UMKC Orientation students at orientation events

Orientation Leaders



2017 Orientation Leader Application Information

At this time, the hiring process for the 2017 Orientation Leader application has closed.


If you have any questions about the Orientation Leader role or other open Admissions Office positions, please contact:

Kim Kushner

Events and New Student Programs Coordinator

UMKC Admissions Office




Attention faculty, staff, students, and more: If you know a current UMKC undergraduate student who would be a great Orientation Leader candidate, nominate them! Click on this Orientation Leader Nomination link to fill out a quick nomination form. We'd be happy to send them an application when the Orientation Leader process opens again next year.


Overview of the Orientation Leader Role

The Orientation Leader position is a part-time, non-work study undergraduate staff member in the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Admissions Office, beginning January 2017 and continuing until August 2017. This position's primary responsibilities include assisting with Orientation programs during Summer 2017. Orientation Leaders serve as a resource for incoming first time college students, incoming transfer students, and their family members who are making the transition to UMKC's diverse academic and social environment. As a member of the campus-wide Orientation team, Orientation Leaders are expected to possess knowledge about UMKC acquired through training and experience. They must be sincerely interested in and skillful at sharing this information with Orientation participants. Orientation Leaders train during Spring Semester 2017, work Orientation 2017 summer sessions, hold summer office hours, and assist with Fall 2017 Convocation and Welcome Week activities. Selection to this team is a unique honor and rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Orientation Leader Duties/Expectations

An Orientation Leader's duties/expectations include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting first time college students, transfer students, and their families in Orientation programming and their transition to UMKC.
  • Introducing new students and families to UMKC resources, services, class scheduling processes, academic unit information, activities and involvement opportunities, traditions, and campus policies during Orientation sessions.
  • Developing positive relationships and maintaining open communication with diverse populations of students, families, faculty, staff, and campus partners before, during, and after Orientation sessions.
  • Facilitating presentations, group discussions, and campus and residence hall tours to provide Orientation participants with accurate information and perspectives on campus life.
  • Attending and participating fully in all Orientation Leader trainings, retreats, and office hours.
  • Supporting the Events and New Student Programs Coordinator, Senior Orientation Leaders, Admissions staff, campus partners, and Orientation Leader peers, serving as a resource, role model, and leader.
  • Working at Admissions Office and Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management events, including but not limited to: Experience UMKC, Convocation, and Welcome Week.
  • Please note that other duties as assigned may arise throughout time of employment for the success of Orientation programs, the Orientation Leader team, the Admissions Office, and the campus as a whole.

Orientation Leader Preferred Skills and Characteristics

Orientation Leaders should possess the following preferred skills and characteristics:

  • Pride in and enthusiasm towards the UMKC experience.
  • Ability to understand and support Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management goals and philosophies.
  • Ability to serve as a mentor and role model, demonstrating good judgment and ethical behavior.
  • Ability to establish rapport with peers, students, families, faculty, staff, and campus partners, demonstrating exceptional customer service skills and respect for others' rights, feelings, lifestyles, backgrounds, and for personal and University property.
  • Ability to show an awareness of and sensitivity towards issues of diversity and inclusivity.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong verbal, written, and email communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to exhibit reliability, responsibility, punctuality, and dedication to positional responsibilities.
  • Ability to work within a changing environment and team, and adapt to new situations and personality types.
  • Ability to keep an understanding of the purpose of Orientation in mind.

Orientation Leader Qualifications

  • Must be a current UMKC undergraduate student enrolled in classes Fall 2016 Semester and planning to enroll in classes Spring 2017 Semester.
  • Must be able to work a flexible part-time schedule, including evenings, weekends, and weekday hours.
  • Must be able to participate in all scheduled trainings, retreats, Orientation sessions, events, meetings, and scheduled work activities.
  • Must have a 2.50 or higher cumulative undergraduate GPA as of date of hire and continuing during time of employment. Please note that this status will be verified prior to hire and during time of employment.
  • Must be in good standing with UMKC and not on academic or disciplinary probation as of date of hire and during time of employment. Please note that this status will be verified prior to hire and during time of employment.
  • Must have completed--by the end of Spring Semester 2017--a minimum of 24 UMKC credits for undergraduate students.
  • It is highly encouraged that Orientation Leaders live within the greater Kansas City metro area during time of employment. If a candidate is planning to live outside of this area, they must notify hiring committee to ensure that their situation matches the Orientation Leader positional responsibility needs.

Orientation Leader Work and Training Schedule

Orientation Leaders will be required to fulfill the following work schedule. Please note that dates and/or responsibilities may change throughout application process and/or during time of employment, and other duties as assigned may arise.


 Spring 2017:

  • Saturday, January 28: Orientation Leader Retreat
  • February-May 2017, Thursdays after 5:00pm: Required weekly Orientation Leader Training Sessions
  • Friday, March 10, 2017 and Friday, April 7, 2017: Experience UMKC
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017: Orientation Date


Summer 2017:

  • Monday, May 15-Friday, May 19, 2017, 8am-5pm: Orientation Leader Training (8am-5pm)
  • May 2017-August 2017: up to 5 office hours weekly depending on responsibilities
  • June-July 2017: Orientation Sessions (dates include and not be limited to June 9, June 12, June 17, June 21, June 23, July 14, July 21, July 28, and July 29 )
  • August 15: ISAO International Student Orientation
  • August 16: August Makeup Orientation
  • August 20, 2017: Convocation


Optional Fall 2017/Winter 2018:

  • August 21-25, 2017: Welcome Week
  • August-November 2017: 2017-2018 Orientation Leader recruitment/outreach
  • January 2018: Spring ISAO International Student Orientation and Spring January Orientation (dates TBD)

Orientation Leader Compensation Information

Orientation Leaders are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis at $9.00 per hour.

Please note: housing is not provided with this position.

Orientation Leader Application, Selection Process, and Selection Timeline

The Orientation Leader application is now closed.


If there is a need for a paper version of this application, please contact


By submitting your application, you certify that the information provided is accurate and you give the hiring committee permission to check your GPA and conduct standing. You also give us permission to contact your reference.



  • Applications Priority Deadline: Tuesday, November 1 by 5:00pm CT
  • First Round Group Interviews: Saturday, November 5 through Saturday, November 12, times/locations TBD
  •  Second Round Individual Interviews: Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18, times/locations TBD


If you are selected and accept the terms of employment, you will sign a contract confirming your commitment to the training, work schedule, and positional expectations. You will be notified of employment decisions on or before December 1, 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kushner, Admissions Office Events and New Student Programs Coordinator at or at (816) 235-5579.