As we prepare to welcome our newest students to the Hampshire community, we need amazing and talented Orientation Leaders to help make new student orientation a success!
Who Can Apply?
The orientation leader (OL) position is open to all current Hampshire College students. In order to be an OL, you must be enrolled as a student during the semester immediately following orientation. There are approximately twenty six OL positions available.
Welcome New Students!
OLs are responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment by articulating and exemplifying Hampshire’s academic and community expectations, addressing common transition questions, discussing what it means to be part of a diverse community, and modeling an exploration of self/social identities. OLs work in pairs and lead a group of approximately fifteen new and/or transfer students, providing an engaging small group experience to help students acclimate to and prepare for life at Hampshire. OLs are responsible for facilitating and effectively managing small group discussions, and creating and leading social activities for students.
Commitment to Training and the Orientation Program
All leaders complete four full days of training, spread out over the spring and late summer. OLs will be expected to work throughout the five days of the orientation program, with specific hours determined over the summer. Orientation consists of two components: large scale College-sponsored events and small group activities. Leaders will spend their days working with their small groups, leading them both in activities and discussions, as well as bringing them to various events across campus. OLs will be expected to participate in many of the events their groups attend, even if they are not leading those particular events.
*Please note: The orientation leader position includes responsibilities that extend beyond orientation into the fall semester. OLs are required to plan, organize, and implement two reunion gatherings for their orientation groups. OLs will receive hourly compensation as a stipend and have access to programming funds.
Orientation Leader Qualities
commitment to being inclusive
compassion and understanding
enthusiastic and positive attitude•
knowledge of Hampshire College
Orientation leaders report to the senior associate dean of students. OLs will receive a stipend of approximately $550 upon their successful completion of orientation leader training and the orientation program. Three meals a day are also offered during the eight days of the orientation training and NSO program.
Orientation leaders must be 18 years of age by the position start date (8/29). The academic and disciplinary standing of all applicants will be reviewed and considered as a part of the hiring process.
Orientation Staff Dates Required: In order to apply to be an orientation leader, you must be available for allof the following dates and times. Please be sure you can attend all training sessions; exceptions will only be made for course conflicts.
May Training - Date and Time TBA: All-orientation staff training Sunday, August 22 through Wednesday, August 25: All-orientation staff training (OLs return on August 22) Thursday, August 26 through Monday, August 30 Orientation program
Internal Number: 914
About Hampshire College
Education at Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through a multidisciplinary, multicultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students' active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place. Within the college's residential community, students encounter and learn to respect difference and appreciate diversity, thereby enhancing their capacity to live together well. Through commitment to testing and evaluating new ideas and new approaches to learning, national efforts to promote inquiry-based learning and teaching, and constructive civic and social engagement, Hampshire's actions serve as models for those of its students.