New Student Services empowers over 9,000 undergraduate students to succeed annually and facilitates their transition to UC Berkeley. This process is known as the Golden Bear Experience, which consists of two parts: Before Students Arrive (advising and prep, online) and After Students Arrive (Move-in, Golden Bear Orientation, and Getting your Bearings, on campus).

The overarching goals of the Golden Bear Experience are to:

  • Welcome new students into UC Berkeley’s scholarly community and lay the foundation for fostering their intellectual identity.
  • Create opportunities for participants to gain an understanding of academic requirements.
  • Create opportunities for participants to connect with university and college resources, services, and support structures.
  • Create opportunities for participants to engage with campus traditions and the range of UC Berkeley’s unique cultural communities.
  • Create opportunities for participants to engage with their peers and the broader campus community.
  • Set the path for a lifelong relationship with the campus.

To accomplish these goals, New Student Services utilizes multiple levels of student staffing and involvement. This includes, but is not limited to, Student Coordinators, Orientation Mentors, Orientation Leaders, and Student Clerks. As a team of committed student affairs professionals, New Student Services practices a student-centered learning approach in all programming for new students and trainings for our student leaders.

New Student Services is a department that reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Office within the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs aims to advance the learning and personal growth of students by providing leadership, services, and opportunities that enable students to succeed in and contribute to a diverse and global society. The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, its Centers, and staff create environments to educate, support, and challenge students to seek and follow their purpose, build resiliency, transform themselves, and engage communities.

Learn more about the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Office.

The Graduate Assistant for Orientation at UC Berkeley will provide a practical experience for graduate students enrolled in a student personnel, higher education, or student affairs program to build curriculum for student leader trainings, develop marketing plans for student leader recruitment, and large-scale program development.

We will determine specific responsibilities, projects, and activities that support the New Student Service’s priorities and needs based on the interests and experiences of the graduate assistants.

  • Develop and create curriculum for the Golden Bear Orientation Mentor class.
  • Develop and create curriculum for more than 500 Golden Bear Orientation Leaders.
  • Assist with the planning, organizing, and managing of Golden Bear Orientation Mentor and Leader trainings.
  • Manage and oversee the development of large-scale programming for Golden Bear Orientation.
  • Engage in assessment efforts related to Golden Bear Orientation Leaders and Golden Bear Orientation Mentors experiences.
  • Research best practices for orientation, transition, and persistence and propose ways to improve the program
  • Specific projects will be assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program
  • Experience in public speaking and facilitation
  • Past experience in building curriculum for college students
  • Strong written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Passion for orientation and leadership development
  • Awareness of their own social identities and how to strive for an equitable environment
  • Experience collaborating and planning with a team and with students

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate student taking classes in Fall 2020

Terms of employment

  • 14-month appointment
  • Specific date appointment: July 5, 2019 through September 5, 2020
    • The start date in July is negotiable based on availability.
  • Must be available to work 20 hours during the school year
  • Must be available to work 30 hours during the summer
  • Must be available to work some weekends and late nights for student leader trainings
    • These hours will not conflict with graduate program classes
  • Must be available for all of Golden Bear Orientation and student leader trainings


  • $22.50/hour
    • Academic year (July 2019 to May 2020); average 15-20 hours per week
    • Summer (June 2020-July 2020); average 25-30 hours a week
    • Golden Bear Orientation (August 2020); stipend to reflect hourly commitment
  • Professional Development, including registration, housing, and food for NODA Annual Conference and NODA Region II Conference
    • Required to present at conferences in order to go
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume to Maxwell Mattern. Application due date is May 31, 2019. 

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