Orientation Leaders (OLs) play an integral role in the success of Suffolk's orientation program and are recognized leaders throughout the university community. They serve as group leaders, contacts between various departments, peer mentors/educators, and positive role models both during and after orientation. They are actively involved in assisting new undergrad students with their transition to college, whether it’s from high school, the workforce, military, or another higher education institution. Orientation Leaders also work closely with family members of new students and support new student programs during the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
OLs are trained year-round in institutional information, group dynamics, leadership fundamentals, and student development. They receive financial compensation for work performed (during orientations conducted throughout the year) as well as room and board in an on-campus residence hall during summer orientation.
Click Here to Access the 2018 Orientation Leader Application. All parts of the application, including reference forms, are due no later than 3 p.m. on October 25.
Minimum Applicant Requirements
Enrolled as a full-time Suffolk University undergraduate student (and not plan to graduate before December 2018).
Grade Point Average:
- Sophomore through Senior Applicants Only: A cumulative Suffolk grade point average of 2.75 or higher at the time of selection and throughout tenure in the position. Appeals of the GPA requirements will be considered on an individual basis if submitted to email@example.com before the application due date.
- First-Year Students & First-Semester Transfer Applicants Only: A high school/transfer institution grade point average of 3.00 from the previous institution, as recalculated by Suffolk undergraduate admissions, at the time of selection and then must maintain a Suffolk grade point average of 2.75 throughout tenure in the position following posting of first-semester grades. Appeals of the GPA requirements will be considered on an individual basis if submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before the application due date.
Position Terms & Conditions for all Applicants
- Be in good academic and judicial standing with Suffolk University at the time of selection and throughout tenure in the position.
- Be available for all important dates (Download 2018 Orientation Leader Important Dates Here), including participation in spring training workshops, orientation team retreat, summer training, and work all applicable orientation sessions/new student programs while serving on a diverse student leadership team.
- Understand, believe in and remain committed to the mission and goals of orientation & new student programs at Suffolk University.
- Remain flexible and engaged in assignments while demonstrating open and ongoing communication with staff and co-workers.
- Relate to and interact well with current and new students, family members, faculty, and staff at Suffolk.
- Adhere to all staff policies and training guidelines and positively support other leaders in the performance of their job duties and leadership development.
Selection ProcessSTEP 1:
Attend one (1) required information session. You are required to attend one (full length of time) information session to learn more about the position and application/selection process before the established application deadline. You can attend an information session if you're not sure about applying - it is a great way to learn more! You must be on time and be prepared not to leave early. We look forward to meeting you at one of the following required information sessions (each required information session lasts for 1 hr. Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the full length of time):
- Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in 150 Tremont Residence Hall, Boston Room
- Thursday, October 5 at 12:15 p.m. in Sawyer Building, Room 410
- Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Miller Residence Hall, Function Room
- Monday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m. in 73 Tremont, Room 5040
- Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in 10 West Residence Hall, Game Room
- Thursday, October 19 at 12:15 p.m. in Sawyer Building, Room 1125
- Monday, October 23 at 11 a.m. in Sawyer Building, Room 410
- Wednesday, October 25 at 8 a.m. in Sawyer Building, Room 410
Submit all required application materials by deadline: October 25 at 3 p.m..
Required Dates: Please ensure that you review the "Required Dates Sheet" before applying.
- Attend one (1) required information session
- Complete online application (including responses to all application questions)
- Submit two (2) reference forms (see instructions on form)
- Sign up for (1) required group interview (sign ups occur at information sessions)
Reference Forms: Two (2) reference forms (Download Form Here) are required as part of the application process. One reference must be obtained
from a faculty or staff member currently employed at Suffolk. The
second reference may come from a current Suffolk student leader (examples of a current student leader include, but
are not limited to, orientation leaders, resident assistants, SGA leaders, club/organization
officers, trustee ambassadors, alternative spring break leaders, diversity peer educations, teaching assistants, scholars, peer mentors, and athletic team captains) OR from a second faculty or staff member currently employed at Suffolk OR from a former/current outside employer. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure completed references are submitted to Orientation & New Student Programs by the deadline. Late forms will not be
accepted and applicants will be disqualified from the selection process. Need to confirm your reference forms have arrived? Visit Orientation & New Student Programs (Sawyer 825), call (617/573.8321), or email (email@example.com).
Attend One (1) Group Interview. All applicants who submit all of their application materials by the deadline, including attended a required information session, and who meet the minimum qualifications will participate in a mandatory group interview as the next step in the selection process. You sign up for your group interview session while at an information session (if you need to change your date, you must contact Orientation & New Student Programs no later than 24 hours before the scheduled session time). Candidates should plan to arrive on time and not leave early for group interviews. Candidate who miss their scheduled group interview or arrive late may be eliminated from the selection process automatically. Dress for group interviews is casual/comfortable (come prepared to move and possibly sit on the floor). Group interviews will be held on:
- Monday, October 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. (location shared with candidates when they schedule)
- Wednesday, November 1 from 4:30-6 p.m. (location shared with candidates when they schedule)
Attend One (1) Individual Interview. Following group interviews, finalist candidates will be invited (via Suffolk email) to sign up for a 25 min. individual interview to be held at the Office of Orientation & New Student Programs (Sawyer 825). Candidates will meet individually with two staff members. Dress for individual interviews is business casual. Individual interviews will be held during the following time period:
- Thursday, November 9 through Friday, November 17
Notification of Selection
Candidates will be notified of selection decisions the week of November 20 (check your Suffolk email).