Montana GEAR UP/AISS Peer Mentor


Position: Montana GEAR UP/American Indian Student Services (AISS) Peer Mentor for the 2017-2018 Academic Years.

Pay: $10.00/hr.

Hours: 10/week, 90 hours per semester. The mentor will meet with mentee(s) on a weekly basis, attend monthly meetings as established by the AISS office, and maintain regular contact with the Montana GEAR UP state office. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The goal of the American Indian Student Services (AISS) Peer Mentor Program is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to new students and an extended network of additional resources and information. The over-arching goal is to ultimately increase and improve retention rates for American Indian students by pairing them with peers who are positive role models and who can assist with a successful transition to the University of Montana (UM) campus. We will accomplish this goal by creating and connecting American Indian students who are currently registered UM students with new students; as well as further engage them in program activities.  

The Montana GEAR UP (MTGU) Peer Mentor will be assigned to GEAR UP freshmen, including non-native students and those attending Missoula College, and will work to connect with these students with the intention of mentoring them to be a successful student. This may include referring them to resources, creating an awareness of important dates (registering for classes, making installment payments, applying for scholarships, etc.) getting involved in student life, and more.

Specific Duties:

  • Follow the weekly plan for student contact (prior to and throughout each semester):
    • 1-on-1s; establish a good working relationship
    • group socials/meetings/workshops
    • support mentee in academic goals including mid-term check-ins
    • assist mentee with problems that interfere with mentee’s success at school
  • Provide mentor plan, time logs, evaluations and other paperwork as requested by the AISS office and assist with tracking students in the Montana GEAR UP (GEARS) database.
  • Assist with planning and attend social and academic activities provided by AISS and campus to help address student needs and to help foster student life.
  • Attend Peer Mentor/Leadership training sessions (Dates TBD).
  • Promote and attend student clubs meetings.
  • MTGU Peer Mentor will spend time within the AISS office working with GEAR UP students but hours will also be counted for external contacts, events, etc.
  • MTGU Peer Mentor will attend staff meetings and 1-on-1 meetings to help monitor student success, address student concerns and to help create new ideas to better serve the students. Additionally, MTGU Peer Mentor will participate in Montana GEAR UP state meetings and conferences as requested.
  • MTGU Peer Mentor will serve as campus contact person for GEAR UP middle and high school liaisons in planning/conducting college visits and campus activities.
  • MTGU Peer Mentor will participate in middle and high school GEAR UP activities as requested and available (e.g. digital presentations, college panels, etc.).
  • MTGU Peer Mentor will recommend to the Montana GEAR UP state office transition services that could occur end of senior year in high school and freshman year in college.

Job Qualifications:

  • Desire to mentor students and to be a positive role model
  • Ability to communicate and be nonjudgmental
  • Have excellent listening and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to handle confidential matters
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Ability to attend mentor trainings and staff meetings
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Computer literate in basic programs: Word, Excel, Publisher
  • Must have networking skills to connect with other office staff and student organizations
  • Must pass a federal background check (to be paid for by Montana GEAR UP)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Has prior experience with Montana GEAR UP or be a GEAR UP high school alumni
  • Be an enrolled junior or senior
  • Has an interest in working with low income and/or American Indian populations
  • Has experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Signal Vine, Google Chat, etc.)

The *PRINTED* MTGU/AISS Peer Mentor Application can be turned into the AISS Office, Payne Family Native American Center, Suite 113.