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Peer Advisor Program

Peer Advisors serve as members of the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) staff and assist new and current students with their academic transition to KU. Peer Advisors will work with students as they experience a variety of transitions including acclimation to academic life at KU, major selection and overall academic success.

During the Summer, Peer Advisors

  • Assist faculty, staff, students, parents and guests with the advising and enrollment processes during orientation
  • Act as an academic resource for incoming students during orientation
  • Assist with preparation of materials for advising and related office duties during orientation
  • Staff our main reception areas and assist students and parents by taking phone calls and directing students for appointments 
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary to the success of the office

During the academic year, Peer Advisors:

  • Assist undergraduate students with current semester issues
  • Assist undergraduate students for enrollment
  • Provide program support and outreach for the Undergraduate Advising Center
  • Serve as drop-in advisors in the UAC office
  • Staff our main reception areas and assist students and parents by taking phone calls and directing students for appointments 
  • Work closely with UAC professional staff for a true professional development experience in academic advising
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary to the success of the office

Job Description:

You can view the job description below by clicking on the drop down menu or click on the following link for a printable version: Printable Peer Advisor Job Description 

Peer Advisor Job Description

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS - UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING CENTER

PEER ADVISOR JOB DESCRIPTION

ROLE OF THE PEER ADVISOR:  Peer Advisors serve as members of the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) staff and assist students with their academic life at KU.  Work responsibilities include assisting at summer and academic year Orientation Sessions and weekly desk and advisor hours in the UAC during the summer and academic year. It may be possible to take summer session courses, however online courses are highly encourages. Academic year responsibilities will be scheduled around Peer Advisors’ academic schedules. Peer Advisors work approximately 30 hours per week during the summer and approximately10 hours per week during the academic year.

 

DUTIES AND EXPECTATIONS:  Peer Advisors participate in the academic advising component of all summer orientation sessions for freshman, transfer and readmitted students; assist faculty, staff, students, parents and guests with the advising and enrollment processes; act as a resource for incoming students; assist with preparation of materials for advising and related office duties; and perform other duties as deemed necessary to the success of summer orientation. During the academic year, Peer Advisors assist undergraduate students with current semester issues and provide program support and outreach for the Undergraduate Advising Center. Peer Advisors will serve as drop-in advisors in the UAC and work closely with UAC professional staff.  In addition, Peer Advisors will staff the reception areas of the UAC and provide additional student assistant support which includes taking phone calls, appointment check-in, and data entry. Desk hours are available during the summer as well. Peer Advisors will work with students as they experience a variety of transitions including acclimation to academic life at KU, major selection and overall academic success.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a KU undergraduate student and have completed 30 credit hours by time of employment.
  • Must have and maintain a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during academic year.
  • Available to work during the summer and academic school year (Internships and Study Abroad can be exceptions during the academic year and can take summer vacations when orientation is over)

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong knowledge of own academic area and ability to learn and understand academic requirements
  • Understanding and support of the goals and philosophies of the UAC
  • Ability to encourage academic success and to motivate self and others
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to establish rapport with peers, students, parents, faculty and staff
  • Ability to serve as a role model demonstrating good judgment and ethical behavior
  • Ability to set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, diverse backgrounds, and for personal and University property
  • Ability to work in a team and to be flexible
  • Ability to multi-task while providing exceptional service

 

SALARY: $9.00 per hour 

 

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director and Administrative Assistant

 

TIME COMMITMENT: Mandatory training session first Saturday in May (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), Mandatory training sessions the last two weeks of May (M-F 8am-5pm), Summer Orientation and front desk hours (Average30-35 hours per week), Academic Year duties including orientation and open enrollment (Average 10 hours per week).

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: There are two parts of the application: The HR online application and the supplemental application. Both parts must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017 to be considered for interviews. You can view the supplemental application by clicking here (https://advising.ku.edu/How-to-apply)

 

CONTACT: If an applicant has additional questions, please contact:

Brad Whitsell

Assistant Director

Undergraduate Advising Center 126 Strong Hall

bradw@ku.edu

785-864-2876

 

The University of Kansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Applications are sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and, as covered by law, veteran status.  In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status and parental status.

 

The Rewards of Being a Peer Advisor

DaKie Washington, Former Senior Peer Advisor


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