Peer Advisor Job Description
The role of the Peer Advisor is to assist students with academic, personal and housing concerns; to serve as a resource and referral agent; to engage students in campus life; and to assist in the interpretation and enforcement of University rules and regulations.
Opportunities exist for Peer Advisors to develop skills in many areas including leadership, administration, programming and peer counseling. Peer Advisor training and subsequent experience are valuable because it involves the development of life-long skills and provides participants the opportunity to develop a significant amount of insight about themselves.
To be effective, Peer Advisors must be perceived by students as being confident in most areas of their lives and as having satisfactorily handled the pressures of university life. The way Peer Advisors manage their personal lives, perform academically and approach the college experience impact those with whom they live.
The Peer Advisor should be highly visible and actively involved in campus life at UT Dallas. Peer Advisors must reside in the community to which they are assigned in the apartments or in one of the residence halls.
- Facilitate the social, academic, and personal growth environment living in University Village or University Commons;
- Maintain continual communication with the residents in their assigned community and their coordinator;
- Complete community development requirements and work to build community, which includes campus engagement activities, facilitating community meetings, being active in the Residential Housing Association, and organizing intramural teams;
- Support the University rules and regulations, including following and enforcing policies, responding to behavior concerns as needed, and writing information reports;
- Maintain office or desk and on-call hours on a rotational basis including holidays such as Thanksgiving, winter break, and spring break;
- Respond to emergencies as they occur and communicate information timely and effectively to coordinators;
- Attend and participate in all staff meetings, staff training sessions, retreats and staff development events;
- Meet all deadlines and complete reports;
- Facilitate resolution of roommate conflicts and follow up as needed;
- Report early for training and leave late each semester;
- Complete all paperwork on time, including program proposals, evaluations, one-on-ones, roommate agreements and weekly reports;
- Participate in programs tailored to meet specific needs of distinct student populations (e.g. LLC events for LLC students or annual programs for upperclassmen);
- LLC PAs will have varying duties, which may include meeting with faculty and staff, performing community service with students, and assisting in assessment;
- The hours of this position may vary depending on the time of year but one can expect a 20-hour work week; and
- Other duties relevant to Residential Life and Student Affairs as assigned.
- Must be a full-time student (12 hours undergraduate; 9 hours graduate) at the time of application and throughout tenure as a Peer Advisor;
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application and throughout tenure as a Peer Advisor;
- Maximum number of credit hours per semester is 16. Additional hours must have prior approval from the coordinator;
- PAs must keep at least two week nights (Mon-Thurs) free from 6:00 pm on for on-call duties, programs/events and meeting scheduling;
- The Peer Advisor position must take first priority over all other extra-curricular activities;
- Students may hold other employment off-campus while a Peer Advisor, but must have prior approval from the coordinator;
- Students may not be on University payroll for another paid position on campus while serving in a Peer Advisor position;
- Agree to a full academic year (August through May) commitment pending successful evaluation from supervisor (summer employment may be available);
- Peer Advisors must attend fall training, starting August 1, 2016 (all hires) until the first day of classes, and spring training, starting in January 2017 until the first day of classes;
- All applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States; and
- All applicants must submit information for a background check.
- Compensation for peer advisors will include a private 1-bedroom suite or apartment in the area assigned and a monthly gross stipend of $168. Peer advisors assigned to a residence hall will be given an unlimited meal plan. Note: PA compensation can affect your AES housing scholarship.
- Employment will begin Aug. 1, 2016 and end the Saturday after final exams in May 2017.
Peer Advisor Selection Timeline
- Applications, Reference Letters, and Video Due
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5:00pm
- First Round Interviews
January 19, 2016 to February 5, 2016
- Group Process
February 10, 2016 to February 12, 2016
- Second Round Interviews
February 17, 2016 to March 7, 2016
- Candidate Social
Week of February 22, 2016
- Final Decision Letters Sent
Friday, March 11, 2016
- Acceptance Letters Due
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:00pm
to Kaytie Farrell, University Housing Suite