ASUO Women’s Center
Non Traditional Student Advocate Job Description
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 2014– June 2015, $250 a month
The Nontraditional Student Advocate works to create the best educational and social environment for nontraditional women students on campus. This can be done by becoming familiar with campus and off campus resources available to non-trad students, outreaching to non-trad students, and sharing information. Nontraditional Student advocate also voices the needs of nontraditional students within a predominantly traditional institution.
The Nontraditional Student Advocate 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 5 scheduled office hours in the center weekly (was spent planning the clothing exchange, etc. welcoming people
· Attend weekly staff meetings (1.5 hours)
· Meet with the director for a weekly check-in (.5 hour)
· Attend weekly Nontraditional Student Union (NSU) meetings or meet with staff and report back during WC staff meetings (1 hour)
· Lead/organize sessions throughout the year (LCC drop in advising, UO TLC, Orientation) (roughly 1 hour weekly for planning and implementation)
· Other commitments to be determined (1 hour)
Principle Duties/Job Functions:
· Call a weekly meeting for Nontraditional Student Advocates to come together and address issues
· Work with the International Advocate to offer weekly grocery trips
· Lead a workshop for the annual “Bring your Daughters to Work Day” in April
· Purchase one item you can give away at the Transfer Orientation dates
· Write one article for the Siren Magazine
· Offer one event per academic year in conjunction with one of the coordinators or the nontrad team (clothing exchange, potluck, craft day, story time with the Family Coop community, movie/game night)
· Work with the incoming Nontraditional Director to send out quarterly emails to all incoming nontrad/transfer students about Women’s Center resources
· Offer an interest session, lead a tour and/or table at Transfer Orientations (dates tba)
· Write monthly contributions for the Nontrad Newsletter and the Off campus Housing newsletter
· Be familiar with resource available to nontraditional students in order to share information including: Teaching and Learning Services, Oregon Pathways, Career Center, Work and Family Resources, Non-Traditional Student Director, Dean of Students, Lane Community College Women’s Center and Transitions Program, Center for Multicultural Academic Support
- Assist with the functioning of the center (answering phones, taking messages, greeting people, 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 2014
- Women’s Center Open House: October 2014
- Women of Color Speaker Series: Winter 2014
- Attend mandatory budget hearing during Winter term
- International Women’s Day: March 8, 2015
- Take Back the Night: April 30, 2015
- OUT/LOUD Queer Women’s Music Festival: May 16, 2015
- Develop budget request and defend for upcoming year (winter term)
- Attend three mandatory staff trainings/retreats (one per term)
- Fall Training October 3-5
- Winter Training January 10
Learning and Leadership Opportunities:
Opportunity to work in higher education. Great experience in coordinating events, facilitating networking, and providing connection to resources to address the diverse needs of nontraditional students. Skills include but are not limited to advocacy, creative outreach, professional communication and event promotion.
· Demonstrated background in working on nontraditional student issues including but not limited to navigating childcare, balancing school and full time work, delays in enrollment in college between high school and college, financial independence, managing dependants other than a partner, single parenthood or transferring from a community college.
· Background in programming, conference planning and implementation preferred
· 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.
Selection is based on knowledge of issues facing international women students at UO and familiarity with women’s issues. This position reports to the Director of the Women’s Center.
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