First Year Advising Center
North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3227
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North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-GOLD
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As you participate in the Student Leader Recruitment process, use the following resources to help you stand out amongst other candidates:

Student Leader Recruitment

Student Leader Recruitment is the joint effort of  Orientation and New Student Programs  (ONSP), the  Center of Multicultural Initiatives  (CMI), and Pre-College Programs (PCP). The goal of Student Leader Recruitment is to streamline three recruiting and hiring processes into one simple process for students interested in attaining leadership positions within ONSP, CMI and PCP. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Group Leader, CMI Peer Mentor, CORE Ambassador, or a Pre-College Student Mentor, you'll only have to go through one recruitment process.
Position
descriptions

Peer Mentor

Peer mentors provide guidance and model academic and social success to their mentees and to the campus community. 

Position Qualifications:
  • 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 2016
  • The ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Solid interpersonal skills
  • Positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2016
  • Represent CMI office at orientations and other university events
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2015-16 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $8.50/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • Peer mentors can only take Summer I courses

Orientation Group Leader

An Orientation Group Leader (OGL) is a student leader who guides groups of students 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.

*This year there will be two teams of orientation group leaders. One team will work primarily with New Student Orientation, while the other team will be working primarily with Parent Orientation.


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 2016
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2016
  • Limited hours during month of July (New Student Team Only)
  • Room in residence halls from May-August
  • At least $2,000 in compensation
  • Meals at all New Student Orientation programs
  • Four week leadership training in April and May after finals from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Orientation Group Leaders can only take Summer II courses

CORE Ambassador

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 be in sophomore standing by fall 2016
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Must be involved in the campus community
  • Must have sound interpersonal skills
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2016
  • One week of work during summer 2016 supporting Summer Bridge
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2016-17 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $8.50/hour
  • Represent CMI office at university events
  • CORE Ambassadors can only take Summer I courses

Pre-College Student Mentor

Mentors will facilitate academic, social and cultural development of middle and high school students by being a role model and an adviser for participants.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2016
  • Must demonstrate excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must model behaviors that result in establishing and maintaining a positive and respectful mentor relationship with participants
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Attend mandatory mentor training during spring/summer 2016
  • Work at least 2-3 programs/events per semester during the 2016-17 academic year
  • Compensation is $9.50/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • Must volunteer for annual Water Festival Program - Spring 2016
Application
Process
There are four steps in the process:
  1. Attend the Student Leader Recruitment Fair, which is a FREE event for all students to learn more about student leadership positions on campus. 
  2. Attend the mandatory Info Share on January 13, 2016, to learn more about each position, and openly ask questions about them. 
  3. Submit an application by January 29, 2016 by 5 p.m.
  4. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, the next step is to attend the group process. After the group process, CMI, ONSP and PCP move forward in their interview and selection processes separately.
Info
Share
The Info Share which took place on January 13 is now complete.

If you were unable to attend and need to complete an Info Share, please complete the form which can be found here. Once you complete the form you will be added to the Student Leader Recruitment eSpace within 24 business hours. To access the eSpace, visit espace.oakland.edu. You will need to complete this info share before submitting your application.

For Orientation Group Leaders, contact the Orientation and New Student Programs office at (248) 370-4653.

For CMI Peer Mentors or CORE Ambassadors, contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives office at (248) 370-4404.

For Pre-College Student Mentors, contact Pre-College Programs office at (248) 370-4455.
Recruitment
Fair

Thursday, December 3, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gold Rooms B and C, Oakland Center

The Student Leader Recruitment Fair highlights important student leadership positions in offices around campus. Come find out about leadership positions on campus and how to get involved. There will be free food and beverages. All students are welcome.

The following offices will be represented at the Student Leader Recruitment Fair:

Career Services Project Upward Bound
Center for Multicultural Initiatives Recreation Center
Center for Student Activities Tutoring Center
Orientation and New Student Programs University Housing
Pre-College Programs 

 

Application

FAQ
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes. Students can hold multiple positions, but only one position in each department. For example, students can be an OGL, CMI Peer Mentor and PCP Student Mentor; students cannot be both a CMI Peer Mentor and CORE Ambassador.

What positions run during the summer months and which are during the school year?

  • The Orientation Group Leader position is a summer position running between May and August.
  • CMI Peer Mentor and CORE Ambassador positions run during the fall and winter semesters.
  • The PCP Student Mentor is a year-round position  
How many position openings are available for each?
There are approximately 10 CMI Peer Mentor, 10 CORE Ambassador, 15 PCP Student Mentor and 20 Orientation Group Leader positions available.  

(Please 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 requirements?
  • CMI Peer Mentor - requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • OGL - requires a minimum 2.75 semester cumulative GPA as of the end of fall semester 2015
  • CORE Ambassador - requires a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • PCP Student Mentor - requires a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA

What is the interview process?
Interested students must first attend an info share to learn about the various positions, pay rates and the application process. Second, 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 large group interview. From there, the applicants will participate in individual interviews and further group sessions with either the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Pre-College Programs 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 position is a full-time position between May and August, students cannot take classes during Summer Session 1, but are allowed to take one class during Summer Session 2. CMI and Pre-College Programs require students to be a full-time OU student while employed.

What if I cannot attend an Info Share?
If you cannot attend an Info Share please contact the appropriate office that presides over the position you wish to apply to. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

What should I wear to the Group Process?
Showcase your OU Spirit by wearing OU gear. Please dress comfortably and in casual attire. You will be moving around.

What should I wear to the interview?
Please remember this is a formal interview, therefore business casual attire is appropriate. Although we appreciate and value school spirit, OU attire is not required or necessary.

I have a question about one of the positions, who should I contact?
For questions about the Peer Mentor or CORE ambassador positions, visit the Center for Multicultural Initiatives in 104 North Foundation Hall or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4404 or email, cmi@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Orientation Group Leader position, visit Orientation & New Student Programs in 105 North Foundation Hall or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4653 or email, gold@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Pre-College Student Mentor position, visit Pre-College Programs in 106 North Foundation Hall or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4455 or email, elliottf@oakland.edu.