• Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm


Peer Success Coaches  

Student Affairs is dedicated to ensuring all students have the opportunity for an enriching and successful experience at CBU. Recognizing that the transition to university can be challenging for many students, CBU Student Affairs is seeking coaches to provide support services to incoming students as required. This opportunity enables the successful candidates to get involved and improve their leadership and job-related skills, while improving other students’ experiences. CBU is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community, and so we welcome applications from students who would contribute to the further diversification of our support services. This includes, but is not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, we aim to hire a representation of students from among our domestic on-campus, domestic off-campus and international student communities. This representation must come from students enrolled in programs from each of our four CBU schools (Shannon School of Business, School of Science and Technology, School of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Professional Studies).

These are volunteer based positions, but there will be a stipend(s) provided for the position and possible opportunities for other paid functions through the year, as well as opportunities for professional development.

Functions & Responsibilities

  • Communicate with first year students to aid in their transition to CBU and university study.
  • Provide general information and support to incoming students in-person and through email and social media.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to students in various forms including one-on-one peer mentoring.
  • Keep in regular contact with assigned students.
  • Be an academic role model for peers.
  • Participate in transition planning activities under the direction of Student Affairs academic success coaches.
  • Attend regular meetings with Peer Success Coaching team.
  • Plan and implement student focused events.
  • Support ongoing programming and events of CBU.


  • April 2020 (Student must be available for evening and/or weekend training sessions)


The Coaching term runs from April 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.


  • A minimum of one academic year at CBU with full-time student status
  • A strong academic background and a commitment to academics.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the personal growth and development of both self and others.
  • Able to work well as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for CBU, your program of study, and helping others.
  • Current Peer Success Coaches from the 2019-2020 year may apply only if they have held the position for a maximum of 1 year.


  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership training and professional development
  • Job-related skills, such as critical thinking and working with others
  • Intercultural and social awareness
  • Networking with CBU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni
  • Certificate of achievement through the co-curricular record (

Qualified candidates should submit:

  • a letter of application identifying their education and experience as it relates to this position;
  • a resume;
  • an unofficial transcript
  • complete contact information of two references – one academic and one personal to:

Holly MacDonald, Student Affairs, The Learning Commons, B-105-C,, 902.563.1939

Applications must be received by 11:59pm March 30, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.