Student Leadership Positions

Orientation Leader Position Description

Orientation Leader Position Description

Position Overview

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are experienced students who help to welcome new members of the UW Bothell community, including new first-year and transfer students, and their family members. Successful OL candidates must exhibit leadership qualities both inside and outside of the classroom, be passionate about helping others, and possess a desire to develop their own leadership potential. 


  • Must have, and maintain throughout the duration of employment, a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a minimum of 10 credits per quarter (not including the Summer Quarter)
  • Must be available to work all First-Year Orientation sessions
  • Must be in, and remain in, good standing with the University (including compliance with the Student Code of Conduct and financial obligations)
  • Must attend and participate in all scheduled trainings and meetings as scheduled by Student Affairs and Orientation and Transition Programs

Time Commitments

  • *Attendance and active participation in a Spring Training course (BCUSP 203A) during the Spring quarter (meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 5:45pm-7:45pm)
  • *Attendance at an Orientation and Transition Programs training retreat April 4-6, 2014 (transportation, lodging, and meals provided)
  • Attendance and active participation in Intensive Training Week to be held following the completion of Spring quarter final examinations
  • Able to work approximately 8 hours/week during the Spring quarter
  • Able to work approximately 20 hours/week throughout the summer
  • Able to work approximately 40 hours/week during Welcome Week
  • Able to work approximately 8 hours/week during the Autumn quarter
  • Able to work as needed during Winter and Spring Orientation programs

*Dates and times based on 2014 school year. Time commitments subject to change depending on 2015 schedule.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Attend and actively participate in all trainings required by Orientation and Transition Programs and/or Student Affairs
  • Assist in the planning, preparation, organization, implementation, and evaluation of all Orientation and Transition Programs offerings (Welcome Week, Husky Adventures, Husky Leadership Camp, Transfer Student programming, etc.)
  • Acquaint new students/families with the campus and represent UW Bothell well to all guests through Orientation
  • Facilitate small group interaction on various topics at Orientation and throughout mentorship opportunities
  • Design and implement a plan to serve as a mentor to new students before their enrollment and throughout their first quarter of transition including informal communication via phone and email, programming opportunities for face-to-face interaction, and individual meetings as necessary
  • Serve as a positive role model and resource/referral agent for new students
  • Develop and maintain frequent (weekly/monthly) contact with an assigned group of first-year students prior to their arrival on campus and throughout Autumn quarter
  • Contribute to all Orientation and Transition Programs programmatic functions related to a new student’s transition to the University
  • Work collaboratively with fellow OLs, Student Affairs personnel, faculty, and staff to promote a strong co-curricular experience among our campus community
  • Promote Husky spirit with a positive attitude and outlook
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation and Employment Benefits 

  • $12.00 an hour while employed
  • Earn 1-3 variable credits for BCUSP 203A
  • Uniform and apparel provided to be worn during Orientation and Transition Programs events
  • Requested time off during summer available (limited availability based upon Orientation scheduling)
  • Complimentary food during Orientation programs

How to Apply

An online application will be available beginning on January 6, 2014. A résumé is also required to be considered a complete application; we strongly encourage candidates to visit Career Services for assistance in completing their résumé. Résumés can be submitted to the Student Affairs desk on the lower level of UW1. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2014 at 5pm.


To learn more, attend an Information Session:

Information Session schedule to be determined. Please check back in December 2014.

For additional information, please contact the Orientation and Transition Program office at 425-352-5266 or email




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