Position Description

2018-2019 Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) Position Description

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs provides new Miami students with opportunities to learn about the campus community and to begin building connections to better prepare them for their experiences as undergraduate students. Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) are the direct liaisons between Orientation and Transition Programs and new students and families. During summer orientation, SOULs act as small group facilitators, vignette performers, and representatives of Miami University. SOULs are advised and mentored by two Orientation Student Coordinators, report to the Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs, and work closely with both the Coordinator and Director of Orientation and Transition Programs.


Qualifications

Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders must have a minimum GPA of 2.7, be enrolled as an undergraduate at Miami during the fall of 2018, and demonstrate strong leadership and integrity. Successful SOUL applicants commonly have strong communication and organization skills, take initiative, contribute positively in a team environment, have empathy, are flexible, willing to address conflict and seek solutions to individual and team challenges, and show a commitment to diversity by accepting and learning from others while creating an atmosphere of positive engagement.

SOUL applicants must be in good standing with the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution and SOULs must maintain good judicial standing throughout their employment* with the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs. SOULs are also required to abide by the Office of Orientation and Transition Program’s Student Leader Alcohol Policy (see next page for details) and maintain at least a 2.7 GPA throughout their time as a SOUL.

* A disciplinary record does not automatically exclude candidates from eligibility for this position. It may, however, warrant a discussion about the appropriateness of your candidacy and could be a factor in employment decisions. The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs will verify applicant’s academic and disciplinary standing.


Expectations

  • Demonstrate leadership ability as a role model for new students
  • Participate in all aspects of Orientation and Transition Programs, including the EDL 290 spring sprint course and summer training sessions, summer orientation 2018, August orientation 2018, Welcome Weekend 2018 programs, and January orientation 2018.
  • Contribute actively and authentically to the SOUL team
  • Maintain professional relationships with first-year students
  • Be open to new ideas and experiences
  • Display positive, professional, courteous and friendly behavior
  • Have FUN!

Responsibilities During Summer Orientation

  • Share your University experiences with new students and family members
  • Write and perform vignettes relating to first-year issues
  • Deliver student life content during orientation
  • Participate in question and answer panels
  • Assist students and families with navigating campus
  • Facilitate small group discussions with first-year students
  • Work in the office and complete administrative tasks
  • Respond professionally to telephone and e-mail communication
  • Live in the residence halls: uphold the policies of these communities, perform rounds, respond to crises, and eat in the dining halls during sessions
  • Other duties as assigned

Benefits

  • Opportunity to represent Miami University
  • Earnings of approximately $3,000
  • Orientation polo shirt, t-shirt, quarter zip, and bag
  • Participation in a summer orientation banquet
  • Residence hall room and meal plan during May training and summer orientation

Terms of Employment

The following are mandatory commitments for SOULs:

  • EDL290F – 2 credit, graded sprint course in Spring 2018
    • Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, beginning on March 15
    • SOUL Symposium -- April 21, 2018, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • May Training (May 21 – May 29, 2018)
  • Summer orientation (May 30 – June 30, 2018)
  • August orientation and Welcome Weekend programs (August 21 – 16, 2018)*
  • January orientation (January 23 – 27, 2019)*

SOULs will not be able to take classes during May training or summer orientation.

*These are estimated dates that are subject to change. Once hired, SOULs may negotiate availability based on other university commitments (e.g. study abroad, student teaching, RA, etc.).


Miami University Office of Orientation and Transition Programs: 
Alcohol Policy for Student Leaders 

The purpose of the Orientation and Transition Programs Alcohol Policy for Student Leaders is to communicate the importance of student conduct for student leaders as representatives of the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs and Miami University. As a student leader in the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs, you are part of an important and trustworthy group of student leaders. High expectations – particularly surrounding responsible decision-making – are part of the tradition of excellence that benefits all those associated with the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs. Even though our staff is relatively small from year to year, we inherit that tradition from those who have served as leaders before, and we are responsible for upholding high standards for those who come after us. We are all responsible to an ideal that is bigger than our present circumstances.

Student leaders in the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs, like all students, are required to comply with the policies and procedures of Miami University’s Code of Student Conduct. Alcohol is an especially important component of student conduct, and Office of Orientation and Transition Programs has specific expectations for our leaders regarding alcohol use. 

Student leaders in the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs must agree to abide by these expectations upon acceptance of their position. Violation of these expectations is grounds for termination from a leadership position, in addition to sanctions that may be applied by the Center for Ethics and Student Conduct Resolution and/or local law enforcement.

The following expectations for student leaders begin on the date of selection: 

  • Leaders who are under the age of 21 will not consume alcohol as it is illegal and against University policy (including on Green Beer Day)
  • Leaders will not become intoxicated, regardless of age (including on Green Beer Day)
  • During summer orientation and May training, leaders will not consume alcohol while on campus, regardless of age
  • During summer orientation and May training, leaders, regardless of age, will not consume alcohol on or off campus when new students and families are in Oxford. This includes times before and after summer orientation sessions such as:
    • Sundays before a Monday orientation (when students and families will be in town for early arrival)
    • Friday nights when a Day 2 takes place on Saturday (even though leaders may not work on that Saturday)

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs will respond to instances of leaders who violate the Miami University Code of Conduct; leaders who are cited for violation of the Code of Conduct are subject to termination of their leadership position/employment.

Questions about this policy should be directed to Buffy Stoll Turton, Director of Orientation and Transition Programs, at stolle@miamioh.edu, 513-529-1880.