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Summer Bridge Program 2014 Peer Leader Job Description

Title: Summer Bridge Peer Leader
Department: Academic Affairs
Compensation: Room and Board and a competitive stipend
Program Dates: Training - One Saturday in April and 5 days prior to the start of Summer Bridge. Dates are TBA, but it's anticipated late August. (peer leaders must attend all trainings)
Summer Bridge - Anticipated late August.


Summer Bridge Peer Leaders provide support and guidance to students participating in SSU's Summer Bridge Program. This week long program provides students the opportunity to develop and experience the formation of a collaborative learning/social community while developing skills to help their transition from high school to college. It also includes academic advising and course registration for Fall semester. Program participants are first-generation and historically low-income students preparing to attend SSU in the Fall. Work schedule will include night and weekend work during the program. On-campus living is required throughout the training and the program.


1. Supervision of Student Residential Experience
Participate in the check-in and checkout procedures for Summer Bridge students. Provide guidance and supervision during their participation in the program. Enforce policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of participants. Provide conflict resolution when necessary.

2. Facilitating the Development of Community Among Students
In small group settings, facilitate activities designed to create a supportive environment that assists students in transitioning to a new social and academic setting. Encourage students to consider personal, academic and career aspirations.

3. Introducing Students to Campus Resources
Assist staff with activities designed to familiarize students with the academic, social and personal support efforts available at the university. Provide informal academic advising and help with course registration.


1. Required

Mature, self-motivated, quick learner, able to work in a team environment and at times, with minimum supervision. Must have experience working with students of diverse ethnic and/or low-income backgrounds. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills needed. Must possess knowledge of campus programs and services. Must have mobility to work in a multiple story complex without an elevator. Minimum overall GPA of 2.0, with at least 24 units completed at SSU. Satisfactory completion of UNIV 238 (Foundations of Leadership) or the equivalent, achieving a grade of B or better, or comparable leadership experience.

Must also be available to attend Spring Pre-Service on April 25, 3-6pm.

2. Preferred

Bilingual in English/Spanish. Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

How to Apply for this Position:

  1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning November 1st, go to the same website to access and submit your online application.
  2. Attend an Information Session. Dates are listed in the application packet.
  3. Sign up for the Foundations of Leadership Class, UNIV 238.
  4. Submit your online application no later than 4:30pm on January 29, 2014
  5. Sign up January 29 to February 5, 2014 on-line for group process and individual interviews.


Questions about the Summer Bridge Leader position should be addressed to the following coordinator:
Julie Greathouse, Director of Transition Programs, 664-3305 Academic Affairs

sonoma state university, 1801 e.cotati ave rohnert park, ca 94928