OMA&D Academic Counseling Services

Undergraduate Academic Affairs Peer Advisor – Deadline: May 21 2012

Objectives:

Peer Advisors will work in close cooperation with academic advising staff to provide a high level of service to students in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity and Student Success (CUADSS), and Poplar and McMahon Halls’ Academic Resource Centers. Peer Advisors will contribute to the intellectual and personal growth of students by offering their insights into academic issues and the first year experience. By honing and developing their personal and professional skills, Peer Advisors simultaneously foster student development while gaining valuable leadership experience. Peer advisors will serve students by providing one-on-one advising as well as group sessions in CUADSS, the residence halls, and other student populated locations.

Under the guidance of UAA Academic Advisors, Peer Advisors are responsible for:

  • Instructing students on registration and general education requirements
  • Enhancing student access to academic resources such as the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
  • Helping students gain a deep knowledge of the UW’s academic support systems, registration processes
    and policies, and how to navigate academic departments
  • Guiding students in accessing the many academic resources available at the UW and providing
    appropriate referrals
  • Developing a primary advising area by working with professional UW advisors (e.g., Pre-Health, Pre-
    Law), as well as Academic Learning Link areas (e.g., WordLink, SLink, ArtsLink, EnviroLink, BioLink,
    TechLink, SAMLink, BusinessLink)
  • Supporting students with course scheduling and suggesting alternatives when first choice courses are
    not available
  • Preparing and facilitating academic support workshops focusing on the exploration of majors,
    registration, and pre-professional preparation
  • Completing assigned administrative responsibilities: data entry, word processing, photocopying, filing,
    and creating marketing materials
  • Learning, understanding, and interpreting Federal, State, and University rules and regulations
    • Qualifications:

    • 90 credits completed by the start of Autumn 2012
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff
    • Capacity for discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality
    • Demonstrated record of leadership
    • Resourceful, reliable, flexible
    • Highly motivated and independent
    • Prior experience in similar or related activities (e.g., Orientation Leader, Resident Advisor, CUADSS
      Student Associate, Student Government/Club Executive Officer, or other Peer Advising Position)
    • Genuine interest in working with and helping fellow students
    • Good academic standing with at least a 2.7 GPA
    • Have attended at least three quarters at UW prior to start date

    Hours and Compensation:

  • $10.00 – $12.00/hr, DOE
  • 10 – 19.5 hours per week, flexible with a student’s schedule
  • Period of Appointment:

  • Academic Year 2012-13, possible extension through Summer 2013 for Orientation support
  • Supervision and Training:

    • Ongoing training and supervision will be primarily provided by Clay Schwenn with assistance from UAA
      Academic Advisors, departmental, and college advisors
    • Training and Staff Meetings: Students should be available for one week of training in late September
      and attend weekly staff meetings (TBD).

    To Apply:

    Submit a resume and cover letter to Clay Schwenn, UAA Advising, Box 352805, 141 Mary Gates Hall,
    Seattle, WA 98195-2805 or electronically through Husky Jobs. Work-Study eligible students encouraged to
    apply.

    Priority Deadline: May 21st, 2012

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