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CAS Peer Advisor Positions Available for 2018-19

The College of Arts and Sciences is looking for new Peer Advisors for the 2018-19 academic year. If you are looking to get involved on campus and enjoy helping others, a CAS Peer Advisor position is right for you.

Download the application the Peer Advisor Application Packet from the CAS Advising OneDrive (to prepare for the Online Application linked below).

The main responsibilities of a CAS Peer Advisor include, but are not limited to: advising freshmen and sophomores (mainly undecided) on course selection, general education requirements, university requirements, and choosing a major; providing references to campus resources; and assisting in pre-registration activities including walk-in appointments, workshops, campus outreach, and preparation for registration clearance. Peer Advisors serve as an additional unit of academic support for CAS undergraduates in the Academic Advising Office.

This year we are also recruiting for the position of Lead Peer Advisor in addition to General Peer Advisors. In addition to performing the duties of the Peer advisor, the Lead is responsible for organizing appointment information, team meetings, and managing team projects. The Lead Peer contributes to the administrative functioning in the office.

Before starting your application, please see below for minimum eligibility requirements (including 8-10 hours per week during 2018-19 academic year) and more detailed information about the Peer Advisor Position & Duties. Please note the Lead Peer Advisor will work 19-20 hour per week.  

Application Information & Online Form

Application Preparation & Submission

Applications are due by Friday, March 2, 2018, 5:00 PM. Please follow the directions below to correctly submit all materials:

You submit your Online Application including uploaded Resume and uploaded Short Answer Question Responses.

Your Referrers submit one reference using the the Online Referral Form below on your behalf.

  • Online Application: You are required to submit the application with all basic information. You will not be able to return and edit this form, so be prepared to answer all questions and submit in one sitting. You will also be asked to upload your resume and Short Answer Responses to application form.

  • Resume: Before uploading your resume with your application, we encourage you to use the AU Career Center Resume resources.

  • Short Answer Questions: Be sure to review the questions when you download the application. Please type answers in a word document. 250 word maximum per response and submit/upload with your application

    *If you have previously applied for the peer advisor position,
    please contact Cecilia Bouska
    (caspeeradvisors@american.edu )
    f
    or your short answer questions.

  • References: Two references are required (at least one professional reference; no personal references). All references must be received by the March 2 deadline via the Reference Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lead Peer Advisor, Cecilia Bouska at CASPeerAdvisors@american.edu or Tyler Atkins-Mose, atkins@american.edu

Information Sessions

All interested applicants should attend an information session to learn more about the position. Information sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 9 AM - 10 AM, Battelle 228 (Humanities Lab)

  • Monday, February 19, 12 PM - 1 PM, Battelle 228 (Humanities Lab)

  • Tuesday, February 20, 10 AM - 11 AM, Battelle 228 (Humanities Lab)

The current CAS Peer Advisors will be available at each session to answer your questions

Visit our Alumni Page to see what past Peer Advisors are doing now!


Peer Advisor Position & Duties

Job Description

Position Overview

The College of Arts and Sciences Peer Advisors serve as an additional unit of academic support for CAS undergraduates in the Academic Advising Office. Peer Advisors provide students with information on academic policies and procedures and make appropriate referrals to campus resources. Peers are given the training necessary to address a variety of student questions and handle sensitive academic issues.

Duties

The main responsibilities of a CAS Peer Advisor include, but are not limited to: advising freshmen and sophomores (mainly undecided) on course selection, general education requirements, university requirements, and choosing a major. Peers also assist in pre-registration activities including: walk-ins, workshops, campus outreach, and preparation for registration clearance. Peer Advisors assist students on an appointment and walk-in basis. Peers are responsible for publishing Peer to Peer, an academic blog and connecting with students via social media. During welcome week and admission recruitment, Peers are expected to work with the main advising staff and take part in special advising activities. Peers also help plan other academic programs throughout the year.

Lead Peer Advisor

In addition to performing the duties of the General Peer Advisor, the Lead is responsible for organizing appointment information, team meetings, and managing team projects. The Lead Peer contributes to the administrative functioning in the office.

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible for the Peer Advisor position you must, at the time of application:

  • Have an AU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have 30 or more credits and at least one full year completed at AU as a CAS student*
  • Have past leadership experience and/or an interest in counseling/advising
  • Be available for training and shadowing during April 2018**
  • Have 8-10 hours per week availability for work during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Be able to commit one academic year to the position (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to student confidentiality and ability to uphold federal guidelines

*Interested first year students will be considered and should contact Cecilia Bouska, Lead Peer Advisor, at caspeeradvisors@american.edu before applying.

**Students studying abroad Spring 2018 are eligible to apply, special training arrangements can be made.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Involved in AU campus life and knowledgeable of campus resources and activities
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and self-directed
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Experience with public speaking and small group facilitation
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Experience writing blog articles and/or other publications

Lead Peer Advisor Minimum Requirements:

  • Have an AU cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Have 60 or more credits and at least two full years completed at AU as a CAS Student
  • Have past leadership experience and an interest in counseling/advising
  • Be available for training and shadowing during April 2018
  • Have 19-20 hours per week availability for work during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Be able to commit one academic year to the position (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to student confidentiality and ability to uphold federal guidelines.

Commitment, Training, Compensation

Peer Advisors work 8-10 (19-20 for Lead Peer Advisor) hours per week during the academic year. Most hours are Monday-Friday between 9 am-5 pm, however some evening and weekend hours might be required. Employment begins August 29, 2018 and ends April 29, 2019. Peer Advisors are expected to work the entire 2018-2019 academic year (August 27, 2018-April 29, 2019).

Training

Peer Advisors are required to attend one training session tentatively scheduled on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 11am-1pm. Additionally, peers must complete 4 hours of advisor shadowing in the main Advising Office during the month of April 2018 (shifts are scheduled for 1 hour). On-the-job training will continue throughout the year.

Compensation

$13.00 per hour; work study is not available at this time.