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Dear MUP students,
CommUniverCity is searching for a student to help direct
community-development projects in the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace
neighborhood in San José. Please scroll below my signature to read the
Best wishes for a great 2010!
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
CommUniverCity San José
Position Announcement: Project Coordinator
CommUniverCity San José is seeking a SJSU student to assist with the
development and management of community-based projects in the Five
Wounds/Brookwood Terrace (FWBT) community.
Time base: Half time (up to 20 hours per week)
Salary: $12.5 to 17.5 / hour (commensurate with experience and
Starting date: March 1, 2010
End date: December 31, 2010
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, 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 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 Health: Support all aspects of the neighborhood that
contribute to healthy environments and lifestyles.
– Neighborhood Environment: Foster a physically safe and socially
connected, empowered community.
The following is a sample of the type of projects the successful applicant
will be assisting with:
– McKinley Late Nights: A safe space where gang impacted youth meet
once a week to recreate, explore new and positive opportunities, and have
one-on-one interactions with caring adult role models.
– SJSU Campus visits for high school sophomores, elementary school
children, and their parents.
– Education: Tutoring, supervised recess activities, events for
families and children at McKinley, Olinder and Anne Darling Elementary
– Annual Days of Service: 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
– Safe and Green Halloween: An event for elementary schools children
and families of FWBT, where they participate in Halloween games, learn
about energy-efficiency, and receive free costumes.
Upper division or graduate standing at San José State University.
Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Experience working in a diverse, multi-cultural setting.
Experience working in self-directed, high initiative-low
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Exceptional initiative and creativity.
High level of professionalism and attention to detail. Impeccable
follow-through a must.
Self-motivation, especially when working with students and
Previous event planning experience is highly desirable.
Strong leadership skills.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.
Sense of humor, outgoing personality and flexibility essential.
Some evening and weekend work will be required.
Ability to engage in physically strenuous activity such as lifting
at least 30 lbs. and climbing step ladders (some neighborhood projects
include strenuous activities such as painting homes, dumpster days, street
and park clean ups)
Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish, Vietnamese or
Experience with community planning and development.
Knowledge of issues affecting poor communities and/or communities
Valid California driver’s license.
To learn more about CommUniverCity, please visit our website at
Submit the following materials by email to
by Friday, January 29, 2010:
– Statement of intent or cover letter outlining why you possess the
qualifications, experience, passion and drive to become a Project
Coordinator for CommUniverCity.
– Resume or CV.
– Names and contact information (phone numbers and email addresses)
for 3 references (work and/or academic), and your permission to contact
– We understand that SJSU students have full loads of courses and
many other responsibilities. If you cannot commit up to 20 hours per week,
every week, to delivering excellent performance to this endeavor, please
do not apply.
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