Southside Viking Advisor & Viking Guide Description

Position Purpose

As members of the Campus Life staff at Augustana College, south side staff members serve in an important capacity impacting the transition of first-year students to the College. Individuals in this position serve a dual function, serving as both a Viking Advisor in either Bergsaker or Solberg halls and as a Welcome Week Viking Guide. Within this role, staff members are expected to share in the living community with first-year residents, contributing to individual and community development by aiding in efforts and programming related to the orientation, transition, and retention of first-year students. In that capacity, it is expected that this role will contribute to the College by promoting social, educational, and spiritual community throughout the residential community and within Augustana College as a whole. 


First Year Programming

  • Responsible for providing and supporting opportunities that encourage a positive and healthy transition to Augustana College, including but not limited to:
  • Welcome Week:  Assist with the implementation of Welcome Week activities, to include promotion of and attendance at all events.
  • The 30 Day Challenge:  Assist with the development, implementation, and assessment of The 30 Day Challenge (programming that is geared toward healthy integration into campus during the first 4-6 weeks of the school year).
  • NSS:  Serve as a NSS student mentor, which requires attendance at each NSS class over the first half of the school year. 

Promoting a Positive Living and Learning Environment

  • Intentionally build community through thoughtful engagement.
  • Mentor first-year students and act as a “guide” for the transition to the college.
  • Identify students of concern and report any concerns to supervisor.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation (which includes weeknights and weekends) and serve as part of an on-call rotation to cover breaks and vacation periods.
  • Adherence to the rules and regulations pertaining to student behavior.

Administrative Tasks

  • Complete a weekly discussion guide prior to one-on-one meeting with supervisor.
  • Check-Ins: Participate in the completion of check-ins with each resident in our building at specific points throughout the year (October, February, and April).

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Statement of Inclusion – I understand that it is within the mission of the College that all students be given respect and the ability to live within an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and intolerance.  As such, I understand that it is critical that VAs exhibit attitudes and behaviors that show respect for all students regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age or disability.  I understand that this includes an expectation that I confront inappropriate or derogatory statements or expressions and that I support all students in their efforts to grow and develop.


Campus Life Student Leader Requirements

  • Must be enrolled and attending classes at Augustana during Spring 2015 and Fall 2015
  • Maintain good academic standing with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75. If cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 during employment, staff member may be placed on probation and/or released from position.
  • Maintain good Financial and Judicial standing with the College at the time of application and remain in good standing throughout the period of employment

Southside Viking Advisor and Viking Guide Availability

  • Be available to students approximately twenty (20) hours per week with a concentration of these hours during the evenings.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings (2 hours) with my RHD and building VAs and weekly one-on-one meetings with my RHD (1 hour).  Additional meetings may be added, depending on staff or RHD needs.
  • Attendance at all Campus Life staff trainings, which include:
    • Fall Training:  August 16-August 31, 2015
    • Spring Training:  January 31-February 2, 2016
  • Maintain ten (10) hours of additional work per week outside of this position is the maximum allowable number of hours.
  • Given four nights off per month (which may or may not be consecutive), approved by supervisor. 
  • Provide departmental support for processes and events. Such events include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Peer Advisor Selection (February 2016)
    • Theme House Selection (February 2016)
    • Room Selection Day (March 2016)

General Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple commitments
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of professional and student staff
  • Demonstrate initiative and leadership
  • Positive attitude and support of Campus Life programs and resources
  • A strong desire to assist first-year students and connect them with the Augie community
  • Understand, appreciate, and respect the diversity of all students, while creating an inclusive environment within your NSS group and floor community
  • Be knowledgeable of the campus and the support resources available to students


  • Single room at no cost
  • A stipend for each aspect of my role ($250 for Viking Advisor, $200 for Viking Guide)
  • Free holiday housing during break and vacation periods
  • Meals during training and Welcome Week
  • The experience of working with outstanding new Augie students
  • The opportunity to develop and enhance your skills in resource awareness, leadership, professional responsibility, communication, and facilitation
  • The satisfaction that you are making a difference to first-year students and the Augie community