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Peer Counselor - March 2011 Position Title Peer Counselor


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									                                                                                              Peer Counselor - March 2011

Position Title: Peer Counselor
Department: College Programs
Reports to:     Assistant Program Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
This is a temporary position beginning 6/20/11 ending 7/22/11.

Program Overview:
The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) is a 5-week program for approximately 250 rising high
school seniors designed to improve both academic and social preparedness for college. The students are
recipients of College Success Foundation’s - DC Achievers Scholarship and are low-income, high potential
students from Wards 7 and 8 of Washington, DC. The first week of the program is non-residential. Weeks two
through five take place on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Students and staff will
reside on the campus of McDaniel College during weeks two through five, but will return home to Washington,
DC on the weekends.

Program Dates:
      • SAEP Training, June 14 16, 2011, 8:30AM to 5PM at Galludet University
      • SAEP, Summer Academic Enrichment Program
            o SAEP, Week 1 – June 20 - June 24, 2011 @ Galludet University (non-residential)
            o SAEP, Week 2 - June 26 - July 1, 2011 @ McDaniel College (residential)
            o SAEP, Week 3 - July 5 - July 8, 2011 @ McDaniel College (residential)
            o SAEP, Week 4 - July 11 - July 15, 2011 @ McDaniel College (residential)
            o SAEP, Week 5 - July 18 - July 22, 2011 @ McDaniel College (residential)

     • Provide around the clock supervision and support to Achievers Scholarship Candidates (ASC)
         participating in a five-week residential academic enrichment program. This will require that Peer
         Counselors be in their assigned residence hall each evening by 10:00 pm or as the schedule
         necessitates through 7:00 am each morning.
     • Peer Counselors will work in teams and be responsible for up to 10 students each.
     • Attend classes with ASC as assigned and provide support to instructors.
     • Ensure students are in designated locations and supervised to ensure optimal Peer Counselor to
         student ratio at all times.
     • Facilitate daily study time and recreation, as well as impromptu activities to build a positive
         community of ASC.
     • Involve and empower ASC so they get the most out of their experience.
     • Interact with and relate to ASC in ways that support asset building.
     • Other duties may be assigned.

       • Commitment to the mission of College Success Foundation-DC.
       • Passionate about working with high school students and helping them realize their potential.
       • Solid writing and algebra skills.
       • Ability to assist students with assigned coursework.
       • Ability to adapt, facilitate and evaluate age appropriate activities for the group.
       • Understand and apply basic adolescent development principles (e.g. positive youth development,

    1220 12th Street SE Suite 110 Washington, DC 20003-3718 | 202.207.1800 | toll free 866.240.3567 |
                                                                                 Peer Counselor - March 2011
        •    Ability to communicate and develop positive relationships with ASC.
        •    Must be outgoing and personable with the ability to relate well and respect cultural and human
        •    Ability to work collaboratively with University Academic Director, Summer Program Director,
             Assistant Program Managers, DC CSF staff, instructors and fellow Peer Counselors.
        •    Ability to react professionally, thoughtfully, and responsibly in unexpected situations.
        •    Ability to be very flexible, solve problems effectively and prioritize tasks.
        •    Patience and capacity to empathize.
        •    Identify potential risk factors (in a program environment) and take measures to reduce those risks.
        •    Demonstrate the attributes and qualities of a positive role model.

      • Undergraduate student (with minimum of junior standing) or Graduate student. (Applicants that are
         within a few years post Bachelor’s are also encouraged to apply.) Candidates pursuing degrees in
         education, counseling, social work, sociology, or psychology are preferred.
      • Successfully pass a background check, including fingerprinting and occupational drug screening.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: The work environment and physical demands described here
are representative of those required by an employee to perform the responsibilities of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

        Work Environment:
              Work is generally conducted in an educational environment with minimal exposure to excessive
              noise or adverse environmental issues.

        Physical demands:
               Use of a computer to assist students with accessing information;
               Sitting for extended periods of time;
               Significant standing and walking needed to carry out everyday activities;

Compensation and Benefits:
     • $2,500 with room and board included (paid on a bi-weekly basis).

To Apply: Each applicant must submit a letter of interest and a resume. Screening of applicant materials will
begin immediately and we will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled. Multiple positions are
available. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview and will be asked to provide references.

E-mail application materials to:, and indicate PEER COUNSELOR
(SAEP) in the subject line.

For additional information contact Cindy Umaña, College Programs at 202.207.1800 or

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at the College Success Foundation.
To learn more about the College Success Foundation, please visit our web site at

Employment at the College Success Foundation is contingent upon successful completion of drug testing and criminal
background screening as well as successful past employer reference checks. The College Success Foundation is “at will”

     1220 12th Street SE Suite 110 Washington, DC 20003-3718 | 202.207.1800 | toll free 866.240.3567 |

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