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student Leadership Positions - 2020/2021 Academic Year

Apply today to be a Bennion Center Student Leader!

Based on your area of interest, these positions support the Bennion Center's wide-ranging community engagement programs. Terms are for the entire academic year - July 2020 to June 2021. This is a great way to meet new people, spend your time for good, strengthen life skills, and "feel" community.  

This year there will be Tier 1 and Tier 2 Student Leader application dates. Tier 1 applications are now open. Please review the position descriptions below and click on the red button to apply online.

Tier 1 Applications

Open: Monday, January 13th

Close: Friday, January 24th

 

THE FOLLOWING TIER 1 POSITIONS ARE NOW OPEN WITH A PRIORITY DEADLINE OF JANUARY 24TH AT 11:59 PM!

Overview

Coordinators mentor and support student Program Directors within a Bennion Center Issue Area (Advocacy, Arts & Recreation. Education, Health &Wellness, Mentorship, and Sustainability & Food Justice) to create quality experiences for volunteers and meaningful community impact. Additionally, the Coordinator works with his/her/their respective staff partner to support the needs of Community Partners.

A Coordinator's time commitment averages 5-10 hours per week. The position is expected to be held from March 2020 - April 2021 including the summer months.

2020-2021 ISSUE AREA COORDINATOR OPENINGS:

  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Mentorship
  • Sustainability & Food Justice

Job Duties

In addition to the general duties of a Bennion Center student leader, Issue Area Coordinators are expected to:

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Attend weekly meetings with your staff partner.
  • Attend weekly Issue Area meetings with the Community Partnership Programs Leadership Team.
  • Communicate regularly with Partnership Liaisons regarding current deadlines, priorities, training opportunities, etc.
  • Periodically check-in with student Partnership Liaisons on one-on-one
  • Manage and utilize budgets.
  • Review community partner applications for selection as relevant.
  • Regularly recognize and nominate Partnership Liaisons/programs for Bennion Center kudos.
  • Hold a weekly office hour.
  • Submit monthly hour logs.

PROGRAMMATIC

  • Mentor and guide student Partnership Liaisons to manage successful programs and develop into effective This includes, but is not limited to, assisting with Volunteer Interest Forms (VIF), VIF and hours tracking, e-mail correspondence, calendaring, training, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, volunteer management, ensuring accountability, goal setting and fostering collaboration.
  • Participate in Community Partner Agreement meetings within your issue area (3 meetings/year per program).
  • Regularly recognize and nominate Partnership Liaisons/programs for monthly Bennion Center
  • Support Bennion Center outreach efforts including participating in University tabling events at least four hours/year (2 hours a semester).
  • Participate in the Partnership Liaisons selection process for each program within your issue area, in collaboration with the respective staff partner, during the months of March & April 2020.
  • Participate in and support the student leadership transition process during spring
  • Participate in Legacy of Lowell (Fall Semester) and MLK (Spring Semester) Saturday Service Projects.

TRAINING

  • Assist with transition and onboarding of Partnership Liaisons.
    • Coordinate and facilitate “Guide to Getting Started” with each student Partnership Liaisons within your issue
  • Plan and co-facilitate training/leadership workshops throughout the year (1 per semester).
  • Plan and facilitate monthly meetings with student Partnership Liaisons.

*APPLICANTS MUST HAVE PRIOR EXPERIENCE AS AN ALTERNATIVE BREAKS SITE LEADER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION.

The Student Chair is responsible for providing a programmatic overview within the Alternative Breaks program and the Executive Board. The Student Chair fosters an inclusive and innovative program culture and role models strategic leadership through collaboration with the program’s Bennion Center Staff Advisor (Alternative Breaks Program Manager). This role requires maturity, programmatic vision, administrative management, excellent communication, and the facilitation of group trainings. The student in this position must hold the program and its growth and success as a priority, and be able to commit approximately 8-10 hours/week to the role. The responsibilities of the Student Chair include the following:

  1. Foster the development of the Executive Board and its members
  2. Provide support and recognition of individual Site Leader and Staff/Faculty Partner efforts
  3. Meet individually with each Site Leader at least once every semester
  4. Promote and foster a peer atmosphere among Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentorship, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity
  5. Attend weekly meetings with the program’s Bennion Center Staff Advisor to address ongoing program needs
  6. Co-facilitate Leadership Team Meetings with the program’s Bennion Center Staff Advisor
  7. Provide strong representation of and advocacy for the AB program and the larger AB movement
  8. Assist in the selection of AB participants
  9. Participate in the recruitment and interview process of all Site Leaders and Staff/Faculty Partners
  10. Assist with facilitation of program-wide assessment for all Alternative Breaks experiences
  11. Attend a one-week summer Break Away conference
  12. Fulfill other administrative duties as needed to support programmatic aims

The 2020-2021 Student Chair must be available to attend weekly meetings with the 2019-2020 Executive Board during the spring 2020 semester in order to begin developing an administrative understanding of the program and to lead the selection process for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Site Leaders and Staff/Faculty Partners.

