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Peer Assistants


If you’re looking for a dynamic, interactive student worker position then you should consider being an Orientation Peer Assistant (PA)! The Provost’s Office is hiring student staff assistants to serve as assistant academic advisors during New Student Orientation. This unique position will provide graduate or undergraduate students with the opportunity to work alongside full-time Academic Advisors as they assist new students with the advisement and registration process at UH.  PAs will go through general training to become proficient in university processes and rules which impact degree completion and then move on to work with full-time Academic Advisors in specific colleges to learn about the advisement and registration process. Once training is complete, our PAs will initiate communication with new students before they arrive for their New Student Orientation, helping them prepare for their on-campus experience! When the big day arrives for our new students, PAs will meet with students in their assigned college and assist with the registration process.

To apply, please download the application now! Applications (and all required credentials) are due by February 5, 2016 by 12pm to the Welcome Center Counter.

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Mandatory Dates:

In addition to weekly schedules which are sometimes flexible, all applicants must be available:
  • March 11, 2016
  • March 25, 2016
  • April 1 & 2, 2016
  • April 22, 2016
  • June 2 - August 19, 2016

Characteristics

Peer Assistant members should possess and demonstrate the following:
  • Strong knowledge of own academic area.
  • Ability to learn and understand academic requirements.
  • Understanding and support of the goals and philosophies of the University of Houston.
  • Ability to encourage academic success and to motivate self and others.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish rapport with peers, students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Ability to serve as a role model demonstrating good judgment and ethical behavior.
  • Ability to set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, diverse backgrounds, and for personal and University property.
  • Ability to work on a team and to be flexible.
  • Strong demonstration of leadership abilities.
  • Ability to navigate University of Houston website
  • Knowledge of University of Houston campus resources.
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office and PeopleSoft (Log in to myUH) preferred.

Qualifications

  1. Undergraduates must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and have completed at least 24 credit hours in residence at the University of Houston by conclusion of the Spring 2016 semester.
  2. Graduate students must have completed one semester at the University of Houston by Fall 2015.
  3. Available to work during scheduled New Student Conferences and trainings during Spring and Summer of 2016.

Job Duties

Peer Assistant members will be responsible for the following:
  • Communicate University of Houston academic policies and standards to new students.
  • Introduce the Academic Planner to new students and assist students with module functionality.
  • Communicate information regarding major and minors options to new students.
  • Communicate information regarding course pre-requisites to new students.
  • Communicate faculty expectations to new students.
  • Assist with Academic College’s preparation prior to New Student Conferences.
  • Assist with communication between Academic College and new students prior to New Student Conferences.
  • Assist with class registration at New Student Conferences.
  • Assist colleges with day to day office responsibilities, including but not limited to: data entry, answering calls, filing, and conducting benchmarking/research as needed.
  • Assist Academic College with post New Student Conference follow-up.
  • Assist Academic College’s strategic planning for future terms and New Student Conferences.

Time Commitment

  • Mandatory training sessions (see Mandatory Dates section above).
  • Approximately 8-10 hours per week during the Spring 2016 semester.
  • Part-time: approximately 30 hours per week, including selected work days outside of New Student Conferences during the Summer of 2016.