2009 Orientation Team Leader
Orientation Team Leader Position Information:
If you are looking for leadership, personal and professional growth, and aren't afraid of new experiences then being an OTL may be
for you! Each year the Office of Orientation interviews some of USF’s best and selects a group of enthusiastic, mature and
dedicated undergraduate student leaders to assist with implementing University Orientation programs. During this unforgettable
experience OTLs will serve as representatives of the student body at USF, group facilitators, and role models to new students and
their families in their adjustment and transition to USF. Orientation Team Leaders will take away new skills and experiences that
will open doors and aid them in future careers and opportunities.
· Possess excitement and pride for USF and a strong interest and desire to help new students and their families make a positive
transition to USF.
· Exhibit leadership potential and a commitment to the mission of Orientation, strong customer service and interpersonal skills and
the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members and diverse populations of students and families.
· Agree to abide by professional and ethical standards of conduct set by the Office of Orientation and in accordance with the
Student Code of Conduct.
· Ability to problem solve, manage conflict, and remain flexible under pressure.
· Be willing to work long hours behind the scenes to ensure the success of First Year, Transfer and Family Orientation programs.
· Willingness to learn new things, develop and improve personal characteristics, and have an open mind to new experiences.
· Full commitment to the Orientation program participating in all sessions and required events, including Spring sessions.
· Must be an undergraduate degree-seeking student in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.75. (GPA will be
· Be in good standing with the University and the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities. (Student Conduct record will be
· Must not enroll in more than one on-line course during the summer semester or hold a job that will conflict with the duration of
the program or training.
· Be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the Fall 2009 semester.
Applications are due January 30, 2009.
Please submit complete applications with two letters of reference to:
Office of Orientation
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC2049
Tampa, Florida 33620
Office of Orientation Leslie Page
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC2049 · Tampa, Florida 33620 1 Assistant Director of Orientation
Phone (813) 974-3060 · Fax (813) 974-5907 Phone (813) 974-5695 · E-mail LPage@success.usf.edu
Position Terms and Conditions
A. Length of Position
Candidates are considered Orientation Team staff members effective the date of selection through the last Orientation session. Orientation sessions run
May through August with additional sessions offered prior to the start of classes. In addition, OTLs will assist with two Spring Orientation sessions in
December 2009 and/or January 2010. All dates and times given are to the best of our knowledge and may change depending on finalization of the
University calendar and Orientation planning.
During the summer from May 4, 2008 to June 5, 2008 mandatory training sessions will be held daily, Monday through Friday, at various times. OTLs
will participate in a mandatory Orientation Leadership retreat on May 5-7, 2009 and must also attend evening activities in addition to daytime hours as
scheduled by the professional staff (e.g. Dinners, skit practices, additional review time, etc.)
C. Orientation Sessions
OTLs are required to participate in all Orientation sessions for First Year students, Families, and Transfer students, including set up the day before First
Year Orientation. OTLs are not allowed to leave campus during a session and must stay in their assigned residence hall the day before and night of the
First Year sessions.
1. First Year and Family Orientations: 12 two-day sessions from June-August, 2009. A First Year/Family session’s duration is defined as the night
before day 1 until 5:00 p.m. of day 2.
2. Transfer Orientations: 7 one-day sessions from May-August, 2009. A Transfer session’s duration is defined as 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3. Spring 2010 Orientations: There will be 4 one-day sessions between December 2009 and January 2010. Spring sessions will take place during
the semester and OTLs will only work sessions that will not interfere with their classes. This may require the early return to USF from holiday
Orientation Team Leaders are only allowed to enroll in one on-line course over the summer.
It is a privilege to be living in a USF residence hall during training and all Orientation Sessions. OTLs will be assigned a room and will be required to
reside there for the duration of their Orientation employment during the summer term, May 4, 2009 to August 7, 2009. OTLs are responsible for all room
damages and activities that may occur in their room. All OTLs, no matter what age, will agree not to bring any alcohol or illegal substances on campus
including their personal residence hall. By living on campus OTLs will be required to abide by all policies and procedures put forth by Housing &
Residential Education as a condition of living in their facilities.
F. Additional Employment
Other employment is allowed, but must not conflict with training, Orientation sessions or related mandatory functions.
Each OTL will be paid a stipend for the year. The stipend will be paid by way of direct deposit from May 2009 to August 2009 totaling $2048, with an
additional check in January 2010 for $152 if all hours are completed. In addition to the stipend, OTLs will receive all meals during Orientation sessions and
housing for the summer.
H. OTL Selection and Interview Process
1. Complete the application and submit to the Office of Orientation (SVC 2049) including two letters of reference.
2. Candidates being moved forward in the process will be invited to sign up for one group interview session taking place daily Monday, February 9th
through Thursday, February 12th. Check in will be at 5:45 p.m. with the session beginning at 6:00.
3. Candidates who are invited to schedule an individual interview will be notified to sign up for a meeting occurring between February 18th and
4. Candidates successfully completing an individual interview and being moved to the final selection stage will be invited to a second group
selection process. This final process will take place on Friday, March 6th. Check in will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the session beginning at 6:00 p.m.
5. You will be notified of your status in the process after each round via letter. You will receive an e-mail asking you to come to the Office of
Orientation to pick up your letter and sign up for the following stage, if applicable. All dates, times, and locations will be reiterated in the
invitations. Letters will be released on the following dates:
· Wednesday, February 4th: Invitations to Group Interviews Available
· Tuesday, February 17th: Invitations to Individual Interviews Available
· Wednesday, March 4th: Invitations to Final Group Process Available
· Monday, March 9th: Position Offers Available
2009 Orientation Team Leader Application
Last Name: First Name: Student ID:
Cell Phone: Home Phone: Please select one: Female Male
USF E-mail Address*:
* Notifications about your application will be sent to the USF e-mail address you indicate. We are not responsible for any notifications “bounced” from non-USF e-mail addresses.
Major: Expected Graduation Date:
Current Student Standing: USF GPA: Overall GPA:
(Minimum GPA to apply is 2.75) (Minimum GPA to apply is 2.75)
Did you transfer from another institution? Yes No What institution?
Have you ever had a job on the USF campus? Yes No If yes, what is your employee ID number?
How did you find out about the Orientation Team Leader position?
Have you applied for the OTL position before? If so, what year?
Leaders are hired as a Student or Family Leader. Similarities and differences between both leadership roles will be discussed during individual interviews.
Please note if you already have a preference:
Student Leader Family Leader No Preference
Please type your responses to the following questions on a separate page and attach to this application.
All questions must be answered completely.
1. Why do you want to become an Orientation Team Leader?
2. What characteristics do you think are important for being an OTL?
3. Share a few of your personal characteristics that will make you a unique addition to our OTL staff.
4. Briefly describe a team you have been a part of in the past. What was your role and how will this experience help you as a member of the OTL staff?
5. List all clubs, organizations and activities you are/have been involved in at USF and any positions held.
6. If you have been found in violation of the USF Student Code of Conduct, please attach an explanation.
References: You must provide 2 reference letters with your application. One of the references must be from a USF faculty or staff member, which
may include graduate students. Reference letters from undergraduate students and family members are not acceptable. Be sure that your
references are familiar with your work ethic, dedication to projects, and your USF spirit. Please list reference information below and submit letters
Name Phone E-mail
Name Phone E-mail
I hereby voluntarily consent to the release of information pertaining to my academic records, and the verification of my student conduct record to
the Office of Orientation for the purpose of Orientation Team Leader selection.
Applicant's Signature Date