Be a Leader

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), Senior Associate Director of Admissions for NSO, Graduate Assistants, and Orientation support staff. Students serving as Team Leads provide leadership and mentorship to the Orientation Leaders.

Job Duties

  • Work as a paraprofessional in presenting and distributing information to new students and guests.
  • Initiate and develop open communication and interaction with students and family members attending Orientation.
  • 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.
  • Perform any additional duties as assigned by the Associate Director of Admissions–New Student Orientation, the Orientation Counselor, or the Graduate Assistants.
  • Work Orientation Sessions in June, August and January
  • Participate in Leader training and activities prior to summer and spring orientation sessions
  • All other duties as assigned

Education/Experience and 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
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • Ability to value and communicate with a diverse population
  • Ability to work as an effective and productive team member
  • Leadership ability
  • Effective interpersonal, small group, and conflict resolution communication skills
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Flexibility and time management skills
  • Commitment to a high standard of personal values and a code of ethics
  • Ability to take initiative and be proactive
  • High stamina and good work ethic
  • Planning and implementation skills
  • Willingness to serve as a positive role model
  • Good sense of tact and diplomacy


Salary and benefits include $2000 for leaders who work the on-campus orientation sessions from June 7-25 (Monday-Friday, no weekends). Leaders who fail to attend all required events are subject to a pay adjustment.

Participating in leader training is included in the salary. Leaders are able to earn an hourly rate on top of their salary for working the August sessions, the transfer session in August, and the spring orientation in January.

Summer School Courses

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. Leaders may not take any summer school courses during the first summer session.

Terms of Employment

New Student Orientation Leaders will be employed by the Office of Admissions starting in May and continuing through August. Leaders will have the opportunity to work for 4 additional orientation sessions in August and January. Orientation Leaders will not be required to work on weekends.

Employment Termination

A New Student 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.

New Student Orientation Leader Selection Schedule

Applications: The application period is open! Deadline is 5 p.m., March 24, 2021.

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

Required Orientation Dates - 2021

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

  • May/June: Move in and training, TBD
  • June 7 - 25: Freshman On-Campus Orientation sessions

Optional Orientation Dates - 2021

If selected to be a leader you have the option to work additional orientation sessions.

  • August 11 & 12: Freshman On-Campus Orientation sessions (no overnight stay)
  • August 19: Transfer On-Campus Orientation
  • January 2022: Spring Orientation (Date TBD)

Leaders who work on these dates will be compensated $11.00 per hour.

New Student Orientation Training Schedule

All New Student Orientation Leaders will be required to attend training tentatively scheduled for May 17-June 4, excluding weekends. Leaders will be required to stay in the residence halls during training and while you are working orientation sessions, excluding the weekends. It is required that all applicants be available for every training date and orientation date in June.

New Student Orientation Work Schedule

On-Campus Orientation sessions run for three weeks in June (June 7-25). Leaders will also have the opportunity to work the two on-campus orientation sessions in August (8/11 and 8/12) for extra compensation. No overnight accommodations are offered for Leaders working these two sessions. Leaders have the option of working the on-campus transfer orientation set for August 19, for which they would receive additional compensation. Spring 2022 orientation will be held in January (TBA).

A general guideline for Orientation session work hours are as follows:

  • Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (It is expected that you are available for these hours, although work hours and duties may vary)

Note: Posted dates and times are not definitive and are subject to change at the discretion of the Orientation staff members.