Women’s Center – Office Assistant
The Women’s Center seeks to provide leadership skills through experiential learning opportunities and empowerment. Our center focuses on bridging classroom learning and student activism. The WC provides education, advocacy and support via resources, referral, event coordination, support groups, lactation space, quarterly magazine, community outreach, cultural events co-sponsored with various organizations/departments, etc. in order to promote a safe, equitable and affirming campus climate for people of all genders. Student Office Assistants are vital to the mission of the center’s services and programming efforts.
The mission of the Women’s Center is to advocate for the best educational and working environment for women and people of all genders at the University of Oregon. We accomplish this by working toward societal change, the ending of oppression and by supporting personal growth.
Office Assistants are the public face of all work of the Women’s Center. Office Assistants lead general awareness campaigns about the Women’s Center’s programs, events and services. Office Assistants work as part of a 20 person staff, supervised by the Women’s Center Director and Administrative Program Assistant.
Yearly WC Events:
• Red Zone Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign
• Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toiletry Drive
• Women of Color Retreat/Allyship Symposium
• Lyllye B. Parker Women of Color Speaker Series
• International Women’s Day Celebration
• Take Back the Night
• OUT/LOUD Queer and Trans Women’s Performance Fest
Location: The Women’s Center, EMU Room 012
Compensation: $10.75 hour, 5-10 hours per week
Start date: October 2018
End date: June 2019
• Develop high visibility awareness campaigns for the Women’s Center
o Class raps each term about WC and resources
o Tabling about our office
o Create promotional items
o Develop innovative ways to promote involvement of the general student body in the Women’s Center
• Serve as a greeter in the Women’s Center by:
o welcoming people to the office and helping them feel they belong
o providing support, information and referrals and explain our services
o being up-to-date on Women’s Center events in order to provide necessary information to visitors and callers
o updating desk resource guide with current staff contact information, schedule, and information about events
o maintaining the social area in the lounge and front desk
o offering a hospitable and problem-solving attitude to visitors
o assisting visitors who use the Women’s Center library, maintaining the library system
o seek out resources when unaware so no one coming to the Women’s Center feels under-served
• Organize the toiletry drive with local domestic violence service provider for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) programming
• Assists with advertising for all center-related events
• Assist with the functioning of the center (answering phones, taking messages, greeting people, etc.)
• General office support including photocopying, delivering, picking up, or posting materials on campus, working on special projects, assisting with mailings, keeping the display area current, fundraising and maintaining the library
• Help coordinate center events and reviewing and approving requests for co-sponsorships made to the center
• Ability to work and learn with people from diverse backgrounds; to work under occasional time pressure; to listen, communicate and write effectively; to take directions and follow through on projects and assignments; to have self-initiative; to meet time commitments on scheduled work hours; to attend weekly staff meetings and occasional training sessions.
• Must have a personal commitment and sensitivity to creating a welcoming environment for all women (including, but not limited to, Women of Color, LGBTQIA+ People, Non Traditional Students, International Students, Student Parents, Disabled Students and members of all religious and ethnic groups).
• Understanding of intersectionality of all underrepresented communities and why our services for all women reflect on multiple communities.
• Willingness to be challenged and grow in a supportive environment.
• Education about or commitment to feminism is preferred.