Jumpstart Program Assistant (Social Media, Outreach, & Culture)

Applications for 2023-2024 school year are open until filled. Priority will be given to those who send in all application materials by July 10, 2023. 

The Jumpstart Program Assistant of Social Media, Outreach, & Culture will support managers with recruitment efforts, managing social media and email accounts, and lead student committees that engage current members in community building events and annual/quarterly Jumpstart events.

COVID-19 Vaccination now a condition of employment

The University of Washington requires all employees, whether on-site or remote, to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment unless a documented medical or religious exemption is approved. The UW allows for reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons as outlined hereA philosophical reason is not an acceptable exemption reason. Please note that all preschools that Jumpstart partner with require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Some sites do not accept exemption notes, regardless of reasoning, so please expect Site Managers or preschool staff to ask for this. 

The Social Media, Outreach, & Culture Program Assistant will perform the following activities:

  • Provide recruitment support to reach AmeriCorps member goal (80 members; posting on social media platforms, creating flyers on Canva, leading info sessions, and managing Jumpstart email account)
  • Assist site staff in child data management
  • Create graphics/visuals for recruitment purposes
  • Coordinate cross-departmental outreach to strengthen Jumpstart presence on campus (RSOs; colleges; etc.)
  • Co-manage Jumpstart’s social media accounts, including creating a strong social media plan and increasing content frequency across all social media accounts
  • Assist with Jumpstart community building events and celebrations (student committees, Open Forums, and Volunteer Coordinator events).
  • Facilitate meetings with student-led committees - create agendas, create welcoming environment, solicit ideas for community building events from Jumpstart members, delegate tasks to members as necessary, tracking member attendance and learning outcomes
  • Implementing feedback surveys to create feedback rich culture and deliver findings to Site Managers
  • Create weekly newsletter for Jumpstart members
  • Collaborate with other Jumpstart student staff and CELE staff on various projects and events

Meetings, Materials Management, and Office duties

  • Attend weekly meetings with Jumpstart staff and 1-on-1 check-ins with supervisor
  • Host weekly office hours to support CM learning and foster community
  • Assist site staff in managing materials inventory, team room organization and cleanliness, and supply ordering
  • Create weekly demonstration materials to support students.

Other duties

  • Attending and participating in Jumpstart training and/or community and family engagement events, potential evening hours
  • Supporting implementation of Testing for Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL) in preschool classrooms (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines), which requires travel
  • Participate in fundraising and community and family engagement events

Weekly hours vary between 15-19 hours per week. Possibility to work more hours during school breaks.

To be successful, we recommend students have the following qualifications:

  • Comfortable working with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drives, and willingness to learn specialized database software.
  • Strong language and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Must have keen attention to detail and be organized to maintain files and meet deadlines.
  • Confidentiality is key when working with people and managing sensitive information
  • Ability to work on a team and independently on daily tasks, ask questions when unsure, and to commit to a regular office schedule set on a quarterly basis.
  • Have a positive attitude and interest in promoting service and leadership initiatives.
  • Ability to work and build relationships with people (especially students and staff members) from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to tailor communication to various people based on learning/working strengths and cultural relevance.
  • Ability to lead both live and recorded presentations.
  • Maturity and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers.
  • Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and think strategically.
  • Ability to fulfill a year-long program support commitment.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 40 lbs. for small distances in office and storage space.
  • bi-/multilingual/cultural;
  • lived in or familiar with communities Jumpstart typically serves (South Seattle, White Center, Highline);
  • experience with data entry and filing in an office setting.
  • Strong financial and materials management skills.
  • Experience in a leadership role recruiting, training, managing, and supporting groups of people to address community needs through service projects.
  • Federal Work Study eligible
  • Compensation of $18 per hour
  • Program Assistants will develop stronger written and verbal communication, organizational and time management skills.
  • Gain leadership experience by facilitating meetings, leading student committees, and receiving ample training in various topics related to leadership and social justice.
  • Gain data and systems management experience, excellent professional and personal development opportunities, and incorporate interests into Program Assistant work.
  • Developing meaningful relationships and networking will be a valuable by-product of the various activities PAs will be responsible for or participate in.

1. Watch our Jumpstart Video to get a sense of the Jumpstart UW program

2. Verify you are eligible for Work Study by emailing workstdy@uw.edu or checking your Financial Aid Status for your award amount

3. Attend the Student Staff Info Session on May 12th at 1:30pm PST in MGH 171, Multipurpose Room or May 26th at 1:30pm on Zoom. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/LLH5L6HpbUwKcvX5A

4. Submit resume to grisr@uw.edu with relevant experience and cover letter explaining 1) why you are interested in the position and how this role aligns with your current interests/experience and future goals, and 2) what skills you will bring to the position.

5. Applicants who move onto the next round will be invited to attend an individual or group interview via Zoom