are recognized by NSS staff as someone who possesses strong communication and organizational skills and are able to exhibit strong customer service and knowledge about the orientation program. Compensation includes an hourly wage.

Closed

Summer Orientation Staff Coordinator (SOSC)

Summer Orientation Staff Coordinators (SOSC) are former Orientation Advisors who are able to lead their SOS peers with simultaneous projects throughout the summer to ensure a successful orientation experience for new students. They are recognized by NSS staff as someone who possesses strong leadership skills and the ability to lead by example to enhance the orientation program. Compensation includes an hourly wage.

Closed

 

Graduate Assistants

Position OPEN until filled. New Student Services hires graduate assistants on a yearly basis, for an appointment of 1-2 years. The recruitment process begins in February each year. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Desiree Alva desiree.alva@austin.utexas.edu

The Graduate Assistant will work on most major area projects, from Orientation Advisor selection to publications. There may also be an opportunity for special projects. Other duties may include administering programs for undergraduate students during their first-year on campus, including pre-semester and summer orientation sessions; Longhorn Welcome events at the beginning of the fall semester; and other projects that assist in new student transition. Graduate assistants receive in-state tuition and insurance.

The OA Life

Learn more about the OA life and meet some of our OAs on the UT Orientation blog.