UAA Live-In Peer, Academic & Wellness Leader–Fall ’23-Spring ’24 – Anchorage, AK

UAA Live-In Peer, Academic & Wellness Leader–Fall ’23-Spring ’24

Anchorage, AK


UAA Live-In Peer, Academic & Wellness Leader–Fall '23-Spring '24

  • Job Number:524033

  • Classification:Resident Advisor/Assistant

  • Grade:Student Assistant 1

  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee

  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage

  • School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs

  • Location:Anchorage

  • Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is a Labor Pool at UAA, recruiting for the Fall 2023-Spring 2024 academic year. Student live-in positions.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:These are student live-in positions, meaning that to be considered, applicants must plan to reside on campus in UAA's residential community for the duration of employment.

Live-in student staff are assigned to live in one of UAA's suite-style residence hall or apartment communities and serve as a resource to residential students, with a full semester commitment.

To be considered, applicants must plan to reside on campus in UAA's residential community for the duration of employment.

Live-in student staff are assigned to live in one of UAA's suite-style residence hall or apartment communities and serve as a resource to residential students, with a full semester commitment.

Successful applicants will have some experience living in a residential campus community and/or familiarity with student leadership in a university setting.

Candidates with experience in event planning and management will be uniquely qualified for this position.

Students with graphic design experience and ability to create effective content for social media are strongly encouraged to apply.

Peer Academic & Wellness Leaders must be available to residents outside of desk hours for continued outreach, and must possess a desire to work and live with college students.

As live-in, paraprofessional staff members, successful candidates must possess and be able to demonstrate, the following:

  1. A willingness to learn and teach.
  2. The ability to be innovative, imaginative and motivating.
  3. The ability to work effectively with others as part of a diverse team and community.
  4. Previous experience working in an environment that requires public contact.
  5. The ability to connect with students from diverse backgrounds in an effort to understand the needs of the community.
  6. Strong administrative skills and the ability to work effectively in an office setting.
  7. A sense of responsibility and a strong work ethic.
  8. Successful applicants will be required to live on-campus in order to fulfill position responsibilities.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY To be eligible for this student position, candidates must:
a) Be admitted and enrolled in the University of Alaska system in a degree-program with a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) credit hours for graduate students during regular semesters of employment; or
b) For employment between semesters, be admitted in a degree-seeking program, and demonstrate plans to enroll for twelve (12) or more credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) or more credit hours for graduate students in the next regular semester; and
c) Have at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA); satisfactory semester or summer session grade point average (2.50 or above) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services Officer or their designee, and maintain successful academic progress.
d) Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services Officer.
e) An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.
f) Be in good disciplinary standing at the time of appointment and must remain in good disciplinary standing throughout the duration of employment. Should the Department of Residence Life student employee be placed on disciplinary probation, the individual will no longer be eligible for employment within the department.
g) Position reappointment from fall to spring semesters is contingent upon the following: academic eligibility, successful progress toward degree completion, submission of a satisfactory ePortfolio, performance evaluation and conduct standing.


  1. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who also are eligible for Federal Work Study as a form of financial aid.
  2. Students must maintain enrollment and regular attendance for a minimum of at least 6 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours to be exempt from FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. A credit hour load below the minimum required for full-time student status will require the withholding of FICA tax (non-resident aliens on an appropriate visa who meet student employment criteria will continue to be exempt from FICA regardless of credit hour load). While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the University.

Typical Experience:

Residence Life student staff members are required to adhere to the following deadlines and attend and participate in the following training and staff development activities, which are provided as part of employment:

  1. Demonstrate an above average understanding of and dedication to diversity, inclusion and social justice. 
  2. Previous experience organizing, planning and executing successful events that range in topics from social to educational is preferred. 
  3. Extensive knowledge of UAA’s campus, resources and engagement opportunities will be heavily weighted in the recruitment process for this position. 
  4. Ability to engage individuals in meaningful contacts to assess the needs of a larger community and design interventions reactive to those needs is a highly preferred skill. 
  5. Demonstrated leadership and peer helping skills. 
  6. Previous experience collaborating with University and/or community partners is preferred.

Required Education or Training:


Compensation Information:

This is a part-time, 19-pay period, non-exempt UAA student position paying $10.85 per hour, with housing and meal benefits included for both the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include a resume, cover letter and one reference with your application, then complete the pre-interview questions for this position.

To ensure consideration, please apply with a complete application and pre-interview questions prior to March 22, 2023, at 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time.

Application closes March 29, 2023, at 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time.

UAA Peer, Academic & Wellness Leader (live-in)

The Department of Residence Life is actively recruiting for potential student leadership openings for the Fall 2023-Spring 2024 academic year.

