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2014 Summer Orientation Leader Information

Orientation Leader Candidate Checklist

1st Step: Complete the 2014 Orientation Staff Application. A completed and typed application must be submitted no later than Tuesday, February 4, 2013 at 4:50 p.m. to the New Student & Retention Services Office (McMullen Hall First Floor East). Before beginning the application you will need to:

Prepare a current, text-only resume (no formatting required) including, but not limited to:

  • Previous work experience that would contribute to the position, including titles and dates of experience
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work or community service
  • Honors or awards that you have received

Prepare a personal statement (app. 500 words) addressing all three of the following questions.

  1. Describe your university experience: what have you experienced, learned and participated in, and how has your experience influenced your desire to apply for this student leader position?

  2. How will you contribute to and support the mission of New Student & Retention Services and the goal of summer orientation? Please include examples of activities, programs, or interactions with others that illustrate your support of the orientation program.

  3. As a student leader, you will be advocating for and providing resources to students from different cultures, races, sexual orientations, and abilities other than yourself. Please honestly explain how you would be able to connect with these diverse populations and how you have been able to work in teams made up of diverse individuals.

  4. Describe the experience you had during your orientation, either here or at another university you have attended. Discuss both the positive and negative aspects of that experience. For each negative experience, please describe what you believe would have made it a better experience.

2nd Step: Identify the two individuals that you will ask to be your reference providers. References must complete reference forms and both must be submitted at the time of the completed application.

3rd Step: The selection committee will review applications and all qualified applicants will be contacted via phone to set up an individual interview time sometime between February 5-7, 2014. To aid in the interview schedule process, please complete the interview block time schedule and submit with your application.

4th Step: 2014 orientation staff announcements will be available for pick up from the New Student & Retention Services Office on February 15th, 2014 by 12:00 PM.

6th Step: If you were selected to be a member of the 2014 Orientation Staff you must be available for weekly class times that are set up based on the availability of orientation leaders. More information will be provided to you later.

Thank you for your interest in working with us. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Kurt Laudicina at 406-657-2021 or

photo of an orientation leader in Peaks to Plains ParkOrientation Leader Position Description

Montana State University Billings hosts Freshman Orientation each summer for new students and their families. Orientation is a two-day introduction to college life at MSUB. Orientation is designed to provide an early-on campus experience to both academics and student life. Student Orientation Leaders are an important part of this program and work closely with new students and their families to assist them with their transition to college. Orientation Leaders must be able to commit to working all of the following orientation days:

June 5-6 ·  June 19-20  ·  July 10-11 ·  July 24 - 25 • August 7-8

Essential Qualifications

  • Possess excitement and pride for Montana State University Billings and a strong interest and desire to help new students and their families make a positive transition to MSUB
  • Exhibit leadership potential and a commitment to the mission of orientation, strong customer service and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group people
  • Ability to problem solve, manage conflict, and remain flexible under pressure
  • Full commitment to and participation in the MSUB orientation program
  • Must show a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and use good judgment to make decisions
  • Must be a current MSUB student

Ideal Skills and Abilities

  • Maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm when working long days
  • Be an effective and clear communicator with peers, new students, and parents
  • Be comfortable facilitating small and large group discussions and activities
  • Possess a high level of maturity and an ability to use independent judgment in decision making

Time Commitment and Responsibilities

  • Register for and attend a one credit leadership course during the second 8 weeks of spring 2014 semester

Attend all Freshman Orientation sessions and stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation (June 5-6, June 19-20, July 10-11, July 24-25, August 7-8)

  • Attend a two day training session on June 3 and 4
  • Plan ice-breakers and social activities during Orientation


  • App. $100 per day ($11.25)

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