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Become a CLA Peer Advisor

Applications are CLOSED.

Please check back early winter 2020 applications for 2020-2021 academic year.

We are seeking self-motivated, detail oriented and friendly Peer Advisors to help the CLA Advising Center make a difference and support student success!

Job Title:

CLA Peer Advisor (PA)



College of Liberal Arts Advising Center, Dean’s Office


Position Type:

Part-time student assistant



$12 per hour; Federal Work Study accepted



Hours per week will be set each quarter around class schedules,

Hours will be an average of 8 hours/week and range each quarter 4-15 hours/week; between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (some evening work opportunities)


Supervised by:

Sabrina Canady, Lead Academic Advisor

(with additional guidance from our Associate Dean, Professional Advisors and Lead PA)



Job Description


Role and Responsibilities

The CLA Advising Center employs motivated student leaders as Peer Advisors (PAs) to assist CLA students with academic advising and registration. PAs are expected to:

  • Represent the College and University in a professional, responsible and respectful manner
  • Greet and check-in students who visit the CLA Advising Center
  • Respond to daily email and phone demands, including advising questions, appointment requests and campus resource referrals
  • Help CLA students to understand General Education and major requirements
  • Assist students with understanding their Degree Progress Report (DPR), AP & IB transfer credit, PolyProfile & PolyPlanner
  • Assist Freshman and Sophomore students with general academic planning
  • Understand and communicate University and College academic policies and procedures
  • Understand and communicate CLA academic curriculum requirements
  • Act as an informed resource for CLA students for matters related to PASS and registration
  • Assist students with reading and interpreting for transfer credit
  • Guide students in identifying the many academic success resources available at Cal Poly
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Advisors to support the Advising Center’s mission


Qualifications Requirements

  • College of Liberal Arts student
  • Ability to work for at least the full 19-20 academic year, preferrably beyond
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff
  • Capacity for discretion, diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Able to work independently with a responsible, self-motivated and proactive work ethic
  • Resourcefulness
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and remain in good academic standing during duration of employment
  • Must be enrolled at Cal Poly in a minimum of 6 units

Training Commitment

Selected PAs must be available for mandatory trainings held during Spring quarter:


  • Training with supervisor, weeks 3-9 (3 hours, twice per week; day and time TBD) ​​​​​
  • University Wide PA training: TBD, one half day in mid-April
  • AND the Mon, Tues & Wed prior to the start of Fall 2019


Online Applications due: Monday Feb 18th at 5pm

Interviews for selected candidates will be as follows:
  • Panel interview with Supervisor, Academic Advisor and Lead Peer Advisor: will be scheduled between March 4-8th.
  • Those invited to move to the second round interview will attend a group interview with our current Peer Advisor team, week of March 11th (likely Tues March 12th 4-5pm.

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