Drive Away 2015Become an Orientation Advisor

Orientation Advisors (OAs) provide incoming students and their families with a high quality introduction to SUNY Geneseo. This introduction highlights Geneseo's spirit, mission, academic engagement and co-curricular programs. They assist with all Orientation events and play a vital role in helping to facilitate the adjustment of new students to the Geneseo community. Each staff member works collaboratively with a team of about twenty OAs, four Student Orientation Coordinators, and the Director of New Student Programs to produce and facilitate Geneseo's student and family Orientation programs. The Orientation Advisor position is an outstanding opportunity for any student interested in gaining leadership skills.


The Orientation Advisor will work with other staff members to facilitate the Orientation program by:

  • Participating in extensive training prior to sessions;
  • Assisting in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials;
  • Building working relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators on campus;
  • Building relationships and serving as a resource for students and families;
  • Communicating information to students and families through skits and presentations;
  • Leading discussion groups with new students on sensitive issues;
  • Articulating Geneseo's academic and community expectations and standards;
  • Highlighting cocurricular programs and involvement on campus;
  • Acquainting new students with campus services and building locations;
  • Assisting with the class registration process;
  • Upholding and enforcing all aspects of the student code of conduct; and
  • Facilitating Weekend of Welcome activities that assist new students' transitions to Geneseo.


  • Full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Geneseo through May 2015, AND enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Geneseo for the Fall 2015 semester;
  • Good disciplinary and academic standing (2.5 overall GPA);
  • Sensitivity to diversity in all of its forms;
  • Ability to work under pressure, have a positive and flexible attitude;
  • Desire to work with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Leadership development potential;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Ability to solve problems and be a team player with a positive attitude and work ethic; and
  • Ability to assume leadership role and responsibility for assigned projects and small groups.

Time Commitment

Orientation Advisors live on campus and work full-time from June 7-July 18, 2015, with additional responsibilities for WOW '15 and January Orientation 2016. Summer Orientation program hours will include days, evenings, and weekends. During Orientation sessions, the staff works long days and evenings. OAs must be present for all trainings and orientation sessions. Therefore, no additional employment commitments are possible for the term of appointment. When feasible, requests may be made for days off between sessions and approved by the Director of New Student Programs.
There will be one weekend of mandatory staff training, tentatively scheduled for April 25-26, 2015. Additionally, OAs will be expected to return to Geneseo by August 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm, to assist with Weeks of Welcome 2015 activities. OAs help new students move into the halls, facilitate programs throughout the first two weekends, and act as a resource for new students.

Orientation Session Dates


Session Date
Transfer AJune 23, 2015
Transfer BJune 25, 2015
FY Session 1June 29-30, 2015
FY Session 2July 1-2, 2015
FY Session 3July 6-7, 2015
FY Session 4July 9-10, 2015
FY Session 5July 13-14, 2015


Benefits & Compensation 

Orientation Advisors will gain significant leadership experience; develop professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students; and learn effective communication skills. Additionally, OAs will receive the following:

  • Stipend (New OA-$1500; Returning OA-$1700; subject to payroll deductions)
  • Meals during each Orientation session, plus $250 toward other food/meals.
  • A private residence hall room throughout the orientation program.
  • Orientation swag (i.e., polos, t-shirt)
  • Up to $100 for WOW '15 work, subject to approval by the Director.

Selection Process & Important Dates to Remember

  • Information Sesssions [Monday January 26 at 5:30 pm in MCU 322/323, Tuesday January 27 at 7:00 pm in the Onondaga Bullpen, & Wednesday January 28 at 2:30 pm in Monroe Hall Seminar Room 105]
  • Applications due Wednesday, February 4 by 4:00 pm
  • Individual interviews will take place between February 9-20
  • Group interview: Thursday, February 12 at 6:30 pm or Friday, February 13 at 2:00 pm.
  • Each applicant is responsible for signing up for both an individual and attending the group interview.
    [Note: You will be contacted by a member of the Orientation Leadership Team via e-mail]
  • Notification letters will be sent by March 13, 2015.
  • Spring Training: Tentatively scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 2015, approximately 9:00 am-5:00 pm each day.
  • Move into Seneca or Ontario Hall on June 7, 2015 for OA training.

How Can I Apply?

Click here to begin your application. The OA application must be completed in one sitting, you will not be able to save and return to the application. You will be asked to provide contact information for two references. Your references must be full-time staff or faculty members [if you are a Spring 2015 transfer student, you may use references from a previous institution] . RAs and other student held leadership positions cannot be used as a reference.

Questions? Call 585-245-5852 or e-mail