Why Work at the Women’s Center?

By: Emma Sauer

At UMKC’s Women’s Center, we run a tight ship.  Between the five of us, we currently have three interns, a graduate assistant, and Arzie, our director. We’re looking for another work study student to add to our team this fall and spring, and it could be you!

If you’re a person who is passionate about helping and educating others and someone who is always open to learning new things, you will flourish at the Women’s Center. Through our events and programs, you’ll have to opportunity to educate and advocate for women’s equity on campus.  Our office is also a safe space for everyone, but especially anyone who feels marginalized.  You will help keep the office running by keeping the area tidy, answering phone calls, and providing resources from our brochures or resource list to those who need it. You’ll also help organize and staff events with your coworkers, along with posting regularly to our social media…and the blog of course! This is a great opportunity for teamwork, as you’ll be working alongside your fellow staff to create programs, campaigns, and to make sure events go without a hitch.

Working with the Women’s Center is an incredible opportunity to gain experience in an office setting while also advocating for gender equity.  Plus, it’s lots of fun!  Many of the programs we run involve art activities, meeting new students, and getting involved on campus! Speaking from experience, working here is a great way to gain experience on campus if you haven’t had the chance yet.  All majors are welcome to apply, and as a work study student, you’ll even get paid!

Application Steps:

  1. Complete the Women’s Center Work-Study Application here.
  2. Send your current resume and class schedule to umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu.
  3. Questions? Please contact 816-235-1638 or
    umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu.

Details:

Aid Term: Fall/Spring

Job Title: Office & Events Assistant

Pay Range: $13.00 to $14.00

Weekly Hours: 12

Weekly Work Schedule: Mon – Thurs, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fridays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Some evening and weekend hours during special events)

Job Category: Administrative/Customer Service

Essential Duties May Include: Identify needs of individual and appropriately assist with questions or concerns at front desk. Politely greet students and guests to provide quality customer service; Answer phones. Assess questions; offer solutions or additional resources such as a manager to assist. Demonstrate professionalism in a confidential setting. Implement existing/new tasks, projects and/or ideas with accuracy and enthusiasm. Promote services by serving as an representative through conversations with fellow students. Data entry, mailing and other clerical duties as assigned. Open/close office as needed.

Women’s Center Internships Available for Fall 2012

Below is a list of internships available in the UMKC Women’s Center for fall 2012. All of these positions can be used to fulfill the requirements for the Women’s & Gender Studies Internship Program (WGS 484).  To apply for any of the positions, contact the Women’s & Gender Studies Internship Coordinator:

Dr. Brenda Bethman, Director, UMKC Women’s Center / Acting Director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program

105 Haag Hall / Phone: 816.235.1643 / E-Mail: bethmanb@umkc.edu

Click here for more information about the WGS Internship Program.

Hippo Project Internship

Note: This internship will be based at the UMKC Women’s Center, but will also coordinate with an outside agency and its program directors.

Hippo Project/Hippo Soap is looking for an intern to assist a young startup company with all phases of start up.  Hippo soap is a three-division project aimed at increasing economic development, wellness, and prosperity for women in developing countries and educating children about healthy behaviors that could potentially save their lives.  Division one of the project involves actual production of a product: goat’s milk soap (called Hippo Soap). The model is that the profits from the sale of soap here in the U.S. will go to fund the second and third division of the Hippo Project: economic development for women in Africa via the creation of a soap factory and soap sales to support the other phase of the project: the educational component. The third division of the project is the education of children in Mali about the important health benefits of washing hands. Soap from the economic development division of the project is then used by the educational division of the project to keep kids and families healthy.Hippo Project/Hippo Soap is looking for a motivated individual to help us with ALL components of business development and maintenance, including both administrative and creative development of this entire project.Duties include:

  • Searching for product materials;
  • Developing an accounting system;
  • Working with graphic designers to help develop the Hippo Soap product;
  • Research on other companies and charities also working to increase women’s economic development in foreign countries.
  • Interns will work closely with the two project developers to supply both research information and novel ideas to guide the development of this entirely new venture. We are looking for someone who can take very minimal direction and run with an idea.

The intern would be expected to be comfortable doing the following:

  • Research on women’s economic development in foreign countries;
  • Research on legal issues with business development in foreign countries (specifically in Africa);
  • Investigation of FDA rules and regulations in the US for cosmetics/soap;
  • Project management related to travel and special events for Hippo Soap;
  • Communication and scheduling between outside entities and Hippo Soap;
  • Investigation of financial resources for small business development in the US and abroad
  • Investigating soap production;
  • Gathering soap materials;
  • Product testing and production;
  • Working with the graphic designers to produce website and product packaging;
  • Development of interactive apps to convey the goals and function of the Hippo Project;
  • Assisting in internal finance and accounting matters.

Programming Intern

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of Women’s Center events.

