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Position announcement: CommUniverCity Project Coordinator

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  • Dayana Salazar
    Please conserve: Think before you print this email. Dear MUP students, CommUniverCity is searching for a student to help direct community-development projects
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15, 2010
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      Please conserve: Think before you print this email.
      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
      position announcement.

      Best wishes for a great 2010!


      Dayana Salazar
      Executive Director
      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
      following areas:
      – 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
      and more.
      – 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.
      Required Qualifications:
      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
      supervision environments.
      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
      community members.
      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)
      Desired Qualifications:
      Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish, Vietnamese or
      Experience with community planning and development.
      Knowledge of issues affecting poor communities and/or communities
      of color.
      Valid California driver’s license.
      To learn more about CommUniverCity, please visit our website at
      To Apply:
      Submit the following materials by email to
      dayana@... 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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