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Student Assistant - Peer Mentor - Model UN Summer Academy


Model United Nations Summer Academy (MUN) Peer mentors (PMs) are live-in, part-time, student staff members for the Model UN Summer Academy, a unique program designed for domestic and international high school students. PMs are selected based on their academic record, commitment to student engagement, leadership potential, and desire to support and mentor Early College Students. PMs support students in their transition to the University coursework through academic success mentoring, small group meetings, programming and engagement activities, and serving as a resource for referrals to campus programs and services. PMs assist with resident check-in and checkout. PMs are required to live in their assigned space in the residential community and must be available for evening and weekend responsibilities. Peer mentors will work closely with staff from Enrollment Management, Student Development and Campus Life, Model UN faculty, and other internal and external stakeholders to fulfill the mission of the program.

1. Peer Mentors must satisfy all criteria of the Peer Mentor Position and application process. This includes: 
a. A current Montclair State University undergraduate student that is returning for full-time, 
    undergraduate coursework for the fall 2023 semester. 
b. A minimum GPA of 2.75 (semester and cumulative). 
c. Good standing in regards to student conduct. 
d. Good employment standing (no job action/probation) for current or prior University positions.
e. Must be eligible for campus housing (no holds, in compliance with Residence License 
    Agreement, in compliance with University vaccine requirements for resident students for 
    fall 2023).

2. Additional work outside of the Peer Mentor position cannot exceed 10 hours per week. The supervisor in charge of the area must approve outside commitments prior to any additional employment being accepted. Any activities that may present a conflict of interest should be considered prior to accepting the Peer Mentor position. 

1. Attend mandatory staff meetings with the supervisor. 
2. Participate in all Summer Training(s) prior to the start of the Model UN Summer Academy and during the summer months as required. Assist with helping mentees navigate their schedule and the campus to ensure participation.
3. Maintain contact with assigned mentees and provide support and resources to mentees as needed. This includes daily engagement with an assigned group of mentees and if necessary, one-on-one sessions with each mentee. 
4. Assist with activities involving the Model UN Summer Academy. This includes attendance and participation at evening and weekend events, both on and off campus.
5. Assist with planning and implementation of social programs and activities.
6. Encourage participant attendance at various events and programs on campus and bring mentees to events as assigned.
7. Role model appropriate behavior and adherence to University policies and community standards.
8. Foster an environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.
9. Report policy violations or concerns for student well-being to appropriate staff (Residence Life, University Police, etc.). Note: Peer Mentors are mandated reporters. 
10. Serve as a connector to the campus community by being knowledgeable of academic resources and student services, including but not limited to: Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Resource Center, University Health Center, the Center for Academic Success and Tutoring, The Writing Center, The Dean of Students Office. PMs must be able to share accurate information and make appropriate referrals.

1. Assist supervisor with administrative tasks and assignments related to the Model UN Summer Academy.
2. Assist with check-in and check-out procedures for Model UN Summer Academy Participants. 
3. Assist students in general orientation to residential living including an understanding of and respect for the rights of others. 
4. Maintain lobby and/or floor bulletin boards with current and appropriate information and themes as instructed by the supervisor. 
5. Complete all tasks assigned by your supervisor in a timely manner. 
6. Provide additional office support that includes, but is not limited to, making copies, answering phones, making departmental phone calls, etc.
7. Perform office hours or desk assignments based on the needs of the program.
8. Plan, host, and assess evening and weekend social events and programs for assigned residential students. 
9. Other duties as assigned.

1. Peer Mentors understand Model UN Summer Academy responsibilities take precedence over all other extracurricular activities. Academic coursework is a recognized priority; Peer Mentors must successfully manage their position responsibilities with their academic commitments. 
2. Peer Mentors are required to participate fully in the training programs held prior to, and during the summer. Students who cannot attend training sessions because of sports training, outside work commitments, etc., may not maintain their position with the department. 
3. The Peer Mentors Position is for the entire length of the terms in the job description, listed as follows:
  • Required training dates: June 26-June 30, 2023
  • Move in and start date: July 9, 2023
  • Mandatory check-in date for program participants: July 9, 2023
  • Mandatory closing date for program participants: July 15, 2023
  • Last date of employment: July 15, 2023
  • Move out: July 15, 2023
Failure to fulfill these terms will result in the adjustment or proration of the compensation package. If housing is a part of the compensation package, this may result in charges for summer housing fees which will be applied to your student account. 
4. Due to the nature of the Peer Mentors positions and the relationships that they must develop with Program Participants, inappropriate relationships with participants are prohibited. 

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the positions as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position. 

1. Peer Mentors must be full-time undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior class status) students without any prior judicial sanctioning. Any exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director. 
2. Peer Mentors are expected to maintain a satisfactory academic record with a minimum 2.75 grade point average (cumulative and for spring 2023). A cumulative grade-point average below 2.75 is unsatisfactory and would be cause for probation or termination. 
3. Additional work outside of the Peer Mentors job cannot exceed 10 hours per week. The supervisor in charge of the specific Summer Conference Assistant’s area will approve this outside commitment prior to any additional employment being accepted. Any activities that may present a conflict of interest must be approved by the supervisor prior to accepting the Peer Mentors position. 
4. Peer Mentors who are placed on official University or employment probation, for any reason or any length of time, may be terminated from their position. 
5. Resignation or termination from the Peer Mentor Position requires that you vacate your room within 24 hours. In addition, Residence Life will not guarantee a room assignment on campus unless a vacancy exists at the time of your departure. If placed in a residence hall room, you will be responsible for all room costs for the remainder of the summer program. 

The Peer Mentors compensation packages are as follows:
  • Single room in (TBD) Heights from July 9, 2023-July 15, 2023. 
  • $700.00 stipend. 
  • Meals provided during the training week.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the duration of the program.