Leadership Positions:  Apply Now!

Whether you want to lead a student group or just participate in one, applications will open January through March for all kinds of opportunities. Check this page to apply for the type of service that suits your interests.

As a Bennion Center student leader, you represent the Bennion Center to campus organizations and our community partners. Student leaders work with Bennion Center staff to support volunteers and community partners in fostering civic engagement and meeting expressed needs. Positions are expected to be held from April 2019 to April 2020.

Please note the following priority deadlines:

Bennion Center Scholars Lead Coordinator , Issue Area Coordinators, Legacy of Lowell Co-Chairs, Utah Reads Site Team Leaders,:
Applications due February 1

Bennion Center Scholars Leadership Team, Communications Team, Community Outreach, Student Directed Programs:
Applications due March 1

Alternative Breaks E-Board, and Alternative Breaks Site Leaders:
Applications due: March 29


For questions or clarifications about positions or deadlines: Please contact Bryce Williams at bryce.williams@utah.edu or call 801-581-4811.

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 volunteer experience for ten other students around an issue you are passionate about.  Site Leaders are current U of U students that are paired with a Staff 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.

Site Leader positions are available for weeklong Alternative Fall Break (AFB) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips as well as Alternative Weekend Break (AWB) experiences.

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

2019-2020 Trips include

Alternative Weekend Breaks

  • Environmental Stewardship: Moab, UT
  • Refugee & Human Rights: Salt Lake City, UT

Alternative Fall Breaks

  • Homelessness: Seattle, WA
  • Identity and Environmental Exploration (First-Generation Trip): San Rafael Swell, UT
  • Immigration: San Diego, CA
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR
  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation: Lakeview, MT

Alternative Spring Breaks

  • Animal Advocacy & Rehabilitation: Kanab, UT
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration: Arcata, CA
  • Community Health: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Defeminizing Poverty: Denver, CO
  • HIV & AIDS: Hollywood, CA
  • Homelessness: Seattle, WA
  • Hunger & Food Justice: Seattle, WA
  • Immigration, Health, and Poverty: San Diego, CA
  • Marine Conservation: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Queering Justice: San Francisco, CA
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR
  • Youth Empowerment: Las Vegas, NV

AB Executive Board Positions

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

  • Chair Elect
  • Recruitment Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Reorientation Specialist
  • Fundraising Specialist

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 Specialists)
  • 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 ASB 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

Fundraising Specialist (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Fundraising Specialist 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 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 ASB 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

Marketing Specialist Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Marketing Specialist 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
  • Assists in the management of all social media for the program (AB Facebook page, serve as/and liaison for BC sites/Twitter/pages)
  • Manage and update the AB Bulletin Board outside of the Bennion Center
  • Assists AB Staff Coordinator with website communications and updates
  • Create emails, flyers, and marketing material for the program
  • 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

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

The purpose of the Recruitment Specialist 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 Specialist Position Overview (5-7 hrs per week in addition to SL duties)

The purpose of the Reorientation Specialist 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/presentors, 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

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

Bennion Center Scholars Leadership Team Positions

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

General Requirements for all Scholar Leadership Team members are:

  • Be a current Bennion Center Scholar and hold a good standing in meeting program requirements.
  • Attend and participate in the Transition Meeting (time/date TBD, week of April 15th or 22nd)
  • Actively engage in regularly scheduled Scholars Leadership Team meetings (usually every other week) and complete tasks between meetings. Hold weekly office hour during the academic year.
  • Help recruit new scholars through info sessions, word of mouth, socials, etc.
  • Mentor and support other BC Scholars in fulfilling program requirements.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Day of Service (September), Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January), Scholars Conference (first Saturday of November) 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 Community Engaged Learning Coordinator.
  • 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. Liaison between the Communications Team and SLT.

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

Partnership & Assessment Coordinator

Develop and maintain programmatic partnerships with community partners (CPs) and faculty mentors (FMs). Work closely with Staff Coordinator to coordinate risk management and ensure positive external relations. Develop and disseminate assessment materials, especially in relation to CPs and FMs .