The 2020-2021 Student Chair must be available (able to be physically present on campus and at off-campus Alternative Breaks events) during the summer 2020 semester and, of course, during the 2020-2021 academic year. Essentially, the person in this position will formally take on the responsibilities of the Chair May 2020 - April 2021.

UP TO 5 INDIVIDUALS WILL BE SELECTED FOR THIS ROLE

**Priority consideration for these positions will be given to those who apply by the January 24th deadline.

Leaders in this role should plan on spending 5-7 hours a week working in this program.

As a new leadership position at the Bennion Center, the First Year Experience Leadership Team will be responsible for creating and implementing programming to engage First Year students who are interested in community engagement through the Bennion Center and the greater Salt Lake Community through the Bennion Center’s Civic Pathways which are:

-Direct Service

-Philanthropy

-Social Entrepreneurship

-Policy/Governance

-Advocacy/Community Organizing

-Community Engaged Learning + Scholarship

Student Leaders selected in this role will be expected to spend time over the summer of 2020 developing programming and opportunities in collaboration with the Bennion Center staff member.

STUDENT LEADERS IN THIS ROLE WILL COLLABORATE ON THE FOLLOWING INITIATIVES:

-Planning and implementing Legacy of Lowell (September) and MLK Jr. Day of Service (January)

-Connecting with other campus and community organizations to provide and promote opportunities within the civic pathways and accompanying first-year students to these opportunities.

-Promote and educate first-year students on Bennion Center opportunities for involvement and engagement. (Alternative Breaks, Bennion Scholars, Community Partnership Programs, etc)

-Coordinate and partner with the Bennion Center Service Corner leaders for one-time opportunities.

-Establish relationships and share information with Resident Advisors in the Gail Miller Community Engagement Tower

-Establish strong relationships with the residents in the Gail Miller Community Engagement tower, Kahlert Village, and other first-year spaces on campus.

-Outreach: Tabling, classroom announcements, special presentations

-Facilitate meetings, reflections of service or discussions of social issues

-Other duties and tasks as assigned

IN ADDITION TO THE SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES LISTED ABOVE, THE FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE LEADERSHIP TEAM SHOULD MEET THE FOLLOWING EXPECTATIONS:

-Attend Student Leader Orientation (TBD)

-Be available all-day for move-in day on August 20, 2020

-Hold a weekly office hour at the Bennion Center

-Turn in monthly hours logs

-Participate in a weekly First Year Experience Leadership Team meeting

Questions should be directed to Bryce Williams, Student Programs Manager at bryce.williams@utah.edu

The Lead Coordinator is responsible for providing a programmatic overview within the Scholars Program and Scholars Leadership Team. The Lead Coordinator fosters an inclusive and innovative program culture and role models strategic leadership through collaboration with the program’s Staff Manager. This role requires maturity, programmatic vision, administrative management, and the facilitation of group development. The responsibilities of the Lead Coordinator include the following:

  • Work closely with Staff Manager to develop the strategic plan for the Program. Track progress towards Program goals and support SLT members as they work towards the overall Program goals.
  • Student Board Representative: Serve as liaison between the Student Board, Scholars Advisory Committee and the Scholar Leadership Team. Attend Student Board (weekly), Bennion Center Advisory Board (quarterly), and Bennion Center Scholar Advisory Committee (monthly) meetings. Attend Student Board meetings over the summer months. Each representative will be assigned (or will self-select) a chair/co-chair position for a Student Board Project. All Student Board members will be expected to support these projects/events.
  • Attend weekly meetings with the program’s Staff Manager to address ongoing program needs.
  • Coordinate and manage facilitation of Scholar Leadership Team meetings.
  • Foster the development of the Scholars Leadership Team and its members.
  • Meet regularly with each SLT member to ensure program is moving forward.
  • Promote and foster a peer atmosphere among SLTs, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentorship, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity.
  • Assist in the selection of SLT members.
  • Provide strong representation of and advocacy for the Scholars Program and Community Engaged Learning.
  • Fulfill other administrative duties as needed to support programmatic aims.

Must have been a scholar for at least 1 year prior to start of service and preferably have been on the SLT for at least one year. Some work required over the summer.

Members of the Scholars Leadership Team (SLT) support Bennion Scholars at the University of Utah within the Bennion Center. The objective of an SLT member is to act as a part of a support network for current and potential scholars and to work closely with the Bennion Scholars Program Manager in administrative tasks and program development.

Utah Reads Site Coordinators

Under the oversight of the Utah Reads Program Manager, Utah Reads Site Coordinators are responsible for ensuring the overall quality of the tutoring program at one elementary school or community agency. The Site Coordinator 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 need to be qualified to receive work-study funding from the financial aid department. Preference given to students with experience with Utah Reads or Next Steps Reading Intervention.

