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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

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Student Leader Recruitment

Student Leader Recruitment is the joint effort of  Orientation and New Student Programs  (ONSP), the  Center of Multicultural Initiatives  (CMI), and Pre-College Programs (PCP). The goal of Student Leader Recruitment is to streamline three recruiting and hiring processes into one simple process for students interested in attaining leadership positions within ONSP, CMI and PCP. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Group Leader, Parent and Family Ambassador, CMI Peer Mentor, CORE Ambassador, or a Pre-College Programs Student Mentor, you'll only have to go through one recruitment process.
Position descriptions
CMI Peer Mentor
CMI Peer Mentors provide guidance and model academic and social success to their mentees and to the campus community. They meet weekly on a one-on-one basis with CMI scholarship recipients to assess and monitor academic and social progress.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2018
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2018
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2018
  • Represent CMI office at orientations and other university events
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2018-19 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.25/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • CMI Peer mentors can only take Summer I courses
Orientation Group Leader
Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) guide groups of students through the orientation experience. OGLs assist with student advising and registration, facilitate small group discussions, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for new students and parents.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2018
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2018
  • Limited hours during month of July
  • Room in residence halls from May-August
  • Compensation is $9.25/hour; at least $2,500 in compensation
  • Meals at all New Student Orientation programs
  • Four week leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Orientation Group Leaders can only take Summer II courses
Parent and Family Ambassador
Parent and Family Ambassadors (PFAs) support the parent and family orientation experience. PFAs assist with the overall administrative execution of the parent orientation program by providing information on student success, facilitating campus tours, and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for parents and family members of new students.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2018
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2018
  • Limited hours during month of July
  • Room in residence halls from May-August
  • Compensation is $9.25/hour; at least $2,500 in compensation
  • Meals at all Parent Orientation programs
  • Four week leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Parent and Family Ambassadors can only take Summer II courses
CMI CORE Ambassador
CMI CORE Ambassadors meet weekly in one-on-one sessions with program participants to assess and monitor academic and social progress. Ambassadors provide program participants with information about classes, support services, academic programs and counseling.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full-time
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2018
  • Must be involved in the campus community
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2018
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2018
  • One week of work during summer 2018 supporting Summer Bridge
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2018-19 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.25/hour
  • Represent CMI office at university events
  • CMI CORE Ambassadors can only take Summer I courses
Pre-College Programs Student Mentor
The Pre-College Programs Student Mentor position is responsible for providing guidance to pre-college students through academic, social and cultural programming and experiences. PCP mentors also provide ongoing support through mentorship, facilitating campus tours and outreach.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2018
  • Must demonstrate excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must model behaviors that result in establishing and maintaining a positive and respectful mentor relationship with participants
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Attend mandatory mentor training during spring/summer 2018
  • Work at least 2-3 programs/events per semester during the 2018-19 academic year
  • Compensation is $9.50/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • Must volunteer for annual Water Festival Program - Spring 2018
Recruitment Fair
Thursday, November 16, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A

The Student Leader Recruitment Fair highlights important student leadership positions in offices around campus. Come find out about student leadership positions on campus and how to get involved. All students are welcome. Attendance is optional.

The following offices have been represented at the Student Leader Recruitment Fair in previous years:

Career ServicesPre-College Programs
Center for Multicultural InitiativesProject Upward Bound
Center for Student ActivitiesTutoring Center
Gender and Sexuality CenterUndergraduate Admissions
Leadership OUUniversity Housing
Orientation and New Student ProgramsUniversity Recreation and Well-Being
Info Share

Select to attend one of the below mandatory Info Share programs:

Monday, November 20, 2017
3-4 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room A
Thursday, November 30, 2017
noon - 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
5-6 p.m.
Location TBD
Thursday, January 18, 2018
noon-1 p.m.
Location TBD

For Orientation Group Leaders or Parent and Family Ambassadors, contact the Orientation and New Student Programs office at (248) 370-4653.

For CMI Peer Mentors or CORE Ambassadors, contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives office at (248) 370-4404.

For Pre-College Student Programs Mentors, contact Pre-College Programs office at (248) 370-4455.

Application Process

There are three steps in the process:

  1. Attend one of the mandatory Info Shares to learn more about each position and openly ask questions about them. Select the ‘Info Share’ tab for dates, times and locations.
  2. Submit an application, cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. Complete the application by selecting ‘Apply Now’.
  3. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, the next step is to attend the Group Process on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

* After Group Process, CMI, ONSP and PCP will move forward in their interview and selection processes separately.

FAQ
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes. Students can hold multiple positions, but only one position in each department.

For example, students can be an OGL or PFA, CMI Peer Mentor and PCP Student Mentor. Students cannot be both a CMI Peer Mentor and CMI CORE Ambassador.
What positions run during the summer months and which are during the school year?
  • The Orientation Group Leader and Parent and Family Ambassador positions are summer positions running between May and August.
  • CMI Peer Mentor and CMI CORE Ambassador positions run during the fall and winter semesters.
  • The PCP Student Mentor is a year-round position.
How many position openings are available for each?
There are approximately 10 CMI Peer Mentor, 10 CORE Ambassador, 10 PCP Student Mentor,  16 Orientation Group Leader and 4 Parent and Family Ambassador positions available.  

*Note: the number of positions available is an estimation. A more accurate count of position openings will be available later in the application process.
What are the position GPA requirements?
  • CMI Peer Mentor - requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Orientation Group Leader and Parent and Family Ambassador - require a minimum 2.75 semester cumulative GPA as of the end of fall semester 2016
  • CMI CORE Ambassador - requires a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • PCP Student Mentor - requires a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA
What is the interview process?
Interested students must first attend an Info Share to learn about the various positions, pay rates and the application process. Students may then fill out the online application. One application will be used to apply for multiple positions.

Once the applications have been reviewed, a limited number of students will be called back for a large group interview. From there, the applicants will participate in individual interviews and further group sessions with either the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Pre-College Programs and/or Orientation and New Student Programs.
Can I take classes and work at the same time? (How many credits do I need to take to be eligible?)
Since the Orientation Group Leader and Parent and Family Ambassador positions are full-time positions between May and August, students cannot take classes during Summer Session I, but are allowed to take one class during Summer Session II. CMI and Pre-College Programs require students to be a full-time OU student while employed.
What if I cannot attend an Info Share?
If you cannot attend an Info Share, please contact the appropriate office that presides over the position you wish to apply to. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
What should I wear to the Group Process?
Showcase your OU Spirit by wearing OU gear! Please dress comfortably and in casual attire. You will be moving around.
What should I wear to the interview?
Please remember that this is a formal interview, therefore business casual attire is appropriate. Although we appreciate and value school spirit, OU attire is not required or necessary.
I have a question about one of the positions, who should I contact?
For questions about the Peer Mentor or CORE ambassador positions, visit the Center for Multicultural Initiatives in North Foundation Hall, Room 104 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4404 or email, cmi@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Orientation Group Leader or Parent and Family Ambassador position, visit Orientation & New Student Programs in North Foundation Hall, Room 105 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4653 or email, gold@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Pre-College Student Mentor position, visit Pre-College Programs in North Foundation Hall, Room 106 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4455 or email, precollege@oakland.edu.
How can I prepare for the interview?
Career Services offers a variety of resources to help you stand out amongst other candidates, such as assistance with your resume and tips for your interview.