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 Subject : AmeriCorps VIP Member- Pride Center Fellow (Cal Poly).. 07/17/2018 12:49:18 AM 
Samuel Neil Byrd, MED NCC
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APPOINTMENT: 2018-2019 Academic Year (September 2018- July 2019)

1700 Hours over Academic Year (Approx. 40 Hours per week, including some nights and weekends.)

POSITION PURPOSE: The Cross Cultural Centers AmeriCorps VIP Member(s) will primarily assist and support volunteer infrastructure building, project management, community outreach, and assessment efforts. Situated within the PRIDE Center and reporting to the Lead Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, the service member will assist with the day-to-day operation of the center, as well as plan, coordinate, or facilitate student leadership development among paid student staff, volunteers, and intern/practicum students in the areas of education and advocacy, core programs & signature events, and special projects within contextual education. VIP members will increase the number of high-value (skilled and corporate) volunteers providing needed advocacy services for underrepresented sexuality and gender populations on campus. VIP members work as a part of the center’s professional team to coordinate volunteer programs and to coach and support high-value volunteers.

PRIDE CENTER MISSION STATEMENT: The PRIDE Center, situated in the Cross Cultural Centers unit, aims to be a diverse, open and public touchstone for all members of the California Polytechnic State University community to explore issues of sexual and gender identities, practices, and politics. It develops student leadership, builds workplace equity, promotes academic excellence through contextual education, and provides a variety of community resources. The PRIDE Center educates, advocates, and supports individuals of all genders and sexualities by providing intentional and intersectional learning opportunities through community building on and off campus. The PRIDE Center sustains and develops visibility, a sense of community, and knowledge of our diverse and queer culture.

Nationally, AmeriCorps is known as the domestic PeaceCorps and provides a huge array of services to those in need. The AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) is designed to address the significant challenges faced by California communities. Through the program, teams of AmeriCorps members are placed in communities to develop volunteer programs, harnessing the desire to serve to directly impact communities in need. Specifically, these non-profits focus on providing services to children and families.

General Responsibilities
    TRAINING: Attend and participate in AmeriCorps cohort trainings and service days, CCC/PRIDE Center weekly staff meetings, and attend Dean of Students trainings

    OFFICE: Maintain forty (40) office hours per week (which include staff meeting times), including some nights and weekends
  • Meet with student staff, volunteers, and intern/practicum students for project updates and assignments
  • Perform administrative duties like photocopying, typing, data entry, and student relations
  • Maintain event planning and budgetary documentation in collaboration with the Graduate Assistant
  • General support for Lead Coordinator and CCC team.

  • Compose and maintain correspondence on progress and activities
  • Collaborate with professional staff and student assistants in the production and execution of CCC events
  • Aid in the production marketing and advertising material for dialogues and events including the creation of fliers, calendar events, newsletter notices, social media posts, and promotional material
  • Submit reports and a year-end legacy binder for future development of the Cross Cultural Centers

  • Develop relationships and serve as an ambassador to campus and community partners
  • Assist Lead Coordinator in development and fund raising ventures with community partners and alumni

  • Provide project management for PRIDE Center core programs and signature events
  • Assist with managing the programs and services of each constituent center
  • Organize and facilitate socials, events, trainings, and retreats
  • Identify and develop leadership opportunities for students in the PRIDE Center
  • Mentor and support student assistants, intern/practicum students, and volunteers within the PRIDE Center


    Academic Requirements
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education
  • Must meet all requirements for national service through the AmeriCorps VIP Program
  • Must have a flexible schedule (some weekends and evenings required)

    Required Qualifications
  • Ability to understand, articulate, and learn issues of social justice and cultural competency, especially those affecting sexual and gender minorities
  • Ability to work within the philosophy, mission, and purpose of the Cross Cultural Centers
  • Have awareness on issues affecting underrepresented communities and willingness to learn more
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in intersectional pro-women identifying activities and diversity issues
  • Self-initiated with good follow-through
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, multi-task, and manage time effectively
  • Passion for working with underrepresented population and social justice related issues

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience in student leadership and involvement and/or LGBTQ+ support services
  • Event or programming experience
  • Previous or current membership in a culturally or social justice based student organization
  • Passion for working with underrepresented population and social justice related issues

    About AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps is not a job; it is a paid service experience through the federal government. AmeriCorps members are not employees of the agency; they are AmeriCorps members serving at a host site.
  • AmeriCorps offers an opportunity to gain professional development, experience, and the satisfaction that comes from helping others.
  • The positions focus on building the capacity of agencies by building and strengthening volunteer programs in community agencies and have a fundraising component.
  • AmeriCorps is an 11-month service commitment from September 2018 - July 2019.
  • All positions are full-time (1700 hours/year).
  • Members receive a living allowance of $15,500, paid twice monthly in equal installments throughout the term of service.
  • Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award (appx. $5,800) that can be used to pay for college and some work training programs or to repay outstanding student loans.
  • Members are eligible for health insurance and subsidized child-care for the length of their service term.
  • For more specifics about AmeriCorps, visit

    About Cal Poly
    California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is a nationally-ranked public university that prides itself on the individual success of its students. Located in San Luis Obispo on California's sunny Central Coast, Cal Poly gives students an unparalleled college experience as well as industry connections in both the Bay Area and Southern California. Cal Poly is consistently recognized as one of the nation's best values for graduates' return on investment. Cal Poly is driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. At Cal Poly, most classes are taught by professors in small classrooms, not packed lecture halls, and from their first moments on campus, most students are challenged to put what they learn into practice in a real-world setting. For more about Cal Poly, visit

    About San Luis Obispo
    San Luis Obispo is a picturesque city located on the central coast of California, roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For more information about San Luis Obispo, visit

    To Apply:
    Interested applicants should complete the AmeriCorps application and submit a resume and cover letter directly to the Lead Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives at Cal Poly, Samuel Byrd (Email: [email protected] with Subject Line: AmeriCorps Fellow Applicant– First and Last Name).
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