Summer Ambassador - Summer 2022

Hours:  Approximately 15-20 hours/week (Summer)

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student for fall 2022
  • Able to be employed from June - September 2022
  • Familiarity with Zoom and online video conferencing logistics
  • Ability to manage online and in-person group dynamics and facilitate dialogues
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and relationship building skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Possess a strong understanding of issues regarding AAPI communities, student leadership, student support, social justice, and diversity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prefer an upper level (2nd year or higher) undergraduate student
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 and in good academic standing
  • Experience serving in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student organizations or other leadership positions and working with AAPI students
  • Experience in educational, cultural, and identity based event planning
  • Experience with student organizing and activity planning
  • Passionate about empowering future generations of AAPI students
  • Understanding of marketing, online content, social media, and outreach efforts geared toward students

About the Job

The Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) is committed to supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students thrive at the University of Minnesota. The position will have a vital role in working with APARC staff to develop, implement, and coordinate the New AAPI Student Welcome sessions and AAPI First-Year Retreat. The New AAPI Student Welcome sessions and AAPI First-Year Retreat serve to support first-year AAPI students with transitioning to college through community building activities and introduction to AAPI identity development. The goal of the programs are to welcome students to the U, connect students to the AAPI community on campus, and affirm the identities and experiences of AAPI students.

The position will be responsible for organizing and leading 4-5 online student sessions and 1 in-person retreat to engage students with social engagements, discussions, presentations, and/or workshops that are related to first-year student experiences, specific to the AAPI student population. The position will work closely with APARC staff to plan activities, facilitate programming, and continuously develop the program to support AAPI students. In addition, the position is responsible for supporting the resource center as noted in the position duties and responsibilities.

The position will be working remotely from June-September. The position will transition to in-person work in September. During remote work, candidates must be available to attend a weekly team meeting during regular hours of operations: Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm and initial team training during the first week of hire. Team meetings and training will be scheduled after hiring. Open to coordinating staffing schedules to meet specific needs and accommodations. Ability to maintain an assigned staffing schedule is essential. The position will require some evening hours and one working Saturday pending scheduling of program activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement New AAPI Student Welcome and AAPI First-Year Retreat activities to support AAPI students with college transition
  • Develop and implement online and social media outreach efforts to connect with first-year AAPI students for program participation
  • Research and gather information to develop student engagement programming and activities for students
  • Meet with APARC staff for support with program planning, implementation, and communication to students for program participation
  • Lead and facilitate program activities
  • Model positive and inclusive behavior, and support students in the program with informal mentorship and resources
  • Maintain program feedback and student evaluations with program participation
  • Attend campus and community sponsored programs, events, and activities related to first-year student college transition
  • Answer questions and direct campus resources for students
  • Assist with other campus and community activities as needed
  • Assist with other APARC events and activities that may occur during position timeline
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Application

Starting pay is $14/hr with opportunities to increase pay based on experiences and skills related to the position. Application deadline is May 8th. Applications received after the priority deadline are not guaranteed consideration. Anticipated start date is May 31, 2022. Anticipated end date is September 30, 2022 or earlier.

To apply, please email Kong Her, Director of APARC, at kher@umn.edu.  Please submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and a 1 page cover letter addressing the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in the position and what experiences, skills, identities, and knowledge will you bring to the position? 
  2. What do you believe are the struggles and challenges that AAPI first-year students face?
  3. As a Summer Ambassador, how would you help empower AAPI students to overcome those challenges?

About the Department

The Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) is committed to ensuring AAPI students thrive in their academic journey, affirming AAPI student identity and experiences, and engaging the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to better support AAPI students.  APARC is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI). APARC provides AAPI students with culturally relevant programs for academic success and personal development.

Follow APARC at instagram.com/aparc.umn and facebook.com/aparc.umn.

Please contact Kong Her, Director of APARC, at kher@umn.edu with any questions.

Diversity

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.