Be a Leader

02/28/22: Application Deadline updated to March 13

Are you looking for summer employment, but want more than just a paycheck?

Being a part of the New Student Orientation staff is not just a typical summer job – it is an experience that allows you to give back to the entire campus community while making new connections. If you are passionate about the University of Arkansas, want to help new students find their place here at the university, and want to be part of a team that makes a difference, this is the job for you.

Orientation Leaders are a carefully selected group of students whose primary responsibility is to help first-year and transfer students make a smooth transition to the U of A by serving as resources and role models for the newest members of the Razorback community. Orientation Leaders are also great resources for family members and guests who attend orientation with their student.

Job Title

New Student Orientation Leader

Job Function

To serve as a member of the New Student Orientation Leader Staff and work to facilitate the objectives of summer and spring orientation sessions for new students and guests as outlined by New Student Orientation staff.

Organizational Structure

New Student Orientation Leaders report to the Coordinator for New Student Orientation (NSO), Assistant Director for NSO and Recruitment, Senior Associate Director of Admissions for NSO, Graduate Assistants, Interns and other Orientation support staff. Students serving as Team Leads will also provide leadership and mentorship to the Orientation Leaders.

Job Duties

  • Work as a paraprofessional to present and distribute information to new students and their supporters using their individual intrapersonal communication skills.
  • Tasks during Orientation include: parking pass distribution, student and supporter check-in, assisting with the Information Exchange, guiding guests to various sections of campus for meetings or presentations, assisting with academic advising, facilitating campus, UREC and housing tours, and more.
  • Work productively and cooperatively with all members of the University community, especially the Orientation Staff and other Leaders.
  • Serve as a positive role model and ambassador on behalf of the University of Arkansas and this program.
  • All other duties as assigned

Time Commitment and Terms of Employment

Orientation Leaders will be employees of the Office of Admissions from May to August of the year they're hired. Leaders are required to participate in in-person training from May 16 to 24, prior to the start of the program, in addition to working the on-campus Orientation sessions that will be held from May 25 – 27 and June 6 – July 1. In order to receive full pay and benefits, Leaders are expected to work each day. Otherwise they are subject to a pay adjustment. Orientation Leaders will not be required to work on weekends.

During training, Leaders should expect to be present from approximately 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break daily. During the program, Leaders should expect to work noon – 9 p.m. on Mondays, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesdays – Thursdays, and 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Fridays. Note: Posted dates and times are not definitive and are subject to change at the discretion of the Orientation staff members.

Leaders will have the opportunity to work for 4 additional orientation sessions on August 10, 11, and 18 and January TBD, 2023 for a rate of $11 per hour.

An Orientation Leader's employment may be terminated if it is determined within the contract period that he or she is not maintaining ethics befitting a paraprofessional, not performing satisfactorily, unable to fulfill contractually obligated tasks, not able to work productively with others, or jeopardizing the success of the program.

Education Qualifications

New Student Orientation Leader applicants must have completed one (1) full semester at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville with a minimum of 12 hours and have at least a 2.5 overall cumulative grade point average at the time of application. No student may apply for or hold a New Student Orientation Leader position while on academic or disciplinary probation.

Desired Personal Characteristics

  • Pride in the University of Arkansas
  • Commitment to a high standard of personal values and a code of ethics
  • Effective interpersonal, small group, and conflict resolution communication skills
  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • High stamina and willingness to be flexible
  • Ability to show positivity, tact, and diplomacy during long days
  • Ability to take initiative and be a productive and proactive team member

Other Expectations

  • New Student Orientation Leaders are able to take summer school courses during the second session of summer school; however, the summer school course may not interfere with any obligations within the orientation session schedule. First summer session course enrollment is not permitted.
  • Leaders will be required to stay in the residence halls during training and while working orientation sessions, excluding the weekends. Students must report back to Maple Hill Sunday evening.
  • Disaffiliate from any Greek letter organizations for the duration of training and the program; this includes social and academic groups.
  • Prepare to make social media profiles private, and update bios to remove identifying details of social group affiliations.


Salary and benefits include the following:

  • $2100 stipend. This includes your pay for participating in training and for working the duration of the program in May, June and July.
  • On-campus housing in the Maple Hill South suites for the duration of the program in May, June and July. Housing is not provided to those working the August or January orientation sessions.
  • A meal plan with swipes and dining dollars will be provided to all leaders. Meal plan details will be finalized in April; however, you can expect to be provided with most lunches and dinners Monday-Friday during training and the program. Additional dining dollars are provided in addition to swipes for students to purchase coffee and snacks.

Leaders are able to earn an hourly rate on top of their salary for working the New Freshman sessions on August 10 and 11, the Transfer session on August 18, and the spring orientation in January 2023.

New Student Orientation Leader Selection Schedule

Applications: The application period is open! Deadline is 11:59 p.m., March 13, 2022.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be asked to sign up for an interview time to be held after the application period closes.

Interviews: Hosted March 14 - March 25, tentatively.

Required Orientation Dates - 2022

If selected to be a leader you must attend all training and work all required orientation dates.

  • May 16: Move in to Maple Hill Suites
  • May 17-24: Training
  • May 25-27: Honors Orientation sessions
  • June 6 - July 1: Freshman On-Campus Orientation sessions

Optional Orientation Dates - 2022

If selected to be a leader you have the option to work four additional orientation sessions for a rate of $11 per hour.

  • August 8, 9, 10 & 11: Freshman On-Campus Orientation sessions (no overnight stay)
  • August 18: Transfer On-Campus Orientation
  • January 2023: Spring Orientation (Date TBD)