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First Year Experience Peer Leaders

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About Peer Leaders
Peer Leaders are a positive influence on the campus community by serving as a role model at all times. They are trained experts in the first-year student journey at Ohio State, having a broad understanding of the variables that may positively or negatively affect a first-year student’s experience. Peer Leaders represent the diversity of the Ohio State community in experience, interests and ideas. As they guide students through their first year, they will:

  • Facilitate small and large group sessions including First Year Success Series sessions, orientation small groups, Buckeye START workshops and more.
  • Advocate for and support priority students who have been identified as potentially benefitting most from our outreach. This may include students of color, students who commute, first generation students, low-income students and others.
  • Lead programs and initiatives related to FYE priorities (including social media, blogging, and student calling campaigns) while increasing FYE visibility and accessibility across campus.
  • Contributeto and facilitate other FYE initiatives and conversations.
Relationship development
  • Lead one-on-one and small group success coaching from a peer perspective.
  • Serve as a resource and primary point of peer connection for roughly 250 new students.
  • Collaborate and communicate with campus partners in providing support to first-year students.
  • Providing ongoing intervention, referral and follow-up with students who encounter difficulty in the transition to Ohio State.
  • Use technology to consistently develop and manage relationships with first-year students.
Minimum qualifications
  • Be an enrolled undergraduate at Ohio State's Columbus campus who has completed at least 12 credit hours at the Columbus campus; who will be enrolled at the Columbus campus both autumn and spring semesters; and whose undergraduate degree will not be completed prior to May 2021.
  • Be in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.5 GPA and good disciplinary standing
  • During the academic year, have no more than 10-15 hours of commitments outside of the Peer Leader position, such as employment, student organizations or volunteer positions; Peer Leaders will work with their supervisors to ensure that the Peer Leader position is a top priority outside of academics
  • Be eligible to work in the United States in year-round employment
  • Successfully pass a background check completed after employment offer
Length of employment and remuneration
The weekly hour expectations of the staff will vary, depending on the time of year.
Spring training

May 9-22, 2020

  • 34-38 hours a week, mostly Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • No work commitments on May 16-17

Summer outreach

Note: FYE provides housing and meals only during summer outreach.

May 26-July 24, 2020

  • 34-38 hours a week, various hours Monday through Friday, when orientation is in session
  • No work commitments June 29 through July 3
Academic year

Aug. 9-14, 2020

  • potential staffing of three-day summer program

Aug. 15 through Dec. 9, 2020 (autumn semester)

  • 10-15 hours a week, mostly Monday through Friday, during the first six weeks of the semester
  • 8-12 hours a week, mostly Monday through Friday, during the rest of the semester
  • flexible schedule between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • required staff meetings (Thursdays 5:30-7 p.m.)
  • weekly one-on-one meetings (dates and times TBD)

Jan. 11 through April 1, 2021 (spring semester)

  • up to 10 hours a week, mostly Monday through Friday
  • flexible schedule between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • required staff meetings (Thursdays 5:30-7 p.m.)
  • weekly one-on-one meetings (dates and times TBD)

Housing and partial meal plan will be provided during spring training and summer orientation, with the expectation that Peer Leaders will be in residence Sunday night through Thursday night. Housing is available with no live-in expectations during the week of June 29.

Peer Leaders will be paid at a rate of at least $10 per hour throughout the period of employment. During the academic year, Peer Leaders will have access to Dining Dollars to allow for consistent interactions with first-year students.

The Federal Work-Study Program is available (but not required) for this position.