Peer Mentor Position Description and Expectations

George Mason University Living Learning Community Development
Position Description: Peer Mentor

Application opens February 27th. Application due March 6th. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Overview

A Peer Mentor is both a peer and a mentor to their fellow Mason Living Learning Community members. Peer Mentors play two pivotal roles within LLCs:

  1. They bring community members together and ensure that a strong sense of belonging is generated and sustained for the entire academic year.
  2. They provide the vital communication line between the Mason student experience and the unique support provided to all LLC members by LLC professional staff.

The Peer Mentor lives and works directly with LLC students and is responsible for supporting their academic and social needs by contributing to the development and administration of LLC programs. While the Peer Mentor’s main focus is on promoting academic and social success in the students’ transition to college life, they will also provide peer-support by planning educational, social, and cultural programs for the residents. The Peer Mentor is a member of the Living Learning Community (LLC) staff team and plays a supporting role to Resident Directors, Resident Advisors, and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

Community Development & Leadership Expectations

  • Establish rapport with the residents of his/her floor by serving as an approachable and reliable resource to peers.
  • Help provide an environment that is conducive to academic achievement and allows students to understand the value of academic challenge and success.
  • Develop a working relationship with and collaborate regularly with the Resident Advisor.
  • Serve as a resource to LLC students; refers students to appropriate campus resources.
  • Serve a role-model to students.
  • Serve as a liaison between the students and the LLC Coordinator and Housing & Residence Life.
  • In collaboration with the Resident Advisor & LLC Coordinator, plan and implement programs to assist in community development within their floor of residents.
  • Plan large-scale programs that are a part of the individual LLC traditions (i.e. Environmental Studies on the Piedmont).
  • Collaborate with other Peer Mentors to plan LLC community-wide programs (one per semester).
  • Participate in as many LLC community-wide and floor programs as possible.
  • Know emergency procedures and reports emergency and crisis situations to desk, RD or RAs immediately.
  • Know and follows building policies and keeps residents informed and educated about such policies.
  • Move-in early to assist with LLC student move-in and preamble. Move-out late to assist with freshman hall closing.

Administrative Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Meet regularly (weekly/biweekly) with the LLC Coordinator for the individual LLC.
  • Meet once per semester with the Associate Director of Living Learning Communities (or other Housing & Residence Life central staff).
  • Attend monthly Peer Mentor staff meetings in fall and spring.
  • Attend all floor meetings in support of Resident Advisor.
  • Check and respond to emails related to their Peer Mentor role within one business day.
  • Complete paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Assist with LLC office promotion and recruitment.
  • Upper-Level LLC Peer Mentors must register for and complete the LLC course along with the members of the community. 
  • Each Living Learning Community Coordinator may have additional expectations for the Peer Mentor including assisting with the required LLC course or assisting with LLC recruitment and selection.

Training & Meetings

  • Spring 2017 Meet & Greet –  Monday, May 8th 11:30am-1pm Hanover MPR (reading day)
  • Camp Horizons Retreat – Sunday, August 20 – Tuesday, August 22 (overnight, food, lodging & transportation provided)
  • Fall Semester Training Course (0-1 credit) – UNIV 333 Tuesdays 7:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Fall & Spring 2018 – monthly staff meetings with all PMs
  • Meet regularly (weekly/biweekly) with the LLC Coordinator for the individual LLC.
  • Meet once per semester with the Associate Director of Living Learning Communities (or other LLC central staff)
  • Attend all floor meetings in support of Resident Advisor.
  • Class: Upper-Level LLC Peer Mentors must register for and complete the LLC course along with the members of the community.

Qualifications

  • Upper division undergraduate students.
  • Preference given to students who have lived in the LLC at least one semester.
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student at George Mason University.
  • Preference given to students who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher during the semester applying.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with students, faculty and administrators.
  • Ability to express oneself effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must be in good standing with the Office of Housing and Residence Life and George Mason University.

Compensation

  • A single room at a discounted price, in the assigned residence hall.
  • An additional stipend as determined by Living Learning Communities & the academic unit.