Available sites

  • Bennion Elementary
  • Riley Elementary
  • Mountain View Elementary (Spring 2021)
  • Mary Jackson Elementary
  • Rose Park Elementary
  • Liberty Elementary

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the daily activities of the tutoring program and the 5-10 tutors at the site
  • Facilitate communication between tutors, the coordinator, and school staff
  • Coordinate with school staff to manage schedules and pair tutors according to the needs of all parties
  • Perform placement assessments for students
  • Complete tutor evaluations and assist with intervention of performance issues
  • Complete lesson observations and provide feedback
  • Create a culture of inclusion, professionalism, and teamwork at site

ADDITIONAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain student and tutor records for tutoring and progress monitoring
  • Support tutor efforts by providing meaningful teaching strategies and trouble-shooting specific issues
  • Lead, participate in, and assist with development of tutor training program
  • Promote socially conscious tutoring through facilitating discussions and reflections
  • Review tutors’ lesson plans and provide feedback
  • Work with program manager to develop school program and ensure adherence to policies
  • Attend BC Student Leader Orientation.
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be awarded work-study funds from the Financial Aid Department
  • Able to commit 10-12 hours a week to the program (some flexibility in schedule).
  • Experience working in the Utah Reads program and/or the Next Steps program
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • 1 year commitment to the position
  • Own transportation or UTA

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in facilitating meetings, reflections of service or discussions of social issues
  • Patience and ability to work in a variety of settings with a variety of individuals (i.e. classroom, after-school program, children, teachers, school administration, college students).

BENEFITS

  • Hourly starting wage of $12.00 with potential for a raise every semester
  • Valuable, applied administrative leadership experience and training
  • Flexible scheduling options
  • Gain experience working with administration in an education environment
  • More involvement in the Bennion Center
  • Be a part of the overall development of children and college student tutors

 

If you have questions, please contact Asma Hassan, 801-585-9101, asma.hassan@utah.edu


 CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR TIER 1 POSITIONS! 

Tier 2 Applications

Open: Monday, January 27th

Close: Friday, February 14th

Close: friday, march 27th  (alternative breaks only)

 

the following Tier 2 Positions will open for applications on january 27th!

Comm Team - Coordinator & Specialists

All positions will work closely with the Marketing & Communications Director at the Bennion Center. There are a total of 1 coordinator and 9 specialist positions to choose from based on your personal or career interests. Dependent on needs, student volunteers will also be added to each of the specialist areas of interest below. If you want build your portfolio, gain resume experience, or simply just be a part of something - come be a part of this newly imagined comm team with us! 

Comm team coordinator

This position supports the entire communications team of specialists and volunteers, ensuring that everyone is collaborating among each other on the team. Preference is given to current Comm Team members or Bennion Center student leaders given their familiarity with existing programs and people. This position also serves as the Student Board Representative which requires additional meetings. Responsible for team meetings, special events, onboarding, retreats, student recognition activities and more.

Graphic Design Specialist

This position helps develop and maintain brand guidelines by working with the director and team of graphic design volunteers to create visually engaging content. Responsible for creative direction ideas and empowering the graphic design team of volunteers to create with our target audiences in mind. Some examples include event flyers, a-frames, digital monitors, campus advertising, social media, email, website, tabling displays, video, office signs, brochures, program materials, presentations, annual reports, infographics, illustrations, t-shirts, stickers, etc. 

photography specialist

This position helps develop and maintain photo style guidelines by working with the director and team of volunteer photographers to creatively capture the people and experiences of the Bennion Center Community of students, faculty, alumni, and community partners. Responsible for training, assigning photographers to various photo shoots, some basic photo editing, and ensuring an organized image library. Some photo shoot examples include community events, on-site program locations, people headshots & group photos, and planned/styled shoots.  

video specialist

This position helps storyboard, plan, and execute video projects by working with the director and team of video volunteers to identify stories to tell via video. Responsible for the execution of filming, editing, and team planning for what video ideas are agreed to at the beginning of each semester. Some video examples include on-site community events or programs b-roll, people interviews, and planned video concepts. 

Editorial specialist

This position helps create written content for various channels (print, digital, university, and local news) that best tells the story from the perspective of our stakeholders (students, alumni, faculty, donors, and community partners).  Responsible for writing and editing stakeholder interviews and website blog articles highlighting the human element of what we do. Collaborating with other specialists (email, website, social, etc.), content planning is key to success in this role.  

social media specialist

This position helps connect with primarily U of U students via Instagram. 

  • Content Calendar, Collaboration, & Due Dates
  • Giveaways, Stories, Best Practices & Scheduling

email Specialist

  • Monthly E-Newsletters
  • E-Blasts
  • Subscriber Lists
  • MailChimp
  • Email Signatures
  • Content Planning
  • Email Template Designs

website specialist

  • Training, Staging Site Development, & New Website
  • Google Analytics, Research, Reporting, & Insights

recruitment specialist

  • Tabling events
  • Display Materials & SWAG
  • Advertising Operations

outreach specialist

  • Campus & Community Partnerships
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Tabling Opportunities
  • In-Person Surveys
  • Stakeholder Feedback
  • Development Assistance
  • Event Suport

Meeting Schedule

Weekly

  • Coordinator & Director (1 hour)
  • Specialist & Director (1 hour)
  • Specialist & Volunteers (as needed)

Monthly

  • Team Meeting every 3rd Friday of the Month (1 hour)

Semester

  • Fall Kickoff Team Meeting (2 hours)
  • Spring Kickoff Team Meeting (2 hours)
  • Fall Comm Team Retreat (tbd)

Contact Chris Wada, chris.wada@utah.edu with any questions.

