Peer Financial Coach-Student Hourly

Position Overview

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS) serves students, families, and the community by providing financial aid information and resources to assist students in achieving their educational goals. FAS is establishing a new Peer Financial Coach program dedicated to supporting students and providing a friendly connection to talk about finances. Peer Financial Coaches assist students in overcoming financial difficulties by providing information based on research and their own experiences, as well as providing connections to resources on campus and in the community in a nonjudgmental and confidential way.

Job Description

Peer Financial Coaches are trained on critical areas of holistic financial wellness, as well as basic financially related services provided by resources across the KU campus. After training, Peer Financial Coaches are responsible for providing information to current KU students on managing personal finances, developing budgets, tracking expenses, understanding credit cards and loans, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), financially planning for life during college and after graduation, and appropriate referrals to campus resources. After appropriate training, responsibilities will include:
  • Work collaboratively to develop, plan and deliver outreach, trainings, presentations, and events on financial literacy and FAFSA topics.
  • Provide one-on-one coaching sessions to students on financial topics.
  • Develop and assist with social media outreach and other communication/marketing efforts as needed.
  • Peer Financial Coaches will also serve as office assistants with general office duties, including answering emails, filing, preparing and gathering event/program materials and other projects/duties as assigned.
No prior personal financial management experience/courses are required; all training will be conducted on-site. All majors are welcome to apply. Estimated weekly commitment of 10-12 hours. Primary office hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with occasional evening or weekend hours required for presentations or events.

Required Qualifications

  • Must meet KU minimum enrollment requirement of 6 credit hours for student employment.
  • Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level student.
  • Possess excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills as evidenced in application materials.
  • Must have public speaking/presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of computer programs including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Availability during primary office hour times (between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) with occasional evening or weekend hours required for presentations or events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Eligible for federal work study.
  • Understanding of financial aid and/or personal finance issues, or completion of KU FIN 101-Personal Finance course or similar course.
  • Knowledge of KU Campus and the various campus offices.
  • Experience creating publications/marketing materials, social media/communication plans, or creating/updating websites in a CMS platform.
  • Understanding of how to protect and maintain confidentiality; familiarity with the regulations associated with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please include with your online application:
  1. A resume outlining previous work, extracurricular activities, club/organization membership positions, and/or volunteer experience.
  2. A cover letter that includes why you are interested in this position and the hours you are available to work.
Review of applications begins August 28th, 2023 and will continue as positions become available.

Contact Information to Applicants

Leah Nicholson

Advertised Salary Range

$10 per hour

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26127BR
  • Department:  Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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