Summer 2021 Orientation Leader - North Adams - job 676498


Date: 04/08/2021

City: North Adams, Massachusetts

Employment type: Full-time

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our students. As a 2019 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Job Description:

The orientation program at MCLA is a comprehensive academic and student life orientation, consisting of three main components: a new student and family summer/spring orientation; a transfer and non-traditional student and family summer/spring orientation.

The position of Orientation Leader provides students the opportunity to serve as official representative of MCLA and as such, there are high expectations for their employment. Orientation Leaders hold vital positions within Student Affairs and the College. The major job components are peer helper, educator, resource person and academic advising assistant. Orientation Leaders are in the crucial position of being role models and can significantly affect a new student's perception of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Responsibility Dates: June 14-25, July 18-23, and August 1-6

  • The June dates include 1 week of training.

**Currently the plan is to have in person orientation day sessions, however due to the uncertain nature of COVID-19, the transition to remote orientation may be needed.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist in the administration of Orientation Programs

  • Lead icebreakers and group discussions

  • Assist in academic advising of students in a variety of majors

  • Perform clerical tasks and assist with administrative functions

  • Serve as a liaison between new students and families and College offices/services

  • Provide campus tours

  • Help ease the transition of new students into college life by acting as a positive role model

  • Be a team player and create good working relations among the staff

  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum 2.5 G.P.A. and in good academic standing. Good standing must be kept throughout the entire term of your position. Conditional employment may be an option after discussing these details.

  • Record of good disciplinary standing within the College discipline systems (should not be on General Probation 1 or higher)

  • Commitment to assisting students and families with their adjustment to college

  • Ability to work with both individuals and groups

  • Ability to serve as a positive role model and mentor

Qualifications: An Orientation Leader must possess a variety of qualities. We are looking for students who have a strong skill set or the potential to acquire the following skills through training:

  • Leadership potential

  • Positive, clear communication skills

  • A desire to work with new students, families, faculty and staff

  • Integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality with student records

  • Problem solving abilities

  • Creativity

  • Enthusiasm for MCLA and for being a student

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member

  • Dependability/reliability

  • Maturity

  • Sense of humor

  • Full-time MCLA student

  • General knowledge of MCLA services and policies

  • Must have completed at least one semester at MCLA and currently enrolled as a student

  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Excel and slideshow presentation programs

  • Layout and Design skills a plus

  • Able to work long hours during nights and weekends

  • Able to multitask and complete projects within a given schedule


  • Must be available for the dates listed June 14-25, July 18-23, and August 1-6 2021

  • Maintain the Orientation Leader position as the only source of employment during the training and Orientation sessions

  • Be in good college standing and not on disciplinary probation(s)

  • Maintain a high level of professionalism (appropriate attire, punctuality, alertness, etc.) during training and the Orientation sessions

  • Review and adhere to the rules and regulations of MCLA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Will require night and weekend work hours

Additional Information:

Orientation Leader Training will be June 14-20, 2021. Additional training may be held as needed. The dates and times for these training sessions will be scheduled after the Orientation Leaders have been selected so that class schedules can be accommodated.

For additional information, please contact Jenn Labbance, Director of Student Engagement,, or call 662-5129.

This position is open only to students currently enrolled at MCLA.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment at MCLA. MCLA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") to not discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to each respective MCLA's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Nicole Comstock

Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer

Phone: (413) 662-5571


Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424

Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172



In addition to this on-line application, you must complete the application supplemental application. The supplemental application will be emailed to those that apply here. Applications must be submitted to Jenn Labbance, Director of Student Engagement via email, by 4:30pm, May 7th. Late applications may not be considered.

All applicants who meet the minimum grade point average requirement (2.5) and have submitted a completed application must attend an interview and a mandatory group interview activity. This date will be communicated if you are invited to participate.

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