Orientation Assistants

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The Center for Orientation and Transition Programs works to assist students with their transition to the University of Kansas. The function of an Orientation Assistant (OA) is to serve as a member of the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs and further our mission to help students discover, engage, and belong at the University of Kansas. 


Duties and Expectations

The function of the Orientation Assistant (OA) position is to serve as a member of the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs staff and work toward the goal of assisting new students with their academic, social, and personal transition to the University of Kansas. Orientation Assistants initiate and develop positive relationships and maintain open communication with students and guests at orientation programs and throughout students’ first year at KU. OAs provide information about life at KU, including campus involvement opportunities, academic departments and resources, services, campus facilities, policies, and procedures. OAs offer new students an opportunity to connect with current KU students and foster intellectual engagement and belonging at the University of Kansas. At orientation, they facilitate small group discussions and activities for incoming students, familiarize new students with the diverse communities that make up the university, and lead I am KU.

Orientation Assistants also serve as an ongoing resource for current KU students by serving as ambassadors for other Center for Orientation & Transition programs initiatives including Hawk Week, Sophomore September, and Winter Welcome. During the academic year, OAs work as our frontline customer service staff, answering phone calls, responding to emails, and assisting in other administrative tasks.

The OA position is a year-round role. Orientation Assistants are expected to work Orientation, Hawk Week, additional Transition Programs, and in the office throughout the academic year. OAs work approximately 40 hours per week in the Summer and will work 5-15 hours per week in the Academic Year.


Preferred Qualifications

Orientation Assistants should possess and demonstrate the following:

  • A strong desire to help others
  • Pride in being a member of the Jayhawk Community
  • A strong desire to mentor, lead, and inspire new Jayhawks
  • Ability to serve as a role model, demonstrating good judgement and ethical behavior
  • Strong academic skills, including knowledge of their own academic program(s)
  • Strong communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking and interpersonal communication
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to needs and concerns of incoming students
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to manage stressful situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Motivation of self and others
  • Adaptability during any part of programming (beginning, during, after)
  • Responsibility and reliability
  • Transfer student status a plus
  • Open to sharing their experience as a KU student to incoming students, parents, and guests.



  • Available Summer 2023 (OAs are required to be present during the Summer Orientation program. OAs are prohibited from taking in-person courses, but online enrollment is welcome.  In addition, time away and conflicting employment is prohibited during training and Summer Orientation), Hawk Week, and other Orientation and Transition Program events.
  • Undergraduate student standing (sophomore, junior, or senior status by Fall 2023; students preferred who can work through May 2024)
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 2.5
  • Experience with mentorship and leadership as demonstrated in application materials
  • Strong written communication, organization and time management skills as demonstrated in application materials.
  • Prior experience working and thriving on a diverse team as demonstrated in application materials



$11.00/hour; other compensation includes Orientation and Hawk Week attire, recreation pass, and summer student health fee paid.  Successful candidates will be responsible for their own summer housing.

The University of Kansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University encourages applications from underrepresented group members. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status. Students eligible for work study are strongly encouraged to apply.


Apply Now

Follow the steps to complete the application process. A complete application will include a resume and a cover letter. If you have problems applying, please call the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs at (785) 864-4270 or email Alex Cruse (alexcruse@ku.edu). Applications are due Tuesday February 20th, 2023, by 11:59pm