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Position Descriptions

House Intern Position
Orientation Leader Position
Orientation Coordinator Position

HOUSE INTERN POSITION 

The goal of the Hampshire College Residential Life Program is to ensure a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment for all students living in the residential areas on campus. In support of that goal, the student intern is the crucial link between the College and the students living on campus. This link is established through timely and accurate information flow; providing social, academic, recreational, and cultural programming; providing peer counseling, conflict resolution, and referrals to individuals and groups; and helping to implement the policies and procedures necessary for the smooth running of the residential areas.

Interns are supervised by the house director. They must work collaboratively with their fellow interns, interns and staff from other houses, and other campus groups and offices. It is crucial to their role as campus leaders that interns be easily approachable and available to their residents.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Abiding by, communicating, and facilitating compliance to the norms of community living.
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are followed concerning health and fire safety regulations and security of the houses.
  • Facilitating communication between staff and residents through regular contact with both constituencies.
  • Knowing the residents in the assigned section/stairwell/neighborhood.
  • Attending mandatory student staff training sessions before each semester begins (including a training at the end of January term) and on scheduled evenings throughout the school year.
  • Attending mandatory weekly staff meetings and weekly supervision meetings.
  • Participating in the intern staff selection process for the upcoming semesters.
  • Conducting regular hall/mod meetings.
  • Assisting in the opening and closing of the building(s) at the beginning and end of each semester, arriving on campus in mid-August, and staying until the houses close.
  • Working three to four hours per week in the house office doing office coverage and carrying out specified responsibilities during those shifts.
  • Taking part in emergency coverage rotation with other interns.
  • Developing, implementing, and attending programming events on a regular basis.
  • Being the first responder in cases of lock-outs, fire alarms, noise complaints, and other instances of physical or emotional distress.

Interns are designated “essential personnel” in times of emergency. They may be required to assist campus officials throughout the course of any all-campus emergency or other extraordinary circumstance that affects the well-being of student residents.

Remuneration and conditions of employment:

Since this position is considered an internship, interns are paid a weekly stipend equivalent to 14 hours of work per week. Interns must be on-campus and available to work during January Term to receive the January stipend.

  • Interns receive a financial aid grant equivalent to half off the housing fee.
  • Interns may not hold any other job(s) on campus.
  • An intern’s assigned room must be his or her primary residence.
  • Interns cannot be on academic probation at the time of hire.
  • Interns must be 18 years of age by the position start date.

A work study award is not a requirement of this position, but preference will be given to qualified candidates with a work study award.

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ORIENTATION LEADER POSITION

The orientation leader position is open to all current students who have completed at least one semester of study at Hampshire. In order to be an orientation leader you must be an active student during the semester immediately following orientation. There are approximately fifty-six orientation leader positions available, with returning orientation leaders receiving priority in the hiring process.

Orientation leaders are responsible for welcoming groups of approximately fifteen new and/or transfer students to the College and providing them with a small group experience that helps them acclimate to and prepare for life at Hampshire. Orientation leaders work in pairs as they lead their groups in activities over the course of six days. Orientation is comprised of two components: College-sponsored events and small group activities. Leaders are responsible for planning and implementing their small group activities in advance of the orientation program. All leaders will complete five to seven full days of training, spread out over the spring and late summer. Orientation leaders will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students, so that they can complete their training.

In addition to training, orientation leaders will be expected to work throughout the full six days of the orientation program, for up to twelve hours a day. Leaders will spend their days working with their small groups, leading them both in activities and discussions, as well as bringing them to various events across campus. Leaders will be expected to participate in all of the events that their groups attend, even if they are not leading those particular events; however, they will have their evenings free.

Successful orientation leader candidates will exhibit many, if not all, of the following qualities:

  • commitment
  • follow-through
  • reliability
  • accountability
  • compassion and understanding
  • enthusiasm
  • knowledge of Hampshire College
  • ability to lead
  • flexibility
  • communication skills
  • commitment to being inclusive
  • responsibility
  • respect
  • positive attitude
  • problem-solving skills

Orientation leaders report to the director of new student programs and the senior associate dean of students. Leaders will receive a $300 stipend upon their successful completion of the orientation program. Three meals a day at the dining commons are also included during the nine days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.

Orientation leaders must be 18 years of age by the position start date. The academic and disciplinary standing of all applicants will be reviewed and considered as a part of the hiring process.

Please note: Applicants may apply for both orientation positions if they desire (orientation leader, orientation coordinator). If you apply for both, you will only be offered the coordinator or leader position, not both.

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ORIENTATION COORDINATOR POSITION
    

The orientation coordinator position is open to all current students who have completed at least one semester of study at Hampshire. In order to be an orientation coordinator you must be an active student during the semester immediately following orientation. Applicants must have been orientation leaders or coordinators at Hampshire College at least once before. There are currently three orientation coordinator positions available.

Orientation coordinators are responsible for assisting in organizing and facilitating the orientation program, specifically by providing orientation leader advising and support, and program management. Each coordinator will be assigned approximately twelve pairs of orientation leaders to advise, and they will be responsible for meeting with these leaders on a daily basis throughout the program. Coordinators will be expected to assist leaders by helping to problem-solve group challenges and by providing additional guidance to leaders. Coordinators will check in regularly with the program directors to help ensure that groups are running smoothly. In addition, coordinators will be responsible for helping manage orientation, including distributing supplies, preparing facilities for presentations, meeting and assisting guest presenters, and providing impromptu solutions to program problems.

Orientation coordinators will take part in the five to seven full days of training that orientation leaders receive, as well as an additional two days of specialized training spread out over the spring and late summer. Coordinators will be expected to work the full six days of the orientation program, for approximately twelve hours a day. Orientation coordinators will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students, so that they can complete their training.

Successful orientation coordinator candidates will exhibit many, if not all, of the following qualities:

• commitment
• follow-through
• reliability
• accountability
• compassion and understanding
• enthusiasm
• knowledge of Hampshire College
• ability to advise/direct
• flexibility
• communication skills
• commitment to being inclusive
• responsibility
• respect
• positive attitude
• strong problem-solving skills

Orientation coordinators must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.

Orientation coordinators report to the director of new student programs and the senior associate dean of students. Coordinators will receive a $400 stipend upon their successful completion of the orientation program. Three meals a day at the dining commons are also included during the nine days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.

Orientation coordinators must be 18 years of age by the position start date. The academic and disciplinary standing of all applicants will be reviewed and considered as a part of the hiring process.

Please note: Applicants may apply for both orientation positions if they desire (orientation leader, orientation coordinator). If you apply for both, you will only be offered the coordinator or leader position, not both.

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