Patriot Leader Job Description

The Patriot Leader positions are highly visible in the Mason community and represent the office at Orientation, Family Weekend and other campus programming initiatives. The Patriot Leaders serve as role models to new students by leading multiple small group discussions, assisting in the development of programs associated with our office and answering questions from new students and their family members.


  • Must be available for ALL Orientation and Family Programs and Services student leader training sessions
  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student and remain enrolled throughout the duration of employment
  • Must be available to work ALL programmatic initiatives including but not limited to Orientation (both Summer and Winter sessions), Family Weekend and beginning of academic year programming (Move-In, Preamble, Welcome2Mason, etc)
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn about policies, procedures, and people at George Mason University
  • Must have a sincere desire to help new students and family members of the Mason community
  • Must have an ability to relate to people from a diverse background
  • Must have established a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better and maintained throughout time in position
  • Must be in good financial, academic and disciplinary standing
  • Must live on-campus May – August 2018 (provided to student as part of compensation)
  • Must complete the Patriot Leader Spring Training (a for-credit class on Fridays from 2-5pm in the Spring Semester)
  • Must complete the Patriot Leader Summer Training (two weeks in June leading into the orientation season)

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a positive role model and representative of Orientation and Family Programs and Services and George Mason University
  • Contribute to all OFPS programmatic functions surrounding its three coordinated initiatives: orientation, leadership programs and family services
  • Assist in the preparation of Orientation (both Summer/Winter), Family Programming and beginning of academic year programming (Move-In, Preamble, Welcome2Mason, etc)
  • Participate in periodic written and oral performance evaluations
  • Maintain healthy and ongoing communication with supervisors
  • Encourage new students and families/guests to participate in all orientation activities
  • Facilitate small group interaction on various topics at orientation
  • Assist staff, faculty, and academic advisors in providing an efficient and personalized method of course selection, registration, academic advising and student development program for new students
  • Preparation, rehearsal and presentation of scripted material to be performed at each orientation session.
  • Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity appropriate of a student leader.
  • Live on-campus throughout summer and serve as a primary point of contact for new students and their families/guests during Orientation sessions
  • Fulfill office assignments and functions as deemed necessary
  • Other roles as assigned

Time Commitments (length of employment: May 28th, 2018 – January 31st, 2019):

  • Actively participate in the University 300 Patriot Leader Spring Training Course (Spring 2018: Fridays 2-5pm)
  • Actively participate in overnight retreat between May 30 – June 1, 2018
  • Actively participate in summer training sessions May 28 – June 13, 2018
  • Provide 20 hours of office support between May 2018 and August 2018
  • Assist with moving Orientation materials in/out of the summer storage locations
  • Work all Orientation dates in June, July and August 2018
  • Attend the Preamble Training (August 20 or 21, 2018)
  • Serve 25 hours during Move-In, The Preamble and Welcome2Mason Programming
  • Assist 15 hours during Family Weekend (Dates TBD)
  • Attend monthly Student Leader Team meetings throughout Fall 2018
  • Assist with Winter Orientations (in December 2018 / January 2019)
  • Other trainings or meetings deemed necessary


  • $3,400.00 stipend for summer employment (May-July)
  • $650 stipend for Fall/Winter Employment (Aug-Jan) including move-in, Preamble, Welcome2Mason, Family Weekend and Winter Orientation
  • On-campus housing mid-May 2018 to end of July 2018
  • Some meals provided during summer training and Orientation sessions
  • $150 of Mason meal plan money
  • Access to Mason Recreation Facilities over the summer
  • Early move-in for the Fall 2018 semester to work Fall Programming


For additional information, please contact Rob Miller at