Preferred that SLT member has reliable form of transportation.

Events Coordinator

Coordinate logistics for Scholars Program events, including the Scholars Conference (first Saturday in November), volunteer projects and community building activities. Assist with Scholar recognition activities. Work closely with other SLT members to help ensure events are purposeful and strategic in meeting the goals of the program area and our overall mission.

Detail-oriented SLT members required.

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 Coordinator 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 and execution of their Capstones.

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

Community Outreach Team

Community Outreach leaders oversee one-time and introduction to service opportunities for the Bennion Center. Student leaders in these positions work collaboratively with other student leaders, staff, community partners, and members of the Bennion Center advisory board members to create meaningful opportunities and to address important community needs.

In addition to the outlined responsibilities listed below, students on the Community Outreach Team will be expected to meet the following responsibilities:

  • Attend a weekly office hour at the front desk of the Bennion Center
  • Attend a monthly Community Outreach Team Meeting
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell and MLK Saturday Service Projects
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation in May or August
  • May be asked to serve as a site leader for Legacy of Lowell, MLK Day of Service, or other Saturday Service Projects
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester
  • Submit monthly hours logs forms by the 10th of the following month of which they are reporting.
  • Respond to any communication from staff partner within 48 hours
  • Respond to Volunteer Interest Forms (VIFs) that may come in within 48 hours

First-Year Service Corps Co-Directors

Up to 2 positions available

The First-Year Service Corps Co-Directors are responsible for leading first-year and transfer students in becoming engaged with the community through Bennion Center opportunities.  They will introduce and expose students to various projects that will augment their experience at the University of Utah with the goal of becoming Bennion Center student leaders themselves the following year.  Through this position, the directors will learn, among other leadership skills, how to guide students through civic engagement, how to foster connections with community partners, and how to plan and conduct meaningful meetings.

Time commitment: 3-5 hours a week

Program Responsibilities

  • Mentor first-year students by introducing them to leadership and service activities.
  • Attend and coordinate participation in all Bennion Center Saturday Service projects with first-year students.
  • Respond to community requests for service and volunteers.
  • Organize monthly meetings with the students that include information about Bennion Center opportunities and a mini service project.
  • Plan and coordinate monthly service projects for students.
  • Collaborate with partners across campus and the community to educate first-year students about community events and service opportunities.
  • Meet weekly with the other directors and staff partner to plan meetings and events.
  • Maintain regular communication with Co-Directors and staff partner.
  • Table and recruit students at First-Year and Transfer Orientations over the summer.

Bennion Center Responsibilities

  • Attend all Saturday Service Projects (5 total) for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk for 1 hour a week.
  • Submit monthly hours and complete assessments determined by the staff partner.
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester.
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation during Summer 2019 (dates TBD).
  • Attend at least 1 additional Bennion Center event each semester, including but not limited to: Issues and Action Luncheon, Bennion-Hinckley Forum, or Student-Directed Programs Leadership Workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Nhem at eric.nhem@utah.edu or 801-585-1508

Project Youth

The 2019-2020 Project Youth Student Leaders overall will be responsible for creating and executing an inclusive program that brings 5th and 6th grade elementary students from Title I Elementary Schools to the University of Utah during reading day of Spring Semester 2020. This program also involves in-class visits by University of Utah students prior to the on-campus day in the spring. Multiple stakeholders from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City School District and Granite School District make this program possible.  Time commitment for Project Youth student leaders will be between 5 and 10 hours a week, but will be heavily weighted in the Spring semester. The following positions are available for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Directors

2 positions

  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Project Youth program and oversee the vision and direction of Project Youth along with the staff advisor from the Bennion Center.
  • Act as a school liaison between the University of Utah and Title 1 elementary schools.
  • Recruit and select student leaders to serve as team leaders which are liaisons to the elementary schools. Interviews and application process will happen during the fall semester.
  • Manage Project Youth School Team Leaders
  • Track and report all volunteer hours for volunteers and leaders in the program.
  • Present to school districts staff in the Fall semester.
  • Manage the Project Youth Executive Committee and facilitate regular meetings of the committee (every 2 weeks).
  • Work closely with the staff advisor to manage any purchases on behalf of the program.
  • Develop curriculum to be taught to the elementary students for the class visits prior to the day on campus and teaching of the curriculum to the team leaders.
  • Plan the power rally pep assembly
  • Plan and Facilitate volunteer orientations as appropriate
  • Bennion Center Specific Duties such as office hours, tabling, service projects, etc
  • Other Duties as assigned

