ASUO Women’s Center
LGBTQQI Issues Coordinator
The ASUO Women’s Center seeks to provide leadership skills through employment and empowerment. Our center focuses on bridging classroom learning and student activism. Student Coordinator positions comprise the heart of the center’s services and programming efforts.
The center provides information, support, and services to facilitate education around issues of feminism, women and gender. It fosters an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty can engage in discussions and activities that empower women as individuals and as a community. Services include, but are not limited to: resources and referral, advocacy, events planning and coordination, support groups, the center’s quarterly magazine, community outreach, and cultural events co-sponsored with other student organizations.
Integral to all of our work is the commitment to examining intersecting oppressions and creating conditions that allow for all people to share safely and equally in the opportunities and resources provided by UO. These support services are designed to reflect and enhance the unique goals, expectations, and aspirations of all students. Programs and services also assist students in addressing contemporary issues confronting them.
The ASUO Women’s Center acknowledges and serves women of different racial, ethnic and class backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, political view, and national origin, and is committed to being a multicultural program that sustains and integrates different perspectives and sensibilities. The center is committed to promoting an environment of mutual understanding where all individuals are respected.
The mission of the ASUO Women’s Center is to advocate for the best educational and working environment for the women at the University of Oregon. We accomplish this by working toward societal change, the ending of oppression and by supporting personal growth.
Term of Contract:
9 months (September through June)
Stipend: 9 month stipend beginning September 2015– June 2016, $250 a month
This position creates the vision for the office around queer issues and how they are expressed through the center. To provide a voice and programming for the diverse needs of the LGBTQQI community. Work with other coordinators to bring attention to the intersecting identities within the community (example working with the Diversity Coordinator on the Women of Color Speaker series to give voice to queer women of color.)
The LGBTQQI Coordinator will maintain a minimum of 10 office hours per week and attend all mandatory events including retreats, budget hearings and student coordinator produced events. Specifically, they will:
- Keep a minimum of 6 scheduled office hours in the center (this includes event planning meetings, support group or weekly interest meetings, etc)
- Attend weekly staff meetings (1.5 hours)
- Meet with the office coordinator for a weekly one-on-one check-in (.5 hour)
- Attend weekly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Alliance (LGBTQA) meetings and report back during WC staff meetings (1 hour)
- Meet with relevant LGBTQA student/administration weekly (LGBTQA, LGBTESSP, OUTReach, TeachOUT, OUTLaws, etc.) (1 hour)
- Attend the monthly Standing Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (1.5 hours monthly – adjust office hours accordingly)
Principle Duties/Job Functions:
- Work with Women’s Center staff to ensure that the Center is meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning and intersex students in all of our events and programs
- Organize around an issue relevant to the specific population you are working with as it intersects with another position in the office (i.e. the marginalization of queer voices within women of color communities on campus)
- Organize OUT/LOUD, a queer women’s music festival by leading weekly planning meetings, fundraising and developing a backwards plan(Spring Term)
- Facilitate or serve as a liaison to Sappho (queer women’s group)
- Serve as the liaison between the LGBTQA and the Women’s Center. Clarify liaison and stay connected to groups. Represent Women’s Center in Union spaces, meetings and activities and report back to WC during our weekly staff meeting
- Serve as the liaison between the Cultural Forum and the Women’s Center for the Queer Film Festival
- Write one article for the Siren Magazine
- Meet with LGBTQA and LGBTESSP to clarify roles and assist with the planning of National Coming Out Day, Day of Silence, Trans Day of Remembrance, PRIDE month and InterSEXtions, TeachOUT, and GSA campus visit day as appropriate
- Attend University Standing Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns meetings as possible
- Keep abreast of center events, national and international events that affect women and bring them up to the center staff as necessary
- Assist with the functioning of the center (answering phones, taking messages, greeting people, postering, etc.)
- In conjunction with Office Coordinator, manage budget that includes coordinating center events and reviewing and approving requests for co-sponsorships made to the center.
- Attend mandatory Women’s Center events throughout the year (one per issues/related coordinator), including:
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month toiletry drive and Red Zone sexual assault awareness campaign: October 2015
- Women’s Center Open House: October 2015
- Women of Color Speaker Series: Winter 2015
- Attend mandatory budget hearing during Winter term
- International Women’s Day: March 8, 2016
- Take Back the Night: April 30, 2016
- OUT/LOUD Queer Women’s Music Festival: May 16, 2016
- Develop budget request and defend for upcoming year (winter term)
- Attend three mandatory staff trainings/retreats (one per term)
Learning and Leadership Opportunities:
Opportunity to act as a liaison for LGBTQQI issues on campus to other student unions, departments and community groups. This coordinator plans the premiere queer women’s music festival in the Pacific Northwest, soliciting musical talent from around the country. Attend LGBTQQI related conferences. Develop skills in outreach, working with committees, professional communication, fundraising, and concert logistics.
- Familiarity with a wide spectrum of LGBTQQI issues
- Be a visionary with big ideas and the ability to inspire others
- Demonstrated background in working on multicultural issues and with diverse populations
- Background in programming, conference planning and implementation preferred
- Ability to dedicate at least 10 hours a week to the Women’s Center
- Strong aural, oral and written communication skills
- Successful experience in a work setting that requires teamwork and cooperative working relationships
- Ability to establish time-lines and priorities for completing projects
- Must have a personal commitment and sensitivity to creating a welcoming environment for all women (including, but not limited to, women of color, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning women, nontraditional students, international women, parents, women with dis/ablilities and members of all religious and ethnic groups)
- Enrolled for a minimum of 8 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours at the University of Oregon.
- Self motivated
Prospective coordinators must complete an application. Selection is based on knowledge of LGBTQQI issues, ability to communicate a vision and familiarity with women’s issues. Applications due May 27th 2015 by 5pm.
Applicants are screen and the top candidates are extended interviews. Selection is based on event planning experience and familiarity with women’s issues.
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