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  • Coach Job Description

    Spartan Success Scholar Peer Coach Description

    The Spartan Success Scholar Peer Coach position at Michigan State University is designed to help incoming, first year students who identify as first-generation college students (named Spartan Success Scholars). SSS Peer Coaches help scholars achieve success during their transition from high school to college. This position will allow successful candidates to coach, support, and advocate for new, incoming Spartan Success Scholars. You will support Spartan Success Scholars on achieving academic success, knowing where to go for campus resources, and how to find social events and orgs to connect to. In doing so, SSS Peer Coaches will have the opportunity to gain skills in the areas of academic and personal life coaching as well as educational success initiatives throughout the Neighborhoods and greater MSU community.


    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Attend Spartan Success Coach training prior to the start of classes each semester (3-5 day fall training in mid-August, and 2-3-day spring training in early January from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day)
    • Attend biweekly SS Coach meetings/in-service trainings
    • Identify and facilitate events and opportunities to engage with all your scholars (5-10 individuals)
    • Consistently outreach to Spartan Success Scholars, encouraging meaningful, two-way dialogue
    • Enter interactions with scholars in Dashboard, D2L or designated platform
    • Identify situations that may inhibit a student’s success and create an action plan to assist that student in overcoming obstacles
    • Meet with the Coordinator of the Spartan Success Program monthly to discuss progress
    • Facilitate attendance at help rooms and tutoring in the Engagement Center and other locations for scholars in gateway courses
    • Make meaningful connections with NSSC student staff, resident assistants and intercultural aides


    To Complete Application:

    • Resume
    • Application and Essay Questions
    • Transcript


    Requirements and Characteristics

    • Full-time MSU, East Lansing undergraduate student
    • A GPA of 2.75 required; selection will be handled on a case by case basis
    • Ability to work 10-15 hours a week ($10/hr.) for a full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters)
    • Understanding or interest in the experiences of students who are the first in their families to attend college including challenges and strategies for success
    • Passion for MSU and helping fellow students achieve their academic and personal goals
    • Open to learning about cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and backgrounds different from one’s own
    • Professional, dedicated and supportive team member
    • Organization and time management skills
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to serve as a role model
    • Unable to serve as a coach if you are currently a Resident Assistant (RA) or Intercultural Aide (ICA)
  • Coach Application

    Hiring for the SSS Peer Coach position occurs every spring semester. Applications typically become available in December or January and can be found on Handshake. Check back for your chance to apply!