ALL CBU STUDENTS: Peer Success Coaches – Cape Breton University



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 studentsā€™ experiences. Student Affairs is seeking representation from the Aboriginal, international, domestic on campus and domestic off campus communities as well as representation from each school (Shannon School of Business, School of Science and Technology, School of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Professional Studies).

There will be a stipend provided for the position and possible opportunities for other paid functions through the year, as well as opportunities for professional development.


  • 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
  • A stipend provided in two installments (December and April)
  • Additional opportunities to work paid events at an hourly rate of $13.65
  • Certificate of achievement


  • A minimum of one academic year at CBU as a full time student (Registered in a minimum of 3 courses).
  • 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.


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.
  • Hold weekly office hours.
  • Keep in regular contact with assigned students.
  • Be an academic role model for peers.
  • Participate in transition planning activities under the direction of the CBU Transition Team.
  • Attend weekly meetings with Peer Success Coaching team.
  • Plan and implement student focused events.
  • Support ongoing programming and events of CBU Student Affairs.


  • March 2017 (Student must be available for 2-day weekend training session)


  • The Coaching term runs from April 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.

Application Details

Qualified candidates should submit:

  • a letter of application identifying their education and experience as it relates to this position;
  • a resume; and
  • complete contact information of two references ā€“ one academic and one personal
    Alyssa MacDonald
    Student Affairs, Cape Breton University
    The Learning Commons B-134-J

    Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. February 28, 2017.

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