Position Title: Paws’ Ambassador
Department/Office: Office of Student Advocacy and Support
Hourly Wage: $10.15 - $11.00/hour
Schedule: 10 hours/week
Duration: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
General Purpose: The Paws’ Ambassador position is an advanced leadership opportunity for current IUPUI students to assist the Office of Student Advocacy and Support and Paws’ Pantry. General duties include weekly pantry staffing, various food pick-ups throughout the community including weekly Panera Bread and bi-weekly load out, and other general support as needed.
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:
90% Assisting Paws’ Pantry weekly with re-stocking, food pick-ups/drop offs, sorting through inventory, serving in pantry during operating hours, and other duties related to these operations.
10% Engaging with students and the campus community as a representative of our suite through campus events, tabling, etc.
· Availability on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:30 am – 12 pm; a two hour time block during pantry operational hours (Tues/Wed 10 am – 4 pm; Thur 10 am – 7 pm)
· 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
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs
· Experience working with a food pantry
· 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 pantry clients; 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 gain skills in confronting challenges that arise
Problem Solver – Students will gain critical thinking skills through the behind the scenes operations with the pantry; 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.