Become a SOL
Calling all dynamic and passionate students!
The application and selection process for the 2020 Student Orientation Leader (SOL) staff begins during the fall semester.
The Office of Community Engagement will select a group of mature, enthusiastic and dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing orientations for summer and fall. Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs) serve as the primary resource for new students and their families during the Orientation programs and Welcome Week. At all times during the program, SOLs represent the college and Office of Community Engagement to families of new students, and role model the Purchase experience for new students. SOLs are available to answer all student and family questions and counsel students on the transition to Purchase College while introducing them to our academic programs, support services and co-curricular opportunities. With the support of campus professionals and faculty, SOLs will help to set the stage for incoming students to continue to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. SOLs are expected to possess a specific body of knowledge about Purchase College acquired through training and experience, and they must be sincerely interested in and skillful at sharing this information with orientation participants. Selection to the Orientation Leader staff is a rewarding opportunity for personal growth and leadership development and opportunity.
Important Application Deadlines
November 4: Online application available now through Pantherlink. Students must log in this link in order to view the application.
February 2: Final deadline for applications.
February 14: Deadline for campus recommendations
Recommendations will need to be submitted by the February 14, 2020 deadline. It is advised that you notify your references ahead of time that you are applying for the Student Orientation Leader position withing Community Engagement.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Attend and participate in all spring and summer training sessions
- Serve as a positive representative of the College to new students and their guests
- Answer questions about both social and academic aspects of campus life
- Facilitate new students’ introduction to the College by maintaining an open, helpful attitude and using effective communication techniques
- Promote interaction among groups of new students during small group discussions, icebreakers, meals, and activities
- Facilitate small group interactions on various topics, including course enrollment and student life issues
- Facilitate social activities for new students through direct involvement and participation
- Provide administrative support for the program, including preparation of Orientation materials
Important Dates for Successful Hires
Interviews: Will occur during the month of February. Notifications will be sent in early March.
Spring Staff Meetings: TBD
July Commitment; including training, campus preparations, and Orientation sessions: July 6- 18
July Orientation Dates: July 14, 15, 16
August Commitment: August 24-30
Successful hires who complete all tasks and commitments will be compensated with the following:
- Bed waiver and meals for the duration of the contracted dates, July 6-18, 2020.
- Meals for the duration of contracted dates, tentatively August 24-30.
- Compensation of $1,000.00 to be paid in installments, upon completion and evaluation of work.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the mission and goals of Orientation and the Office of Community Engagement
- Positive attitude, good energy level, knowledge of and enthusiasm for Purchase College
- Willingness to learn more about our campus and its resources
- Openness to strengthening your understanding of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice
- Good teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members, students, and parents
- Desire to learn about the University’s community, programs, resources, policies, and procedures
- Flexibility, responsibility, and willingness to assist others
- Staff may be expected to lift light boxes or other office items and arrange furniture for events.
- Interested in working with a commuter population and the support needed for them to succeed.
- Understanding of the non-traditional hours over the course of Orientation. Hired SOLs are expected to have basic time management skills and be comfortable having a full schedule.
In order to qualify for the Student Orientation Leader position, you must meet the following requirements:
- Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of application
- Cannot be on any form of probation (academic, residential, or disciplinary) at the time of application or start of employment.
- Attend all Orientation training and obligations.
- Act as a role model for the Purchase College experience.
- At time of start you must be approved to work within the United States by the U.S. Government, including having within your possession a signed original social security card and driver’s license.
- All international students should first meet with the OIPS for verification of hiring documents.
Apply Here: Pantherlink
Students must log-in using their Purchase credentials to access the application through this link.
Am I able to another job while being work a SOL?
During the contracted July & August dates, SOLs are unable to have any outside commitments due to the overwhelming responsibilities & time commitment to this role. We have this rule so that you can better balance your personal wellness and provide time for yourself during this intensive experience.
Can I be a SOL & RA or other positions on campus?
We realize that some students may be interested in both on-campus positions, but we unfortunately can’t have a team that is made up of students who are all RAs, or students who are only involved with one thing, as we want as many students to have leadership positions as possible.
You are more than welcome to apply for both positions, but know that it is up to professional staff members to select students that we feel will best fit a specific role due to their experience and candidacy.
There will be a limited number of students who may be selected for both positions and when hired, they will receive full information regarding their personalized situation as their compensation or working schedule in august may be different due to the overlapping responsibilities in August which makes Orientation scheduling and personal wellness difficult.
Please note there are some students that are grandfathered into both positions and are currently on staff.
Do I have to be a super peppy or morning person to have this job?
While we do have early hours, we do not expect everyone to have the same personality or traits. We want our staff team to reflect our student body as much as possible and this means all different types of personalities or energy levels. We want our SOLs to be themselves during this entire experience!
What if I don’t know everything about the school?
That’s why we have training!
Before the Orientation Sessions, SOLs go through a week long Purchase-immersion and we prepare you to answer all types of questions about campus. Plus, for some reason if you don’t know an answer to something… it’s okay because we introduce you to the campus resources that can!