Student Life

O-Team Orientation Leader (OL)

10 positions available

A successful Orientation Leader is a student who has demonstrated leadership promise through contributions to student life and who is interested in introducing new students to the University and surrounding community. Previous Orientation Leader experience, House O-Aide experience, or participation in a Pre-Orientation program is not required. 

All Orientation Leaders will assist in the implementation and serve as event staff for all Orientation Programming. Orientation Leaders are also expected to assist with the Student Activities and Resource Fair and Family Weekend during Autumn Quarter.

Orientation Leader Details

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Orientation Leaders will work closely with the CPO and College staff to assist with event preparation, implementation, and execution of all Orientation programming. This may include assistance with: Orientation check-in, Opening Convocation, class photo, Logan Party, and Reynolds Club Party. Orientation Leaders will serve first-year students, their family members, and the campus community. This position will require flexibility, quality customer service, and the ability to work effectively in a team.

  • Attend an optional Information Session during Winter Quarter - more information to come!
  • Submit an application and current resume via the O-Team application portal.
    • Applications open 2/1 
    • Applications close 2/21
  • Provide one letter of recommendation.
  • Participate in an interview conducted by a Student Director and a staff member from the College Programming Office following the application process. 

All dates and times are subject to change pending review from the College Programming Office and College Housing. Final dates and times will be provided on your contract. 

  • Complete an online summer training exercise before returning to campus.
  • Report to and attend all of fall training.
  • Not hold other jobs on- or off-campus during Training or Orientation Week.
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for all new students and their family members.
  • Exhibit and maintain professionalism at all times and on all mediums (email, social media, in person, etc.). You are always a direct reflection of the University of Chicago, the College, the Dean of Students Office, and the College Programming Office.
  • Assist with the registration meeting(s) during Orientation.
  • Assist with staffing of the Student Activities and Resource Fair. 
  • Assist with the preparation and execution of Family Weekend in October. 
  • Gain valuable interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Work closely with fellow students to shape and develop Pre-Orientation and Orientation Programming. 
  • Be permitted to move in early if living in University Housing.
  • Receive complimentary meals during training and throughout Orientation.
  • Receive a custom thank-you gift from the CPO.
  • Receive a stipend.