job descriptions

FIG Peer Advisor

Title: Freshman Interest Group Peer Advisor
Department: Residential Life
Position Offered: Student Assistant/College Work Study
Compensation: 10 Hours/Week @ $10.25/hr

Summary Description:

One of the signature points of the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) Program is the utilization of Peer Advisors who play a critical role in connecting the classroom to the living community. Each FIG will have one Peer Advisor. This is a year-long commitment. In the fall, the Peer Advisor will be required to fulfill the role of a Peer Mentor in a specialized section of University 102, but also to set-up outside of the class field trips, events with faculty members and study groups. These specialized FIG sections of University 102 will cover the traditional transition themes of University 102, but will only be taught by a faculty member and the Peer Advisor. In the Spring, the Peer Advisor will be required to independently teach a weekly one-unit seminar. Peer Advisors must be available in late August and every Friday from 1-3pm for training for both Fall and Spring semesters.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Fulfill Job Responsibilities of an Univ 102 Peer Mentor
Team-teach University 102: Freshman Seminar. Help facilitate discussion addressing transitional issues, arrange panels, and assist with academic concerns and advising. Help integrate service learning into the curriculum.

2. Connect Classroom Initiatives to the Living Community
Prepare outside of class events to enhance the classroom learning in the specialized FIG classes through social events and field trips. Meet one on one with students several times outside of class. Coordinate study groups and tutoring sessions.

3. Teach a One Unit Spring Semester FIG Seminar
Develop the curriculum, determine day and time of course, create syllabus, and evaluate student success.

4. Coordinate with FIG Block Curriculum Faculty
Maintain contact with core faculty to monitor student progress and keep informed of students' assignments and due dates by one-on-one meetings, email and phone.

5. Work Collaboratively With FIG Community Service Advisors (CSA)
Communicate effectively with the CSAs to mutually build a positive learning and living environment for each FIG resident.


1. Required:

Mature, self-motivated, quick learner, able to work with minimum supervision and in teams. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills needed. Extensive knowledge of the Sonoma State University campus and programs. Must be able to work with diverse populations. Satisfactory completion of University 238 course (B or better); A similar course of parallel gateway leadership experience may be substituted for this requirement; successful performance in a prior SAEM leadership position. Minimum cumulative, and semesterly, GPA of 2.75 at time of application and must maintain 2.75 GPA throughout hiring and employment. Must have the ability to be available in the residential community.

**Must also be available to attend Spring Pre-Service on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 3pm-6pm. This will entail MOSAIC Pre-Service and Peer Mentor Pre-Service

2. Preferred:

Minimum of 4 semesters completed at SSU by Fall. Basic knowledge of computers, SSU e-mail, and other campus computer systems. Knowledge of the FIG program.

Work Schedule:

Freshman Seminar Class (Univ. 102)3 hours
On-going training 3 hours
Meeting with faculty 1 hour
Informal and class follow-up with students (phone calls, lunch meetings, check-ins, advising, reading/grading class assignments, communication with core faculty, attending programs)3 hours
Total:10 hours a week

How to Apply for this Position:

1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning November 3rd 2014, go to the same website to access and submit your online application.

2. Attend an Information Session.

  1. Student Academic Services Position Informational Sessions will be held on:
    1. October 28th at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room
    2. November 12th at 7 pm Student Center; Dry Creek Valley Room
    3. January 21st at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room
  2. Sign up for the Leadership Class, UNIV 238. To receive priority access to UNIV 238 at the beginning of registration week beginning November 17th, you will need to complete the online application form and submit your essay. If these two requirements are completed by noon on Thursday, November 13th you will be guaranteed a priority seat in UNIV 238. If these two requirements are completed after noon on Thursday, November 13th, you will still be guaranteed a seat in UNIV 238, but you might have fewer choices in which section you will be able to take.

4. Submit all pieces of the online application no later than 4:30 pm on January 30, 2015. (This includes the letter of recommendation)

5. Sign up February 2nd-6th, 2015 on-line for individual interviews. Peer Mentor candidates are required to complete a comprehensive presentation during their individual interview.


Direct questions about the FIG Peer Advisor position to the following coordinator: Makayla Guild, Freshman Learning Communities Assistant Coordinator

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