Orientation Leader Description

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What is an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders are part of a diverse team of UC Berkeley students who work collaboratively to welcome, orient, and educate more than 8,500 new students to campus. Orientation Leaders guide students through a weeklong orientation program to help prepare them for success at UC Berkeley.

Successful candidates will have:

  • a genuine desire to represent UC Berkeley and to grow as a student leader
  • a passion for serving others
  • a positive attitude
  • the drive to be a positive role model

Orientation Leaders will guide a small group of students through their Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) experience, helping them explore academic life, involvement, the diverse community, and everything that UC Berkeley has to offer. This position provides a rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth. 

Complete the application to be a Leader

Application deadline for the fall 2018 orientation: 4 p.m. on February 23, 2018

Upcoming Information Sessions will be announced early in 2018.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a deeper level of awareness of your strengths.
  • Cultivate an understanding of your leadership style.
  • Practice inclusive communication and facilitation strategies for building connections and community.
  • Increase mindfulness and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures.
  • Develop a tolerance for ambiguity and critical decision-making ability in a complex environment.
  • Learn new knowledge about the UC Berkeley campus, community, and resources.

What you give:

  • Five nights of your time in March–April and around 11 days of your time in August.
  • Advice on being a student at UC Berkeley.
  • Serve as a role model to new students.
  • Provide new students with a general introduction to the university and its functions.
  • Facilitate discussions around topics such as diversity, alcohol, wellness, and safety.
  • Provide encouragement and support for new students.
  • Encourage group interaction.
  • Ensure student attendance at all GBO events.

What you get:

  • An informative training program that will prepare you for your role as an Orientation Leader.
  • Career workshops specially designed for Orientation Leaders.
  • Valuable presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Leadership, teamwork and individual/group communication skills.
  • Knowledge of UC Berkeley resources and services.
  • Conflict management and peer mentoring skills.
  • A community of fellow leaders and new students.
  • Valuable mentorship relationships.
  • Free food and swag
  • Great memories 


  • Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity of an upper class student. This includes adherence to all University guidelines and Housing policies. All GBO training and programming dates are drug and alcohol free.
  • Actively participate in all required events, including meetings, Orientation Leader trainings, move-in and GBO events. See specific dates below. 
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students.
  • Facilitate activities and discussions with your small group of students.
  • Guide students to various locations and program points throughout GBO.
  • Lead discussions and activities to help new students develop a sense of connection to the UC Berkeley community and one another.
  • Answer fundamental questions about UC Berkeley student services, facilities, opportunities, and activities.
  • Be prompt, prepared, and positive. Keep Orientation Mentor (direct supervisor) and Student Coordinator informed of special circumstances and/or emergencies.
  • Abide by and reinforce University policies.
  • Promote full participation in GBO.
  • Assist with residence hall move-in and GBO check-in.
  • During GBO in August, you may not be involved in any other outside commitments, including being a Resident Assistant.
  • Perform other duties as assigned/requested.

Time Commitment

Spring 2018 

  • Group interviews (three hour sessions, dates to be announced)
  • One team social in April with your GBO Mentor group (dates TBD)

August 2018

  • August - two days: Return to Berkeley early to participate in August Intensive Training 
  • August - first day of Golden Bear Orientation:  Free day to rest and prepare
  • Live in your permanent housing during August Intensive Training and GBO (housing is not provided)
  • August - five days: Participate fully in all move-in and GBO activities 

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for, and basic knowledge of, UC Berkeley.
  • Work to solve problems and resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Have a desire to work with new students, support networks, faculty, and staff.
  • Be able to exercise good judgment while keeping the well-being of the participants, the GBO program, and UC Berkeley as a top priority during decision making.
  • Willingness to go above and beyond expectations.
  • Ability to work through stressful situations and handle them appropriately.
  • Have excellent skills in public relations and communication (both written and verbal).
  • Acknowledge and support that Orientation involves constant change, reorganization, and evaluation. Leaders must be flexible and ready to make decisions, to take initiative, and to accept additional responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student in good standing with the University possessing a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA at the time of application and throughout the period of employment. Please note that GPA does not round up, any GPA below a 2.300 (2.299 or below) will make you ineligible for this position.
  • Full-time academic status.
  • Be able to work well with a diverse group of people and work styles, and to work both independently and as part of a team

Complete the application to be a Leader

Application deadline: 4 p.m. on February 23, 2018