CommUniverCity graduate student assistant position announcement
- CommUniverCity San José
Position Announcement: Project Coordinator
CommUniverCity San José is seeking a SJSU graduate student to assist with
the development and management of community-based projects in the Five
Wounds/Brookwood Terrace community.
Time base: Half time (up to 20 hours per week)
Salary: $17.5 / hour
Starting date: September 1, 2008
End date: August 31, 2009.
CommUniverCity San José is a partnership to improve community connections,
health and education in low-income neighborhoods in central San José. The
partnership includes the City of San José?s Strong Neighborhoods
Initiative, The Health Trust (THT), Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon
Valley, and other community partners. The area served is culturally
diverse; more than 60% of residents are immigrants or children of
immigrants and only 22.5% of households speak primarily English at home.
CommUniverCity San José works with faculty, students and community
partners to create and sustain meaningful course-based service-learning
opportunities and to encourage civic engagement of students while
increasing community connections among residents.
The project coordinator will help to identify community assets and needs
related to health, education and the neighborhood environment, assist with
efforts to build community leadership and involvement, link student
service-learners and volunteers to community collaborative efforts,
evaluate program impacts, and carry out publicity and fundraising
activities to sustain those efforts.
CommUniverCity San José?s projects are based on priorities set by
neighborhood residents. CommUniverCity San José?s goals are to create,
support, and enrich sustainable community service-learning projects in the
Education: Enrich and expand educational opportunities for residents and
youth, encouraging a ?College-Going-Culture? throughout the community.
Community Health: Support all aspects of the neighborhood that contribute
to healthy environments and lifestyles.
Neighborhood Environment: Foster a physically safe and socially connected,
The following is a sample of the type of projects the successful applicant
will be assisting with:
Community Planning: A yearlong project in which residents developed their
goals for FWBT facilitated by students of Urban and Regional Planning.
Neighborhood Walkability: A block-by-block study of pedestrian access
relating to health issues and supplementing the community-planning project
facilitated by students of Health Sciences and Urban and Regional
Civic Engagement: Voter registration and a candidate forum facilitated by
students of Political Science.
Annual Neighborhood Public Opinion Surveys: Statistically valid surveys
of opinions about neighborhood issues by students of Urban and Regional
Planning and Political Science.
College Going Culture: Workshops for parents and elementary school
students on access to college; tutoring; supervised activities in
elementary schools by students of Counseling, Sociology, etc. Campus
visits for San José High Academy sophomores.
Education: Tutoring, supervised recess activities, events for families
and children at McKinley and Olinder Elementary Schools.
Inquiry in Action: SJSU Chemistry students guide elementary school
students through chemistry experiments.
Intimate Violence Prevention Training: Workshops facilitated by
Annual Days of Service: Primarily physical service projects completed
each year by SJSU students, faculty and staff with local residents,
including house painting, neighborhood and park clean-ups, mural painting,
school projects and more.
BART/Town Square Planning: In a series of workshops, residents develop
their own plan for a future BART station near the Church of Five Wounds,
facilitated by students or Urban and Regional Planning.
Housing Initiative: Home repairs and painting by student volunteers from
the College of Engineering.
Renewable Energy: Energy efficiency audits and a solar power project
facilitated by students of the College of Engineering.
Family Health Night: Public Health and Health Science students cook and
serve dinner for McKinley Elementary School families, and provide
information on health issues such as oral health, lice treatment,
preventing colds and flu, tobacco, exercise, 5-a-day, anti-smoking, and
healthy restaurant choices.
Graduate student standing at San José State University.
Experience working in a diverse, multi-cultural setting.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Self-motivation, especially when working with students and community
Commitment to CommUniverCity?s mission.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Vietnamese or Portuguese.
Experience with community planning and development.
Knowledge of issues affecting poor communities and/or communities of
To learn more about CommUniverCity, please visit our website at
Submit the following materials to dayana@... by
August 15, 2008:
Statement of intent.
Resume or CV.
Names and contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) for 3
references (work and/or academic), and your permission to contact them.
CommUniverCity San Jose
Professor and Chair
Urban and Regional Planning Department
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0185
Phone: (408) 924-5854
Fax: (408) 924-5872
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