Educational Sessions Specialist

1 position

  • The Project Youth Educational Sessions Specialist  is primarily responsible for working with University of Utah Faculty, Staff, and Departments to put on age appropriate sessions for the school aged children participating in Project Youth.
  • Attend and participate in Project Youth Executive Committee meetings. (Every 2 weeks).
  • Responsible for working with Project Youth Team Leaders to make sure they know where there sessions are located on campus.
  • Coordinate with presenters on the content of their educational sessions and what room needs they may have.
  • Coordinate with Union and University Scheduling for room needs.
  • Coordinate recognition for presenters.
  • Report all volunteer hours to directors.
  • Bennion Center Specific Duties such as office hours, tabling, service projects, etc
  • Other Duties as assigned

Logistics Specialist

1 position available

  • The Project Youth Logistics Coordinator is responsible for various logistical pieces during the day and assisting the Project Youth Directors and Staff Partner on their vision for the day
  • Coordinate breakfast for day of volunteers
  • Coordinate lunch time for volunteers and school children which includes space set up, determining menu, and ordering food
  • In collaboration with staff partner, coordinate transportation of school children to campus
  • Coordinate dismissal from Power Rally to class sessions.
  • Coordinate dismissal of lunch back to the buses so students can go back to school.
  • Attend and participate in Project Youth Executive Committee meetings. (Every 2 weeks).
  • Work with directors, staff partner, and team leaders to place order and facilitate distribution of t-shirts prior to the day on campus.
  • Report all volunteer hours to directors.
  • Bennion Center Specific Duties such as office hours, tabling, service projects, etc
  • Other Duties as assigned

Marketing & Recruitment Specialist

1 position available

  • Develop a marketing plan to recruit school team leaders and day of volunteers to the Project Youth program
  • Research and secure tabling opportunities, classroom announcements, and other opportunities to spread the word about Project Youth to recruit school team leaders in the summer and Fall and day of volunteers in the Spring.
  • Respond to the Project Youth Volunteer Interest Form within 48 hours and keep track of those who express interest in the program throughout the year.
  • Work with the Bennion Center communication team to create a marketing plan to promote Project Youth via email communications, social media, website, and print marketing.
  • Report all volunteer hours to directors.
  • Bennion Center Specific Duties such as office hours, tabling, service projects, etc
  • Other Duties as assigned

Fall 2019 Saturday Service Project Director

1 position available

The Fall 2019 Saturday Service Project Chair is responsible for leading and organizing the Bennion Center’s Saturday Service Project that will take place in November of 2019. They will partner with organizations in the Salt Lake Valley to provide community engagement projects.  Through this position, the student chair will learn, among other leadership skills, how to lead students and community members, how to initiate and foster connections between community partners, and how to implement a large-scale event.

Date of Fall SSP: November 2019 (final date TBD).

Time commitment: 5-7 hours a week

Program Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Student Programs Coordinator.
  • Keep regular communication with Student Programs Coordinator, Community Partners, and Student Site Leaders.
  • Determine theme of project during Summer 2019.
  • Assist with identifying community partners to participate in event.
  • Identify and select Bennion Center student leaders to serve as site leaders for on-site and off-site projects.
  • Hold volunteer orientation for site leaders.
  • Assist Student Programs Coordinator with project descriptions and purchasing supplies.
  • Work with the Bennion Center Communication Team on PR and marketing for the Saturday Service Project.
  • Assist with recruiting day-of volunteers.
  • Create reflection activity to be used at the end of each project.
  • Oversee creation of impact sheet to record data for projects.
  • Organize debrief following the event.
  • Maintain commitment to Bennion Center from May 2019-April 2020.