Community Partnership Programs – Partnership Liaison

Partnership Liaisons manage ongoing volunteer programs with local community organizations and schools. Partnership Liaisons 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 Partnership Liaisons volunteer with or visit the community partner prior to applying for this position.

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

In addition to the general duties of a Bennion Center student leader, Partnership Liaisons 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 Saturday Service Project (Fall) & MLK Saturday Service Project (Spring)
  • 1 Leadership Workshop (per semester)
  • 2 hours tabling (per semester)

Year

  • Student Leader Orientation (Dates TBD)
  • 3 Community Partner Agreement meetings per academic year.

 

Advocacy

American Red Cross:  The American Red Cross Club at the University of Utah strive to engage youth volunteers allowing them to have a fulfilling and life changing volunteering experience; for themselves and the community they work for. We want to alleviate the suffering of those negativity affected by disasters, support families and communities with preparedness and safety, and further support the community in any way we can.

Catholic Community Services:  This program consists of tutoring refugee clients who speak English as a second language, assisting clients with refugee status by teaching them how to utilize public transportation, become a tutor within the Foster Care program, assist with childcare during client appointments, or become a youth mentor. All programs and activities center around aiding refugee families. One can expect to dedicate 2-4 hours weekly in fulfillment of this position.

Health Access Project: This program serves low income and uninsured residents of Salt Lake County who are predominantly of immigrant status. One must be able to dedicate 2-3 hours at the Health Access Project office with office support or volunteering as a medical interpreter.

International Rescue Committee: Volunteers at the International Rescue assist refugees resettling in Salt Lake City. Volunteer positions include Front Desk support, ESL tutoring, health mentorship, tech mentorship and more. Position availability changes depending on the IRC’s needs. Weekly shifts and commitment depend on the volunteer position. Generally, shifts are about 2 hours per week, scheduled with through the IRC.

Ronald McDonald House: As a member of this program one will oversee the volunteers at the Ronald McDonald house, those staying at the house are family members of children undergoing some form of treatment. One should expect to dedicate 4 hours a week in fulfillment of this position. Primary responsibilities of this position include providing support at the hospitality desk.

Take Care Utah:  With the new expansion of Medicaid, the leader in this role will help enrollment navigators with various office tasks. This may include: entering applicants into the database, making coverage-to-care calls, finding out whether applicants were approved for health insurance. We also have various outreach events that allow us to attend elementary schools, high schools, and more! All volunteers are welcome!

 

Arts and Recreation

Arts for Youth: The Arts for Youth programs works in cooperation with Promise South Salt Lake at the Historic Scott School location. The program plans and implements art-related activities for elementary-age children in cooperation with the Promise SSL team. Activities may include crafts, music, dance/theatre.

Camp Hope:  A year round mentoring program with a camp component for children and teens impacted by domestic violence and/or abuse. The program aims to help these children and teens develop hope for their future. The leader in this role would serve as a camp counselor for the week of camp as well as a mentor to the youth through monthly activities and assisting the program manager in planning the camp.

Running Forward: Come volunteer with Running Forward, a running club for youth living in low-income and at-risk circumstances that helps develop life skills through physical activity.  You will plan Running Forward events, coordinate with site leaders, and volunteer at elementary schools on Fridays. Hours are Thursday 7 PM - 8 PM, Friday 7 AM - 8 AM, and/or an hour in the afternoon. Expect to dedicate 6 hours per week in this endeavor.

Special Olympics Utah Team:  Support the U of U Special Olympics Utah team throughout the year at weekly practices as well as at area and statewide events. Volunteers are needed to help coach athletes or play on a Unified Sports team. You do not need to have a strong proficiency in a sport to coach - training is available. The sports for each season are as follows. Fall: soccer, bocce, golf. January: snowshoe. January-March: basketball skills, 5v5 & 3v3. Spring/Summer: track and field, softball, and swimming. August: bowling invitational. You may choose to coach or play the sport(s) that interests you during any particular season.

Special Olympics University Leadership and Engagement: Special Olympics Utah is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competitions Your responsibilities will consist of attending the Fall sports classic and Spring basketball tournament, lead weekly GOC meetings, communicate and meet with SOUT staff, and attend VLT meetings. One will need to meet once a week for GOC meetings.

