Become a Parent Orientation Leader

Staff At Diversity Workshop 2020
This is most of the 2020 New Student Orientation team. They worked online during summer 2020 and helped with the transition of incoming first-year and transfer students to the university. Every year we select a brand new team of Parent Orientation Leaders. The application period for the Parent Orientation Leader position is from October 26 to November 15. All applications must be filed online.

Become a Parent/Guardian Orientation Leader

Parent Orientation Leaders (P-Staff) A Parent/Guardian Orientation Leader focuses on conveying information about University programs and services to the parents/guardians of incoming students.  They conduct the Parent/Guardian Orientation program and play a vital role in helping to facilitate the adjustment of parents/guardians to the campus community.  They also assist with parts of the first-year and transfer Orientation programs.  The Parent/Guardian Orientation program has proven to be a very meaningful program for the transition of new UConn parents and guardians as shown through program evaluations.

  • Must be at least 4th semester or above by spring 2021
  • Must have worked at least one summer as a Storrs campus Orientation Leader.
  • Full-time undergraduate student enrolled at UConn through May 2021.
  • Be in good disciplinary and academic standing (2.2 overall cumulative GPA)

Special Note about the format of Spring/Summer Orientation 2021:

There will be no First-year student overnight Orientation program during summer 2021 due to Covid-19 and restrictions that may still be in place at that time.  The 2021 summer Orientation program for First-year and Transfer students can take one of two forms.  If the corona virus is under control by May 18, 2021, and the governor of the State of Connecticut gives the university approval to have groups back on campus, the Orientation program will take the form of one-day sessions for new students and parents.  If on-campus Orientation cannot occur the Orientation program will be conducted online and Parent Orientation Leaders will help with First-year student groups and connect with new virtually through Zoom or WebEx meetings throughout the summer.  If online we may be able to conduct some live, online parent panels where the staff answers questions.


Parent Orientation leaders will work with other members of the Orientation staff to facilitate the overall Orientation program:

Spring 2021 Commitments

  • Attend  Saturday, March, 20, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – All Orientation Staff Online Retreat
  • Attend 3 or 4 Parent Staff online training meetings planned with staff schedules in mind.
  • Attend some New Student Staff training sessions if needed unless you have class at this time.
  • Complete specific tasks and reading assignments in preparation for the Parent/Guardian Orientation Program
  • Participate in new student staff tasks and responsibilities as needed.

Summer 2021 – General: If program is on-campus

  • Work during the entire time that a First-year or transfer group is on campus.
  • Under the supervision of the Parent Program supervisor work with the new student program if needed.
  • Attend all weekly staff meetings conducted by the Orientation director during the program (Sundays at 6:00 PM or other days as designated).
  • Uphold Orientation alcohol and drug policy whether program is on-campus or online.
  • Be available and willing to take a First-year or transfer Orientation group if a member of the new student staff cannot conduct a session or two due to illness, etc.

Parent/Guardian Orientation Program (If program is on-campus.)

  • Staff parent check-in tables
  • Conduct Parent Orientation events that can include walking tours.
  • Help plan, implement and conduct special Parent Orientation sessions if needed
  • Set-up and clean-up for the parent program
  • Prepare parent check-in materials.
  • Set-up and operate audio/visual equipment if necessary.
  • Transport and move equipment, refreshments, and supplies throughout campus
  • Run campus errands as needed
  • Attend program evaluation meetings as scheduled throughout summer

Summer 2021 – General: If program is online

  • Work with new student groups taking the Transfer students and some First-year students and facilitate online sessions with them throughout the Orientation period so Parent staff would have their own student Orientation group.
  • Be a mentor to members of New Student Staff to help them in their Orientation Leader transition.
  • Attend all weekly staff meetings conducted by the Orientation director during the program (Sundays at 6:00 PM or other days as designated).
  • Uphold Orientation alcohol and drug policy whether program is on-campus or online.

