We’re Hiring Peer Supporters!

The NAIT Students’ Association is seeking Peer Supporters for the 2022/23 academic year. Peer Support is an anonymous and confidential supportive listening service for students. 

A trained Peer Supporter listens without bias to students’ problems and can refer students to other campus or community resources as needed. If you have an empathetic ear and like helping others, this position may be the right fit for you!

Peer Supporters report to the Peer Support Coordinator. The main responsibilities include:

  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding student issues
  • Remain unbiased and non-judgemental throughout Peer Support Session, either virtually or in-person
  • Anonymous record keeping and reporting, as necessary
  • Keep the Peer Support room tidy and welcoming for all students
  • Participate in regular role play feedback sessions
  • Attend supervisor check-ins as required (1-2 per month)
  • Assist the Peer Support Coordinator with event planning and brainstorming for the program
  • Attend training and workshops as required (some evenings and weekends may be required)
  • Promote the Peer Support service at event booths around campus
  • Complete training and given assignments.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled as a NAIT student in good academic standing for the 2022-23 academic year (candidates must be enrolled until at least April 2023 to be considered)

Required Skills: 

  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Ability to remain calm and professional while being empathetic and supportive
  • Organizational skills
  • Customer service-focused
  • Demonstrated time management skills

Asset (not required):

  • Mental Health First Aid

The Peer Supporter position is a part-time contract position from August 2022 through April 2023. This position requires approximately 3-5 hours per week for client sessions and group meetings. The hourly wage for this position is $16/hr. The work schedule is to be determined upon hire.

The Peer Support program offers services on campus and online via chat service. Client sessions, training, and group meetings may be done online and on main campus.  

Mandatory Training:

As a condition of employment for the Peer Supporter role, successful candidates must participate in mandatory Peer Support training. Failure to attend any of the mandatory sessions will result in the candidate being deemed ineligible for employment in this position.

Peer Support Training will take place either online or in-person (TBD) and will be scheduled over two weekends from August 13-14 and August 27-28. Training is required, and candidates should be mindful of this when applying. An honorarium of $300 will be paid for successful completion of training.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Upload your cover letter, addressed to Alley Medeiros, Service Hub Lead, explaining why you are interested in the position
  3. Complete the application questions. Disclaimer: These questions are based on sensitive topics you may encounter in Peer Support. The application may take up to 30 mins to complete; please answer all questions to the best of your ability.

You can expect a confirmation email once we have received your application. While we appreciate all applications for employment, only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted further.  

Closing Date: This posting will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

We look forward to seeing your application!

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