2017 Orientation Advisor Selection

Applications open Monday, November 21
(click here to apply through B-Engaged)


Applications due Wednesday, January 25


Orientation Advisor Job Description

In your role as a paraprofessional member of the Orientation staff, we expect that you will perform the many tasks associated with Orientation: serving as a peer academic advisor, leading small group meetings, leading campus tours, and handling the various administrative duties associated with the program, to name a few.

Although the following list is not all-inclusive, it contains many of the expectations which the University has of students serving in the position of Orientation Advisor. OA's must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Actively and fully participate in extensive training for the position. All OAs will be required to attend a 1 hour a week training (paid hourly) during the spring 2017 (March 20-May 5) semester. This training will meet at 2:30pm on Friday afternoons. You must be available for this training.
  • Participate in a staff retreat May 21-23, 2017
  • Serve as a peer academic advisor
  • Serve as discussion group leader with new students and families; including but not limited to making connections, course registration, and 20:1 Sexual Assault Prevention Program
  • Handle the various administrative duties associated with the program
  • Serve in the capacity of "RA" (Resident Assistant) regarding residential life procedures during the program
  • Serve as a guide and knowledgeable source of information for new students
  • Display a positive attitude when working with co-workers, new students and their families
  • Serve as a role model representing Binghamton University
  • Work with New Student Programs in planning and implementing ongoing Orientation events during the 2017-2018 academic year, including January Orientation, and assist with recruitment and selection of the 2018 Orientation Advisor staff.

The OA position is a full-time summer job. You will be required to participate every Friday afternoon from 2-3 pm for a meeting beginning the week of March 20, 2017 and concluding during the last week of classes (May 5). We will continue our training and administrative preparation for summer Orientation 2017 following commencement, and will be working through the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year. The orientation program allows OAs to take an online class during Summer Session I (May 30 - June 30) if desired. OAs cannot take classes during Summer Session II (July 5 - August 8) and will not be permitted to hold other summer jobs at any point during the summer without prior approval from Betsy Staff, Coordinator for New Student Programs.


In order to be considered as a candidate, you must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student for fall 2017
  • Ability to meet on Friday's from 2-3pm during the spring 2017 semester (March 20-May 5)

Note: You are not required to have attended an orientation information session in order to become an OA.

Benefits of Being an Orientation Advisor

  • Summer stipend of $3,200 to be paid in equal installments during the summer (Due to job responsibilities, Orientation Advisors serving in the role of Resident Assistant or Discovery Advisor will be unable to work our August Orientation. These students will receive a approximately $2,850)
  • Summer University housing in Susquehanna Community 
  • Meals throughout the orientation sessions and through a special summer meal card
  • Summer Health Fee 
  • $265 payment for working January Orientation 2018

You will also receive the following marketable skills: 

  • Knowledge of Binghamton University history, policies, procedures, etc.
  • Opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and make friends with fellow staff members
  • Develop leadership & organizational skills
  • Personal satisfaction from helping new students and their families
  • Chance to assess and determine personal strengths and abilities
  • Enhance networking skills and abilities with Binghamton University faculty and staff
  • Gain practical experience in teamwork and role modeling

Application process

If you are interested in the OA position, please apply through B-Engaged online by Wednesday, January 25.  

Applications are due by Wednesday, January 25. Based on your general online application, you may be invited to participate in an individual interview followed by a group interview. To help prepare for the individual interview please visit the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development website link below:


The timeline for decision making will be as follows (subject to change):

  • Invitational interviews will be conducted from February 6-February 17
  • Group process which will be on March 11
  • Notification of hire by March 13
  • Accept position with signed contract by March 17

Please contact the New Student Programs if you have any questions. You can email the orientation at orientation@binghamton.edu, stop in the office located in Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center,  Discovery Center 101, or call x74986.



Last Updated: 12/7/16