Utah Symphony| Utah Opera:  Join in the excitement of the symphony and opera by taking part in the logistics of show-business! During the USUO season, we have the fantastic opportunity to volunteer and help in supporting the professional artists in our community! Responsibilities include attending rehearsals and final performances, recruiting and training volunteers (including conducting their orientation to the program), keeping volunteer hours and contact information up to date, providing support to participants, and acting as a liaison between the Bennion Center and Elevate Theater Company. Hours consist of a minimum of 2.5 hours weekly (office hours, weekly volunteering, and check-in with the Artistic and Executive Directors), 1-2 hours of meetings and 2 hours of recruitment per semester, and additional time at the end of spring semester to prepare for the show performance.

 

Education

ACT Prep at Marmalade: ACT Prep Tutoring is a program that prepares students for the ACT test. The program offers tutoring in all the reading, writing, math, and science sections of the test.. This program offers an opportunity to volunteers with interests in education as a career. This program will help you better you tutoring and communication skills as well as helping a fellow student achieve their desirable score. The goal of the ACT prep program is to offer tutoring to all students and to spread awareness for education advocacy in our community. The leader in this role will develop a strong relationship with the staff at the Marmalade Branch of the City Library.

Bud Bailey:  Program responsibilities include tutoring elementary and high school students as well as establishing an air of creativity and encouragement all in an environment that is low on stress. Hours consist of Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:00pm and Fridays from 2:30-6:00pm. A program director can expect to dedicate around 5-10 hours a week in their duties.  

ESL Guadalupe:  This program consists of tutoring adults from varying countries who speak English as a second language. The tutoring portion of your responsibilities requires you to follow a pre-prepared lesson plan. Time commitment usually equates to around 4-5 hours weekly.

Hser Ner Moo: The responsibilities of this program include planning and assisting with afterschool programming for kids, many of whom are refugees ages 6-18. Programming may include reading club activities, art projects, academic program,sn and play time. The program director is required to be at the program at least 2 hours per week sometime from Monday-Thursday.

Literacy Action Center:  Literacy Action Center works with adult learners through one on one tutoring, group facilitation, and presentations on special topics for the adult learners.

Palmer Court Book Club: An individual in this position has the responsibility of preparing a weekly activity for children aged 6-12 who are experiencing homelessness.. One may expect to volunteer every Thursday from 5:15-6:15 throughout the semester although this may change from semester to semester.

 

Health and Wellness

Hospice and U:  As a leader in this position, you will help benefits elderly patients who are in hospice care, patients you must visit at their homes or at their care facilities. You are allowed to set your own visiting schedule with the patients.

Utah AIDS Foundation: Responsibilities include providing STD testing for clients at UAF or helping out at the food bank.  Test Site hours are Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. Food bank hours are from Wednesday from 12pm to 6pm and Friday from 10am to 2pm.

 

Mentorship

Best Buddies: Program benefits adults with intellectual disabilities, typically college aged. Your responsibilities will include planning and coordinating monthly activities for buddies as well as keeping a strong partnership with the Best Buddies national organization.

Grandfamilies: The Grandfamilies program works with kinship families (grandparents raising grandchildren, aunts and uncles raising their nieces and nephews, etc). Oftentimes the children have experienced some form of trauma, whether it be physical or sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment, drug abuse of their parents, incarceration or death of a parent, etc. We offer support groups for these families, as well as monthly events as an opportunity to meet other kinship families in the community.

Road Home Teens Night Out: This position will require you to plan weekly activities, take teens out to activities and coordinate other volunteers for the activities. Additionally, you must acquire donations and/or discounts for each activity. This program is for the benefit of teens experiencing homelessness. Though volunteer hours are on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 Pm one can expect to dedicate 4 weekly hours to this program.

Road Home Playroom: As a program director you will be responsible for organizing activities in the playroom as well as managing children with behavioral problems, additionally you should arrive early to organize any night activities. This program is for the benefit of children 5-12 who are experiencing homelessness. Hours consist of every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 PM.

 

Sustainability and Food Justice

Edible Campus Gardens: The leader in this program will work with the various campus gardens across campus to engage in work around ecologically sound and just food systems. Gardening maintenance as well as education around gardening will be part of this role. The leader in this role may also help with the campus farmers market in the fall.

Feed U Food Pantry:  The Feed U Pantry is a board within the Union Programming Council (UPC) which has its own specific set of requirements including event programming, attendance of monthly meetings, 8 office hours per week, and attendance at other UPC events like Crimson Nights. Because of this, the position also consists of a separate application and interview process through UPC that begins in mid-April. The position also is paid under UPC because of the increased responsibility. *Individuals interested in this position must apply through the Union Programming Council.   

Food Recovery Network: This position includes both administrative and hands on activities concerning providing food to homeless shelters. You must be available from 4:00pm – 6:00pm every Friday and on some weekdays from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Among recruitment, administration, and hands on time, one should be prepared to set aside 10 hours weekly for this program.

Meals on Wheels: This leadership opportunity has about it the responsibility of assisting in delivery pick up for the purpose of helping aging adults living near the university.