Residence Life supports housing for 600+ residents. Our program provides leadership training, experiential learning, awareness of diverse lifestyles and cultures, co-curricular programs and activities (educational and social), and behavioral accountability. Residence Life’s student development approach focuses on enriching each student’s higher education experience by delivering high quality, student-centered programs and services.

Working as a live-in student staff member is an enjoyable and challenging experience, and provides opportunities to gain marketable skills in human relations, customer service, time management, business writing, and team building that few other on-campus positions offer.


  1. Live and work in one of UAA’s residential communities.
  2. Facilitate and promote a positive community in your assigned area and on residential campus.
  3. Develop rapport with residents and serve as a resource to students in the assigned area.
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation for and above average understanding of diversity, inclusion and social justice.
  5. Plan, facilitate and evaluate social and educational activities, provide individual peer mentoring and assist in the development of a community built on the principles of educational success, social responsibility and community connectedness in accordance with the Residential Curriculum.
  6. Serve as a role model and mentor in conduct, attitude, participation and academics, both on and off campus; positively represent the Department of Residence Life and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
  7. Collaborate and effectively communicate with other staff members and campus partners.
  8. Serve and contribute to the community through student engagement, activity facilitation, p enforcement of policy and maintaining staff presence and availability while working at least one scheduled hour at hall desks and/or in the Cama-i Room.
  9. Support residents in becoming active participants in their community and the successful attainment of their educational goals by connecting them to the support and resources available to them in the community; encourage residents to take the lead on facilitating activities they wish to see.
  10. Educate residents on Regents’ Policy and University Regulation, the Student Code of Conduct, the Community Living Standards and the Alcohol and Drug policies. Confront and report violations of these same policies by submitting information reports and notifying professional staff members according to departmental standards. 
  11. Facilitate Welcome Home Weeks programs (fall and spring) in accordance with departmental outcomes for this initiative and encourage residents to fully participate in the planned.
  12. Actively contribute to building a cohesive and productive team and act as a positive support for your peers.
  13. Report to supervisors any concerning behaviors in support of resident wellness.
  14. Serve as a Campus Security Authority in compliance with federal law, specifically the Clery Act.
  15. Serve as a Responsible Employee as designated in Board of Regents’ Policy and University Regulation and in compliance with federal law, specifically Title IX.


  1. This role should have priority after academic commitments and before extracurricular activities, social activities, and other employment positions.
  2. This commitment is for a full academic year and is meant to take approximately 20 hours/week to successfully accomplish all job responsibilities.
  3. In order to build a strong community, staff should anticipate implementing additional strategies to supplement  minimum job requirements.
  4. Attend regularly scheduled staff and 1:1 supervisor meetings, staff development events, and leadership trainings. Attend and participate in departmental committees and programs.
  5. Communicate effectively with complete, accurate and timely information. This includes completing all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner, promptly posting signs and identifying and reporting maintenance concerns in common areas.
  6. Assist with the opening and closing of the residential campus for the academic year.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Physical demands: speaking, carrying, keyboarding, reaching, sitting, writing
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs


  1. Contribute to the vibrant and educational environment in the residential community by providing active and passive activities in areas identified as priorities by the Department of Residence Life, such as substance abuse education, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, life skill development, academic success and professional development; ensure activities fulfill objectives of the Residential Curriculum by utilizing the facilitation guides provided to PAWs. 

  2. Assist the Residence Coordinator with tasks related to the management of the community, including: 

    1. Maintain hall community calendars weekly

    2. Manage community fliers by hanging up new fliers and removing old fliers

    3. Track student staff members' compliance with supervisor/departmental expectations

  3. Support the social media efforts of the Department of Residence Life. 

  4. Support wellness initiatives for the Department of Residence Life, including management of emergency housing spaces, supplies for condom dispensers, etc. 

  5. Participate in rotating on-call coverage with other members of their staff team to enhance the safety of the residents and residential community. On-call duty requires that PAWs stay in the residential community and be available to respond to emergencies and enact life/safety response systems.

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes were developed by the Student Affairs Assessment Team, and outlined in the 2017 Alaska PEAK Report ( "As a result of on-campus student employment at UAA, students will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Practical skills: demonstrating competency in customer service, project management, technical skills, effective communication, time management, and goal setting and attainment.
  • Cognitive complexity skills: articulating an application of resources, referrals, and federal/state/university policies and regulations, and an awareness of transferable skills.
  • Interpersonal skills: sustaining collaborative teamwork opportunities, an appreciation and awareness of diverse communities and practices, and implementation of conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Intrapersonal skills: recognizing individual development evidenced by a commitment to ethics, integrity, and realistic self-appraisal.”

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Ryan Hill, Director of Residence Life at [email protected]


Advertised: 01 Mar 2023 Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: 29 Mar 2023 Alaskan Daylight Time


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