The Center for Life Beyond Reed

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Interested in joining the Center for Life Beyond Reed team as a Peer Career Advisor for the 2019-20 school year? Apply here!

Peer Career Advisors (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 support students by providing Express Advising hours, attending CLBR events, and leading workshops in Prexy and their assigned are group residence halls.

Position Responsibilities


  • Attend and engage in weekly team meetings and monthly 1:1 check-in with PCA Program Manager
  • Communicate directly with PCA Program Manager about your personal needs related to the job in addition to resident and area group issues, unless otherwise instructed
  • Create professional and/or personal goals and work with PCA Program Manager to establish strategies and skills related to those goals
  • Receive and give constructive feedback about job performance and relationship with supervisor
  • Check and respond to phone/email communication with others in CLBR within 24 hours, except on scheduled breaks from school or the position
  • Open and read the weekly CLBR newsletter
  • Participate in ongoing trainings throughout the year to ensure thorough understanding of advising practices
  • Responsible for taking notes at team meetings as assigned throughout the year

 Express Advising

  • Work one two-hour Express Advising shift per week
  • Provide students with 1:1 and group advising regarding application materials, interviewing, networking, job searing and more
  • Maintain a working knowledge of CLBR resources to provide to students including: Handshake, GoinGlobal, Vault, CLBR website and more
  • Maintain a working knowledge of resources specific to your Community of Purpose
  • Maintain an up-to-date portfolio of application and career materials including: resume, LinkedIn, Handshake profile, etc.
  • Track and input advising sessions in Handshake within 24 hours of Express Advising

 Area Group Programming:

  • Design and plan at least two events per semester in your area group that align with the goals and mission of CLBR
  • Send monthly written communications to your assigned area group through Handshake to build and maintain relationships
  • Collaborate with House Advisors to provide programming as requested

 CLBR Events & Workshops

  • Participate in the planning and facilitation of at least one PCA ran event per semester
  • Participate in the planning and facilitation of at least one CLBR event per semester
  • Collaborate in the planning and facilitation of one Community of Purpose focused event per semester with the appropriate CLBR staff member

Special Projects: Each PCA is responsible for one special project throughout the year, this includes administrative duties, collaboration with other CLBR staff, and more

  • Lead PCA:
    • Responsible for collaborating with the PCA Program Manager on training and orientation for the PCA team
    • Responsible for facilitating weekly team meetings including building and distributing agenda
    • Collaborates with the CLBR Admin to collect and report monthly PCA metrics to the PCA team and CLBR staff
    • Assists PCA Program Manager in shadowing and reviewing PCAs during Express Advising hours
    • Collaborates with the Events & Programming PCA(s) to design and facilitate on-going training for PCAs
  • Social Media
    • Collaborates with CLBR staff to build and manage a social media marketing plan that engages Reedies
    • Maintains a working knowledge of social media best practices
    • Utilizes Canva to design and create images for multiple social media platforms
    • Actively participates in weekly team meetings by adding Social Media updates and needs to the weekly agenda
    • Collaborates with the PCA Program Manager to assign tasks as needed to PCAs
  • Events & Programming
    • Collaborates with the PCA Program Manager to plan monthly ongoing training for PCAs
    • Responsible for updating and compiling events and programming materials including but not limited to: presentations, handouts, worksheets
    • Responsible for ensuring all upcoming PCA events are listed in the weekly newsletter
    • Manages PCA events calendar in Google, including tracking Express Advising, on-going events and workshops, and more
    • Assists PCAs with administrative tasks related to PCA events as necessary: including marketing, reserving rooms, ordering food, etc.
    • Collaborates with the Lead PCA to design and facilitate on-going training for PCAs
    • Plans population specific events

 Qualifications & Requirements

  • Must to attend in-person training from August 26th- September 1st. If for any reason you are unable to attend a portion of training you must communicate with the PCA Program Manager prior to the beginning of training.
  • Must complete online training modules prior to beginning in person training on August 26th
  • Attend weekly team meeting Mondays from 4-5pm
  • 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
  • Previous leadership experience is preferred but not required
  • Previous experience advising, coaching, mentoring, or supporting other students is preferred but not required
  • Previous experience planning and leading programs is preferred but not required