The Willamette University Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion is excited to be looking for candidates to lead our Ohana Program. Prior experience in the Ohana program is welcomed but is NOT necessary. Applicants should understand their own racial identity and want to create a welcoming, equitable and inclusive community.

Leaders of this program will assist primarily new self-identified students of color with a successful transition to WU. Successful Ohana leaders are accommodating and willing to assist with cultural and racial transitions, model academic success and a sensitivity to all identities. They must also enjoy working with new students and be open to sharing about their WU experiences.


  1. Develop programs and activities that focus on successful transition to university life for
    all new self-identifies students of color
  2. Work collaboratively with campus offices and programs (e.g. Admissions, Athletics,
    CLA, International Education, Opening Days, Residence Life and Housing) to
    successfully welcome and orient all new students and their families to Willamette
  3. Serve as an academic resource
  4. Participation in multicultural student organizations preferred
  5. An understanding of one’s own racial identity preferred

Qualification Standards

  1. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment in a high-profile position
  2. Excel as a team player while maintaining a high energy level, enthusiasm and stamina when working long days
  3. Effective interpersonal communication
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with WU resources and services
  5. Ability to facilitate small and large group discussions, activities, and reflection
  6. Possess a high level of maturity and an ability to use independent judgment
  7. Desire to make a difference in the lives of new students
  8. Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, discipline and self-confidence
  9. In good standing (academic and student conduct) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  10. Committed to attending all training sessions
  11. Committed to attending the full session of the Ohana program
  12. Must have plans to be enrolled as a student during the fall semester
  13. Possession of a valid driver’s license preferred

Time Commitment

  1. Ohana leaders will participate in one (1) to two (2) mandatory spring training session(s),
    unless they are abroad. Leaders will have mandatory training sessions in August prior to
    the start of the Ohana program. Due to COVID 19, training schedules are a fluid process
    and no dates are currently set at this time.
  2. Spring Training
    Post Finals (May 6 th ) to be determined after leadership are hired.
  3. Summer Training & Program Dates:
    All Ohana leaders return to campus early for training or preparation of their programs.
    Those dates are TBD. At this time, we are moving forward with the current calendar for
    2022-23 (Tues Aug 16-Fri Aug 19 – tentatively) but is subject to change based on
    unforeseen circumstances.
  4. Dates to Remember:
    Ohana Training Spring 2022 (after May 6 th : 1-2 days)
    Ohana Training August 2022 (Tues Aug 16-Fri Aug 19 – tentatively)
    Ohana Program 2022 (Sat August 20- Wed August 24 – tentatively)
    Opening Days Starts: August 24, 2022
    First Day of Classes: August 29, 2022


  1. All meals, housing (on-campus students) and program costs will be covered during
    trainings as needed and through the conclusion of the program.
  2. Leadership awards will be offered to each student who gains a position. The amount is
    TBD and subject to your personal financial aid package.


Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion

Willamette University

Student Engagement and Leadership

Putnam University Center, Second Floor
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6463 voice
503-370-6407 fax

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