New Student Orientation Leader

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Undergraduate Education
Student Orientation and Transition Programs


Student Orientation and Transition Programs (SOTP) is seeking a diverse team of aspiring undergraduate student leaders at the University Park campus to serve as Orientation Leaders. As a part of the Orientation Team (OTeam), Orientation Leaders play a key role in providing a quality transitional experience for all incoming first-year students through the New Student Orientation (NSO) program. Orientation Leaders assist incoming Penn State students as well as their parents and family members by providing an introduction to the campus and its resources, leading conversations about the transition from high school to college, and acting as a representative of the Pennsylvania State University. Primary responsibilities include providing general assistance with the college transition by facilitating small group discussions on subjects including involvement on campus, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, personal responsibility, and responsible decision making. Orientation Leaders also present information to students on educational planning, including academic requirements, academic goal setting, and academic integrity. Orientation Leaders must work cooperatively within a team of fellow student leaders to accomplish tasks, respond to questions from students and families about university life using personal experiences in a professional manner, and encourage students to establish meaningful connections with other first-year students. Orientation Leaders must also engage in self-evaluation and reflection throughout the summer to develop a personal growth plan. Members of the OTeam must be able to be flexible, patient, and quick on their feet as NSO is a demanding and fast-paced work environment. OTeamers are expected to actively engage with students and families while providing a welcoming environment for all new Penn Staters. Interested applicants must be a current full-time Penn State undergraduate student who plans to be enrolled at University Park in fall 2020, will obtain at least 24 credits by the end of the spring 2020 semester, and has maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA. Successful candidates will enroll in a three-credit training course during the spring 2020 semester, and obtain a B or higher in that course to continue employment. The course will meet Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. starting on January 28, 2020. Additionally, the class will require attendance at two all-day retreats: Saturday, February 1 and Saturday, March 28, 2020. Questions or concerns about the course requirements should be directed to All applicants must participate in a Penn State Student Conduct Record check and a background check. Orientation Leaders must be available to work NSO beginning Wednesday, May 13 through Sunday, August 23, 2020, averaging 35 hours/week, with early morning, late evening, and weekend hours required. An NSO hiatus is scheduled from Saturday, July 18 through Sunday, August 16, 2019 during which there are no work commitments. Availability for the course, training, and NSO dates is non-negotiable. Orientation Leaders are not permitted to hold another job from May 13 through July 18, 2020. They may not enroll in summer courses, apart from an online summer session course with approval. Preference will be given to interested students who submit an application and current résumé via by Monday, December 2. Please make sure to include an objective line in your résumé that succinctly states your intent and reason for applying. All applicants are also strongly encouraged to attend an information session during the month of November. Detailed information about the interview process and compensation package is available at Questions about the position should be directed to

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088