Orientation Leader Recruitment

OL Staff 2017 Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Student Leaders Wanted for Orientation 2018!

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 2018 spring semester; and the ability to affect the lives of over 4000 new students and their parents and family members. 

Application and Selection Process

All new applicants are required to complete the online application and have two professional references submit a reference form. Selected applicants based on the online applications will be invited to attend a large group interview in which applicants will be evaluated on a series of skills we look for in an Orientation Leader. Selected applicants from the workshop will be invited to individual interviews.

Orientation Leader Informational Sessions

On the fence about applying to be a 2018 Orientation Leader? Want to learn more about being an Orientation Leader at SJSU? Don't know how to apply to be an Orientation Leader? Visit one of our informational sessions to learn about the Orientation Leader Recruitment and Selection process, Orientation Leader commitments and requirments, and why you should consider applying to be an Orientation Leader. You DO NOT have to sing up for Infromational Sessions, just show up. 

If the Informational Session dates and times don't work with your scheudle, please email frosh-orientation@sjsu.edu with any quesitons you may have about the Orientation Leader Recruitment and Selection process or the job itself.

2018 Orientation Leader Recruitment & Selection Timeline




Monday, September 25, 2017



Download the 2018 Orientation Leader Application Packet below to learn about the application process, job requirment and responsisbilities and compensation.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Online Orientation Leader Application No Longer Available.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Professional Reference Online Submissions No Longer Available.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Orientation Leader Informational Session

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Orientation Leader Informational Session

Saturday, October 14, 2017

By 11:59pm

Orientation Leader Online Application Due


(mandatory for all applicants)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

By 11:59pm

Professional Reference Online Submissions Due:

(mandatory for all applicants)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

By 4:45pm

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

9:00pm – 12:30pm


2:00pm – 5:30pm

Orientation Leader Group Interview Workshop (INVITE ONLY)

(mandatory for all applicants who are extended an invite)


Monday, October 23, 2017

By 4:45pm

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

Tuesday –Thursday
(October 24 – 26, 2017)

9:00am – 6:00pm

Orientation Leader Individual Interviews (INVITE ONLY)

(mandatory for all applicants who are extended an invite)


Monday, October 30, 2017

By 4:45pm

Orientation Leader Notifications

(once student conduct & grades are cleared)

Tuesday, October 31

By 12:00pm

Orientation Leader Deadline to Accept Positions

Friday, November 17

By 4:45pm

Orientation Leader Mid-Semester Grade Checks Due

Tuesday, December 12


2018 Orientation Leader Meeting: Mandatory Wrap Up Selection Process Meeting (Lunch will be provided)

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

Information sessions are offered to give applicants unfamiliar with the Orientation Program a chance to learn more about the Orientation Leader position and prepare for the Orientation Leader Group Interview Workshop. 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 Orientation Leader. 

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 to planning and facilitating orientation sessions, 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, which takes place every Tuesday from 4:30 PM - 7:15 PM. 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 overnight staff retreat is typically held the first weekend of February and provides the first opportunity for all Orientation staff to come together and get to know one another, set expectations for their experience, and build a foundation for being a team for the following nine months and beyond.

- Final Training

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

- Frosh Orientation Program

All Orientation staff must be available for all Orientation sessions during the summer. This includes living in on-campus housing and being available from 8:00 PM the evening before each session through 8:00 PM on the day of each session.