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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Bennion Center student leader! Please review the position descriptions before applying. Watch for more leadership opportunities to open Feb. 23. 

Open Leadership Positions

Comm Team Job Descriptions

2018

The Bennion Center Communications Team is responsible for promoting the activities and opportunities available through the Bennion Center. Our goal is to work together as a team and with our Bennion Center peers to share student stories across multiple platforms. These platforms include social media, photography and videography, graphic design, outreach and recognition. By doing so, we hope to positively influence action, change and learning within the Bennion Center, the University and the community at large. Our goals reflect the University of Utah’s mission to:

  1. Promote student success to transform lives.
  2. Develop and transfer knowledge.
  3. Engage community to improve health and quality of life.
  4. Ensure the long-term viability of the University.

As a Communications team, we identify and use best practices with a multi-disciplinary approach. Incorporating language and visual arts, journalism, public relations and marketing, we share with audiences large and small Lowell Bennion’s vision of making the world a better place.

Students applying for positions on the Communications team may have the option of receiving one credit hour of academic credit for their participation. This is credit would be awarded as an internship through the Career Services department. Regardless of whether or not they choose to make their participation an internship, all students selected to serve on the Comm Team will be expected to have one hour mandatory weekly office hour on Friday mornings sometimes between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Students may choose which one hour time frame they would like during that block. Please email JJ if you have questions or concerns at jennifer.c.jones@utah.edu

Graphic Designer

The Graphic Designer uses his/her talents in computer design to advance the messages of the Bennion Center. This individual works with all staff partners, not only the Comm team, in order to meet advertising needs via print and electronic media. Average time commitment each week is three hours. Position requirements include:

  • Must be proficient in PhotoShop and Illustrator (or InDesign).
  • Digitally design and produce posters, brochures, annual reports, student board cards and flyers.
  • Must dependably meet deadlines with work that is portfolio-worthy.
  • Establish an office hour between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. each Friday throughout the academic year to work with the Comm team and meet with staff partner to review requests, establish deadlines, and report progress.
  • Track personal office hours through the Intranet on Bennioncenter.org.
  • Table at least one hour each semester.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell. Also attend at least one other Saturday Service Project of your choosing.
  • Participate in Comm Team leadership training twice each year.
  • Attend new student leader orientation at the end of Spring semester or the beginning of Fall semester to help orient Bennion Center peer leaders and to receive training for your position.
  • Assist in advertising, public relations and recruitment as requested by the staff partner or other members of the Comm team.

 

Videographer

The Bennion Center videographer will be responsible for capturing the Bennion Center’s history through video. This includes shooting all major service events (see below) and assisting in the development of videos for our community relations partners, our alumni, and our Bennion Center peers. This individual must be proficient in shooting and editing and be willing to take directions from the staff partner. Time commitment is roughly 3 hours per week. Requirements include:

  • Proficient in video shooting and editing. (Camera supplied by Bennion Center).
  • Shoot video at Legacy of Lowell, MLK Day of Service, Earth Day, Project Youth and Spring Celebration.
  • Develop project specific short videos (1:30 – 2:00) to highlight the above events.
  • Ability to monitor and maintain Bennion Center YouTube channel.
  • Understanding and ability to use web-based video applications.
  • Assist staff partner in producing alumni profiles for Bennion Center website, as well as well as other videos as strategically indicated.
  • Meet weekly with staff partner to coordinate which Bennion Center events will be covered.
  • Attend bi-weekly Comm team meetings.
  • Establish and keep a weekly office hour. Track office hour and volunteer hours through the Intranet on Bennioncenter.org
  • Table at least one hour per semester.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell and at least one other Saturday Service project of your choosing.
  • Attend Comm Team leadership training twice each year.
  • Attend new student leader orientation at the end of Spring semester or the beginning of Fall semester to help orient Bennion Center peer leaders and to receive training for your position
  • Assist in advertising, public relations and recruitment as requested by the staff partner or other members of the Comm team.

