iLEAD Positions

Student Orientation Director

General Purpose

The Student Orientation Director (SOD) is a seven-month commitment student leadership commitment, beginning March 2021, which helps plan Fall Orientation 2021. 

Summary of Essential Functions

The SOD assists the CSE Summer Intern, the Assistant Director of Transitions, and the Orientation Committee in planning and executing Orientation Leader Training and Fall Orientation 2021.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Typical Spring Semester Responsibilities include: 

  • Attend regular Orientation Committee meetings 
  • Meet weekly with the Assistant Director of Transitions 
  • Recruitment, interviewing, and selection of Orientation Leaders (OL)
  • Plan OL training workshops and activities 
  • Interviewing and hiring CSE Summer Intern

Typical Summer Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Attend regular Orientation Committee meetings 
  • Participate in an Orientation Sub-Committee (ex. Wellness, Diversity, Summer Engagement, etc.). 
  • Communicate regularly with OLs throughout the summer 
  • Continue planning OL training workshops and activities (including training assessments) 
  • Update all OL information (pairs, sticker preferences, dietary needs, etc.) in database 
  • Coordinate OL training meals 
  • Create a budget for late night events, food during training, and orientation swag 
  • Manage the Orientation social media accounts
  • Develop content for the Orientation Canvas course
  • Plan and host summer social events for incoming students

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrate an understanding of MICA’s First Year Experience and Orientation Program
  • Foster energy and enthusiasm throughout the summer for the Orientation Leaders
  • Demonstrates efficient time management while prioritizing workload 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with collaborators and teammates, via email, in-person, and social media
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to consider the diverse needs and interests of the MICA student body, and address these through intentional and thoughtful programming

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a currently enrolled MICA undergraduate student at time of employment
  • Must have completed at least one year at MICA by the end of Spring 2021
  • Former MICA Orientation Leader experience required
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • A desire to serve the MICA community 
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5

Preferred Qualifications

  • Former MICA Orientation Leader (spring or fall)

Reporting to this position:

  • Reports to Jenn Ramsdell, Assistant Director of Transitions in the Center for Student Engagement
  • Co-supervises 45 Orientation Leaders
  • One position available

Conditions of Employment

  • Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 
  • 3 office hours per week during the Spring 2021 semester
  • 20 hours per week June 1 – August 19, 2021
  • Student Orientation Director is expected to attend mandatory trainings in fall and spring, as outlined below:
  • Orientation Leader Training: Thursday, August 19 – Tuesday, August 24, 2021 
  • (includes Joint Student Leader Training: August 20 - August 21, 2021)
  • Must be available every day of Fall Orientation (Wednesday, August 25 – Sunday, August 29) with flexible on-call hours
  • Student Orientation Director cannot serve as an RA
  • Student employees may work no more than 20 hours per week across all on-campus positions


  • $,2000 stipend ($500 stipend in Spring Semester, $1,500 stipend in the summer)
  • MICA Orientation Swag
  • On-Campus housing for most of the summer and meal swipes when Meyerhoff Dining is open (dependent on MICA's reopening plan for summer 2021)

Application Timeline & Details

  • Applications close March 1, 2021
  • Interviews will take place March 3-9, 2021
  • For more information, please contact the Jenn Ramsdell, 
  • Please note: This position is contingent on the college’s reopening plan for fall 2021 and the 2021-2022 fiscal budget. 

Physical demands and work environment: 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

  • Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.