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 Facebook messages on behalf of the center, contacting campus partners and community agencies.
  • Encourage users of assigned center to utilize the SWIPE technology for attendance purposes.
  • Communicate effectively using center and program area GroupMeā€™s, email and verbal communication methods.
  • Be present at and assist as needed during assigned center and large scale diversity programs sponsored by the University of Iowa.
  • Assist in the physical maintenance of the Cultural Center facilities by reporting structural damages to center Coordinator, assisting in daily cleaning and upkeep of center, tracking the use of center property, safely securing the building at the close of shift or center hours, and securely closing- securing the center for university designated breaks or holidays.
  • Maintain a speaker's bureau: a listing of staff and/or students willing to speak on issues relevant to the Cultural Centers' constituency groups
  • Assist the center Coordinator in development of Open House and Awards/Graduation Reception for respective communities.
  • Attend weekly center staff meetings, semesterly all staff meetings, and professional development trainings as scheduled by the Assistant Director.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Must be a registered UI student.
  • Able to work a minimum of 4 hours per week.
  • Work Study preferred, but not required.
  • Comfortable working with students of color and students who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Trans*, Gender non-conforming, Intersex, and Asexual.
  • Good communication skills are necessary.
  • Experience in student leadership & multicultural programming (i.e. event planning, community involvement) preferred.
  • Knowledge of University policies, procedures, and regulations is desirable.
  • Successful applicant will possess a strong interest and experience in multicultural education and social justice issues.

Training requirements

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

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