Join the Orientation Team!

Apply to be a 2020 Orientation Leader

Student Leaders Wanted for Orientation!

We are looking for Spartans who are team players and are eager to be visible campus leaders. Benefits include leadership training and opportunities to make connections with over 200 faculty and staff; three units of academic credit for completing a leadership training course in the spring semester; and the ability to positively impact the lives of over 8000 new students and their parents and family members. 

Attend an Information Session:
Learn About the Position and the Selection Process!

Information sessions are offered to give applicants an opportunity to learn more about the Orientation Leader position and selection process. At this time, applicants can interact with professional and student staff from the Orientation program to get questions answered and learn about the many enticing benefits that come with being an SJSU Orientation Leader.

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:00 – 4:00 PM Student Union Meeting Room 1B
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:00 – 11:00 AM Student Union Meeting Room 2A
Friday, September 27, 2019 1:00 – 2:00 PM Student Union Meeting Room 2A
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:00 – 3:00 PM Student Union Meeting Room 3B

Application Process

Step 1: All new applicants are required to complete the online application:

Step 2: After completing the online application have TWO professional references submit a reference form for you:

Step 3: Selected applicants will be invited to attend a group interview (dates listed below).

Step 4: Selected applicants from the group interview will be invited to an individual interview (dates listed below).




Friday, September 6, 2019


Orientation Leader Application Available:

Friday, October 4, 2019

By 11:59pm

Orientation Leader Online Application Due

(mandatory for all applicants)

Friday, October 4, 2019

By 11:59pm

TWO Professional Reference Online Submissions Due:

(mandatory for all applicants)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

By 6:00pm

ALL applicants will receive an email stating whether or not they will move on to the Group Interview Process.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

9:00pm – 12:00pm

Orientation Leader Group Interview (INVITE ONLY) [mandatory for all applicants who are extended an invite]

Friday, October 11, 2019

3:00pm – 6:00pm  Orientation Leader Group Interview (INVITE ONLY) [mandatory for all applicants who are extended an invite] 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

By 6:00pm

ALL applicants who participated in the group interview will receive an email stating whether or not they will move on to the Individual Interviews.

October 17, 18, 21 & 22, 2019

9:00am – 6:00pm

Orientation Leader Individual Interviews (INVITE ONLY)

(mandatory for all applicants who are extended an invite)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

By 6:00pm

Orientation Leader offers will be shared

(once student conduct & grades are cleared)

Friday, October 25, 2019

By 12:00pm

Orientation Leader deadline to accept or decline offer of employment

Friday, November 8, 2019

By 6:00pm

Orientation Leader mid-semester grade checks due

Friday, December 6, 2019

12:00pm – 3:00pm

First Orientation Leader Mandatory Meeting (Lunch will be provided)


To ensure you are availbale for the entire Orientation Leader commitment from now until Fall 2020, please note the following program dates and keep them available:

  • Orientation Leader First Meeting: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Orientation Leader Retreat: Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • UNVS 199 (Orientation Leadership Studies): Three unit course you will take during the Spring 2020 Semester on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7:15 PM
  • Admitted Spartan Day:  Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Orientation Leader Final Training: Week-long training during the first or second week of June. Training occurs from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Summer 2020 Orientation Sessions: (Exact dates TBA) Please note this is a summer live-on campus position and all staff are required to be present during all Orientation Sessions

Orientation Leader Responsibilities, Compensation and Job Requirements

Orientation Leader Commitments

One of the highest-rated components of our Orientation program is the interaction new students have with their Orientation Leaders. Our leaders go through an extensive, yet rewarding, training process that helps prepare them for interactions with new students and their parents and family members. In addition, applicants should be prepared for the following major commitments:

UNVS 199 Class: Orientation Leadership Studies

In the Spring semester, all new Orientation Leaders are required to enroll in this 3-unit, academic course that is held on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7:15PM. This class is designed to prepare undergraduate students who have been selected to serve as Orientation Leaders to be effective ambassadors and peer leaders at San José State University. Through lectures, videos, readings, papers, discussions, group projects, and participation in various university programs and events, students will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of student leadership. Students will also be provided training opportunities in university policies and procedures and other skill building areas pertinent to their role as Orientation Leaders. Developing a thorough working knowledge of the resources and services available to new students and their families will prepare students in the course to not only successfully orient and transition incoming students and their families, but also familiarize themselves with these same resources and services available to them as current students on campus.

Orientation Leader Staff Retreat

Our 3-day, 2-night staff retreat is typically held the last weekend of January and gives our team an opportunity to come together to set expectations, talk about various leadership styles and, most importantly, begin building connections.

Final Training

Final Training is one week long and will take place sometime in June, before the first Orientation session. Attending and being present at all components of Final Training is mandatory.

Orientation Program

All Orientation staff must be available for all Orientation sessions during the summer (Exact Dates TBA).