Real Food Challenge: The specific tasks that are available for students to participate in change with each semester. In general, they are related to our four main goal-areas: education, policy, procurement, and research. The Real Food challenge strives to engage the campus community in ecologically sound and just food systems by collaborating with dining services and other food entities on campus to improve sustainability, health, and access to affordable food options on campus. As an example of projects, students could be asked to identify and connect with new producers whose foods are certifiable as Real, collect information about known producers for Dining Services, perform an assessment of the University's food purchases using the Real Food Calculator.  Students who volunteer with the Real Food Challenge will have the opportunity to communicate and provide resources to the university community to make conscious choices about the food they purchase. 

Social Justice Gardens at Mountain View:  The Program Director will design gardening-related classes for a group of about 10 elementary students to teach them how to grow healthy, organic food.  The classes will also provide students with an alternative educational space for hands-on experience in learning opportunities. One must be able to conduct physical maintenance on the garden, as well as constructing/deconstructing elements of the garden. Program directors can expect to dedicate around 4 hours a week for this program.

Alternative Breaks Student Positions

The Alternative Break program supports active citizenship by offering transformative justice- and travel-based volunteer experiences over university breaks where students engage with service, education, and dialogue in a team setting in order to address social and environmental issues. If you have participated in a U of U Alternative Break trip, you are eligible to apply for student Site Leader and E-Board positions!

AB Site Leader Position

Spend a year planning an immersive, justice-based community engagement experience for ten other students around an issue you’re passionate about.  Site Leaders are current U of U students that are paired with a Staff/Faculty Partner to support them through the process as they learn skills such as conflict resolution, community development theory, inclusion practices, and explore how justice relates to volunteerism both locally and nationally.

Time Commitment: 5-8 hours a week

What we look for in our Site Leaders:

  • Positive, enthusiastic, and encouraging attitudes
  • Mature, responsible, inclusive, passionate individuals
  • Students whose commitments, class schedules, and work arrangements allow them to fully commit to the program and its requirements

Site Leader positions are available for all 2020-2021 Alternative Breaks experiences.

 

2020-2021 AB experiences tentatively* include:

 

Fall Experiences

  • Housing Justice: Seattle, WA
  • Identity & Environmental Exploration (First-Generation Experience): San Rafael Swell, UT
  • Immigration: San Diego, CA
  • Refugee & Human Rights (weekend): Salt Lake City, UT
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR
  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation: Lakeview, MT

Spring Experiences

  • Animal Advocacy & Rehabilitation: Kanab, UT
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration: Point Reyes, CA
  • Community Health: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Defeminizing Poverty: Denver, CO
  • Environmental Stewardship (weekend): Moab, UT
  • HIV & AIDS: Hollywood, CA
  • Housing Justice: Seattle, WA
  • Hunger & Food Justice: Seattle, WA
  • Immigration: San Diego, CA
  • Indigeneity: Colorado Plateau
  • Marine Conservation: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Queering Justice: San Francisco, CA
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR

*students who are interested in proposing a new Alternative Breaks experience are encouraged to do so in coordination with J Swanger, Alternative Breaks Program Manager.

 

AB Executive Board Positions

AB E-Board Coordinator responsibilities are in addition to Site Leader responsibilities. Each Coordinator also serves as a Site Leader with the AB Program.

Chair Elect

Design Coordinator

Development Coordinator

Recruitment Coordinator

Reorientation Coordinator

Social Media Coordinator

 

Chair Elect Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Chair Elect role is to create cohesion across the AB leadership team (includes Site Leaders) and support the current AB Chair. This role requires completion of administrative tasks, strong peer mentorship, group training facilitation, and other duties as assigned.

*It is common practice for the Student Chair Elect to take on the AB Student Chair role the following year depending on a student’s graduation date. In other words, this role could be a two-year commitment with AB (but it does not have to be).

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application
    • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements
  • Provides ongoing administrative support to student Chair and AB Admin Team
  • Attendance at summer Break Away conference (1 week)
  • Foster the development of the Executive Board and board members (AB Coordinators)
  • Provides support and recognition of individual Site Leader efforts
  • Promote and cultivate a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity
  • Participates in weekly AB Admin staff meetings (1 hr a week)
  • Bennion Center Student Board Representation (2-5 hrs a week)
    • Attend Bennion Center events as available and necessary
    • Coordinate attendance of Site Leaders at Bennion Center events in collaboration with the student board
  • Serves as the key representative of the AB program and Bennion Center at all times
  • Serves on selection committee for AB participants
  • Enters post trip assessments and community partner surveys post Fall and Spring Break trips
  • Reports directly to Alternative Breaks Coordinator
  • Create and implement creative marketing and recruitment strategies with Executive Board
  • Part of Staff Partner interviews if time allows
  • Co-facilitate Reorientation
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

 

Design Coordinator Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Design Coordinator role is to increase awareness and visibility of the AB program brand. This role requires development of recruitment materials and managing the AB program’s social media presence.

