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Advocacy Ambassador – Hire Achievers

Hire Achievers Program Summary: This position is offered as a part of the Hire Achievers Program and aims to connect IUPUI undergraduate freshman and sophomores, with positions on-campus with faculty and staff in a variety of campus areas/programs. Positions start in August and end in May. Students in this program will be expected to participate in a variety of professional development learning modules in an online format throughout the year. Students who complete the entire year of the program and all of the learning modules will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to indicate their Hire Achievers experience on their IUPUI Experiential and Applied Learning Record. 

Department/Office: Office of Student Advocacy and Support/Office of Student Conduct
Hourly Wage: $10.15 - $11.00/hour
Schedule: 15 hours/week maximum
Duration: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
General Purpose: The Advocacy Ambassador position is an advanced leadership opportunity for current IUPUI freshmen and sophomore students to assist the Division of Student Affairs suite, consisting of the Office of Student Advocacy and Support, and the Office of Student Conduct. General duties include office administration support and extensive support of Paws’ Pantry and Closet.
Office Information: The Office of Student Advocacy and Support (OSAS) works to connect students with on- and off-campus resources that meet their basic needs. It provides advocacy and help in navigating campus procedures as well as oversight and support to the operation of Paws’ Pantry and Paws’ Closet; collaborates with other campus partners in providing support to under-resourced students and empowering them to use available resources on campus and in the community in order to strengthen academic persistence.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
50% Assisting Paws’ Pantry and Closet weekly with re-stocking of each space, food/clothing pick-ups/drop offs, sorting through inventory, serving in both locations, and other duties related to these operations.
40% Representing and assisting the suite with office administration through answering phones, filing, creating electronic documents, organizing supplies, and other office duties.
10% Engaging with students and the campus community as a representative of our suite through campus events, tabling, etc.

Required Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be reliable and able to manage time to work on multiple projects at once
  • Strong interest in serving others
  • Must be able to work independently, when needed, and on a team
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Federal Work-study award
  • Freshman or sophomore class standing
Preferred Qualifications:
·        Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs
·        Experience working with a food pantry or clothing closet
·        Knowledge of the Division of Student Affairs
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Gained in this Role:
Communicator – Students will learn how to listen actively, evaluate concerns, and convey ideas effectively in interactions with suite visitors; Students will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their leadership skills accurately
Innovator – Students will learn about the challenges in running a food pantry and clothing closet, and gain skills in confronting challenges that arise
Problem Solver – Students will gain critical thinking skills through the behind the scenes operations with the pantry and closet; Students will gain knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of and provide services to meet basic needs of students and address issues of insecurity; Students will be able to formulate one or more ideas to promote food security among their peers
Community Contributor – Students will gain the ability to collaborate more effectively with others by participating on team initiatives within the workplace and in the local community.