Academic Peer Advisor Position Description




Follow these steps to apply to be an academic peer advisor:

  • Go to Handshake (formerly the LoggerJobs site at Puget Sound's Career and Employment Services office)
  • Log in with your student ID (Scroll down to mid-page to log in)
  • In the search box that opens type, "AA Peer Advisor" or locate the position from the jobs listed in the "on-campus jobs" area
  • Read the job duties and responsibilities, including the timeline for the mandatory training week in August 2020
  • Be sure to also review the restrictions and expectations surrounding other campus jobs while employed as an Academic Peer Advisor
  • Click on the "Apply" button in the top right panel
  • Submit the following online documents: 1) resume, 2) transcript, and 3) a cover letter addressing all of the following: a) why you want to be an academic peer advisor, b) what unique qualities make you the best person for this job, and c) how you plan to balance being a peer advisor alongside your academic responsibilities, any extra-curricular activities or other campus jobs you are committed to next year;
  • Request a reference from a Puget Sound Faculty member; Send them the link to the electronic reference form with the February 10 deadline clearly indicated.
  • Sign up for ONE of the group interview sessions ( Please be sure to select the "Either" option if you are flexible about which time works best. 

Students currently studying abroad are welcome to apply for this position. Individual Interviews will be conducted via Skype. Please contact Jacqui Elliott to schedule a Skype interview.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. MON. FEB. 10.

*Students who transferred into Puget Sound (transfer students) are not eligible for this position. The transfer PA position for 2020-21 is currently FILLED.

If you have any questions about the peer advisor position, or the application process, please call us at 253-879-3250 or come by our office, Howarth Hall 114, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. WE have also included this pdf version of the job description.

What is an Academic Peer Advisor?

A peer advisor's role is to help integrate first-year and transfer students into the Puget Sound academic and co-curricular community, helping them raise their overall level of academic achievement. This is accomplished through individualized peer advising, assistance with course registration, and referrals to campus resources and services when needed.

Typical Duties and Activities:

  • Provide academic advising to first-year students throughout the academic year. 
  • Assist first-year faculty advisors as they guide incoming students toward academic success.
  • Organize and present advising and registration workshops.
  • Introduce incoming students to resources, such as the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (CWLT), Counseling, Health and Wellness Services (CHWS), and more.
  • Maintain personal contact with advisees and keep timely, accurate records of contact.

Time Commitment:

Academic peer advisors work an average of 8 hours per week and are each responsible for advising about 50 first-year students. In a typical week, a PA takes part in the following activities:

  • Attend a one-hour mandatory staff meeting.
  • Meet with first-year faculty advisors to create a plan for pre-registration meetings and address any academic concerns your advisees may experience.
  • Hold at least one hour of office duty within the PA office (Academic Advising, Howarth 114).
  • Devote hours as needed to advising: meeting and following up with advisees, maintaining related notes.
  • Document monthly outreach to advisees including any actions related to the Student Alert Group.
  • Occasional duties include assistance planning and hosting pre-registration meetings, registration, Academic Fair, and other special office events.


Peer Advisors are expected to be mature, positive role models with good verbal and non-verbal communication skills. They are expected to show initiative, be motivational, and have the ability to work both independently and as a contributing member of the PA team. 

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have junior or senior standing at the beginning of fall term (although strong rising sophomore candidates will be considered),
  • Present a record showing solid academic achievement (a GPA of 3.0 or higher or on an upward trend),
  • Have spent at least one year in full-time study at Puget Sound,
  • Possess excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Restrictions for those hired as a Peer Advisor:

  • Peer advisors may not accept joint appointments in certain positions (i.e. resident assistant or resident community coordinator or Greek house coordinator, campus visit coordinator, dining conference lead, information desk manager).
  • Peer advisors may not accept employment or other obligations (such as ASUPS committees, internships, tutors or instructional assistants) without prior consultation with and permission from the Assistant for Academic Advising and Administration.
  • Peer advisors must be available to participate in the mandatory training program held during the week of August 17-21, as well as Advising duties on Sun., Aug. 23, Mon., Aug. 24 and Fri., Aug. 28.
  • Peer advisors must make every effort to keep open a mutually agreed upon hour for weekly staff meetings during the academic year. Clubs and social activities are expected to take second priority to your attendance at the PA weekly meetings.

Peer Advisor Pay:

  • Estimated compensation for academic peer advisors for the 2019-2020 academic year is $16.05 per hour (Please note: if you are eligible for work-study, you may be compensated for this position from your work-study award).

Application/Selection Procedure:

To apply for this position, go to Logger Jobs, log in with your Puget Sound ID, and then search for job title, "AA Peer Advisor," or look through the list of jobs in the "on-campus jobs" area.

Application DEADLINE

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Details about the interview process:

Group interviews will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on EITHER Tuesday, February 18 OR Monday, February 19 (Howarth 101; CES office). As part of the application process, you will be asked to sign-up for a group interview time. You can also email Jacqui Elliott, assistant for academic advising, to sign up for ONE of the group interview sessions. 

Individual interviews will be held the week of March 2-6. These 30-minute interviews (20-minute interview and 10-minute question period) generally include one or two academic advising staff with at least one current peer advisor. Candidates can sign up for an individual interview time slot during their group interview.

Hiring notifications will be made via email before spring break week (March 16-20).