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application
    • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements
  • Develop all printed, physical, and non-social media marketing materials and branding elements for the Alternative Breaks program (including flyers, posters/banners for various displays, promotional videos, infographics and reports, etc.)
    • Familiarity with Adobe cloud and previous experience in photo/video editing are desired (though not required) of the person in this role; flyer creation and print marketing techniques can be learned upon entering the position
  • Manage and update the AB Bulletin Board outside of the Bennion Center
  • Create a large visual display for the program in the display case of the Union building
  • Assist AB Staff Coordinator with website communications and updates
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.)
  • Participate in weekly E-Board Meeting
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

 

Development Coordinator (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Development Coordinator role is to direct fundraising initiatives on behalf of the Alternative Breaks program to ensure the short-term financial accessibility for all potential AB participants as well as the long-term fiscal sustainability of the program. This role requires initiative, vision planning, creativity, and collaboration with multiple stakeholders.

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application
    • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements
  • Explore programmatic options for on- and off-campus fundraising/development initiatives
  • Involve the AB Leadership Team and participants in a minimum of one fundraising event per semester
  • Host one or two AB Financial Information sessions for student participants alongside the Bennion Center Staff Advisor and the Student Chair
  • Assist in the selection of AB participants
  • Enter Post-Trip Assessments and Community Partner Surveys upon the completion of AB trips
  • Encourage Site Leaders to attend Legacy of Lowell, Saturday Service Projects, and other Bennion Center events
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.)
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

 

Recruitment Coordinator Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Recruitment Coordinator role is to provide ongoing invitations to participate or collaborate with the AB program and for the AB brand to be shared. This role requires organization of Site Leader tabling opportunities, classroom presentations, and utilizing university communications networks.

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application
    • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements
  • Coordinates with Chair, Executive Board, and Admin Team to carry out all recruitment initiatives, with delegation to the AB team, by submitting proposals, coordinating presentation opportunities for classrooms and student groups, organizing tabling supplies and opportunities, etc.
  • Submit proposals and coordinate presentation opportunities for self, Executive Board, and Site Leaders
  • Admin tracking of student VIF forms and student attendance at info sessions
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.)
  • Participates in weekly AB E-Board meetings
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

 

Reorientation Coordinator Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Reorientation Coordinator role is to support the process of reorientation during pre-trip, on-trip, and post-trip transformation. This role requires collaboration and resource sharing between the AB team and community organizations to promote local active citizenship.

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application
    • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements
  • Get Site Leaders & Participants out to Legacy of Lowell, BC Events, and Saturday Service Projects
  • Plan and coordinate Reorientation event with EBoard, Admin Team, guest speakers/presenters, and participants attending and create a post-reorientation newsletter
  • Explore and share information about opportunities to keep AB community engaged in the local community, including creating a reorientation newsletter
  • Assist Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for site leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion and team unity
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.)
  • Participates in weekly AB E-Board meetings
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

 

Social Media Coordinator Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Social Media Coordinator role is to increase awareness and visibility of the AB program brand via online platforms. This role requires the management of the AB program’s social media and online presence as well as contribution to the larger Bennion Center’s social media initiatives.

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application
    • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements
  • Coordinates the management of all social media for the program (AB Instagram account, AB Facebook page; serve as liaison for BC Instagram/Facebook/Twitter accounts/pages)
    • Includes developing overarching and holistic social media plans/campaigns; developing original content for the program; and soliciting, reviewing, and posting content from the program’s Site Leaders
  • Assists AB Program Manager with website communications and updates
  • It is expected that the person in this role will also contribute to the program’s event planning and execution, insofar as capacity and interest allow
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.)
  • Participate in weekly E-Board Meeting
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

Please contact J Swanger at j.swanger@utah.edu or (801) 587-9027 if you are interested in the Chair Elect or Coordinator roles.

Bennion Scholars Leadership Team Positions

Members of the Scholars Leadership Team (SLT) support Bennion Scholars at the University of Utah within the Bennion Center. The objective of an SLT member is to act as a part of a support network for current and potential scholars and to work closely with the Bennion Scholars Program Manager in administrative tasks and program development.

General Requirements for all Scholar Leadership Team members are:

  • Be a current Bennion Scholar and hold a good standing in meeting program requirements.
  • Attend and participate in the Transition Meeting (time/date TBD, week of April 13th or 20th)
  • Actively engage in regularly scheduled Scholars Leadership Team meetings (usually weekly) and complete tasks between meetings.
  • Hold weekly office hour during the academic year.
  • Help recruit new Bennion Scholars through info sessions, word of mouth, socials, etc.
  • Mentor and support other Bennion Scholars in fulfilling program requirements.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Day of Service (September), Scholars Conference (first Saturday of November), Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January), and other Scholars Events.
  • Be aware of and communicate opportunities related to community engagement (potential workshops, community partners, service projects, etc.) to students and the Bennion Scholars Program Manager.
  • Execute other tasks/assignments according to the needs of the program.

