Orientation Leaders

SO/NRB Advisor Applications are now available!

Applications for Student Orientation/Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond Advisor and Coordinator positions are now being accepted in the Office of the First-Year Experience. These positions are exciting, challenging, and offer the potential for enormous personal growth and leadership skill development. During Orientation, advisors and coordinators will work with incoming freshmen, transfers, and their families to help acquaint them to the Institute, faculty, staff, upper-class students, and each other.  SO/NRB Advisors are the new student’s group leader for the entirety of Student Orientation & NRB.
Applications are available at the links below. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Please consider attending one of the upcoming information meetings listed below to learn more about qualifications and the application process. Job responsibilities and terms of employment are listed below for both the advisor and coordinator positions.  Interviews will take place in group format on Saturday, March 23, 2019. 
Please feel free to email fye@rpi.edu if you should have any additional questions.
Click the application link below to apply!
Employment Requirements:  
Currently enrolled and matriculated students who will be enrolled at Rensselaer in the Fall semester 2019 may file an application for a Student Orientation/NRB Advisor position. Candidates must have a minimum of a 2.25 GPA and must be in good judicial standing.

SO/NRB Advisor

Advisor Job Responsibilities

  • Advisors will serve as a positive role model for incoming students.
  • Advisors are expected to fully participate, be on time and prepared for all training and orientation activities.
  • Advisors must be responsive to and aware of the needs and concerns of both incoming students and their families and prepared to respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Advisors will assist in preparing check-in packets and answering questions from incoming students and families. They will also assist with setting up and preparing the campus for Orientation events, and organizing and participating in discussions, activities and special interest groups as necessary. Advisors should be comfortable with facilitating group discussions and free time with the incoming students in order to relay information necessary to a successful orientation.
  • Advisors are expected to be approachable and available to all students during SO and NRB.
  • Advisors will evaluate the training and the student orientation sessions and offer constructive criticism and suggestions.
  • Advisors will conduct tours and assist with general administrative duties as assigned, including decorating all lounge areas and posting pertinent information concerning directions, schedules, important phone numbers, and fire/emergency procedures.


Advisor Terms of Employment

  • Time requirement for position: July 12, 2019 - July 27, 2019 and August 17, 2019 - August 28, 2019.  These dates are inclusive of move-in, training and programming dates. Select advisors will be offered a position as a senior advisor. For this position, students will return to campus on July 8, 2019. 
  • Advisors are required to attend four staff training sessions on Saturday, April 6th, 13th, 20th and Monday April 29th. 
  • Advisors will have NO outside commitments during their Student Orientation commitment. This includes but is not limited to classes, summer jobs, internships, co-ops, and research projects.
  • Advisors are required to live/sleep on campus during the time they are committed to Student Orientation. NO overnight guests will be permitted while new students are staying overnight.
  • Compensation includes housing during training and orientation sessions; meals during training and orientation sessions; a stipend; and a phenomenal, fun-filled, skill-building experience.


SO/NRB Coordinator

Coordinator Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinators will be called upon to manage the day to day operations of the office to include: responding to student and family inquiries related to Student Orientation and NRB, managing the database and organizing all SO/NRB forms and logistics related to data-entry, academic advising and registration.
  • Coordinators will be responsible for providing office coverage for the SO/NRB office during standard business hours throughout the summer as well as assisting with and managing particular aspects of the temporary summer relocation of the office, if applicable.
  • Coordinators will oversee the preparation of orientation packets, rosters and name tags.
  • Coordinators will be responsible for managing the wait list and keeping the Dean apprised of special circumstances such as disabled access and dietary restrictions or accommodations.
  • Coordinators will provide a summary of their experience after NRB.
  • Coordinators will be expected to be on-site and accessible to their staff members as needed, as well as to incoming students and their families.
  • Coordinators will be asked to undertake numerous miscellaneous administrative tasks as assigned by their supervisor.


Coordinator Terms of Employment

  • The Coordinator position is full-time during the summer, beginning Tuesday, May 22, 2019 and continuing through Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
  • After classes begin, the Coordinator position continues for another 20 hours (over a two-week period) to wrap up work from Student Orientation & NRB programs.
  • Some weekend and evening hours will be necessary.
  • Compensation includes meals during the sessions and a stipend paid in equal installments over the summer.