The New Student and Transition Programs (NSTP) office supports first-year and transfer students and their families as they transition into the Ithaca College community. The Orientation Assistantplays a crucial role within NSTP, working alongside professional and student staff members to assist with the development, coordination, and implementation of inclusive services and programs, primarily Fall Orientations.The work environment is collaborative, engaging, supportive, and fun. You will serve as an integral part of the orientation team supervised directly by the Assistant Director of New Student and Transition Programs. The team will consist of a tiered student staff structure of roughly 50-60Orientation Leaders, 6-10Orientation Mentors, and the NSTP professional staff.??
You will gain invaluable transferable skills in the areas of planning, organization, marketing and promotions, customer service, and program development. Ongoing training and support are provided to staff members through office retreats, staff meetings, and supervision.?
IC Orientation Assistant Description:??
The Orientation Assistant will collaborate to manage the major job components outlined below. Before this work begins, we will discuss opportunities for professional development in other areas of the orientation program.????
Coordinate the logistics of particular events and aspects of the orientation program, including developing engaging programming ideas, planning event particulars, and creating the student staff work schedule for orientation.
Serve as a liaison to campus partners in the orientation and OL training planning process via regular email, MS Teams, and phone communications.
Assist in the supervision of student staff, with a strong focus on team building, reflection opportunities, and developing individual goals.
Assist in the creation and execution of comprehensive training programs for Orientation Mentors and Orientation Leaders.
Help implement all aspects of the Fall Orientation program, providing leadership and support on the front and back ends. Serve on the professional staff schedule/event rotation during orientation sessions.
Conduct all work through a lens of maximizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all constituents.
Meet with professional staff regularly to brainstorm ideas and creatively address issues that arise throughout orientation.
The Orientation Intern will also be asked to participate in a post-orientation reflection and review process. This may include meeting with the professional team to collect group feedback, submitting a summary report, and/or having a final reflection meeting with the Assistant Director. Feedback and any reflective elements will be used to improve our orientation programs and the experience for future assistants and interns.
Please note that due to COVID-19, state and federal regulations, and decisions made by Ithaca College, all information is subject to changes, keeping the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students at the forefront. ?
Qualifications and Expectations:?
Interested candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate strong attention to detail, initiative with projects, supervision of college students in a supportive environment, and the capacity to balance fun at work while maintaining a professionalism.?
We are seeking a genuine, flexible, dependable, and hardworking individual who is able to manage multiple tasks, has stamina for the long (but fun!) hours of orientation, communicates clearly, effectively works on a team, wants to facilitate student learning and development, brings a social justice lens to the educational experience, has a sense of humor, and has a sincere interest in assisting new students and their families as they transition to college.
Preference will be given to candidates who have these qualifications:
Have completed at least two semesters of graduate school
Are currently pursuing a master's in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or a related field
Have experience working as orientation staff in higher ed
The Orientation Assistant role is a temporary position that will be compensated for at a rate of $16.00 per hour. The role is for a minimum of 30 hours per week from the end of May to the beginning of August (due to 'Summer Restoration Fridays' when the College is closed). In early August, regular work hours will resume at 37.5 hours per week. Overtime hours can be expected during OL Training and Fall Orientation days in August. (Summer hours can go up to 37.5 hours per week dependent upon candidate availability and any applicable requirements through a graduate school program.) The Orientation Assistant will start on (or around) Monday, May 23. You are expected to work in-person through the Orientation program ending their role on Tuesday, August 22 (there is some flexibility on a day before/day after). Living on campus is a requirement of the position. As a result, this position will be provided with an on-campus apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and living space with parking, laundry, fitness center access and more included. Interns will also have meals covered during student leader training, the orientation programs, and select meetings throughout the summer.??
Ithaca College (IC) is a private, 4-year residential institution with a blend of liberal arts and professional programs.?We will be hosting a Fall Orientation for incoming students and their families, with occasional summer webinars for students and families.?Students will move into their fall housing assignment, then proceed to an orientation program, leading students into their first day of classes. Our Fall Orientation model provides nearly a week’s worth of educational and social programming to help new students and their families connect with and prepare for their journeys at IC. Our comprehensive orientation program assists new students as they navigate this significant transition in intentional ways, including:
Focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives
Connecting students with their academic programs and prepare for their first semester at IC
Helping students adjust to college life, get acquainted with new surroundings, and engage with new experiences
Located in beautiful upstate New York, Ithaca College overlooks the picturesque Cayuga Lake, the largest in the Finger Lakes system. There are literally gorges and waterfalls right in the middle of town and a robust Farmer’s Market right on the edge of the lake. We can truly say, “Ithaca is Gorges”. The lively, rural town is about 45 minutes south of Syracuse, 30 minutes north of Binghamton and 4 hours for NYC, and attracts many summer visitors due to the live music scene, water and land recreation opportunities, wine tours, festivals, plays, and movies.
To apply online at https://www.ithaca.edu/human-resources/prospective-faculty-staff,
please submit cover letter, resume and list of three professional references.
Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members
of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is