New Student and Family Programs is committed to the successful transition of new students and families into the University of Denver campus community. We do this by providing inclusive, holistic, student-centered programming aimed at empowering student academic success, personal growth and meaningful connections.
By attending Discoveries Orientation, new students will:
- Learn about student roles and responsibilities of becoming a University of Denver Community Member,
- Explore the resources and opportunities that support student’s academic, social, and health and wellness goals,
- Develop skills centered on self-awareness, social interactions, and engaging with the diverse identities, ideas, and experiences of others in the community, and
- Develop a sense of belonging and connection to the University of Denver and great Denver community.
Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, if you are a Pre-Orientation Leader or a Resident Assistant, you cannot also hold a position as a Discoveries Leader.
Discoveries Leaders play a crucial role in the successful transition and retention of new students to the University of Denver. As peer mentors to the new students, Discoveries Leaders strive to create an inclusive environment that empowers undergraduate students to successfully transition to their new college environments. Discoveries Leaders do this by modeling the roles and responsibilities of DU community members, by connecting students to resources and opportunities, and by creating and cultivating community.
To apply, you must be enrolled as a student at DU throughout Fall 2021.
- Complete all required training components for the role by the listed deadlines.
- Serve as a role model for new students by adhering to all university policies and procedures.
- Be the primary point of contact for students in your orientation group, both throughout the summer and during Discoveries Orientation.
- Facilitate small group discussions and community building activities.
- Serve individual students in crisis by applying knowledge of university resources to quickly refer students to the most appropriate resource.
- Apply the tenets of inclusive excellence to all aspects of the position: in verbal and written communication, through small group facilitation, and designing group community building initiatives.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of DU offices, resources, and involvement opportunities.
- Ability and desire to lead independently.
- Dependability to complete role responsibilities with little oversight.
- Ability to stay positive and problem solve in stressful situations.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and creativity to respond to changing situations.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Willingness to participate in discussions of identity, power, privilege and oppression, furthering self-awareness and applying to the execution of the position.
- Current and continuing undergraduate student at the University of Denver. To be a Discoveries Leader, you must be enrolled at DU through Fall 2021. If you are graduating in the Spring/Summer of 2021, you are not eligible to apply.
- Must be in good standing with the University of Denver. Good standing is defined as a GPA of 2.2 or higher and no outstanding conduct cases with Student Right and Responsibilities.
APPLY & RESUME REVIEW
The Discoveries Leader application includes THREE components. You must complete ALL components to succesffully apply.
- Submit your resume here on PCO.
- Submit your cover letter here on PCO.
- Submit 2 professional references via Word document here on PCO. In the document, list the reference name and email address and/or phone number. Nothing else is needed.
When uploading your resume to PCO, please save it as a PDF using this naming format: last name, position title. Example: Stevens, Discoveries Leader.
Please note all resumes submitted through PCO will go through an automatic review process by the Career & Professional Development staff. While this may take extra time on your part if revisions are needed, it’s to support you in submitting the most competitive application possible. You will not be able to submit your full application until the resume has been reviewed and approved. Please allow at least 3 days before the application deadline for this step. Due to the expected volume of applications, do not wait until right before the deadline to apply as your resume could be delayed in the review process. For help with this process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be proactive, check out our website and make changes prior to submission. This will increase the likelihood your resume can be pushed through without going through a major overhaul, allowing you to apply to student employment positions quickly.
In addition check out the additional resources below:
- Resume Example
- Resumes & Cover Letters
- Make an Appointment with a Career Advisor
- 5 Tips for References
Work Schedule and Compensation
Training Schedule: Discoveries Leaders will be required to complete online training components in Spring and Summer of 2021 and in-person training beginning August 30th, 2021 (if possible with the pandemic). Training requirements will not exceed 40 hours.
Job Responsibilities: Discoveries Leaders will meet with assigned orientation groups virtually over the summer and in person with orientation groups the week of September 6th – September 12th, 2021 for Discoveries Week. Job requirements will not exceed 40 hours.
Compensation: $14.77/hr through June 30th, 2021, increasing to $15/hr on July 1st in keeping with minimum wage requirements by the City and County of Denver. – Total hours will not exceed 80 hrs.
In compliance with Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), non-benefited employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.
DISCOVERIES LEADERS MAY NOT WORK ANY OTHER ON CAMPUS JOBS DURING FALL TRAINING OR DISCOVERIES WEEK.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law. All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. These are required for all part-time, full-time and student employee hires.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law. We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, veterans and persons with disabilities.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. These are required for all part-time, full-time and student employee hires.