PaSSS Peer Mentor

Penn State University

Penn State Lehigh Valley
Campus City:
Center Valley, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Penn State Lehigh Valley
Enrollment Management


The PaSSS Program is searching for a group of highly motivated and responsible students who will mentor first-year students during the summer and upcoming academic school year. Students who are selected for this position will be asked to commit for a period of one year with responsibilities beginning in the summer and ending in the spring semester. (Most responsibilities will occur during Summer Session II.) Students who are selected for this position will serve as peer mentors and tutors, allies, and support network for incoming freshmen who are jump-starting their academic journey in the summer prior to their first full year. Primary Responsibilities: The PaSSS Peer Mentor position is a full-year commitment from Summer 2020 to Spring 2021. Each PaSSS Peer Mentor will be expected to work approximately 5-7 hours per week. Peer Mentors will be responsible for: Professionally representing Penn State Lehigh Valley on campus during courses, campus programs, and other related activities. Serving as a peer mentor with a small group (5-7) of incoming freshmen by supporting, encouraging, and assisting each student individually with their social and academic needs. Serve as a peer academic resource for one of three academic components of the program, including faculty support and peer tutoring. Courses include: CAS 100, InArt 3, or Math Academy. Course times are 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Friday. Leading and attending student success events and programs around campus for PaSSS students (Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. during Summer Session II). Attending one off-campus event for PaSSS students in the Lehigh Valley. Communicate regularly with mentees and supervisors (Dr. Denise O’Neill, Aziza Khalil, and faculty members) through face-to-face and electronic communication modes. Learning about the advising process, campus resources, and academic resources. Refer students to services on campus including tutoring, counseling, academic advising, and student services. Act in an inclusive, sensitive, and mindful manner as you help your mentees transition to college life. Complete meeting notes after each visit with mentees. Attend monthly meetings with program supervisor and faculty for continued training, debriefing, conflict resolution, professional guidance, and assistance with mentoring responsibilities. Other duties and responsibilities as outlined by faculty in the PaSSS program. Qualifications: You must be a current Penn State student who is a rising sophomore, junior, or senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must also be maintained while serving as a PaSSS Peer Mentor. Strong applicants should also: Be proficient in PaSSS courses – CAS 100, InArt 3, Math Academy (Pre-calculus, Calculus). Demonstrate strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Be self-motivated and demonstrate a positive attitude. Have a genuine desire to help their peers succeed. Seeking applicants with strong interpersonal skills, clear and consistent communication, empathy, problem-solving abilities, technology literacy, comfort in multi-tasking, respect for confidentiality, team-orientation, patience, creativity, and time management skills. This application is a two-part process: Complete an application in the Penn State Job Portal and complete second portion of the application; which you will receive via email. Compensation and Benefits: $10.00 per hour; 5-7 hours per week; develop leadership and professional skills and build close relationships with new students, faculty, and staff. Requirements: Completion of the online application. Compliance training, background checks, and final approval by Human Resources. Individual and group interviews with program supervisor and faculty members. Approval from faculty members teaching summer PaSSS courses. Completion of 1 credit Peer Tutoring course in Spring 2020. Attendance at Peer Mentoring Training in May 2020.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088