Bennion Center Responsibilities

  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects (4 others) for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk for 1 hour a week.
  • Submit monthly hours and complete assessments determined by the staff partner.
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester.
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation during Summer 2019 (dates TBD).
  • Attend at least 1 additional Bennion Center event each semester, including but not limited to: Issues and Action Luncheon, Bennion-Hinckley Forum, or Student-Directed Programs Leadership Workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryce Williams at bryce.williams@utah.edu or 801-581-8436

MLK Day 2020 Saturday Service Project Director

2 positions available

The MLK Day Saturday Service Project Chairs are responsible for leading and organizing the Bennion Center’s Saturday Service Project that will take place in January of 2020. They will partner with organizations in the Salt Lake Valley to provide community engagement projects.  Through this position, the student chairs will learn, among other leadership skills, how to lead students and community members, how to initiate and foster connections between community partners, and how to implement a large-scale event.

Date of MLK Day SSP: January 2020 (final date TBD).

Time commitment: 5-7 hours a week

Program Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Student Programs Coordinator.
  • Keep regular communication with Student Programs Coordinator, Community Partners, and Student Site Leaders.
  • Assist with identifying community partners to participate in event.
  • Identify and select Bennion Center student leaders to serve as site leaders for on-site and off-site projects.
  • Hold volunteer orientation for site leaders.
  • Assist Student Programs Coordinator with project descriptions and purchasing supplies.
  • Work with the Bennion Center Communication Team on PR and marketing for the Saturday Service Project.
  • Assist with recruiting day-of volunteers.
  • Create reflection activity to be used at the end of each project.
  • Oversee creation of impact sheet to record data for projects.
  • Organize debrief following the event.
  • Maintain commitment to Bennion Center from May 2019-April 2020.

Bennion Center Responsibilities

  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects (4 others) for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk for 1 hour a week.
  • Submit monthly hours and complete assessments determined by the staff partner.
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester.
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation during Summer 2019 (dates TBD).
  • Attend at least 1 additional Bennion Center event each semester, including but not limited to: Issues and Action Luncheon, Bennion-Hinckley Forum, or Student-Directed Programs Leadership Workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Nhem at eric.nhem@utah.edu or 801-585-1508

Spring 2020 Saturday Service Project Director

1 position available

The Spring 2020 Saturday Service Project Chair is responsible for leading and organizing the Bennion Center’s Saturday Service Project that will take place in February of 2020. They will partner with organizations in the Salt Lake Valley to provide community engagement projects.  Through this position, the student chair will learn, among other leadership skills, how to lead students and community members, how to initiate and foster connections between community partners, and how to implement a large-scale event.

Date of Spring SSP: February 2020 (final date TBD).

Time commitment: 5-7 hours a week

Program Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Student Programs Coordinator.
  • Keep regular communication with Student Programs Coordinator, Community Partners, and Student Site Leaders.
  • Determine theme of project during Summer 2019.
  • Assist with identifying community partners to participate in event.
  • Identify and select Bennion Center student leaders to serve as site leaders for on-site and off-site projects.
  • Hold volunteer orientation for site leaders.
  • Assist Student Programs Coordinator with project descriptions and purchasing supplies.
  • Work with the Bennion Center Communication Team on PR and marketing for the Saturday Service Project.
  • Assist with recruiting day-of volunteers.
  • Create reflection activity to be used at the end of each project.
  • Oversee creation of impact sheet to record data for projects.
  • Organize debrief following the event.
  • Maintain commitment to Bennion Center from May 2019-April 2020.

