YUStart & Advising Peer Leader – SU2016

The Office of the Master is seeking several students to hold the position of YUStart & Advising Peer Leader during the SU term. This is a CLAY position.

YUStart is a collaborative program designed to support new students during their transition to university and help them succeed in their first year. The overarching goal of the YUStart Program is to improve student satisfaction, engagement and preparedness to successfully begin university studies by providing a planned, coordinated and integrated set of learning activities and opportunities leading up to, and continuing into their first year at York.

Personable, knowledgeable, team-oriented York University student employees will facilitate Online Discussions to encourage newly admitted York students to engage with the university throughout the summer.


  • participate in online activities about university life
  • chat with fellow incoming students, ask questions and make new friends
  • learn the essentials about University life, Bethune College & the Keele campus
  • meet regularly with the Faculty/College and YUSTART teams

Faculty Advising and Course Enrolment

Peer Leaders will provide new students with one-on-one course enrollment assistance during their on- campus advising appointment for both the Faculty of Science and Lassonde School of Engineering.

  • attend advising sessions
  • make presentations to new incoming students and their parents
  • assist new students enroll in courses
  • assist students with finding the required online math test
  • educate students about Bethune College and the support systems it has to offer as well as York

Mandatory Training and Attendance

  1. YUStart Leader Training on April 21
  2. Bethune College Basic Peer Leadership Training on May 15
  3. York Orientation Day Training on August 29
  4. York Orientation Day on September 7
  5. York Health and Safety Training modules

Work period will run from May 2 to September 7. The salary rate is $13.00 hr.


  • Awareness of resources on campus
  • Knowledge of their degree program (and other YUStart supported programs as asset)
  • Knowledge of online communities
  • Facilitation and problem solving skills
  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Prioritization and time management skills
  • Active involvement in the York University community
  • Team player and strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to work both individually and within a team
  • Flexibility and ability to take initiative
  • Shows initiative and takes responsibility for people, activities and property
  • Warm & engaging personality
  • Attention to detail and has the ability to multi-task and respond to priorities


  • York University undergraduate;
  • Must meet all the York WorkStudy requirements. Go to: http://sfs.yorku.ca/employment/workstudy
  • Must be registered full-time in at least 60 per cent of a full course load (40 per cent of a full course load for students with a permanent disability) or registered as a full-time student in the winter term and returning to full-time studies in September;
  • Must demonstrate financial need by completing the Student Financial Profile and Student Financial Services subsequently approving such status. Go to: sfs.yorku.ca/services/sfp/
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant) or a Protected Person;
  • Must be an Ontario resident;
  • Must demonstrate financial need;
  • Bethune student preferred.

Application Package

  • Interested applicants must submit a completed application package which includes:
  • A resume
  • A brief outline of why you are interested and suited for the position
  • 1 reference letter verifying the applicant’s qualifications.

Deadline to apply: Noon Monday April 11