Orientation Team Leaders -Summer 2015

As an Orientation Team Leader, you play a vital role in welcoming new students and parents to campus. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about IU South Bend, outgoing, knowledgeable about the campus and its services, and eager to share their positive experiences with new students and parents. At the end of the day, we want our incoming students to feel confident about their decision to attend IU South Bend and to know that we are here to help them succeed. We want them to leave orientation having made connections to at least one faculty member, an advisor or other staff member, fellow incoming students, and at least one student leader . . . and that leader is YOU!

There are two different positions available in working with New Student Orientation:

1. Small Group Facilitator
You will be assigned a small group of 10-15 new students, which will also have a faculty member, academic advisor, and possibly 1 other Orientation Leader. You will be with this group throughout the day and will work with the faculty and advisor to:  facilitate ice-breakers, introduce campus resources, engage students one-on-one and in small groups, encourage involvement in extra-curricular activities, share your tips for success and why you love IU South Bend, train students in OneStart and other online functions, and assist students in registering for their first semester. If you don’t feel confident about your knowledge-base on some of these areas, no worries, we will cover this in training.

2. Welcome Crew
If you prefer to assist with orientation in another capacity, we need help behind the scenes. Our Welcome Crew will help with logistics throughout the day. This would include helping with set-up, check-in, tear-down, and other functions throughout the day to ensure that orientation is a seamless experience for everyone involved. This position would be more suited for students that would prefer not facilitating a small group session but still want to be part of orientation.

  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50).
  • Enthusiasm for IU South Bend and willingness to serve as a positive role model.
  • Outgoing . . . a people person.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate small group sessions.
  • A commitment to helping new students.
  • An appreciation of students from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and backgrounds.
  • Must be willing to have FUN!

Orientation Leaders are paid $8.25 per hour for all work associated with orientation (training and the actual programs). You will be given an Orientation Leader shirt and lunch will be provided at each orientation.

However, beyond the monetary benefits, Orientation Leaders will:

  • Develop leadership skills and experience that will enhance their resume.
  • Enhance their interpersonal communication skills.
  • Develop connections with faculty, staff, and students across campus.
  • Become more knowledgeable about IU South Bend.

Time Commitment
Orientation Leaders must commit to work at a minimum of 4 of the 8 New Student Orientation programs. For each orientation, the time commitment is 8:00a - 4:00p. You can opt to work more of them if you want. New Student Orientation will be held on the following:

  • Saturday, May 16
  • Wednesday, June 10
  • Friday, June 19
  • Wednesday, June 24
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Wednesday, July 15
  • Friday, July 24
  • Friday, August 7

Training Commitment
There are two phases to Orientation Leader training. Attendance at training is required in order to be considered for an Orientation Leader position.

Phase I – Small Group Facilitators and Welcome Crew
Friday, May 8, 9:00a – 3:00p

Phase II – Small Group Facilitators only
Monday, May 11, 9:00a – 3:00p
Wednesday, May 13, 9:00a – 3:00p

Phase I training will involve just the student leaders. Phase II training will include faculty and advisors that will also be facilitating the small groups.


If you have questions, contact:

Rick Dennie
Director, Student Support
(574) 520-5005