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Peer Outreach Mentor Job Description


Peer Outreach Mentor Assistants (POA), Project ROCS (Retaining Our College Students)

Job Description

Project ROCS is a new, voluntary, retention initiative that targets African American freshmen. The project is designed to help increase the students’ chance of college success by offering a comprehensive array of academic, cultural, social, and personal support services during their first year at IUP.  Peer outreach assistants serve a caseload of incoming freshmen and assist the project’s caseload advisors with meeting program and participants’ objectives.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists project caseload advisors with identifying and enrolling participants in the project
  2. Works cooperatively with project staff
  3. Serves as a peer guide to a caseload of Project ROCS freshmen 
  4. Maintains biweekly contact and/or meetings with a caseload of students
  5. Coordinates and conducts a weekly study session with caseload students and/or the project
  6. Tutors students as needed
  7. Serves as a liaison among project participants, project staff, and other campus resources
  8. Maintains awareness of other campus support services available to students, making necessary referrals to project staff and other campus support services as needed
  9. Completes and maintains individual contact sheets for each caseload participant
  10. Prepares and submits biweekly contact or session reports for participants to the project advisor 
  11. Attends and participates in formal and informal gatherings for participants and project faculty 
  12. Attends and participates fully in all ongoing project activities, including workshops, cultural, educational, social, and participant orientation activities, staff training and biannual retreats, and individual meetings with project advisors
  13. Escorts project participants to programs and services of the African American Cultural Center or other university departments
  14. Maintains confidentiality of students’ records and files
  15. Meets biweekly with the project caseload advisor 
  16. Attends biweekly staff meetings
  17. Completes other duties as assigned


  1. Possesses and maintains a quality-point average of 2.8 or above 
  2. Sophomore level or above
  3. Enrolled at IUP for at least one full, continuous year before and after hiring 
  4. Sensitive to issues of diversity, cultural differences, and different learning styles 
  5. Demonstrates commitment to helping others reach their full potential 
  6. Possesses good interpersonal and communication skills
  7. Dependable, reliable, creative
  8. Available to work at least seven to ten hours per week 
  9. Qualifies for federal or state work-study funds

Application Process

To apply, submit an application, résumé, and a recent transcript to Dr. Carolyn Princes, Director of the African American Cultural Center and Project ROCS Coordinator, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Delaney Hall, Room B23, Indiana, PA 15705. For further information, please contact the project coordinator at (724) 357-2455. 


  • African American Cultural Center
  • Susan S. Delaney Hall, Suite B25
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2455
  • Fax: 724-357-6196
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.