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Orientation Leader (New Applicant)

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Four-Year Institution
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Position Title:

Orientation Leader (New Applicant)

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VP Student Affairs


Student Engagement


New Student & Leadership Program

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SUMMER 2022 JOBWe are excited to see that you are interested in applying to be an Orientation Leader! As an orientation leader, you will serve as a member of the Cardinal Orientation Team. Throughout your role you’ll have the opportunity to make an impact on the Lamar community by welcoming incoming students and their family members. Additionally, you’ll be able to develop your leadership abilities, build lasting connections, and share your love for Lamar.
Please read all information and complete the application thoroughly. For more information, contact the Department of New Student and Leadership Programs at 409-880-7775 or [email protected]
Orientation Leaders are members of the Cardinal Orientation Team and are responsible for assisting all new students and their families with their transition into the Lamar community. Orientation Leaders are required to attend all trainings, orientation dates during the summer, and all Week of Welcome events. Orientation Leaders serve as the first face of Lamar and are required to: perform in skits, lead small group sessions, inform students of campus resources and services, assist family members/guests with questions, and facilitate the implementation of events. Ultimately, the purpose of this position is to assist new students and family members with their transition to Lamar University and acclimate students to the culture and resources available to them.
60% of your time in this job will be spent serving as Orientation Leader on Orientation Session Days. Assists in the preparation and implementation of Orientation Sessions. This includes assisting with the registration process, conducting small groups, informing students of resources available at the university, answering questions about Lamar University, and all other duties assigned.
20% of your time will be spent in Trainings
15% of your time will be spent assisting with Week of Welcome events
5% will be spent on Other Duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Preferred pre-existing knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to be customer service-oriented and work well with others

  • Ability to communicate professionally and courteously to university faculty and staff, students, and the general public

  • Be people-oriented, with social judgement and problem-solving abilities; able to balance academic, student, business, and human considerations; strong ability to perform well and be unfailingly diplomatic in a complex college environment

  • Ability to maintain appropriate relationships with students and campus professionals

  • Experience presenting to large and small groups of people

  • Ability to carry out specific instructions with little guidance

  • Experience with Self Service Banner, LEA account, LUHub, and the Lamar University website

  • Respectable written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships and work as a collaborator with faculty, staff, students, and University guests

Knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need to have the capacity to become proficient in:
  • Learn extensive knowledge of campus academic resources

  • Know involvement opportunities and organizations for student participation

  • Communicate accurate information related to university policies and procedures

  • Serve as a mentor for students

  • Effectively manage diverse groups including students and university guests

  • Deal with confidential information and disseminate accurate responses

  • Understand and support the purpose of the Summer Orientation Program and the mission of Lamar University

Minimum Qualifications
This position is for undergraduate students only
Good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
Good judicial standing with no outstanding judicial sanctions (contact New Student and Leadership Programs if you have questions)
Demonstrate the ability to be reliable, responsible, confident, flexible, and willing to help
Demonstrate the ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of team members, students, parents, and LU faculty and staff
Demonstrate a desire to learn more about the university and help others learn about LU and college life.

Additional Instructions for Applicants:

Additional Instructions for Applicants
Working as an Orientation Leader requires that you be available on the dates listed below.
GROUP INTERVIEWS: If you are selected to move forward in the process after the written application, you will be required to attend a group interview the evening of Friday, March 4th.
INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS: If you are selected to move forward in the process after group interviews, you will be required to sign up for a 30-minute individual interview the week of March 21st.
CO TEAM KICKOFF: If you are selected to be a member of the 2021 Cardinal Orientation Team you will be required to attend our kickoff event that will review important aspects of the job. This event will be held in April.
CO Team Retreat: 2-3 days in May 2022 (finalized dates TBD)
*CO Team Training: 1-2 weeks in June 2022 (finalized dates TBD)
*On-campus housing will be provided and required during these trainings
**On-campus housing will be provided for those that DO NOT live locally upon request
Weekends in June, July, and August 2022 (finalized dates TBD)
Please make sure to be open and available the day before all orientation dates. You may be required to assist with necessary set up or other tasks to ensure the success of an Orientation session
Weekend in July
WEEK OF WELCOME DATES: August 2022 (finalized dates TBD)
There is a possibility that future training or required events may be added to the schedule that you will be required to attend. You will receive ample notice of these dates

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.


Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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