The Orientation Coordinator (OC) position is open to all current Hampshire College students who have been orientation leaders or coordinators at Hampshire College at least once before. In order to be an orientation coordinator, you must be an active student during the semester immediately following orientation. There are currently two orientation coordinator positions available.
Welcome New students and Support Orientation Leaders!
Orientation coordinators are responsible for assisting in organizing and facilitating the orientation program, specifically by providing orientation leader advising and support, and program management. OCs serve as a liaison between orientation leaders and the staff coordinating orientation. Each coordinator will be assigned approximately seven pairs of orientation leaders to advise, and they will be responsible for checking in with these leaders on a daily basis throughout the program. OCs will be expected to assist leaders by helping to problem-solve group challenges and by providing additional guidance to leaders. OCs will check in regularly with the program director to help ensure groups are running smoothly. In addition, coordinators will be responsible for supporting orientation sessions, including distributing supplies, preparing facilities for presentations, meeting and assisting guest presenters, and providing impromptu solutions to program problems.
Commitment to Training and the Orientation Program
Orientation coordinators will take part in the four full days of training that orientation leaders receive, as well as an additional two days of specialized training spread out over the spring and late summer. Coordinators will be expected to work the five days of the orientation program, with specific hours determined by the program director. OCs will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students so that they can complete their training.
Orientation Coordinator Qualities
commitment to being inclusive
compassion and understanding
enthusiastic and positive attitude
knowledge of Hampshire College resources
ability to advise/direct orientation leaders
skills for managing multiple tasks
ability to respond to changing conditions/situations
Orientation coordinators must be able to lift and move 25 pounds.
Orientation coordinators report to the senior associate dean of students. Coordinators will receive a stipend of approximately $675 upon their successful completion of all training sessions and the new student orientation program. Specific hours will be determined over the summer. Three meals a day are also offered during the nine days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.
Orientation coordinators must be 18 years of age by the position start Friday, August 20. The academic and disciplinary standing of all applicants will be reviewed and considered as a part of the hiring process.
Please note: Applicants may apply for both orientation positions if they desire (orientation leader, orientation coordinator). If you apply for both, you will only be offered the coordinator or leader position, not both.
Orientation Staff Dates Required: In order to apply to be an OC, 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.
Date TBD - 3 hr OC training in advance of the May OL training
May Training - Date and Time TBD: All-orientation staff training
Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20: ONLY for orientation coordinators
Sunday, August 22 through Wednesday, August 25: All-orientation staff training (OLs return to campus on August 22)
Thursday, August 26 through Monday, August 30: Orientation program
Internal Number: 913
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