AREC Peer Mentor - Student Hourly POOL - 24112BR

AREC Peer Mentor - Student Hourly POOL

University Academic Support Ct
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The Academic Retention and Engagement Center (AREC) is seeking exceptional student leaders passionate about engaging students from diverse backgrounds throughout their KU experience. Student leaders are a vital member of the Academic Retention and Engagement team and will play an active role in supporting students in their academic and professional goals by acting as mentors, role models and community builders. The student leader role will begin with OPTIONS, in early August. Throughout the academic year, student leaders are expected to commit to at least 10 scheduled hours per week to support various center initiatives including mentoring, campus outreach, community engagement and program facilitation. There will be limited student leader positions available throughout the summer.

Unit Overview:
University Academic Support Centers (UASC) is a comprehensive student support program consisting of five unique centers designed to strengthen the academic skills and written communication of students at the University of Kansas. UASC supports the University’s commitment to the academic success and holistic development of students. UASC programs encourage student participation both in and out of the classroom, support academic and personal development, and link students to other campus and community resources for academic and personal support and development. University Academic Support Centers is a department within Academic Success.

Diversity Statement:
The University Academic Support Centers strive to make diversity, equity, and inclusion our core reflex – not just an initiative. We believe students learn best when they feel a sense of commitment from our staff to create an authentic and welcoming environment that celebrates their differences and empowers their unique capabilities. Our centers share a commitment to embracing, supporting, and reflecting the amazing diversity of the student populations we serve.

Job Description

Responsibilities of the Peer Leader include (but are not limited to the following):

OPTIONS Peer Leader:
  • Serve as a group facilitator and positive role model for up to 35 OPTIONS participants.
  • Facilitate trainings, activities and sessions for OPTIONS participants focused on developing a sense of community and belonging as assigned
  • Serve as a resource to answer questions and support students in their transition to KU
  • Participate in all required OPTIONS programming planning, set up, facilitation and clean up
  • Staff must be available 40 hours and hours most align with the OPTIONS program schedule

Academic Year Mentoring
  • Work 6-10 schedule hours per week between the hours of 10am and 8pm in person.
  • Provide proactive support for a caseload of up to 35 students throughout the academic year by maintaining regular and timely communication with students utilizing phone calls, text messages and e-mails in accordance with peer mentor communication timeline. Peer mentors working OPTIONS will keep the same caseload throughout the academic year.
  • Meet one-on-one with students as requested for more in depth conversations around academic skill development, campus engagement, and general wellness.
  • Provide an small scale community builder to bring peer mentor group together at least once a month.
  • Maintain accurate notes of meetings and conversations with students utilizing Jayhawk GPS
  • Refer students to campus resources when appropriate

General Responsibilities
  • Accurately report time worked utilizing KU’s timesheet system
  • Actively participate in training including online training, in-person training at the beginning of each semester, and ongoing leadership development opportunities
  • Meet one-on-one with your supervisor twice a month to provide updates you your general wellbeing, needs and mentees
  • Attend peer mentor staff meetings twice a month for program updates
  • Monitor and respond to messages from mentees in AREC e-mail in a timely fashion
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student at KU in good standing, at sophomore classification or higher, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and a KU Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or higher
  • Availability to attend all OPTIONS trainings and events in early August
  • Availability to commit to at least 10 hours of schedule work during the academic year (some nights and weekends may be required)
  • Strong organizational and time management skills as determined by interview materials
  • Knowledge of diverse campus populations and value creating inclusive and equitable environment
  • Demonstrated creative and critical thinking skills as determined by interview materials
  • Strong communication skills as demonstrated by application materials
  • Strong knowledge of campus resources

Preferred Qualifications

  • Personal experience as a first-generation college student, student of color or low-income student or experience with supporting these populations
  • Actively involved in the KU or Lawrence community
  • Experience with coaching, mentoring, or facilitating
  • Experience with program planning or community building
  • Strong administrative skills

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:
Online application and resume. In addition please answer the following questions:

Are you available to work at least 10 hours a week during the academic year?

Contact Information to Applicants

Desirée Neyens, MA, MLS (she/her)
Assistant Director
Academic Retention and Engagement Center
Institute for Leadership Studies
Summerfield Hall 350G| University of Kansas

Advertised Salary Range

$11.00 per hour

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University Academic Support Ct
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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