 Public Relations Intern

  • Assist with design and creation of marketing materials for Women’s Center programs including fliers, posters, posters, and event calendars
  • Assist with coordinating the distribution of fliers, posters, postcards, brochures, events calendar, and other advertising/marketing material on campus and in the surrounding area.
  • Assist with online publicity, including, but not limited to, website editing, listing Women’s Center events on community calendars, and updating the Women’s Center events calendar

 Her Art Project Intern

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of programs for the Her Art Project including art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs
  • Background in arts and familiarity with Kansas City arts community preferred

 Violence Prevention and Response Intern

  • Work with the Violence Prevention Coordinator to assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs.
  • Assist Victim Services Adjudication Advisor with training and violence prevention education.

 Social Networking Intern

  • Assist with updating and monitoring the Women’s Center Social Networking sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.
  • Coordinate Social Networking efforts with marketing of all Women’s Center programs

 Blog Editor Intern

  • Assist with regular maintenance of the Women’s Center Blog
  • Write clear and critical blogs on relevant topics
  • Edit all staff blogs for content and grammar and post to Women’s Center blog on a regular basis
  • Strong writing skills required. Please submit writing samples.

 All interns are also responsible for:

  • Answering phones, directing calls, and taking messages. Record every incoming call onto the telephone and referral log located next to the phones.
  • Answering requests for information about the Center and our services, including referring victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/relationship violence, and/or stalking.
  • Assisting visitors with our library, including checking out and in books/videos.
  • Posting Women’s Center flyers.
  • Running business errands around campus.
  • Typing correspondence, labels, and forms on the computer.
  • Assist in keeping the Women’s Center in an orderly fashion. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing brochures, dusting, and general cleaning.
  • Posting event reminders, relevant articles and current events regarding women’s issues, and status updates to the Women’s Center social networks
  • Writing at least one blog per week on a relevant women’s issue
  • Attending ALL staff meetings.
  • Attending Women’s Center programs as needed/available.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Staff Opening at the Women’s Center

The UMKC Women’s Center is searching for a new Violence Prevention Coordinator to work with our Violence Prevention and Response Project. Details and a job description are below. You must apply online at http://bit.ly/J4Df7K Applications are due by Monday, May 28.

Job Description

The Violence Prevention Coordinator works with the Project Directors of the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project, community consultants, staff from the Women’s Center and other UMKC campus offices to assist with the coordination of the Violence Prevention and Response Project at UMKC, including programming, education, and support services for sexual violence survivors, their families, and the UMKC community. The Project and position are funded by a three-year grant through the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (VAWA Grant). The main purposes of the grant are to: 1) increase awareness of sexual violence and provide services to survivors of sexual violence, their families, partners, and friends; 2) provide education about the problem of sexual violence, and 3) increase the number of reports and on- and off-campus adjudications of sexual violence. The Violence Prevention Coordinator reports to the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center. This is a half-time (20 hours per week) position.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design and implement violence prevention and awareness programming (including events such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the V-Day College Campaign, Take Back the Night, and Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Months) for women and men students, faculty, staff and community members;
  • Serve as a resource and provide consultation to the university community regarding issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual violence;
  • Assist in the coordination of the Violence Prevention & Response Project social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog, etc.);
  • Assist in developing and implementing on- and off- campus outreach and marketing efforts;
  • Work with the Victim Services Adjudication Advisor and the Violence Prevention and Response Task Force to review and revise current violence response policy and protocol at UMKC;
  • Serve as co-chair (with the Victim Services Adjudication Advisor) of the Violence Prevention & Response Task Force;
  • Provide program assessment as needed;
  • Provide backup support to victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual violence. Provide referrals to long-term counseling as needed;
  • Aid the project directors in creating quarterly grant management reports, maintaining the grant budget, and other grant management activities as needed;
  • Represent the Violence Prevention and Response Project and/or Women’s Center on University and community committees as assigned;
  • Other duties as assigned;
  • Evening and weekend hours, and some travel may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies, Social Work, or related field required;
  • One to two years directly related experience is needed; an advanced degree may be used as a substitute for the work experience.
  • Experience in program planning in a not-for-profit organization and/or University environment.
  • Strong public speaking skills as well as solid writing, analytical and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to activism and women’s issues and ability to meet the needs of a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in College Personnel/Student Affairs, Social Work, Counseling, Women’s Studies, or related field preferred;
  • Advocacy experience in domestic violence or sexual assault preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple demands;
  • Ability to delegate and oversee multiple projects to completion;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and internet applications required;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in complex shifting environments.

Full Time/Part Time

Half Time .50 FTE

20 hours per week

Hours are flexible between the hours of 8-5pm M-F

Salary

$18.32/hour

We’re Hiring at the Women’s Center!

Attention UMKC students! The Women’s Center has 4 work-study positions open this summer. If you have a passion for women’s advocacy and want to work with an awesome staff, please consider applying for these positions. We need your energy and enthusiasm to assist with events, the Her Art Project, public relations, violence prevention, and/or social networking. You MUST have a work-study award from Financial Aid to qualify. Click here to download an application. Contact Arzie Umali at 816-235-5577 or umalia@umkc.edu with questions or for more information.

We are also hiring a graduate assistant for technology to work during the upcoming academic year (starting in August). To learn more about the graduate assistantship and how to apply, please visit the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Graduate Assistantship Program page. A job description can also be found here.