Bennion Center Responsibilities

  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects (4 others) for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk for 1 hour a week.
  • Submit monthly hours and complete assessments determined by the staff partner.
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester.
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation during Summer 2019 (dates TBD).
  • Attend at least 1 additional Bennion Center event each semester, including but not limited to: Issues and Action Luncheon, Bennion-Hinckley Forum, or Student-Directed Programs Leadership Workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryce Williams at bryce.williams@utah.edu or 801-581-8436

Sustainability Saturday Service Project Director

1 position available

The Sustainability Saturday Service Project Chair is responsible for leading and organizing the Bennion Center’s Saturday Service Project that will take place in April of 2020. They will partner with organizations in the Salt Lake Valley to provide community engagement projects related to environmentalism and sustainability.  Through this position, the student chair will learn, among other leadership skills, how to lead students and community members, how to initiate and foster connections between community partners, and how to implement a large-scale event.

Date of Sustainability SSP: April 2020 (final date TBD).

Time commitment: 5-7 hours a week

Program Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Student Programs Coordinator.
  • Keep regular communication with Student Programs Coordinator, Community Partners, and Student Site Leaders.
  • Assist with identifying community partners to participate in event.
  • Identify and select Bennion Center student leaders to serve as site leaders for on-site and off-site projects.
  • Hold volunteer orientation for site leaders.
  • Assist Student Programs Coordinator with project descriptions and purchasing supplies.
  • Work with the Bennion Center Communication Team on PR and marketing for the Saturday Service Project.
  • Assist with recruiting day-of volunteers.
  • Create reflection activity to be used at the end of each project.
  • Oversee creation of impact sheet to record data for projects.
  • Organize debrief following the event.
  • Maintain commitment to Bennion Center from May 2019-April 2020.

Bennion Center Responsibilities

  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects (4 others) for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk for 1 hour a week.
  • Submit monthly hours and complete assessments determined by the staff partner.
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester.
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation during Summer 2019 (dates TBD).
  • Attend at least 1 additional Bennion Center event each semester, including but not limited to: Issues and Action Luncheon, Bennion-Hinckley Forum, or Student-Directed Programs Leadership Workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Nhem at eric.nhem@utah.edu or 801-585-1508

Service Corner Director

1 position available

  • Recruit, Orient, and Train students to serve as Service Corner Assistants.
  • Supervising Service Corner Assistants and arranging training hours and special events.
  • Making sure that all of the student leaders at the front desk are trained in all of the service corner projects and willing to train volunteers that come into the Bennion Center looking for projects in the service corner.
  • maintaining all knitting supplies, cards, stationery, or other related supplies in the service corner area.  As new projects are taken on, it will be the responsibility of the program director to maintain all materials and supplies for the service corner.
    This includes:
    • Purchasing new yarn, loom, cards or stationery supplies
    • Being responsible to dropping off hats to the hospital or homeless shelter and mailing out cards
    • Keeping records of volunteer contact records and number of hours served to be summarized monthly.
    • Responsible for writing potential verification letters or recommendations
    • Maintaining policies accordingly 

Service Corner Outreach Coordinator

Up to 3 positions available

  • Recruit, Orient, and Train students to serve as Service Corner Assistants.
  • Supervising Service Corner Assistants and arranging training hours and special events.
  • Making sure that all of the student leaders at the front desk are trained in all of the service corner projects and willing to train volunteers that come into the Bennion Center looking for projects in the service corner.
  • Coordination and planning of large groups looking to do service through service corner.
  • Monthly off site service events.  Coordinating with other groups on campus.   Keeping records of attendance and completed items to report to Director for recording.

Legacy of Lowell Student Co-Chairs

3 Open Positions

The Legacy of Lowell Student Chairs are responsible for leading and organizing the Bennion Center’s largest Saturday Service Project. They will partner with organizations across the Salt Lake Valley to provide community engagement projects.  Through this position, the student chairs will learn, among other leadership skills, how to lead students and community members, how to initiate and foster connections between community partners, and how to implement a large-scale event.

Date of Legacy of Lowell: September 2019 (final date TBD).

Time commitment: 5-10 hours a week, with increased time in the summer and fall semesters.

