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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

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Image of a student holding up a flag with the Grizz mascot on it for Student Leader Recruitment.

Student Leader Recruitment

Student Leader Recruitment is the joint effort of  Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP), the  Center of Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) and the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC). The goal of Student Leader Recruitment is to streamline three recruiting and hiring processes into one simple procedure for students interested in attaining leadership positions within ONSP, CMI and GSC. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Group Leader, Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Educator or Mentor, CMI Peer Mentor, CORE Ambassador or Peer Adviser you'll only have to apply once using the steps below. 

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 2022
  • 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 2022
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2022
  • Represent CMI office at orientations and other university events
  • Work up to 8-10 hours bi-weekly during the 2022-23 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $10.10/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 and guests 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 2022
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2022
  • Room in residence halls from May 2022 - August 2022
  • Compensation is $10.10/hour
  • Leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Orientation Group Leaders cannot take Summer I courses
Peer Advisers
Peer Advisers (PA) provide mentorship, guidance and model academic and social success to first year students and to the campus community. Each Peer Adviser works closely with a FYAC Adviser to support their student caseload in ongoing communication outreach, registration support, peer-to-peer meetings, academic and social events, and general navigation of common first year topics. Peer Advisers also assist conditionally admitted Emerging Scholar students with the transition from high school to college. They meet with each assigned Emerging Scholar bi-weekly on a one-on-one basis to discuss relevant topics for success.  

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 2022
  • 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:
  • Attend training sessions end of April 2022 and August 2022
  • Work 8 hours weekly during Fall 2022 and Winter 2023
  • Compensation is $10.10/hour
  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions throughout the academic year
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 2022
  • Must be involved in the campus community
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2022
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2022
  • One week of work during summer 2022 supporting Summer Bridge
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2022-23 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $10.10/hour
  • Represent CMI office at university events
  • CMI CORE Ambassadors can only take Summer I courses
Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Mentor

As a Peer Mentor for the GSC, you will play a significant role in the support and retention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA) students.  GSC Peer Mentors meet with their mentees weekly on a one-on-one basis to assess and monitor academic and social progress. 

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time throughout fall 2022 and winter 2023
  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2022
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2022
  • Attend GSC Peer Mentor orientation meeting in March 2022
  • Meet once a week with mentee(s)
  • Meet once a month with the Coordinator of the Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Represent GSC office at orientations and other university events
  • Work 5-10 hours bi-weekly during the 2022-23 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.87/hour
  • Attend training sessions and staff meetings throughout the academic year

Anticipated Hours:

  • 5-10 hours bi-weekly
Recruitment Process

Attend the On Campus Employment Fair (recommended, but not required!)

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 11:30 am-2:00 pm, Oakland Center Banquet Rooms

Attend an Info Share session to learn more about the available positions (1 session is required)

  • Monday, January 10, 2022 from 1:00-2:00 pm, Oakland Center Gold Room C
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 3:00-4:00 pm, Oakland Center Gold Room C
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 5:00-6:00 pm, Oakland Center Gold Room C
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 pm, Oakland Center Gold Room C

Submit the Student Leader Recruitment Application by Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm

  • Application includes submitting a cover letter, resume and two references.  After review of your application, you will be notified via email if you will be moving forward in the selection process.

Attend Group Process on Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • This group interview is by invitation only after initial applications are reviewed.  You will be notified via email if you will be moving forward in the selection process.

Attend an individual interview in mid-February or early March 2022 for selected positions

  • These interviews are by invitation only as a result of your Group Process interview.  You will be notified via email if you will be moving forward in the selection process.
Apply Now

The Student Leader Recruitment Application is due by Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm.  The application includes submitting a cover letter, resume and two references. 

Apply Now

FAQ
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes. Students can hold multiple positions, but only one type of similar positions at the same time. For example, students can be an OGL and CMI Peer Mentor. Students cannot be both a CMI CORE Ambassador and Peer Adviser.
What positions run during the summer months and which are during the school year?
  • The Orientation Group Leader positions are summer positions running between May and August.
  • CMI Peer Mentor, CMI CORE Ambassador, GSC Peer Mentor, and Peer Adviser positions run during the fall and winter semesters.
How many position openings are available for each?
There are approximately 10 CMI Peer Mentor, 10 CORE Ambassador, 20  Orientation Group Leader, 10 Peer Adviser, and up to 3 GSC Peer Mentors.  

*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 - require a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA as of the end of fall semester 2021
  • CMI CORE Ambassador - requires a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Peer Adviser - requires a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • GSC Peer Mentor - requires a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
What is the interview process?
Interested students must first attend an Info Session in January 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 small group interview called Group Process. From there, the applicants will participate in individual interviews with the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Gender and Sexuality Center, 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 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 positions require students to be a full-time OU student while employed.
I have a question about one of the positions, who should I contact?
For questions about the Peer Mentor or CORE ambassador positions, contact them by phone at (248) 370-4404 or email, cmi@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Orientation Group Leader or Peer Adviser position, contact them by phone at (248) 370-4653 or email, gold@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Peer Mentor positions, contact them by phone at (248) 370-4336 or email,  gsc@oakland.edu.
How can I get help with the application and 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.
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