Work Study Position Descriptions

Office/Events Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of Women’s Center events;
  • Assist with office duties (answering the phone, greeting visitors, etc.).

 Public Relations Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with design and creation of marketing materials for Women’s Center programs including fliers, posters, posters, and event calendars
  • Assist with coordinating the distribution of fliers, posters, postcards, brochures, events calendar, and other advertising/marketing material on campus and in the surrounding area.
  • Assist with online publicity, including, but not limited to, website editing,  listing Women’s Center events on community calendars, and updating the Women’s Center events calendar

Program Assistant – Her Art Project (Work Study)

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of programs for the Her Art Project including art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs
  • Background in arts and familiarity with Kansas City arts community preferred

Violence Prevention and Response Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Work with the Violence Prevention Coordinator to assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs.
  • Assist Victim Services Adjudication Advisor with training and violence prevention education.

Social Networking Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with updating and monitoring the Women’s Center Social Networking sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.
  • Coordinate Social Networking efforts with marketing of all Women’s Center programs

Blog Editor (Work Study/Student Worker)

  • Assist with regular maintenance of the Women’s Center Blog
  • Write clear and critical blogs on relevant topics
  • Edit all staff blogs for content and grammar and post to Women’s Center blog on a regular basis
  • Strong writing skills required. Please submit writing samples.

 All Student Assistants are also responsible for:

  • Answering phones, directing calls, and taking messages. Record every incoming call onto the telephone and referral log located next to the phones.
  • Answering requests for information about the Center and our services, including referring victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/relationship violence, and/or stalking.
  • Assisting visitors with our library, including checking out and in books/videos.
  • Posting Women’s Center flyers.
  • Running business errands around campus.
  • Typing correspondence, labels, and forms on the computer.
  • Assist in keeping the Women’s Center in an orderly fashion. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing brochures, dusting, and general cleaning.
  • Posting event reminders, relevant articles and current events regarding women’s issues, and status updates to the Women’s Center social networks
  • Writing at least one blog per week on a relevant women’s issue
  • Attending ALL staff meetings.
  • Attending Women’s Center programs as needed/available.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Graduate Assistant for Technology Position Description

The Women’s Center is seeking a half-time (20 hours per week), Graduate Assistant for Academic Year 2012-13 to assist with web and publication design and office duties. Dates of employment are August 1, 2012 (tentative start date) – May 31, 2013. Continuation in the summer may be possible depending upon performance and funding availability.

Duties:

  • maintain websites, assisting with design and technical issues;
  • graphic design for logos, websites and publications;
  • revise and design publications and other promotional materials;
  • create videos of events and programs;
  • create and send biweekly e-newsletter
  • maintain library database;
  • maintain other databases as necessary and design new ones if needed;
  • assist in supervising undergraduate student workers performing data entry;
  • assist with organizing programming as necessary;
  • office duties (answering the phone, greeting visitors, etc.) as necessary;
  • perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director or Director of the Women’s Center.

The Graduate Assistant reports to the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center. Knowledge of HTML, graphic design, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Pagemaker, Flash, Premiere Pro, and ASP/PHP, along with familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (especially Word, Excel, and Power Pont) is required. An interest in or previous experience working with women’s, gender, and/or sexual violence issues is preferred.

Contact: Brenda Bethman, 235-1643, bethmanb@umkc.edu

Work Study Positions Available at UMKC Women’s Center

Attention UMKC students! The Women’s Center has 5 work-study positions open this fall. If you have a passion for women’s advocacy and want to work with an awesome staff, please consider applying for these positions. We need your energy and enthusiasm to assist with events, public relations, violence prevention, and social networking. You MUST have a work-study award from Financial Aid to qualify. Click here to download an application. Contact Arzie Umali at 816-235-5577 or umalia@umkc.edu with questions or for more information.

Position Descriptions

Office/Events Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with the development, coordination and execution of Women’s Center events;
  • Assist with office duties (answering the phone, greeting visitors, etc.).

Public Relations Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with coordinating the distribution of fliers, posters, postcards, brochures, events calendar, and other advertising/marketing material on campus and in the surrounding area.
  • Assist with online publicity, including, but not limited to, website editing,  listing Women’s Center events on community calendars, and updating the Women’s Center events calendar

 Violence Prevention and Response Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Work with the Violence Prevention Coordinator to assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs.
  • Assist Victim Services Adjudication Advisor with training and violence prevention education.

 All Student Assistants are also responsible for:

  • Answering phones, directing calls, and taking messages. Record every incoming call onto the telephone and referral log located next to the phones.
  • Answering requests for information about the Center and our services, including referring victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/relationship violence, and/or stalking.
  • Assisting visitors with our library, including checking out and in books/videos.
  • Posting Women’s Center flyers.
  • Running business errands around campus.
  • Typing correspondence, labels, and forms on the computer.
  • Assist in keeping the Women’s Center in an orderly fashion. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing brochures, dusting, and general cleaning.
  • Attending ALL staff meetings.
  • Attending Women’s Center programs as needed/available.
  • Other tasks as assigned.