Onboarding Ambassadors should hold an "administrative support position" in the department if someone other than the administrator will provide the assistance with orientation for new faculty members. Delegation of specific Onboarding steps is made by the administrator and or their chair. The individual does not need to be the new hire's administrative assistant, just someone able to assist a new faculty member with becoming comfortable and productive in their new role and environment.
The primary role of the Ambassador includes:
Departments assign an Onboarding Ambassador who will serve as the individual for all administrative and basic logistical orientation to work questions: logistical issues, facility tours, and introduction to people in the department. Ambassadors could be department chairs, division directors, department administrators, administrative assistants or anyone within a department who is best qualified to handle this responsibility.
Once a new faculty member is on-board all effort will be made to find them a faculty Mentor; a faculty member who will answer professional questions and address career issues. In many situations more than one mentor is assigned but only one will oversee a junior faculty member's career through promotion. Visit the School of Medicine's Faculty Mentoring Program site for more information.