University of Waterloo
Health Studies Peer Leader Job Description
Living-Learning Programs, Department of Housing and Residences
The primary aim of the Department of Housing and Residences is to provide students with a positive residence experience,
conducive to successful academic study and personal development. We endeavour to foster residence communities that are
safe, comfortable and that meet the needs of our diverse resident population.
Living-Learning Program Staff
The Co-ordinator, Living-Learning Programs (LLC), is accountable for all Living-Learning programs in the residence facilities.
The Co-ordinator (with the specific faculty members) is responsible for implementation of academic programming, mentorship,
and academic support through the Tutoring in Residence and Peer Leader programs. Peer Leaders’ main responsibilities
include providing learning opportunities that compliment in-class studies, establishing informal relationships between students
and faculty, providing educational and community building programming, and advising students on how to have a positive,
healthy and successful residence and university experience.
Goals of Living-Learning Community
Peer Leaders main objectives include helping the first year students:
• Live and grow academically and socially with other first year students in their program
• Develop relationships and connect with upper year students (Peer Leaders), faculty, staff and alumni in their
• Enhance in-class learning by participating in academic events facilitated by their Peer Leader (i.e. study skill
• Participate in residence and campus wide activities with people from a variety of backgrounds and programs
o Co-ordinate academic focused programming (4-5/ term) with other peer leaders for assigned
o Collaborate with the residence life staff (Dons) in monitoring student academic transitional needs
and respond by offering services as required.
o Promote student participation in campus activities and services that support student learning
• Peer Helping
o Connect students with appropriate academic resources.
• Role Modelling
o Demonstrate responsible behaviour and promote an environment conducive to academic and
o Ensure that the residents of his/her area and Ron Eydt Village at-large live within the rules and
regulations set out in the Residence Terms and Conditions booklet and to respond professionally
and appropriately when rules have been violated.
• Communication and Support
o Maintain regular and on-going communication with the Residence Life Staff (Dons), so as to be
well informed about their activities, share information about upcoming programs which may be of
interest to them and their residents.
o Keep the Co-ordinator, Living-Learning Programs up-to-date about programming endeavours.
o Regular attendance to meetings as determined by the Co-ordinator, Living Learning Programs.
o Participate in the Residence Life evaluation process (once a term).
• Training and Development
o Attend Peer Leader Training on August 27th-29th, 2008.
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o Attend on-going staff meetings throughout year.
The Selection Committee is looking to build a team of Peer Leaders with varied experience and talent. It specifically looks for
o excellent communication skills
o proven leadership ability
o good academic standing
o ability to work independently and as a member of a team
o good judgement
o sincere desire to help others
o familiarity with faculty, campus resources, service and academic opportunities
The Selection Process is comprised of several stages. First, resumes and applications for all applicants are submitted. Next,
every candidate is invited to attend an interview. Final decisions will be made following the interview process.
All applications must be received by Thursday January 31st 2008 at 4:30 p.m. Applications are available
online at http://www.housing.uwaterloo.ca/live_learn/communities/peerleaders.html
Interviews will be conducted in person or via telephone. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to begin February 7th,
All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email no later than Wednesday February 20th, 2008.
Questions/Concerns: If you would like further information about your application and/or the application process, please do not hesitate to
contact Victoria Lehmann at (519) 888-4567 ext.37221 or by email at email@example.com