New Student Leaders

New student leaders are critical student leadership positions that represent the University of Richmond to its incoming first-year, transfer, and exchange students and their families. We strive to assemble a dynamic team of students who are passionate about the University, can serve as a role model to their peers, and who have a genuine desire to work towards building an inclusive community.

The new student leader positions allow students to develop their leadership and professional development skills that further complement their University of Richmond experience. Descriptions of each position are listed below. All of these are paid positions. 

The application for these positions is due January 28, 2024. Interviews for these positions will take place on Saturday, February 10 and 17, 2024.

If you have questions about any of these questions, please contact us.

New Student Leader Positions

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  • Peer Academic Advisor (PA)

    Summer 2024 (June - August 2024)

    Peer Academic Advisors (PA) work with incoming Spiders throughout the summer months. PAs work with approximately 50 new students and will be asked to connect with them via e-mail, phone/text, and/or Zoom. The PA’s primary role is to answer questions, communicate important information and deadlines, explain university procedures, and help new students prepare for life on campus. In addition, PAs help students prepare for registration and work alongside faculty and staff academic advisors as they guide new students through the registration process. The weekly time commitment for this position is 8-10 hours from June through mid-August. PAs will be expected to attend all applicable training sessions.

    Note: Students who have a full-time UR Summer Research Fellowship or any student residing outside the U.S. during the Summer are not eligible for this position.

  • Orientation Advisor (OA)

    August 11 - 24, 2024

    Orientation Advisors guide our new Spiders throughout the New Spider Orientation and transition programs, helping to make sure students know where they are heading, providing resources and referrals, and building a welcoming and inclusive community.

    Orientation Advisors serve both a Transition Program (International Orientation, Thrive Orientation, Endeavor, or Appalachian Trail Adventure), as well as New Spider Orientation. Please review the Orientation Advisor position description, that outlines responsibilities, remuneration, and dates of commitment.

    Note: students studying abroad in the fall semester are not eligible to serve as an OA.

  • Endeavor Navigator

    June-August 2024 (virtual)
    August 11-24, 2024 (on campus)
    Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters (on campus)

    Serving as an Endeavor Navigator involves student leaders serving as an peer academic advisor (PA), an orientation advisor (OA), and have continued follow-up throughout the fall and spring semesters with first-year students participating in The Richmond Endeavor program.

    The fall and spring semester commitment includes collaborating with faculty to provide programming for students, Endeavor-wide programming sponsored by the Navigators, and continued peer mentorship of Endeavor students.

  • WELL 100 Peer Instructor

    Fall 2024 Semester

    All incoming students will take WELL 100 in their first semester. WELL 100 is a 15-session course (meeting once per week for 75 minutes) on various health and well-being topics, as well as topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, sustainability, the value of the liberal arts, involvement and career exploration. The course is co-facilitated by a staff member, as well as a student (called a peer instructor).

    Students must have served (or be hired to serve) as an Orientation Advisor, Resident Assistant, or URWELL Peer Educators.  We will be hiring for this position in late spring once Orientation Advisors, Resident Assistants, and URWELL Peer Educators have been hired.