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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. They guide students through their first year primarily by:

  • Facilitating Orientation small groups, First Year Success Series peer resource sessions and other small group sessions to support first-year students
  • Intentionally advocating for and supporting students who are traditionally less likely to be retained at the university, such as first-generation college students, students of color, commuting students, low-income students and non-Ohio residents
  • Leading programs and initiatives related to FYE priorities (e.g., summer program facilitation, blogging, student calling campaigns) while also increasing FYE visibility and accessibility across campus (e.g., residence hall outreach, coordinating student gatherings)
  • Facilitating weekly FYE initiatives and conversations
Relationship development
  • Leading one-on-one and small group success coaching from a peer perspective
  • Serving as a resource and primary point of peer connection for roughly 300 new students
  • Collaborating with campus partners (e.g., faculty, housing staff, academic advisors)
  • Providing ongoing intervention and follow-up with students who are having a difficult transition to Ohio State
Minimum qualifications
  • Be an enrolled undergraduate at Ohio State's Columbus campus who has completed at least 12 credit hours at the Columbus campus and will be enrolled at the Columbus campus both autumn and spring semesters, and whose undergraduate degree will not be completed prior to May 2019
  • 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 7-25, 2018

  • 38 hours a week, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • first week at camp away from Columbus

Summer outreach

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

May 29-July 27, 2018

  • 38 hours a week, M-F, various hours
  • July 2-6 is a holiday week with no commitments
Academic year

July 30-Aug. 17, 2018

  • potential staffing of five-day summer program
  • mandatory retreat Aug. 16-17

Aug. 17-Dec. 5, 2018 (autumn semester)

  • 15 hours a week, mostly M-F, during the first six weeks of the semester
  • 10-15 hours a week, mostly M-F, during the rest of the semester
  • flexible schedule between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • required staff meetings and weekly one-on-one meetings, times TBD

Jan. 7-April 29, 2018 (spring semester)

  • 10-12 hours a week, mostly M-F
  • flexible schedule between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • required staff meetings and weekly one-on-one meetings, times TBD

Housing and partial meal plan will be provided from May 7 through July 27, with the expectation that Peer Leaders will be in residence Sunday night through Thursday night. Housing is available but with no live-in expectations during the break week of July 2-6.

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.