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Welcome Advisory Board & Orientation Leader

Complete the Common Application

The Common Application is for all undergraduate positions including General Board Members, Orientation Leaders, and Advisory Board Coordinators. The application will be available early in the winter term.

Position Description

The official position description with be available early in the winter term. Please view the 2014 position description below.

The Welcome Advisory Board is an organization of Drexel students who support the orientation, transition, and retention of new students. Board members assist in welcoming new students and families to Drexel University at Welcome Events throughout the year, including Orientation, New Student Days, and Family Weekend. 

As part of the Welcome Advisory Board, Orientation Leaders work full-time during the summer to assist new students and families with their academic, social, and cultural transition to the Drexel University community. 

Board members are led by the Advisory Board Coordinators and take direction from a Professional Staff Advisor. Board members represent not only themselves as individuals, but also Drexel University as a whole. As a result, those selected to represent Drexel University will be held to a high standard in respect to their conduct on and off the job.


  • Participate in all training sessions. Conflicts with the training schedule due to co-op interviews or classes should be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Create a welcoming campus environment by serving as campus guides, answering questions, and helping new students and families become familiar with Drexel's campus.
  • Connect new students and families to other members of the Drexel University community by planning and executing large-scale events.
  • Engage new students and families with the City of Philadelphia through tours, presentations, and discussions.
  • Assist the Office of New Student and Family Programs with various office management tasks including: answering email and telephone messages, data entry, transporting materials between buildings, and setting up signs, tablecloths, and printed materials.
  • Support the overall delivery of Orientation, New Student Days, and Family Weekend by performing a variety of other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities for Orientation Leaders

  • During their term of employment, Orientation Leaders report to the Student Life Interns and take direction from Orientation Coordinators.
  • Serve as group leaders and the main point of contact for small groups of 15 to 20 new students at each Orientation session.
  • Facilitate large and small group discussions and activities which communicate academic, social, and cultural information to new students and families during Orientation.


Welcome Advisory Board Members serve as mentors, guides, and role models and set the tone for new students and families' Drexel experience. Candidates will be assessed on the following leadership competencies throughout the selection process:

  • An ability to be a role model and guide others in their transition to a new environment. 
  • A belief that she or he can make a positive difference in others’ lives.
  • A willingness to be creative, take initiative, and utilize mistakes as an opportunity to grow. 
  • An awareness that actively involves others and creates a supportive atmosphere for a diverse audience.
  • An ability to recognize the contributions of individuals to the success of the team. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • Completion of at least one full quarter of academic study at Drexel University at the time of application.
  • Availability to attend a majority of Advisory Board Member Meetings (6 - 7:30 p.m., Thursdays during the spring term).
  • Full-time availability during training (Monday, Jun 16 - Friday, Jun 20). Exceptions may only be negotiated before employment.
  • Board members must be available to work a consistent schedule of at least 10 hours per week during Summer Orientation (Monday, Jun 23 - Friday, Aug 8), 25 total hours during New Student Days (Mon, Sep 15 - Sun, Sep 21), 10 total hours during Family Weekend (Fri, Nov 7 - Sun, Nov 9).

Additional Qualifications for Orientation Leaders:

  • Full-time availability throughout the term of employment (Monday, Jun 16 - Friday, Aug 8). Exceptions may only be negotiated before employment.
  • May not be enrolled in summer courses or hold an outside job or co-op that has the potential to interfere with responsibilities.
  • Ability to work long hours, early mornings, and late nights.


  • On-campus Housing: Advisory Board members will be provided one double occupancy room in an on-campus residence hall during training and Summer Orientation sessions (Sunday, Jun 15 - Saturday, Aug 9). 
  • Extended Housing: Board members wishing to extend their on-campus housing assignment have the opportunity to do so by working as a Weekend Desk Attendant for the Drexel Conference Center. Taking advantage of this option will extend housing through Sunday, Sep 7, allowing staff members to term switch to a fall housing assignment if applicable.
  • Meals are provided during Orientation sessions only. Approximately 10 meals/week (Mon, Jul 7 - Friday, Aug 8) are provided.
  • Work study qualified students may apply work study funds to hours worked as an Advisory Board member.
  • Unfortunately, substituting, exchanging, or chashing-out benefits is not possible.

Additional Benefits for Orientation Leaders

  • In addition to the benefits listed above, Orientation Leaders are compensated $1,500.00 (pre-tax) paid monthly in smaller increments. 
  • June and July payments are based off of attendance and performance during training and Summer Orientation sessions.
    • June: $300.00
    • July: $900.00
  • September and November payments are based off of hours worked during Fall Orientation, New Student Days, and Family Weekend ($10.00/hour).
    • September: $200.00
    • November: $100.00