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Orientation Leader (Student Life Office)


The Orientation Leader is a member of the Orientation staff who represents the many facets of Detroit Mercy. Orientation provides a crucial element to the success of each new student.  If you do not have Federal Work-study, we can hire you as a non-work-study employee.

An OL must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at Detroit Mercy who has completed at least 12 credit hours and whose baccalaureate degree will not be completed prior to December 2023. OLs should be in good academic standing and good disciplinary standing. The Student Life staff is looking for individuals who represent the diversity of the Detroit Mercy community in their experience and interests. OL candidates should possess a variety of qualities, including (but not limited to): 

• 2.5 grade point average.
• No disciplinary sanctions.
• Full-time student.
• Effective communication skills 
• Problem solving abilities 
• Familiarity with Detroit Mercy resources, services, and degree units 
• Energy and enthusiasm 
• Pride in being a Detroit Mercy student 
• A desire to work collaboratively with students, families, faculty, and staff 
• Dedication and flexibility 
• A willingness to learn 

Job Description
Orientation Leaders (OLs) are undergraduate students who play an integral role in introducing new students to the Detroit Mercy serving as mentors and sharing their experiences as successful students. Throughout the summer, OLs assist our incoming students and their families in a variety of capacities, all to make the newest members of our community excited and prepared to come to UDM. OLs work in collaboration with other OLs, First Year Experience (FYE) professional staff, University Housing staff, academic advisors, and other University administrators to ensure that new students have a positive orientation experience.

Job Responsibilities
• Facilitate small group interaction with incoming students 
• Serve as a positive representative of the Detroit Mercy while fostering a welcoming environment among its newest community members 
• Acquaint new students with campus services and building locations 
• Communicate essential information in a variety of public settings 
• Assist with the preparation of Orientation materials and activities 
• Attend and participate in all OL training sessions
• Maintain contacts with PTV group for the first six weeks of the semester
• Other duties as assigned

Expectations of the Orientation Leader Position
• Adhere to professional and ethical standards of conduct, which includes all University, local, state, and federal laws and regulations, in addition to program policies.
• The Orientation Leader will be expected to represent the college, including the Residence Halls, Greek Life, and the many other campus offices and resources, in a positive and unbiased manner, regardless of personal affiliations.
• Project him/herself as a role model who exemplifies strong academic decision-making and a balanced lifestyle to new students.
• Relate and interact well with students, parents, faculty, and staff.
• Conduct activities that educate new students about social, academic, and personal skills to increase new student success at University of Detroit Mercy.
• Help promote and develop positive relationships between new students, faculty, and staff.
• The Orientation Program is an alcohol-free program.  
• Work as a responsible team member and remain flexible regarding working hours and conditions.