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Center Programming Assistant

Rate of pay: $10.10/hour

Work location: UI Cultural and Resource Centers

What you will learn

You can expect to learn skills such as time management, conflict resolution, balancing priorities, managing finances, interpersonal communication, customer service experience, and working with people from diverse backgrounds and working as part of a team.  Although your job in the Division of Student Life may not be directly related to your future profession, the skills you learn here will help you in your chosen career path and give you valuable work experience to strengthen your resume.

Basic job function

Assist in the day-to-day operation of the Cultural Centers: African-American Cultural Center, Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, Latino Native American Cultural Center, and the Pride Alliance Center.  Assist in taking phone messages, scheduling reservations, responding to e-mail and/or Facebook messages, contacting campus partners & community agencies & programming.  Assist in daily maintenance & upkeep of centers as well as securing the centers.    


  • Maintain consistent working schedule in center
  • Successfully plan and execute programming with Coordinator of assigned Cultural Center
  • Assist in the administrative operation of the center by taking phone messages, responding to e-mail and/or social media messages on behalf of the center, contacting campus partners and community agencies
  • Create a warm and welcoming environment and encourage students to utilize SWIPE technology for attendance purposes
  • Be present and assist as needed during assigned center and large-scale diversity programs sponsored by the University of Iowa, such as Cultural Center Open Houses and affinity graduations
  • Assist in the physical maintenance of the Cultural Center facilities by assisting in daily cleaning and upkeep of Center, tracking the use of Center property, reporting structural damages to Center Coordinator, safely securing the building at the close of shift or center hours, as well as for university designated breaks and holidays
  • Attend weekly center staff meetings and semesterly professional development trainings as scheduled by the Associate Director
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned



  • Must be a registered UI student
  • Able to work a minimum of 4 hours per week
  • Comfortable working with international students, students of color and students who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual
  • Good verbal, written, email, and other technology platform (e.g, GroupMe) communication skills
  • Strong interest and experience in multicultural education and social justice issues
  • Problem-solving, conflict resolution, initiative, as well as technology and social media skills


  • Experience in student leadership & multicultural programming (e.g., event planning, community involvement)
  • Work-Study
  • Knowledge of University policies, procedures, and regulations as outlined

Training requirements

  • IMU Student Orientation
  • Fall and Spring Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE) Trainings

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