UMKC Orientation students at orientation events

Orientation Leaders



2018 Orientation Leader Hiring Information

The hiring process for the 2018 Orientation Leader application is now closed.

If you have any questions about the Orientation Leader role, please contact:

Kim Kushner

Events and New Student Programs Coordinator

UMKC Admissions Office, (816) 235-5579

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 2018 and continuing until August 2018. This position's primary responsibilities include assisting with Orientation programs during Summer 2018. 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, as well as prospective students/families who interact with the UMKC Office of Admissions.

Orientation Leaders train during Spring Semester 2018, work Orientation 2018 summer sessions, hold summer office hours, and assist with Office of Admissions events, including but not limited to: Experience UMKC (March/April 2018), Summer Preview Day (July 2018), and Convocation (August 2018). 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/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 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 the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management events, including but not limited to: Experience UMKC, Preview Days, and Convocation.
  • 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 UMKC Office of Admissions, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and 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, 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 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 2017 Semester and planning to enroll in classes Spring 2018 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 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 2018--a minimum of 24 UMKC credit hours.
  • 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

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 2017.


Spring 2018:

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018: Orientation Leader Retreat
  • February-May 2018, Thursdays sometime between 5:00pm-7:30pm: Required weekly Orientation Leader Training Sessions
  • Friday, March 16, 2018 and Friday, April 13, 2018: Experience UMKC


Summer 2018:

  • Monday, May 14-Friday, May 18, 2018, 8am-5pm: Orientation Leader Training (8am-5pm)
  • May 2018-August 2018: up to 5 office hours weekly depending on responsibilities
  • June-July 2018: Orientation Sessions
  • August 2018 (Dates TBD): ISAO International Student Orientation and August Makeup Orientation
  • August 19, 2018: Convocation


Optional Fall 2018/Winter 2019:

  • August-November 2018: 2019 Orientation Leader recruitment/outreach
  • January 2019: 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. We will select our new team of Orientation Leaders in Fall 2018.


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