How to Apply

Online Application Process

  1. APPLICATION: Submit an application and all supporting documents by the application deadline which is Friday November 13, 2020.    (No Late Applications will be accepted.)
  2. Applications will be completed and submitted online through the Orientation portal.
  3. Applications for the Parent/Guardian position will be available from October 26 through November 6, 2020.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020

Staff Selection

  • All Parent Staff applicants will be interviewed by the Orientation Program Assistant and/or the Director of Orientation.
  • Interviews will occur in December and January.  We will be interviewing to select 8 Parent Orientation Staff.
  • Parent Staff applicants will be contacted by the Orientation Office letting them know to schedule an interview.
  • Selection of the parent staff is anticipated to be complete prior to the start of spring classes by January 19, 2021.
  • Please direct all further questions to Maria A. Sedotti at (860) 486-4866.

About the Parent Orientation Leader Position and Tentative Dates

Professional Character of the Parent/Guardian Orientation Leader Position:

As a Parent/Guardian Orientation Leader you will be working on a team in a parent/guardian-counseling situation, where your comments are interpreted as University comments and care must be taken to represent all aspects of campus life without personal bias.  You will be viewed as a role model for the University of Connecticut.  In addition, as part of the Parent staff you will be spending time together working as a group with other parent staff and new student staff members.  It takes a great amount of patience, flexibility, and cooperation to succeed as a group.  You will need to function as a team player, which means decisions need to be made based on discussions and by reaching a consensus.  There is no “I” in the word “TEAM.”

Employment Dates and Requirements:

Orientation Dates (Tentative Schedule) - There are additional dates required for training:

Summer Orientation Program Dates (On-Campus or Online): May 19, 2021 through July 20, 2021

 **NOTE:  There will be no Orientation sessions on May 31 (Memorial Day) and July 5th (July 4th holiday)

The 2021 summer Orientation schedule is a Monday through Friday schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 38 One-day Orientation programs for First Year and Transfer Students whether they occur on-campus or online.

Not Required but Appreciated If You Can Help at These Sessions:

  • International Orientation Program – Saturday, August 21 - Thursday, August 26, 2021
  • Final Orientation Session - Friday, August 27, 2021

If the Orientation program is held on-campus during summer 2021 the Parent Staff Orientation Leaders will live in the summer program residence hall unless they currently live in an apartment.  They will be provided with a meal plan during the Orientation program final training and program implementation.

  • Final Period of Training: May 11 through May 18 (May 15-16 is a working weekend because it is immediately prior to the start of Orientation on May 19.) (Staff will move into the Orientation residence hall on Tuesday, May 11 after 5:00 p.m.)  If the Orientation program occurs online and not on-campus Training Week will begin on Tuesday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. with staff located off-campus.
  • Holidays: Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) and Monday, July 5th (July 4th observed) are treated as holidays.
  • Orientation Sessions (Tentative): Wednesday May 19 through Tuesday, July 20. (38 one-day sessions)
  • Orientation Clean-Up: July 21 & 22, 2020
  • Note: All staff will move out of the summer sessions residence hall by Thursday, July 22 (tentative) by 5 p.m.

Other employment or summer school attendance during the time of orientation is not possible if working on-campus Orientation.  Violation of this may result in dismissal from the staff.

Special Note:

This position requires physical labor if Orientation is conducted on-campus and it also requires an individual who can follow instructions with ease.  One of the most important aspects of this position is the staff member’s attitude.  We are looking for people who are cooperative, flexible, enthusiastic, professional, hard working and able to work well under the direction of the Parent Program Supervisor and the Orientation Program Assistant.  In addition to your basic duties, as a parent staff member you may be called upon to perform tasks that may appear “trivial” or “boring,” but are necessary to run the program.  These tasks may include office work, moving boxes or supplies, and setting-up/taking down tables and chairs, etc.
Compensation:  If Program is On-Campus

Compensation if the Orientation program is on-campus includes room and board during the inclusive dates.  In addition, Parent Staff will be paid $13.15 per hour for working the Monday through Friday on-campus week and will receive Orientation clothing, shirts, hoodie, etc.  Working hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Compensation:  If Program is Online

Compensation if the Orientation program is online includes working a 12 hours week at $13.15 per hour, Monday through Friday. Parent Staff will be given a group of new students and will need to connect with them in smaller groups using WebEx or Zoom.  The entire group can be divided into 10 - 12 smaller groups for one-hour sessions each week.  These 10 - 12 sessions per week can be scheduled by the parent leader.  Sessions can occur each weekday during the Orientation dates or on specific days as decided upon by the parent leader.