job descriptions

UNIV 150 Peer Mentor

Title: Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentor
Position Offered: Student Assistant/College Work Study
Compensation: 10 Hours/Week @ $10.25/hr

Summary Description:

The Freshman Year Experience (FYE) program is a multidisciplinary two-semester lecture/seminar designed for first-time first-year students. One hour of weekly lecture and four hours of weekly seminar, discussion, and advising address a variety of topics that interconnect issues in contemporary society with personal identity and student life. The course builds critical thinking, reading, writing, oral communication skills, information literacy, and student development, while also serving as an introduction to academic disciplines and the General Education Program at Sonoma State University. It satisfies GE categories A3 and C3 and awards an additional 1 unit of general elective credit for a total of 9 units.

One of the signature points of the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program is the utilization of Peer Mentors who contribute to the retention of students through role modeling, advising, and providing peer contact/support during the academic year. As a member of the FYE team, the Peer Mentor makes a yearlong commitment. Peer Mentors must be available in late August and every week for training. The FYE Peer Mentor will work 10 hours per week. FYE Peer Mentors must attend the weekly large group lecture held each Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. and the discussion sections, which meet for two hours Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will be expected to participate during the seminars in discussions of the course readings. In addition, Peer Mentors will spend time meeting with students outside class.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Foster Positive Relationships Within the Classroom

Assist in creating a sense of community and trust within the classroom by modeling risk-taking and self-disclosure. Assist to provide a safe and confidential atmosphere in class and in individual relations with students.

2. Create Individual Bonds With Students

Meet with students on an individual basis to assist in the transition from high school to college. Encourage, promote, and participate with in- and out-of-class activities with students. Keep close contact with students via e-mail and in-person.

3. Introduce Students To Campus Resources

Provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus resources. Be knowledgeable about and encourage students to utilize campus academic support and other services. Share campus cultural knowledge with students.

4. Serve as a Role Model

Encourage appropriate academic and personal habits through positive role modeling. Encourage students to develop short-term goals for personal and academic achievements.

5. Promote an Acceptance and Understanding of Differences

Promote an atmosphere that is conducive to creating an appreciation, understanding and acceptance of individual differences and lifestyles regardless of physical ability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, socio-economic or political affiliations.

6. Attend Weekly In-Service Staff Development Meetings

Peer Mentors are expected to be available every Friday from 1-3pm to attend weekly staff meetings/trainings. Qualifications:

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).
  • Minimum cumulative and semester, GPA of 2.75 at time of application and must maintain 2.75 GPA throughout hiring and employment.
  • Must also be available to attend Spring Pre-Service meeting on April 17th, 2015 from 3-6pm.

2. Preferred:

Prior experience as FYE student. Basic knowledge of computers, SSU e-mail, and other campus computer systems. One year successful performance in a prior ESAS leadership position.

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. a) 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

3. Sign up for the Leadership Class, UNIV 238.
b) 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 FYE Peer Mentor position to the following coordinator: Chiara Bacigalupa,

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