Student-Directed Program Directors

Student Program Directors manage ongoing volunteer programs with local community organizations and schools. Program Directors work with a student coordinator (Issue Area Coordinator) and Bennion Center staff partner to best serve the needs of community partners and other volunteers. It is strongly recommended that prospective Program Directors volunteer with or visit the community partner prior to applying for this position.

Program Directors are expected to serve 5-10 hours a week, depending on the program. Some programs may also require service during the summer months (see application for details).

In addition to the general duties of a Bennion Center student leader, Program Directors are expected to:

  • Volunteer regularly within the respective program (see Volunteer Interest Form for a description of each program).
  • Recruit, orient, train and retain volunteers as necessary for your program.
  • Respond to prospective Volunteer Interest Forms (VIFs) within 24-48 hours.
  • Maintain regular communication with your respective staff partner, community partner, and Issue Area Coordinator.
  • Complete all required Community Partner Agreement meetings by the established deadlines.
  • Maintain a VIF tracking spreadsheet (a database of all prospective, current and past volunteers, including contact information and university ID).
  • Keep track of monthly hours served within your program by Bennion Center volunteers.
  • Attend monthly meetings facilitated by your Issue Area Coordinator.
  • Perform the duties required by the specific program (see specific program description for details).
  • Be a Bennion Center Ambassador: build an in-depth understanding of the programs and opportunities at the Bennion Center
  • Complete Motor Pool certification (or identify yourself as a non-driver)
  • Complete Youth Protection requirements (applies to certain programs only)

Commitments

Weekly

  • 1 Office Hour (Front Desk or Programming)
  • Program Commitment (with Community Partner)

Monthly

  • Issue Area Meeting
  • Hours Logs/Reflections

Semester

  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Day of Service (Fall) & MLK Day of Service (Spring)
  • 1 Leadership Workshop (per semester)
  • 2 hours tabling (per semester)

Year

  • 3 Community Partner Agreement meetings per academic year

Special Olympics Team - 1 Co-Director Position Available

Special Olympics Utah University Leadership and Engagement (U.L.E.) – Up to 2 positions open

  • Update/Maintain an email list of volunteering U of U students (VIF spreadsheets).
  • Act in a professional and respectful manner while working with Community Partners and constituents (athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers)
  • Coordinate Games Organizing Committee for annual events – Fall Sports Classic (Fall Semester) & Young Athletes Program (Spring Semester)
    • Meet once a week with the GOC (games organizing committee)
    • Recruit GOC and day-of volunteers to support the events
  • Effectively communicate with community partners
  • All General PD requirements
  • Communicate with Special Olympics Utah staff

Program Description

Special Olympics Utah’s Fall Sports Classic is typically held during Fall Break (Fri/Sat). Venues include the University of Utah, Regional Athletic Complex, and Rose Park Golf Course. Nearly 1,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners will compete during this two-day event and will receive support from nearly 500 coaches and hundreds of day-of-volunteers.

Competition is traditionally held in the following sports:

  • Soccer and Unified Sports Soccer
  • 3v3 Basketball and Basketball Skills
  • Bocce
  • Golf
  • MATP (Motor Activities Training Program) – At all venues

Special Olympics Young Athletes® is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. In Spring 2018 Young Athletes partnered with U-FIT. Contact Dr. Hester Henderson for more information.

Utah Reads Site Team Leader
Position Description

Under the oversight of the Utah Reads Coordinator, Utah Reads Site Team Leaders are responsible for ensuring the overall quality of the tutoring program at one elementary school or community agency. The Site Team Leader provides the on-going support necessary for tutors to fulfill the mission and objectives of the Utah Reads program. This includes working with site administration to ensure effective tutoring strategies are in place. Students applying for this position must be qualified to receive work-study funding from the financial aid department. Preference given to students with experience with the Utah Reads and/or Next Steps programs.