Program Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Student Programs Coordinator.
  • Keep regular communication with Legacy of Lowell Co-Chairs and Student Programs Coordinator, including during the summer.
  • Assist with identifying community partners to participate in event.
  • Identify and select Bennion Center student leaders to serve as site leaders for on-site and off-site projects.
  • Hold volunteer orientation for site leaders.
  • Assist Student Programs Coordinator with project descriptions and purchasing supplies.
  • Work with the Bennion Center Communication Team on PR and marketing for Legacy of Lowell.
  • Assist with recruiting day-of volunteers.
  • Create reflection activity to be used at the end of each project.
  • Create impact sheet to record data for projects.
  • Organize debrief following the event.
  • Maintain commitment to Bennion Center after Legacy of Lowell, from March 2018-April 2019.

Bennion Center Responsibilities

  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects (4 others) for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk for 1 hour a week.
  • Submit monthly hours and complete assessments determined by the staff partner.
  • Complete 2 hours of tabling each semester.
  • Attend Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation during Summer 2019 (dates TBD).
  • Attend at least 1 additional Bennion Center event each semester, including but not limited to: Issues and Action Luncheon, Bennion-Hinckley Forum, or Student-Directed Programs Leadership Workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Nhem at eric.nhem@utah.edu or 801-585-1508.

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 Saturday Service Project (Fall) & MLK Saturday Service Project (Spring)
  • 1 Leadership Workshop (per semester)
  • 2 hours tabling (per semester)

Year

  • Student Leader Orientation (May 10 or Aug TBD)
  • 3 Community Partner Agreement meetings per academic year.

Arts and Recreation

Arts For Youth

At Arts for Youth we plan, teach, and do arts and craft lessons with elementary aged students. Volunteers have the option to choose their role in the program (leadership or support) in the program and work with one another to create a fun and engaging environment with the kids. Arts for Youth runs most Fridays from 3:30-4:30.

final performances, recruit and train volunteers, provide support to participants, and acting as a liaison between the Bennion center and Tanner Dance Elevate. Hours consist of a minimum of 2.5 hours weekly, 1-2 hours of meetings and 2 hours of recruitment a semester, plus additional time as the show approaches in Spring.

Running Forward

You will plan Running Forward events and Volunteer at elementary schools on Fridays, hours are Thursday at 7 Pm, Friday 7-8Am and/or 1Pm. Expect to dedicate 6 hours a week in this endeavor.

Special Olympics Utah ULE

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

As a program director in this field you will have to attend a volunteer leader meeting during the summer and a few times throughout the rest of the year, you must be available to volunteer at USUO at least once a month. One of your responsibilities consists of preparing and hosting intermission receptions for donors. Volunteer hours are Friday and/or Saturday evenings at least once a month.

Education and Advocacy

Best Friends Animal Society

Participation consists of being involved in one of their programs, whether it be the lifesaving center, Kitten Nursery, or Spay/Neuter Clinic, each with their own set of responsibilities. As a member of this organization you will be helping homeless animals, usually dogs and/or cats. Although your hours can be flexible be prepared to set aside 5-7+ hours a week to fulfill your responsibility as a volunteer.

Bud Bailey Youth Tutoring

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.

Children’s Center Mentoring

In order to participate in this mentoring program, one must be available for daily 2-hour shifts. Responsibilities will include aiding children under the age of 7 who are experiencing trauma and or attachment issues.

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.

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.

Health and Ability

Friends for Sight

As a volunteer in this program your main duties will include screening individuals of all ages for such eye disorders as vision impairment, Glaucoma, etc. Additionally, you will have to screen new volunteers on the vision screening equipment. One can expect to dedicate 3-5 weekly hours in this program, yet hours are flexible. 

Hospice and U

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.

Hospice OneCare

This position consists of giving aid to Elderly individuals in need of hospice care. Although there are no specified hours for such tasks one must commit on average around 2-3 hours weekly. Fulfillment of the necessary aid consists on driving to each patient’s home and helping in a unique and individualized manner.

Primary Children’s Hospital

You must plan and lead two service projects which include picking appropriate crafts, ordering supplies according to your budget, prep and drop off kits at the hospital. You must volunteer 3 hours a week at Primary Children’s Hospital. Total service hours (both at site and on one’s own time) can vary depending on the week.

