Apply to be an Orientation Coordinator

Orientation Coordinators at NSO President's Reception

Orientation Coordinator Application

Starting with the Approaching Stanford process through New Student Orientation, Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) strives to acclimate each entering first-year and transfer class to life at Stanford by introducing them to the University's diverse educational opportunities and resources; acquainting them with other students and University staff; helping them feel at home in their residential community; and creating for them a sense of place in Stanford's history as contributing members. UAR also establishes the relationship between family members and the University by introducing them to Stanford culture and resources, providing opportunities to interact with other parents and families, and offering support as their students enter college. To achieve this, UAR relies heavily on recruiting a productive and dedicated team of Orientation Coordinators (OCs) to support the myriad events, projects, and tasks that go into welcoming new students to Stanford. 

6 positions available. Undergraduate Advising and Research values diversity and actively seeks talented applicants from diverse backgrounds.

*The OC application for NSO 2018 has closed. The OC application for NSO 2019 will open in January 2019.*

Overview of the Application Process

A complete application consists of the following components:

  • Basic information (academic interests, class year, experience, technical skills, etc.)
  • Orientation Coordinator project area preferences (see below)
  • Short essay responses
  • Resumé
  • Recommendation - Your recommender should be an employer or advisor who has supervised you in a work or volunteer experience or a student activity (preferably from Stanford).  Please ask your recommender to complete this OC Recommendation Form no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Invitations for individual interviews will be sent shortly after the application deadline. First-round individual interviews will take place February 20 - 23, and second-round group interviews will be the following week.  Detailed interview information will be sent via email.

About the Position

Orientation Coordinators (OCs) will help coordinate the Approaching Stanford process and New Student Orientation. This position is structured to be a formal work experience for undergraduate students, though coterm students are welcome to apply. OCs will gain professional skills and experience including project management, effective communication and writing, collaboration, knowledge of University policies and procedures, teamwork, and mentorship. Communication with faculty, administrators, departments, services, new students, and parents is an integral aspect of this position. OCs will be assigned specific roles and responsibilities within the following areas. Please mark your preferences on your application. 

Academic Programs

  • Coordinate scheduling, equipment, and logistics for academic programs (e.g., department panels and faculty sessions)
  • Assist with language placement exam scheduling
  • Support Pre-Major Advisor programming and training

Approaching Stanford

  • Communicate with and answer questions from incoming students and family members using phone, email, and social media
  • Coordinate publications and communications, including the Approaching Stanford Handbook, hard copy and electronic mailings, and OC Blog content
  • Track and process Approaching Stanford forms and data for incoming students, including photos, housing preferences, and assignments
  • Manage Check-In Packet materials and assembly process

Community Programs

  • Coordinate event planning for the 10 community programs that host NSO events (AANSOC, BROC, CLOC, FLOC, ISOC, QSR, NAOC, Religious Life, Transfers, and WCC)
  • Train Community Coordinators (CCs) and oversee Community Orientation Volunteer (COV) selection
  • Monitor community program budgets and expenses

Graphic Design

  • Design the printed frosh and transfer Lookbook, nametags, NSO t-shirts, and other print publications/apparel
  • Requires knowledge of InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and other design software


  • Maintain master NSO event database and multiple inventory/planning spreadsheets
  • Oversee event/directional maps and signage
  • Manage vendors and supply orders (e.g., Costco, security, golf carts)

NSO Event Planning

  • Coordinate major NSO events such as Convocation, Provost Dinner, New Student Party, and all Memorial Auditorium events (e.g., Discover Stanford)
  • Manage rehearsal scheduling for The Real World: Stanford and all performing groups involved in Faces of Community
  • Partner with University staff who oversee major events to coordinate key event details (invitations, programs, accommodations, etc.)

Orientation Volunteer Management

  • Recruit and manage approximately 130 Orientation Volunteers (OVs)
  • Directly supervise 10-12 Head Orientation Volunteers (HOVs)
  • Design and lead training sessions and bonding activities for all NSO volunteers
  • Create and manage detailed HOV team schedules and instructions for the week of NSO

Video Production

  • Produce high-quality, creative informational videos on topics such as Three Books, academic advising, and life at Stanford
  • Requires knowledge of video-editing techniques, filming, hardware, and software (preferably Final Cut Pro)

Expectations & Compensation

OCs are expected to:

  • Attend a full-day team retreat on Saturday, April 7, and be on-campus for the duration of their employment (spring quarter through NSO/September 23)
  • Work 5 - 8 hours a week during spring quarter on Approaching Stanford, NSO preliminary planning, and Orientation Volunteer recruitment
  • Work full time beginning on Monday, June 25, through New Student Orientation, with significant additional hours necessary the week before and during NSO
  • Work as needed after NSO through October to wrap-up and submit final reports (5-10 hours of work).

UAR student staff members cannot hold a residence staff position (e.g., RA, RCC, PHE, Row Manager, etc.) for 2018-19 or enroll in any programs that occur before the start of the academic year in September 2018. We have found that students involved in these programs do not have the time needed to commit to UAR staff responsibilities.

OCs are paid hourly for their work at a competitive student employee rate.  OCs are encouraged to live on campus for the summer and should submit an application for on-campus summer housing if they decide to do so. UAR does not directly pay for OCs' summer housing or meal plans, but total compensation is structured to incorporate the cost of living on campus for the summer. OCs may take 3 vacation days during the summer in addition to designated University/government holidays. 

What are we looking for in an OC?

  • Fondness for the new student experience and a desire to give back to Stanford
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and strict deadlines
  • Comfort working in an occasionally high-stress environment
  • An understanding and appreciation of both the small details and "the big picture" in any given project
  • A willingness to support the team in all ways needed, including doing a fair amount of grunt work
  • Resourcefulness, flexibility, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to deal effectively with different and diverse groups of people, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel; Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign -- or the willingness to learn new software programs
  • Previous leadership experience working with new students and/or major Stanford events preferred


If you have questions about the Orientation Coordinator position or the application process, please contact Anna Stone, Assistant Director of New Student Programs in UAR, at