Orientation Leaders assist incoming first-year students with their transition to Stonehill by providing support and guidance. Through summer and fall orientation programs, as well as keeping in touch with students throughout the fall semester, Orientation Leaders offer opportunities to make connections, share experiences, and learn about College, while encouraging students to become active members of the Stonehill Community.
Students looking to apply for the 2021 Orientation program can search for the position on Handshake. Applications are live Tuesday, November 17, 2020 through Monday, January 25, 2021.
While there are various aspects of being an Orientation Leader, below are some highlighted responsibilities of this role:
- Welcome and acclimate new students and their families to Stonehill in both a virtual and in-person environment
- Oversee two small groups, and promote interaction during small group discussions, icebreakers, meals, and activities
- Serve as an active presence for your small group from when they are created throughout the fall semester
- Participate in all aspects of Orientation, including but not limited to small group sessions, academic presentations, meal times, and events
- Communicate with incoming students prior to and after Summer Orientation through social media and ZOOM
- Perform assigned logistical tasks related to Orientation, including door decorations, folder and nametag stuffing, placement of signage, and event preparation and implementation
- Participate in a comprehensive training required in the spring, summer, and fall trainings (see dates below)
- Work with an Orientation Leader partner to create an inclusive and fun experience during Orientation
- Serve as a resource for new students to address issues as they come up (e.g., homesickness, alcohol-related concerns, or scheduling classes)
- Assist new students in developing an awareness of health, social, and academic resources, as well as understanding the process of course scheduling and registration
- Attend all Orientation activities (i.e., spring training, summer training, summer Orientation, fall training, and fall Orientation) with a positive, can-do attitude
- Collaborate and work closely with all Orientation Leaders, the Core Team, the Office of Student Engagement, and other Stonehill staff and faulty to develop, prepare, implement, and evaluate Orientation initiatives
- Report any concerns that arise to Stonehill professional
- Represent Stonehill in a positive, appropriate, and professional manner
- Full-time Stonehill student
- Must have a 2.5 GPA and in good disciplinary standing (records will be checked)
- Serve as a role model for incoming students
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse with diverse students, families, staff, and faculty
- Prior campus involvement in work-study, athletics, club leadership, or other campus roles
- Exhibit a positive attitude and ability to motivate others
- Commitment to all required activities and trainings
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; willing to stand up in front of groups and facilitate activities and discussions
- Success in time management, while having the ability to be adaptable and flexible
- Dedication and commitment to all aspects of the Orientation program
Being an Orientation Leader requires a significant time commitment. This investment will teach valuable leadership skills, as well as provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Orientation Leaders must attend all spring, summer, and fall training sessions, as well as be available to lead and participate in both Summer and Fall Orientation. Orientation Leaders are also required to engage with their groups throughout the fall semester.
If you have commitments that will prevent you from attending these aspects of Orientation, you cannot serve as an Orientation Leader.
Tentative Spring Training Dates (Times TBD)
- March 5
- March 19
- April 9
- April 23
Orientation & Training Dates
- June 14-20 – OL Training
- June 21-25 – Summer Orientation
- August 24-27 – OL Training
- August 28-30 – Fall Orientation
Study Abroad Policy
Students who have not served as an Orientation Leader in the past are not eligible to be an Orientation Leader if they are studying abroad in Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.
Students may have an internship during Summer 2020 if the internship allows time off during the above-mentioned Required Availability. Additionally, any spring internships must allow the flexibility to attend all spring training sessions. If you cannot attend training or Orientation because of an internship, you cannot be an Orientation Leader.
It’s important to remember that with being selected as an Orientation Leader is a privilege. Several students apply and not everyone is chosen. Therefore, serving as an Orientation Leader should not be a backup for an internship during the summer
Student athletes with fall sports may apply to be an Orientation Leader with written permission from your coach. While there may be some flexibility with fall training, students must attend all of Fall orientation. If you are not able to have the time to be part of Fall Orientation due to an athletic commitment, you cannot serve as an Orientation Leader. We have had numerous Fall athletes as Orientation Leaders, and they have been allowed to be fully engaged and present for all activities and trainings. If you are considering applying to be an Orientation Leader, please talk with your coach(s) first.
Resident Assistants, ABS Leaders, & Moreau Student Ministers
If you are applying to be a first time RA and a first time Orientation Leader, you are only eligible to serve in one of those roles. If you are a returning RA, you are eligible to apply to be an Orientation Leader. You are not eligible to serve as an Orientation Leader if you are an ABS Leader through Intercultural Affairs or Moreau Student Minister through Campus Ministry.
Orientation Selection will be determined in three processes: 1.) A fully completed, thoughtful application (including resume and written responses); 2.) Group Activities & Evaluation event; and 3.) Individual Interview. Students will be evaluated during each phase and invited to continue through the selection process bases on satisfactory performance. Below is the timeline for the Selection process:
- Application deadline: Monday, January 27th @ 11:55 p.m. via Handshake
- Group Activities & Evaluation event: Either Thursday, Feb 4th at 5 p.m. or Friday, Feb. 5th at 3 p.m.
- Individual Interviews: Week of February 8th
- Notification of OL Selection: Around February 19th
- Deadline to Accept & OL Contract: February 26th