UMKC Orientation students at orientation events

Orientation Leaders



Orientation Leader Hiring Information


The hiring process for the Orientation Leader position is closed! If you have any questions about the Orientation Leader role or the hiring process, please contact: Kim Kushner, Assistant Director of New Student Programs,, (816) 235-5579


Nominate an Orientation Leader!

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'll then send them an application link.

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 2019 and continuing until August 2019 (with an additional January 2020 Spring Orientation commitment). This position's primary responsibilities include assisting with Orientation programs during Summer 2019. Orientation Leaders serve as a resource for incoming first time/freshmen 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, as well as prospective students/families who interact with the UMKC Office of Admissions and UMKC Office of Student Involvement.

Orientation Leaders train during Spring Semester 2019, work Summer 2019 Orientation programs, hold summer office hours, and assist with Office of Admissions and UMKC Office of Student Involvement campus events, such as Experience UMKC (March/April 2019), Roos Give Back (August 2019), Residential Life Move-In (August 2019), Convocation (August 2019), and Welcome Week tabling/events (August 2019). Orientation Leaders also work the January 2020 Spring Orientation session(s). 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/freshmen college students, transfer students, and their families/guests 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 UMKC 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, Office of Student Involvement, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Affairs, Division of Enrollment Management, and UMKC campus partner events, including but not limited to: Experience UMKC, Convocation, Roos Give Back, Residential Life Move-In, Welcome Week Tabling, and other Welcome Week events.
  • Please note that other duties as assigned will arise throughout time of employment for the success of Orientation programs, the Orientation Leader team, the Admissions Office, and the UMKC 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 UMKC Office of Admissions, Office of Student Involvement, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Affairs, and Division of Enrollment Management goals/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, and backgrounds.
  • Ability to show an awareness of and sensitivity towards issues of diversity and inclusivity.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong verbal, written, and email communication and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to exhibit reliability, responsibility, punctuality, and dedication to positional responsibilities.
  • Ability to work within a changing environment, adapting to and learning from new situations and personality types.

Orientation Leader Qualifications

  • Must be a current UMKC undergraduate student enrolled in classes Fall 2018 Semester, and planning to enroll in classes Spring 2019 Semester and Fall 2019 Semester.
  • Must be able to work a flexible part-time schedule, including early mornings, 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 UMKC undergraduate GPA as of date of hire and continuing during time of employment. 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. This status will be verified prior to hire and during time of employment.
  • Must have completed--by the end of Spring Semester 2019--a minimum of 24 UMKC credit hours.
  • Must reside within the greater Kansas City metro area during time of employment.

Orientation Leader Work and Training Schedule

Please see below for the most updated Orientation Leader work and training schedule. Dates/times are subject to change and will be updated throughout Fall Semester 2018.


Spring 2019:

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019: Orientation Leader Retreat
  • January 31, 2019-May 16, 2019, Thursdays sometime between 5:00pm-7:30pm: Required weekly Orientation Leader Training Sessions
  • Friday, March 8, 2019 and Friday, April 5, 2019: Experience UMKC
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019: Transfer Orientation Date


Summer 2019:

  • Monday, May 20, 2019-Friday, May 24, 2019, 8am-5pm: Orientation Leader Training
  • May 2019-August 2019: up to 5-10 office hours weekly depending on responsibilities
  • Wednesday, July 10: Orientation Leader Training
  • May-July 2019 Freshmen/Transfer Orientation Sessions (time typically 6:00am-7:00pm, dates may include, but not be limited to): Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1; Friday, June 7; Saturday, June 8; Wednesday, June 12; Friday, June 14; Monday, June 17; Friday, June 21; Monday, June 24; Saturday, July 13; Monday, July 15; Friday, July 19; Monday, July 22; Friday, July 26; Saturday, July 27
  • August 12, 2019: August Makeup Orientation
  • Friday, August 16-Friday, August 23, 2019: Residential Life Move-In/Welcome Weekend/Welcome Week
  • August 18, 2019: Convocation


Fall 2019/Winter 2020:

  • August-November 2019: 2020 Orientation Leader recruitment/outreach (optional)
  • January 13-17, 2020: Spring 2020 Orientations will take place sometime this week (times/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 open. Click the 2019 Orientation Leader Application to fill out the application form.

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. You give the hiring committee permission to check your UMKC GPA and conduct standing. You also give us permission to contact your references.



  • Application Priority Deadline: Thursday, November 1 by 5:00pm CT.
  • First Round Group Interviews: Wednesday, November 7; Thursday, November 8; Friday, November 9 (times will be announced once application is submitted)
  • Second Round Individual Interviews: Monday, November 12-Friday, November 16 (times will be announced once application is submitted)


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.


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