The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Apply to be a PCA!

Applications to serve as a Peer Career Adviser for the 2018-2019 year are now open in Griffin Door (opportunity #35645). Read below for the position description and application instructions:

Position Description

Peer Career Advisers (PCAs) play a pivotal role in connecting students to opportunities and resources provided by The Center for Life Beyond Reed (CLBR) and in helping students with various professional development pursuits. PCAs interact heavily with the student body, making themselves available through:

  • Express Advising
  • CLBR Events
  • PCA-led workshops
  • Residence Hall events

PCAs work closely with the staff at CLBR to keep a working knowledge of job search strategies and various opportunities. PCAs assist students with the following:

  • Writing resumes, cover letters, and personal statements
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Networking
  • Searching for internships/jobs/opportunities
  • LinkedIn profiles
  • Applications for CLBR-based funding opportunities and programs

We are looking for people who are great team players, are ready to learn and develop new skills, and have a strong desire to help others succeed. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply to be a part of our PCA team.

PCAs receive training on general career advising strategies when starting this position, in addition to ongoing training throughout the semester. An adviser from the Center for Life Beyond Reed or an experienced Peer Career Adviser will shadow new PCAs during their first two Express Advising shifts of the semester.

Time Commitment:

  • Must be able to attend weekly team meeting from 4pm-5pm on Mondays.
  • Must be able to commit to one Express Advising shift of 2 hours every other week (dates and times TBD).
  • Must be able to commit to at least two additional 2-hour Express Advising shifts per semester (held Fridays from 2pm-4pm and Sundays from 6pm-8pm).
  • Must be able to participate in PCA training from 8/20/18 - 8/24/18 (specific hours are TBD but will not be full days).
  • Must be able to lead 2 events in your area group each semester.
  • Other hours are spent planning and leading events with other PCAs at the Center for Life Beyond Reed, answering student questions in person or through email, holding office hours, making and hanging posters, and sending emails to your assigned area group.
  • Approximate time commitment: 4-6 hours per week, depending on programming

Note: All PCAs are guaranteed Reed College housing in their assigned area groups. After assignments are made, PCAs will be able to decide whether or not they would like to accept the room assignment that comes with the area group assignment. If a student chooses not to accept the room assignment, they will still continue as a PCA serving that area group, but they will be responsible for securing their own housing. If you have already signed up for the Room Registration process with Residence Life, we recommend that you continue in that process so that you will have another housing option if you decide that you do not want to accept the guaranteed room that comes with your PCA area group assignment.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to listen and respond to students’ questions
  • Comfortable in a 1-on-1 or small group advising environment
  • Ability to problem solve and use independent judgment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • High level of initiative
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts
  • Comfortable with ambiguity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous leadership experience
  • Previous experience advising, coaching, mentoring, or supporting other students
  • Previous experience planning and leading programs
  • Previous experience engaging with CLBR through advising or programming
  • Knowledge of job search strategies

Due to the role modeling aspects and individual advising requirements of this position, all students who advance to the interview stage for the Peer Career Adviser position are requested to sign a release of information form authorizing the Office of the Dean of Students to share relevant disciplinary record information - e.g. responsible findings with the Title IX or Judicial Board. CLBR will only submit the form for students who have been selected as finalists and notified of their application status as a finalist. If you have questions about what information would be released, please consult with the Dean's Office in Eliot 218. CLBR will consider the information that is returned, but finalists will be given the opportunity to discuss their disciplinary record with CLBR before final hiring decisions are made.

Application Instructions

Applications will be submitted through Griffin Door (search for opportunity #35645). Applications are due on Monday April 2nd. Application requirements include:

  1. Student Employment Application
  2. Current Resume
  3. Cover Letter
  4. 2 Completed Recommendation Forms (view posting on Griffin Door for further instructions)
  5. Release of Information Form (see position description above for details) - this form is only to be submitted if you advance to interview stage
  6. Additional document that includes answers to the following questions:
    1. Do you have any commitments that would affect your ability to commit to serving as a PCA for the entire 2018-2019 year?
    2. What previous experiences have you had that would contribute to your success in this position?
    3. Each PCA is required to lead 4 events in their area group during the year - what is one idea you have for an event you would want to lead?

 Applications are due on Monday April 2nd at 11:59pm.

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising w/ Peer Career Advisers

Spring Semester Hours

Mon, 2pm-4pm, Prexy
Tues, 12pm-2pm, Prexy
Wed, 6pm-8pm, LIB 203
Thurs, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Fri, 2pm-4pm, Prexy 
Sun, 6pm-8pm, PAB 130

Drop-In Hours w/ CLBR Staff

Fellowships Q&A in Commons: Tuesdays, 11:45am-1:15pm

Grad School, Career, and Internship Q&A in MRC: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Career & Internship Q&A in Commons: Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Grad School, Career, and Internship Q&A in Commons: Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Note: Please check the announcements on your homepage in Griffin Door for any possible updates or cancellations.

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