Peer Advisor Information

2014 Peer Advisor Job Description and Application Instructions

The Academic Advising Center in the College of Arts & Sciences is seeking applicants for the position of Peer Advisor (PA). PAs are a vital component of the academic advising experience; they help students to navigate advising resources, serve as a resource at the front desk of the Academic Advising Center in Woodbury Hall, facilitate workshops on topics such as developing a course registration strategy, and work closely with professional academic advisors during new student orientation and in the ARSC1810 Academic Exploration Seminar.

Job Description

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Staffing the Woodbury 109 Advising Resource & Reception Office
    • Answering incoming telephone calls from students, parents, and members of the campus community
    • Talking with students, parents, and members of the campus community who arrive in person at the Academic Advising Center (AAC)
  • Acting as a paraprofessional during new student orientation, interacting with new students and family members during presentations and workshops as well as individually
  • Utilizing MyCUInfo, the Advising Portal, the Orientation database, the degree audit, and other technology sources to help students obtain information and problem-solve
  • Teaching students how to navigate advising services and the above advising resources, one-on-one and during workshops
  • Participating in informational panels and presentations on advising issues and services
  • Serving on a student advisory board and recruitment board (participating in advisor interviews)
  • Participating as peer leaders in ARSC1810 sections
  • Participating as a productive member of the AAC staff

Preferred skills and characteristics:

  • Commitment to customer service
  • Ability to teach peers how to utilize online advising-related resources
  • Effective interpersonal and small-group communication skills
  • Attention to detail and good written communication skills
  • Ability to work as an effective and productive team member
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to value and communicate/work with a variety of personality types
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to lead and follow directions
  • Timeliness and punctuality

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a current undergraduate degree-seeking student and have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 credit-hours at CU Boulder
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university at the time of application. No 
student may hold a Peer Advisor position while on academic probation
  • Must be in good financial standing with the university
  • Must be able to participate in all scheduled training and work schedule activities listed below:
    • Applicants must be available to attend training sessions the weeks of May 26th & June 2nd
    • Applicants must be available to work during the summer on Monday and Thursday afternoons as well as all day Tuesdays and Fridays from June 9th through July 25th (23 hours/week), and available to work full time the week of August 18th – 22nd.
      • The University is closed on Monday, May 26th, (Memorial Day) and on Friday, July 4th, (Independence 
    • Applicants must be available to work during the fall and spring semesters between 8 and 15 hours each week during normal campus business hours
    • Occasional weekend or evening work will be required.

What you will learn:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Group Facilitation
  • Communication Skills
  • How to be a Team Player
  • Lots of information about CU! 

Compensation Information:

  • Peer Advisors are paid an hourly wage on a bi-weekly basis
  • Salary is $10.00 per hour
    • Hourly rate will increase yearly so as to encourage long term employment
  • Work-study is preferred, but not required

Application Process:

  • Download both the 2014 Application Form as well as the 2014 Recommendation Form (below)
  • Applications received by March 21st have review priority, but we will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • Completed applications should include an Application Form, responses to the Personal Statement questions, a resume, and a completed Recommendation Form (to be sent by recommender).
  • By signing the application you certify that the information provided is accurate to the best of your 
knowledge and you give us permission to check your GPA and disciplinary standing. You also give us 
permission to contact your previous employers and references.
  • You may email your application to Denée Janda at or you may turn in a hard copy to the Academic Advising Center in Woodbury 109 anytime Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • If you are chosen for an interview you will be contacted by phone by a staff member to schedule an interview time.
  • If you are selected and accept the terms of employment, you will sign a contract confirming your commitment to work and to the training and work schedule. 
Employment Termination: 
Employment may be terminated if it is determined that a Peer Advisor is not maintaining ethics befitting a paraprofessional, not performing work satisfactorily, not able to work productively with other advising staff members, or in any way jeopardizing the success of the advising program. 
The University of Colorado at Boulder does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. The University takes affirmative action to increase ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity; to employ qualified disabled individuals; and to provide equal opportunity to all students and employees.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Denée Janda, Assistant Director



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