Open Site Leader Locations

  • Parkview

If you have any questions or concerns about the form or the application process, please contact us.


Contact Information* indicates required field
Local Address
Permanent Address
  1. (e.g. xxx-xxx-xxxx)
Demographic Information

  1. e.g. (yyyy)
  2. Gender
  3. Race/Ethnicity
Leadership Position
  1. I am a...
  2. I am applying for the following positions. (List up to three in order of preference)
  1. Did you hold any of these positions last year?
  2. I am interested in being part of the Bennion Center Student Board
    • Any experience you have that is relevant to the position for which you are applying. This may include community service involvement, completed course work, University involvement, employment, etc. Please note relevant skills you have developed because of this experience.
    • What you hope to contribute to the community through this position.
    • What you would like to learn by serving your community through a Bennion Center leadership position.
    • Files must be less than 2MB and have one of the following file extensions: doc,docx,rtf,txt,pdf.
    Files must be less than 2MB and have one of the following file extensions: doc,docx,rtf,txt,pdf.
  1. I am interested in being part of the Bennion Center Student Board
    • Any experience you have that is relevant to the position for which you are applying. This may include community service involvement, completed course work, University involvement, employment, etc. Please note relevant skills you have developed because of this experience.
    • What you hope to contribute to the community through this position.
    • What you would like to learn by serving your community through a Bennion Center leadership position.
    • Files must be less than 2MB and have one of the following file extensions: doc,docx,rtf,txt,pdf.
    Files must be less than 2MB and have one of the following file extensions: doc,docx,rtf,txt,pdf.
  1. Are you applying to be a site leader for an Alternative Break Trip?
  2. Are you interested in? (check as many as you like)
Trip Choices*You may not choose the same trip more than once.
1st Trip Choice 2nd Trip Choice
(list up to 2)
3rd Trip Choice
(list up to 2)
Trip Destination
Alternative Weekend Breaks
Environmental Stewardship Trip
TBA, UT
Refugee and Human Rights Trip
Salt Lake City, UT
Alternative Fall Break (October)
Wildlife Habitat Conservation Trip
Lakeview, MT
Identity and Environmental Exploration (First-Generation Trip)
San Rafael Swell, UT
Community Health
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Urban Environmentalism
Portland, OR
Homelessness
Seattle, WA
Alternative Spring Break (March)
Animal Advocacy and Rehabilitation
Kanab, UT
Coastal Ecosystem Restoration
Arcata, CA
Women and Poverty
Denver, CO
HIV and AIDS
Hollywood, CA
Empowering at-risk Youth
Las Vegas, NV
Urban Environmentalism
Portland, OR
Marine Conservation
Santa Cruz, CA
Immigration, Health, and Poverty
San Diego, CA
LGBTQIA* and Human Rights
San Francisco, CA
Homelessness
Seattle, WA
Hunger and Food Justice
Seattle, WA
Community Health
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Create a New Trip
There is potential for a site leader to create a new trip with a new site. We are especially interested in trips with themes around Universal Access, Education, and Health. Please contact Laura Schwartz in advance to review the New Trip Application process.

  1. Alternative Breaks Executive Board Positions Description of positions
    It's optional to apply for an Eboard position as it is an additional role to being a Site Leader.
    You can apply for more than one position.
General Information
  1. I understand that if circumstances change and I cannot carry out the responsibilities listed in the position description, I will make prompt, deliberate arrangements with the Bennion Center to ensure my responsibilities are fulfilled.
  2. I acknowledge that the Bennion Center reserves the right to replace me in my position if the needs of the volunteers, Community Partner, and/or the Bennion Center are not met.
  3. The University of Utah is fully committed to policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity, and vigorously pursues affirmative action in all programs, activities, and employment with regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, and status as a person with a disability. Religion, sexual orientation, and status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era also are protected under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity employment policies. The University seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities.
Last Updated: 7/6/18