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New Student and Family Engagement Student Leadership - Available Positions

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders (OLs) 

To help implement DePaul’s orientation programs, the Office of New Student and Family Engagement selects 30 dynamic and mature undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders (OLs) each year. Orientation Leaders play a critical role in implementing orientation during the summer as well as throughout the 2021 - 22 school year, and are a valuable resource to incoming students and their family members during the transition to college life at DePaul. Orientation for first-year students (Premiere DePaul) and orientation for transfer students (Transition DePaul) occur on various dates throughout the summer, spanning the following dates: June 21 - September 24, 2021.

Transition DePaul orientations also take place during the school year before the start of each quarter. Upon successful completion of summer employment, Orientation Leaders will have the option to remain on the orientation team and work Transition DePaul programs throughout the year. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul University will be hosting the majority of summer 2021 undergraduate orientations (i.e. Premiere DePaul and Transition DePaul) virtually. There may be opportunities to work in-person programs during the summer for those Orientation Leaders who live in the Chicago area. However, Orientation Leaders are not required to be located in Chicago for the summer.

Hours and Availability

  • Attend 5 required trainings and 2 meetings during Spring Quarter. Trainings take place from 1 - 4 PM on the following Friday afternoons: April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14.
  • Additional Fall Quarter opportunities will be required through September 24th, 2021.

Chicago Quarter Mentors
Chicago Quarter Mentors (CQMs)

Chicago Quarter Mentors (CQMs) are an essential part of the Chicago Quarter Program and serve as a resource to new students through their transition to DePaul University. More specifically, Chicago Quarter Mentors work with professional staff to deliver the Common Hour component of the Chicago Quarter course. Chicago Quarter Mentors work collaboratively with faculty and professional staff members to plan, deliver, and facilitate the broader curriculum of the assigned course. Chicago Quarter Mentors also connect with new students as a peer resource, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Please note: CQM and Staff Professional job duties are subject to change as DePaul University responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will follow city/state guidelines.

Work Schedule & Terms of Employment:

Chicago Quarter Mentors begin working in the spring quarter and are in the role until the end of the fall quarter. During the fall quarter, student mentors are expected to work 10 hours/week. 

  • Required Dates

    Virtual Chicago Quarter Mentor Training (via Zoom)
      - Friday, April 16, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Friday, April 23, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Friday, April 30, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Friday, May 7, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Friday, May 14, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Summer Optional Workshop offered – Dates TBD

    Virtual Chicago Quarter Staff Professional Training (via Zoom)
      - Friday, April 30, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Friday, May 7, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Friday, May 14, 2021 from 1-5pm CDT
      - Summer Optional Workshops offered – Dates TBD

    Annual Chicago Quarter Best Practices Conference
      - June 4th, 2021 from 9:00am-5:00pm CDT

    Discover Chicago Quarter Teaching Teams
      - Pre-Immersion Meeting – Wednesday, August 25th, hold 9:00am-5:00pm CDT
      - Immersion Week – Monday, August 30th to Friday, September 3rd, 8:00am-6:00pm CDT

    Explore Chicago Teaching Teams
      - Great Starts Meeting  – Wednesday, September 1st, hold 9:00am-5:00pm CDT

2021 Application Process

New Student and Family Engagement is hiring the next group of Chicago Quarter Mentors and Orientation Leaders. Applications will be available on the Campus Job Board on Monday, January 6th and close on Sunday, January 31st at 11:59 pm. 

All applicants must attend an information session before they apply (all information session details and provided below). Information sessions will provide in-depth details about the requirements of each position, an overview of the selection process, and answer any questions applicants may have before applying.

After applying, candidates will be contacted in early February to participate in a group interview. Group interviews will take place at various times in February. Participation in a group interview is required for all candidates.

Candidates will be notified during the week of March 8th, 2021 of position status. 

Upcoming Information Sessions

All applicants are required to attend one of the following New Student and Family Engagement information sessions:

  • Wednesday, January 13th, 1:30 pm to 2:10 pm
  • Friday, January 15th, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 19th, 4:20 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 20th, 3:00 pm to 3:40 pm (Subject to change)
  • Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 am to 8:40 am
  • Monday, January 25th, 3:00 pm to 3:40 pm
  • Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 pm to 7:10 pm
  • Friday, January 29th 12:00pm to 12:40pm
  • Friday, January 29th, 5:30 pm to 6:10 pm
All Links can be found on DeHub. Search ‘CQM/OL Info Session’.