NSO Peer Advisor Job Description for Orientation 2012
The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become SARN Peer Advisors for New Student Orientation (NSO). SARN Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work during (NSO) to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resource Network (SARN).
Duties during New Student Orientation
- Participate in all SARN Peer Advisors meetings/programs during NSO.
- Know matters related to course registration, WesMaps, faculty advising and SARN.
- Serve as a resource on faculty advising, course selection and SARN concerns for students during NSO.
- Outreach and regular communication with assigned students during NSO.
- Attend intensive peer advising training prior to and during NSO (Aug. 29, 9:00 a.m.-Sept. 3).
- Complete First Year Matters reading and Peer Advisor training materials prior to training.
- Support new students with schedule planning and preparation for faculty advisor meetings during New Student Orientation (NSO) and provide support for other NSO activities, including participation in and implementation of First Year Matters (FYM), assisting with Arrival Day move in, and other activities as assigned.
- Assist with other SARN related duties as needed.
- Regular duties include, but are not limited to: regular and detailed record keeping and reporting of peer advisor activities; office hours in residential halls; regular communication with faculty, athletics, SARN partners, Residential Life and Student Activities staff and organizations to create or encourage participation in programming; advertising; and, other basic administrative duties as assigned.
- Rising junior or senior (exceptional sophomores might be considered).
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff.
- Capacity for discretion, diplomacy and confidentiality.
- Demonstrated record of leadership, maturity and academic excellence.
- Deep knowledge of Wesleyan University including the academic support systems, registration processes and policies, and how to navigate academic departments.
- Prior experience in a peer advising role such as a Resident Advisor, Peer Career Advisor, Orientation Leader, Assistant, Teaching Assistant, or Writing Tutor is preferred.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.2/4.0, remain in good standing, and have a clear judicial history. (Please feel free to contact Dean Lazare to discuss the specifics of this qualification.)
Terms and Benefits
- Period of appointment: One welcome event for lunch or late afternoon/early evening in April, on campus for training on Tuesday, August 28 at 9 a.m. sharp, and throughout new student orientation.
- Compensation: stipend, room and board for all training sessions held during and prior to Orientation week.
Application materials are available at http://peeradvisor.blogs.wesleyan.edu. Applications consist of an application form, resume, and faculty reference form. Please send your application form and resume via e-mail to Lorna Scott in the Student Affairs Office/Deans’ Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must by typed. Provide a copy of your resume to the faculty member who recommends you and ask the faculty member to submit a reference for you through the “Peer Advisor Recommendation” link in the “Advising” section of the faculty e-portfolio. Application deadline for all materials is Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Sarah E. Lazare
Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources