Peer Mentor for Autistic and Neurodivergent College Students
About This Job
Are you looking for the ultimate (10 – 15 hour-per-week) student job that is flexible with, and sensitive to your school schedule? Are you a self-starter wanting an opportunity to showcase your initiative? Do you value continued learning, and experiencing deep meaning in your work? Build your resume and cultivate your interpersonal communication, positive psychology technique, disability cultural responsiveness, objective reporting, and administrative and collaborative skills on our dynamic team, as a highly trained Peer Mentor for Autistic and Neurodivergent students at Bellevue College!
About Neurodiversity Navigators
At Neurodiversity Navigators, our mission is to support all neurodivergent students at Bellevue College through a social justice model. We provide educational opportunities to increase self-knowledge that leads to successful academic outcomes in the areas of executive functioning, self-regulation, social interaction, self-advocacy, and career preparation. Neurodiversity Navigators supports neurodivergent students with advocacy and access services and actively promotes a campus and community environment of inclusion and understanding of students, faculty, and staff with neurological differences.
More information about our program can be found on the Neurodiversity Navigators website.
Working with the Neurodiversity Navigators (previously Autism Spectrum Navigators) program is challenging and rewarding! As a peer mentor, you will gain valuable skills and ongoing training in areas such as Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), teamwork, effective communication, and administration. You will also become knowledgeable about neurodivergent cultural responsiveness and inclusivity!
You will receive paid ongoing training, hourly pay, and documentation of your work experience. Peer mentors can be co-enrolled in an internship and earn college credit for paid work! (Internship supervision available, please enquire.)
Additionally, we can offer off-campus Work Study to eligible students.
Essential Functions/Typical Duties
- Meet with assigned students each week to develop student rapport, share student experiences, and support student access to academics and campus life.
- During meetings with students, utilize Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to address barriers to success. (CPS is an empirically proven interpersonal communication method based on neuroscientific research.)
- Maintain contact with students on a regular basis.
- Track student attendance and participation.
- Provide clear and accurate instructions for navigating Bellevue College programs, such as how to set up academic advising appointments or check for holds on student accounts. (We provide templates and training!)
- Write objective weekly reports to document student meetings for Director and Program Manager.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and training sessions with other peer mentors, Program Manager, and Director.
- Facilitate study halls for students as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Currently an enrolled (or recent graduate) university undergraduate junior or senior
- Ability to work under pressure, and problem solve student related issues
- Ability to organize time and materials, and meet deadlines
- Proficient at reading and writing; effective composition, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Willingness to learn new skills and theories
- Ability to work independently without direct supervision
- 1 or more years of previous work experience in any field
- Have access to reliable transportation (Bellevue College is bus accessible) or have access to reliable internet (while we are virtual)
- Ability to commit to work 10-15 hours per week for at least one full academic year (fall, winter, and spring – some positions begin July 1, 2022, and others begin September 1, 2022 (See Job Posting # 5879714)-- you must be able to start on this date for training!
- Pursuing a degree in Psychology, Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Special Education, or a related field
- Prior mentoring experience
- Prior experience working with autistic or neurodivergent people
- Previous experience working within a social justice model of disability
We are hiring NOW for the 2022-2023 academic year!
Application deadline: July 1, 2022
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