POSITION TITLE: Student Success Mentor – Ready, Set, YU!
UNIT & DEPARTMENT: Ready, Set, YU!, Academic Success and Transition Programming
SOCIAL MEDIA TEASER: Got what it takes to support the personal and academic success of your fellow students? Committed to helping students make a smooth transition to University and supporting their success through to graduation? Becoming a Ready, Set, YU! Student Success Mentor Lead can provide a rewarding learning opportunity all while supporting the success of your fellow students!
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be work/study eligible as defined by Student Financial Services. https://sfs.yorku.ca/work-study-programs and must complete the online Student Financial Profile available at https://sfs.yorku.ca/aid/sfp .
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2 summer positions and 4 fall/winter positions
RATE OF PAY: $15-$17/ hr as per Student Financial Services guidelines.
EMPLOYMENT TERM: Summer 2023 (May 1, 2023 through August 31, 2023) with possibility of renewal for Fall/Winter 2023-24
HOURS OF WORK: Summer term = 14-21 hours per week, typically 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on Fridays). Fall/Winter term = 10-15 hours per week.
LOCATION: The position will be primarily an on-campus role at Keele campus with some virtual work scheduled to align with operational needs of the office.
The Work Study Student program provides on-campus job opportunities for eligible York University undergraduate students. Work Study Student employees are provided opportunities to contribute to support roles while developing valuable, relevant skills and work experience for the workplace. These roles offer a learning and development opportunity for Work Study Student employees to receive experiential on-the-job training, guidance and mentorship. Under the guidance of permanent staff members, Work Study Student employees will provide support to their relevant department/faculty in clerical, administrative and technical capacities.
As part of your Work-Study/LEAP experience, you will participate in Becoming YU, a program designed to support students in:
• creating meaningful goals and objectives;
• recognizing the value of their personal, academic and professional experiences;
• identifying their competencies and skills; and
• articulating their skills and experiences with confidence. Becoming YU includes regular meetings with your student employment supervisor/coach for reflecting on your progress and getting valuable feedback
Ready, Set, YU! Program - The program supports newly admitted high-school students and their successful transition into the post-secondary study. Students are provided with strategic and direct support/services including orientation, peer to peer mentoring, dedicated faculty-based advising, and referrals to campus resources (i.e., learning skill services, writing department, etc.) to prepare them for success. Ready, Set, YU! is committed to reducing academic barriers to accessing postsecondary study and increasing the retention and graduation rates of students at risk.
Ready, Set, YU! Student Success Peer Mentors provide one-on-one peer mentoring to newly admitted students to support their success during the transition to university and throughout the first year of study. With the guidance of full-time staff and Peer Mentor Leads, they provide guidance and referrals to campus resources for students with the aim of maximizing their academic and personal adjustment to university.
Student Success Peer Mentor may be responsible for some or all the following tasks:
- Provide peer support by identifying student needs and make informed referrals to financial, academic, career and health resources on campus.
- Promote awareness and assist students with obtaining information about available programs and services.
- Share experiences, guidance and information through mentorship conversations and responding to questions and concerns.
- Facilitate group session to disseminate information via presentations.
- Acts as an ambassador and role model by helping students navigate York University’s processes and procedures.
- Collaborate with campus partners to develop and promote mentorship programs.
- Stay well-informed on emerging and diverse programs.
- Assist with collecting and documenting program data, evaluations and outcomes.
- Draft reports, conduct research and develop resources.
- Assist with special projects and administrative duties.
- Attend and participate in team meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications
- Knowledge of campus and community resources, including academic, social, safety, health, cultural and others and able to refer students as appropriate.
- Demonstrated leadership ability.
- Knowledge of York’s services and resources for students.
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to connect with others across differences of culture, experience, identity etc.
- 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.
- Proficient with MS Office such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Professional, punctual, and reliable.
- Able to maintain confidentiality and keep accurate and detailed records.
- 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 communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to demonstrate organizational skills to carry out a variety of tasks.
- Ability to meet deadlines and organize time effectively.
- Ability to present data in a variety of document and display formats.
- Ability to use research methods to identify and verify information.
- Ability to use social & digital media to effectively communicate or respond to others
- Ability to communicate with others to explain and share information.
- Ability to collaborate and work with others to complete a shared goal.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships.
- Ability to provide insight and suggestions to support individuals in making informed decisions.
- Ability to understand and relate to others.
- Ability to plan social activities, programs and events that contribute to an engaged community.
- Ability to foster a shared sense of community.
MANDATORY TRAINING DATES:
Relevant and required training will be assigned and completed as part of the working hours of the job.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR APPLICATION:
Applicants must provide (via upload on the application form) an up-to-date resume and cover letter outlining their interest in this specific role.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Application closing date is February 28, 2023
- 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.
NOTE: York University requires all employees to comply with provisions regarding masking, vaccination, and daily health screening as outlined on the Better Together web site. At the time of the writing of this position, York strongly encourages masking, vaccination and daily health screening using YU Screen. These provisions, guidelines and any requirements are subject to change from time to time in accordance with Public Health directives. For further details, please click on: https://www.yorku.ca/bettertogether/
The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment.
York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.