 

SLT candidates will be asked about their top 2 position preferences from the following:

Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator

Build awareness of the program on campus and coordinate recruitment efforts. Work collaboratively and creatively with Marketing Coordinator to build greater brand recognition of the program. Respond to all volunteer inquiries and track program growth.

 

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Create Scholars marketing plan and materials (ads, posters, videos). Produce and post content for the website and social media. Liaise between the Communications Team and SLT.

Preference given to those with graphic design, videography, photography, and/or other marketing experience.

 

Partnership & Assessment Coordinator

Develop and maintain programmatic partnerships with Community Partners (CPs) and Faculty Mentors (FMs). Work closely with Staff Manager to ensure positive external relations. Develop, disseminate, and evaluate programmatic assessment materials, especially in relation to CPs and FMs.

Some work required over the summer. 

 

Events Coordinator

Plan and organize logistics for Scholars Program events. This includes planning the Civic Leadership Conference that is held the first Saturday in November. Collaborate with Scholars Leadership Team members and other members of the Bennion Center to coordinate Scholar Program events and volunteer projects to build community within the program. Ensure that all events are purposeful and fulfill the goals of both the Scholars Program and the Bennion Center.

Detail-oriented SLT member required. Some work required over the summer.

 

Mentorship & Capstone Coordinator

Coordinate outreach to new, existing, and “non-participating” program participants in order to meet their specific needs and concerns. In coordination with the Staff Manager and other SLT members, develop a sense of community within the program to promote retention and completion. Coordinate all peer mentorship efforts including tracking semester check-ins. Support program participants in the creation, execution, and completion of their Capstones.

Preference given to those who are either working on or have completed their Capstone Project.

Service Corner Leadership Positions

The Service Corner through the Bennion Center has the opportunity for some exciting growth and development in 2020 with the inaugural year of the Gail Miller Community Engagement Tower as part of the Bennion Center’s First Year Experience. The Service Corner will be part of the larger plan of engaging first year students as well as the larger student body. The Service Corner leadership will also be responsible for developing new projects that truly meet community identified needs. We are looking for leaders who have flexible schedules and innovative ideas.

Service Corner Semester Based Project Specialist

This position will be responsible for two larger Service Corner projects that will culminate with a larger Service Corner day in both Fall and Spring semesters. Additional responsibilities listed below:

  • Research and connect with campus and community partners to identify community needs that could be met in the Service Corner.
  • Identify days and times for the two large Service Corner days
  • Connecting with organizations and corporate partners for in kind or monetary donations toward projects for the larger service corner days.
  • Attend regular Service Corner team meetings.
  • Maintaining and organize supplies.
  • Be knowledgeable in all Service Corner projects.
  • Develop relationships with residents and resident advisors in the Gail Miller Community Engagement Tower (GMCET).
  • Develop relationships with the Bennion Center’s First Year Experience Leadership Team.
  • Assist in the Service Corner locations at both the Bennion Center and the GMCET for a minimum of 2 hours a week.

Service Corner Rotating Project Specialist

This position will be responsible for a new project in the Service Corner every month Additional responsibilities listed below:

  • Research and connect with campus and community partners to identify community needs that could be met in the Service Corner.
  • Identify a Service Corner project for each month.
  • Identify days and times for specific Service Corner days in addition to the ongoing drop-in opportunities.
  • Attend regular Service Corner team meetings.
  • Maintain and organize supplies.
  • Be knowledgeable in all Service Corner projects.
  • Develop relationships with residents and resident advisors in the Gail Miller Community Engagement Tower (GMCET).
  • Develop relationships with the Bennion Center’s First Year Experience Leadership Team.
  • Assist in the Service Corner locations at both the Bennion Center and the GMCET for a minimum of 2 hours a week.

Service Corner Training and Outreach Specialists

This position is primarily responsible for training volunteers on the various Service Corner projects and organizing opportunities for various campus and community groups. Addition responsibilities are listed below:

  • Attend regular Service Corner team meetings.
  • Flexibility to teach, meet up and instruct campus and community groups on service corner projects or be able to attend their events or group meetings.
  • Maintain and organize supplies.
  • Be knowledgeable in all Service Corner projects.
  • Develop relationships with residents and resident advisors in the Gail Miller Community Engagement Tower (GMCET).
  • Develop relationships with the Bennion Center’s First Year Experience Leadership Team.
  • Assist in the Service Corner locations at both the Bennion Center and the GMCET for a minimum of 2 hours a week.

The Rotaract Club of Salt Lake is a service-focused, professional organization for people aged 18-30. Rotoract is sponsored by the Salt Lake Rotary Club and Rotary International. Members of Rotaract participate in a variety of community engagement project and meet every other week on Sundays. Members of Rotoract attend leadership and professional development conferences, network with other Rotaractors and Rotarians, and participate in international humanitarian expeditions.

Please note that this position is only eligible to members of Rotoract and must be approved by the Rotoract club.



For questions or clarifications about positions or deadlines:

Please contact Bryce Williams at bryce.williams@utah.edu or call 801-581-4811.

Last Updated: 1/21/20