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Become an Orientation Leader

Are you ready to wear the stripes at Florida State University? Do you want to welcome the next generation of 'Noles to the University you love? If you're ready to learn, lead, be challenged, grow, and serve… apply to be an Orientation Leader! The Orientation Leader experience is a rewarding experience that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Applications to become a 2018 Orientation Leader will become available in September. Please check back then!

Minimum Requirements (all applicants must meet the following):

Be a full–time degree-seeking undergraduate student and have completed 12 credit hours at Florida State University by January of the year applying.

SECOND YEAR & HIGHER STUDENT APPLICANTS ONLY:

Non–first year student applicants must have and maintain a minimum 2.75 (not rounded; overall) FSU grade point average at their time of hire and for the duration of his/her tenure in the position. Should an orientation leader's GPA fall below this during their tenure, they will enter into an academic success plan to assist them in improving their academic performance while growing as an individual. Upon submitting your electronic application, New Student & Family Programs will verify that you meet the GPA requirement. If you do not meet the minimum requirement you will be notified via your FSU email that you will not be continuing in the selection process. Circumstances which might have impacted GPA will be considered on an individual basis. Questions or appeals of minimum GPA requirement may be sent to orientation@admin.fsu.edu.

FIRST YEAR/FRESHMEN STUDENT APPLICANTS ONLY:

First year/freshmen applicants must have a minimum 3.75 (not rounded; overall) high school grade point average to apply as recalculated by FSU Admissions (during your admission decision). New Student & Family Programs uses academic years attended at FSU and not the number of college credit hours earned to determine an applicant's year status (i.e. a freshman with 40 credit hours of earned college credit will be considered a first year/freshman student applicant and need a min. 3.75 admissions high school GPA to apply). After a first-year student is selected as an Orientation Leader, he/she will have to maintain the 2.75 FSU GPA requirement for the duration of his/her tenure. Should an orientation leader's GPA fall below this during their tenure, they will enter into an academic success plan to assist them in improving their academic performance while growing as an individual. Upon submitting your electronic application, New Student & Family Programs will verify that you meet the GPA requirement. If you do not meet the minimum requirement you will be notified via your FSU email that you will not be continuing in the selection process. Circumstances such as disability which might have impacted GPA will be considered on an individual basis. Questions or appeals of minimum GPA requirement may be sent to orientation@admin.fsu.edu.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS:

Be in good academic and judicial standing with the University during application and throughout their tenure, not violate the Student Code of Conduct or Academic Honor Policy, and conduct him/herself in a manner consistent with the Seminole Creed. A student may not hold the Orientation Leader position while on academic or disciplinary probation.

Ability to think critically, problem solve, manage conflict, remain flexible under pressure, and work under varying levels and types of supervision.

Possess the following personal qualities: maturity, reliability, flexibility, initiative, motivation, enthusiasm, dedication, professional demeanor, strong work ethic, patience, school spirit, and an open mind.

Willingness to work long hours behind the scenes to prepare for and ensure the success of our orientation programs. Exhibit a commitment to the University’s mission, strong customer service and interpersonal skills, a passion for helping others as well as the ability to work with diverse populations (faculty, staff, students, family members, etc.).

Position Terms & Conditions:

Academic:

  1. Orientation Leaders must not be scheduled to graduate from the University before December of the year for which they were selected.
  2. Students chosen to sever as an Orientation Leader must remain in full–time student standing (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) during the spring and fall semesters of the year for which they were selected.
  3. Orientation Leaders are not permitted to take courses during summer semesters A or B during the year they were selected (courses may be taken during summer semester C).

Length of Position:

  1. The Orientation Leader position is a 18 month leadership opportunity lasting from December, through the year for which he/she was selected, and ending in the following May.
  2. OLs are employed full time May–June during the summer of the year for which they are selected.

Required Trainings & Orientation Sessions:

  1. Register for and successfully complete a 3 credit hour graded academic course during the spring semester for the year they were selected. The leadership course will be held on Wednesdays from 8:00—10:45 a.m. and the final grade will be calculated into the student's cumulative GPA.
  2. Attend all other scheduled training obligations/events for the Orientation Leader team and work all orientation programs (specific dates/times will be reviewed with applicants during an applicant information session).

Housing & Uniform:

  1. Orientation Leaders will be assigned to live in a residence hall on campus during May–June and are required to reside there for summer orientation sessions. Orientation Leaders are required to reside in this room during nights when orientation students are in residence.
  2. New Student & Family Programs covers the cost of the OL residence hall room during the above period.
  3. Orientation Leaders must adhere to an established OL Uniform Code while working orientation/transition programs; some pieces of the uniform will be supplied by New Student & Family Programs but other items may have to be purchased by the employee. Details of the OL Uniform Code will be provided to a selected OL in writing before he/she signs their contract.

Absences & Tardiness:

  1. During the Orientation Leader training class, additional training obligations, Orientation Leader events, and orientation sessions, all Orientation Leaders are required to be on time and available for the entire time scheduled.
  2. Tardiness or unexcused absences by an Orientation Leader will not be tolerated and may result in termination.

Greek Affiliations:

  1. Orientation Leaders cannot wear or display letters or organizational symbols of his/her Greek affiliation (including online), acknowledge affiliation, or attend unauthorized organizational events or locations from the day they move into a residence hall on campus in May until the end of New Student Convocation in August as well as during days when all additional orientation sessions are held.
  2. A Letters in Stripes workshop will be provided for all Greek affiliated Orientation Leaders.

Additional Employment:

  1. Orientation Leaders cannot hold an outside job during summer semesters A or B during the year for which they were selected.
  2. Orientation Leaders may hold outside jobs during summer semester C and in the fall and spring semesters; however, work schedules cannot conflict with orientation sessions, OL training, or other pre–scheduled events, including Seminole Sensation Week duties or Convocation.
  3. All Orientation Leader activities take precedence over other activities and employment.

Remuneration/Payment:

  1. Orientation Leaders are compensated for the hours worked during each orientation.
  2. Orientation Leaders are employed full time during the months of May and June.

Selection Process:

APPLICATION:

The 2018 Orientation Leader application will be available on September 2017.

By applying to be an Orientation Leader, you give New Student & Family Programs permission to review your course schedule, academic records including high school & FSU GPA, and Florida State University judicial & academic honor record. If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements or are not in good standing with the University (See Minimum Requirements section on this page) you will be notified via your FSU email that you will not be continuing in the selection process.

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