Rides for Wellness

Program benefits seniors ages 60+ who don’t have reliable transportation, you must have a valid driver’s license to be able to drive clients to and from appointments. You must be able to give one ride a month from 8:30-4:30pm.

TBI group (brain Injury Alliance of Utah)

As a Co-director you will plan, schedule, invite participants, and attend monthly events. Directors seek to maximize accessibility as those participating have a wide range of conditions and abilities. Hours/days are usually flexible, and they tend to accommodate participants. This program benefits teens aged 13-19 who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

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.

Utah Naloxone

Responsibilities are varied and include driving to volunteer site, meeting and orienting volunteers, building schedules, and organizing a Utah Naloxone presence on and off campus among other things. Hours consist of weeknights from 4-6pm for kit building and training as well as one hour for your office hour.

Intercultural Engagement

ESL Guadalupe

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 associated with this program will be determined with ones familiarity of the Utah Reads program, mainly in whether reading mentorship will be part of your set of duties. Your participations in this program will be benefiting refugees aged 6-18, one is required to assist for at least a 2-hour shift Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Maliheh Free Clinic

This program seeks to aid uninsured persons seeking access to healthcare, as the program director you will be working directly with Spanish speaking individuals and helping them overcome communicative barriers. Additional responsibilities include interviewing and training new interpreter recruits/trainers, meet and coordinate with the community partner on a monthly basis. Scheduling is flexible and determined by availability.

Social Justice

Best Buddies

Program benefits adults with intellectual disabilities, typically college aged. Your responsibilities will include attending the Best Buddies leadership conference as well as planning and coordinating activities for your chapter. Hours vary according to your office hours as well as any activities though one can expect to dedicate 3 weekly hours to this program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Benefits at risk students ages 6 to 18. Responsibilities include organizing the student club, Handing over potential volunteers to agency for onboarding and volunteering during fundraising events. Expect to dedicate 3 weekly hours in this endeavor.

Palmer Court Kids’ Book Club

An individual in this position has the responsibility of preparing a snack as well as weekly activity for children aged 6-12 who are experiencing homelessness. The snack and activity may be as simple as cheese and crackers/coloring pages, any expenses associated with such activities are reimbursed by the Bennion Center. One may expect to volunteer every Wednesday from 5:15-6:15 throughout the semester although this may change from semester to semester.

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.

Road Homes 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 from 6:30-9:30 Pm one can expect to dedicate 4 weekly hours to this program.

Sustainability and Food Justice-

Feed U Food Pantry

*** ( Please note this position in selected by the Union Programming Council)***The Feed U Food Pantry works to eliminate food insecurity among University of Utah students, staff, and faculty by providing free, accessible food so that they may focus on being healthy, happy, and successful at the University of Utah without the challenge of fighting hunger

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.

Green Urban Lunchbox

Work with Community Partner to actively recruit volunteers for the Back-Farms program and for Garden Apprenticeships. Maintain spreadsheet with interested volunteers and confirmed volunteers once committed to the program.

Meals on Wheels

This volunteer opportunity has about it the responsibility of assisting in delivery pick up for the purpose of helping aging adults in the university community.

Real Food Challenge

Our main goal is to implement a commitment that was made by President Pershing in February of 2015: the Real Food Campus Commitment. The goal of this commitment is to shift 20% of all of the money that the University of Utah spends on food toward those that are certifiable as fair, humane, community-based, and ecologically sound, by 2020. 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. As some examples of projects, students could be asked to identify 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, or give presentations to classes in order to recruit more students.

Social Justice Garden

Mountain View- Responsibilities include designing gardening related classes to a group of around 10 elementary students. Additionally one must be able to conducting physical maintenance on the garden as well as constructing/deconstructing elements of the garden. Program directors can expect to dedicate a round 4 weekly hours on this program.

Utah Reads Site Team Leader Position

Job 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 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 training.

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

Site Team Leaders Needed at the following locations

  • Liberty Elementary
  • Riley Elementary
  • Parkview Elementary
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Glendale CLC
  • Neighborhood House
  • Mary Jackson Elementary
Last Updated: 2/7/19