POSITION TITLE: Senior Learning Skills Peer
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
EMPLOYMENT TERM: SU Term 2021 (May to August) & FW 2021-2022 (Sept-April)
HOURS OF WORK: Summer: 30-34 hours/week, Fall/Winter: 15 hours/week
RATE OF PAY: $16.00 per hour
As part of your work study experience, you will be asked to participate in Becoming YU – a new program designed to support students in creating meaningful goals and objectives, recognize the value of your experiences, identify the leadership and career competencies you gain through these experiences and confidently articulate your skills and experiences, whether it’s for a future job or further education opportunity. Throughout your work/study experience you will have the opportunity to meet regularly with your coach to set goals and objectives, report and reflect on your progress and get valuable feedback.
Learning Skills Services (LSS) serves all York students by fostering the academic and organizational skills necessary for academic success across all disciplines. Through group and individual services, LSS promotes independent learning by working with students to develop university-level learning skills and strategies, enhanced self-awareness about themselves as learners, and improved academic confidence and success. Learning Skills Services supports the mandate of York University by contributing to successful transitions to university, retention, engagement, and student academic and personal success.
Under the direction of the Learning Skills Specialists, the Senior Learning Skills Peer promotes and delivers various Learning Skills Services across campus and provides support in promoting, executing, and evaluating Learning Skills Services. The Senior Learning Skills Peer supports program planning, peer training, and provides leadership to their teammates. This position reports directly to the Learning Skills Specialists and works in cooperation with the Learning Skills Peer Team, Scott Library and Learning Commons partners, and other departments and student groups on campus.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning & Development
- Assist in the training and development of other Learning Skills Peers through peer training week, team meetings, and check-ins. The Senior Learning Skills Peer works alongside the Learning Skills Specialists to develop and deliver training for the peer team.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of policies and procedures for Learning Skills Services.
- Research evidence-based content for training and programming, in tandem with external resources and off-campus partners.
- Contribute to the Learning Skills social media presence (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and website content.
Leadership, Delegation & Collaboration
- Chair weekly or bi-weekly Learning Skills Team meetings; create a meeting plan for the year, develop meeting agendas, and facilitate meetings.
- Provide the Learning Skills Peers with ongoing coaching and support based on feedback from supervisor.
- Create and maintain an accessible, safe, inclusive, and fun environment for the Learning Skills Peer team and students accessing our services.
- Represent Learning Skills Services at various outreach events across the University.
- Collaborate with the Learning Commons and other campus groups to deliver services and develop partnerships.
- Attend all training sessions and meetings, unless in direct conflict with a class.
- Assist with peer team scheduling, program evaluation, and data management.
- Provide recommendations to supervisor on service areas, programming and recommend adjustments in service delivery model through informal and formal assessment.
- Stay in regular contact with supervisors and meet regularly to keep all parties informed.
- Facilitate group workshops (online and in-person) on Learning Skills topics (content provided) such as time management, reading & note-taking, starting off strong, exam preparation, learning and study strategies, critical thinking, presentation skills, etc.
- Provide peer-to-peer consultation on Learning Skills strategies, via in-person or online Drop-In and/or Peer Academic Coaching sessions.
- Staff the Learning Commons Welcome Desk; provide excellent customer service and triage student needs to the appropriate referral.
- Various administrative duties as assigned, including record keeping, data entry, and responding to student inquires (phone/email).
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- Current undergraduate York student (we encourage applicants from diverse programs of study) who has successfully completed at least 2 years of university.
- High academic standing and experience-based knowledge of effective study strategies and learning skills.
- Previous relevant experience in a peer leader role; preferably at York University. Previous experience as a Learning Skills Peer is an asset.
- Previous experience delivering presentations and/or facilitating in a group environment.
- Preference will be given to candidates available to hold the position for both Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 – Winter 2021.
Skills and Qualifications
- Ability to work supportively with students using a coaching model in a confidential and professional manner.
- Demonstrated commitment to peer academic support and awareness of the academic support needs of students.
- Demonstrated leadership ability.
- Knowledge of York’s services and resources for students.
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Strong organizational and time management skills and good attention to detail.
- Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Eagerness to learn and take initiative.
- Students who are a good fit for this position are dynamic, approachable, knowledgeable, and open to learning about themselves and others. They will show high levels of emotional intelligence combined with excellent adaptability and organizational skills.
WHAT STUDENTS WILL GAIN FROM THIS POSITION:
Through this role, the Learning Skills Peer will have opportunities to develop and enhance specific skills in the following competencies:
- Interpersonal connections
- Personal Success
- Knowledge acquisition and application
- Critical thinking and problem solving
Orientation and Training and Ongoing Professional Development
- We offer a comprehensive training program for all Learning Skills Peers. An intensive, mandatory week-long training session is held at the end of August which focuses on expectations and protocols for the role, professionalism, and boundaries, mastering the Learning Skills content, coaching philosophy and services, knowledge of learning skills strategies, and skill-building, particularly group facilitation and presentation skills.
- Additional training takes place throughout the term, via occasional presentations, guest speakers (e.g., from the Learning Commons), and ongoing sharing of best practices at regular meetings or special sessions as needed.
Feedback, Ongoing Support and Reflection
- The Senior Learning Skills Peer will check in daily and meet regularly with the supervisor. Regular weekly or bi-weekly team meetings with all Peers and supervisors will be held, to provide an opportunity to share any concerns or issues, problem-solve together and support one another.
- The Senior Learning Skills Peer will be asked to participate in a self-assessment and performance review process with the supervisor each term, following Becoming YU protocols. Opportunities for written and verbal reflections will be provided. In addition, the supervisor will provide feedback informally and during regular meetings as challenges and successes arise.
Networking and Mentorship Opportunities
- Opportunity to work alongside professional staff at Learning Skills Services, the Libraries and Learning Commons.
- Opportunity to work with and lead a vibrant, diverse student team of Learning Skills Peers
- Opportunity to meet and interact with York students at all levels, from diverse backgrounds and programs/Faculties.
- Opportunity to establish lasting relationships with fellow Peers and student leaders from a variety of departments, colleges and Faculties, and student groups across York University.
- Opportunity to serve as a role model for the Learning Skills Peer Team and for York students encountered while delivering Learning Skills Services.
Personal and Professional Development, Classroom and Workplace Competencies
- Exposure to and experience within a professional office environment.
- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and levels, and developing interpersonal, communication, public speaking, group facilitation and presentation skills.
- Enhanced academic success skills to complement classroom learning (e.g., in-depth knowledge of learning skills and study strategies to apply to one’s own learning, improved time management and organizational skills, etc.)
- Increased knowledge of campus resources.
- Further development of independence, self-reliance, professionalism, and problem-solving ability.
MANDATORY TRAINING DATES:
- April 2021: Peer Leadership Training
- May 2021: Summer Training
- August 30 – September 3, 2021: Mandatory Training Week
- January 2022: Annual Peer Leadership Summit
- Monthly PLT Professional Development training workshops
*Dates subject to change; additional training may be added.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR APPLICATION:
- Cover letter
* We strongly encourage all applicants to take advantage of the free services offered through the YorkU Career Education & Development Centre for resume, cover letter, and interview support.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Thursday March 18th, 4:30pm
- Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.
- All applicants must submit their application using a @my.yorku.ca or if unpermitted, a @yorku.ca e-mail domain.