Office of Community Service Coordinating Positions

The following coordinator positions are available, please click on the position title for more detailed description. There will be a transition process in the spring of 2014 and the position officially begins at the start of the Fall 2014 Semester.

Applications are due either Wednesday February 12 or March 26 (deadlines are listed on the application page).  These are paid positions for work-study students and volunteer leadership positions for non-work study students.

If you are interested, please apply here.

Connecticut Forests and Parks Association (CFPA)–Due Date Feb. 12

 Hours: about 5 hours per week, schedule is flexible

The program coordinator is responsible for recruitment and organization of volunteers to maintain trails across Connecticut and promote environmental conservation through events such as film screenings, expositions, and hikes with children. The coordinator is typically certified as a Crew Chief by the CFPA Trails Committee, but it is not required, and may be elected to the CFPA Board of Directors to work more closely with the organization. The coordinator will work with the other OCS/CCP (Office of Comunity Service/Center for Community Partnership) programs as well as EON (Environmental Organizer’s Network) and other groups on campus. We are looking for innovative and well-organized people who will continue to expand and move WesCFPA forward.


Housing and Hunger–Due Date Feb. 12

Hours: about 4 hours per week

The program coordinator will be responsible for checking in with the three different Hunger and Homelessness programs (Food Rescue, Habitat for Humanity, and Bread Salvage) and their respective coordinators. Ze will assist each coordinator with advocacy, recruitment, expansion, financial needs and events. Ze will also attend monthly meetings with the rest of the Middlesex County Childhood Hunger task force, maintain useful communication with Amazing Grace Food Pantry, and serve as Office Assistant to OCS.  A top priority of this position is to cultivate relationships with other, related students groups and student initiatives, working with them to plan hunger and homelessness-related programs on campus and in town.

We are looking for innovative and well-organized people who can multitask and offer assistance to different programs. Schedule is flexible.

Working with other coordinators and assisting with their programs (40%)

  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Looking for expansion opportunities
  • Organizing fundraising or educational events for a specific programAssisting with SBC requests and transactions

On Campus Advocacy (40%)

  • Organize events and inviting speakers
  • Potentially holding a student forum

Maintaining Contact with outside organizations (20%)


Individual Tutoring–Due Date Feb. 12

Hours: 6-8 hours at the beginning of each semester; about 4 hours a week after

The program coordinator has several responsibilities as a go between for parents and students. Schedule is very flexible. Responsibilities vary throughout the semester and include:

  • Coming into the office to check phone messages and sometimes meet with new tutors
  • Recruiting and training new tutors
  • Matching Wesleyan tutors with Middletown students
  • Returning phone calls and emails from parents
  • Keeping track of all tutor requests and pairings
  • Making sure the OrgSync participant list is accurate by the end of each semester


Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)–Due Date Feb. 12

Hours: about 5 hours per week

The OCS student coordinator for the Wesleyan chapter of SHOFCO is a leadership role within the Center for Community Partnerships. Not only does the student have a leadership role within the student organization of SHOFCO-Wesleyan, but also has the opportunity to facilitate the creation and development of other student groups. The coordinator position is a wonderful opportunity to connect more with the official SHOFCO organization, and to maintain contact with those working on the field in Kenya as well as in SHOFCO’s New York City office.

The OCS Coordinator is someone who assists in the leading of the student group, and is given a lot of flexibility in the creation and implementation on ideas for how Wesleyan students can further SHOFCO’s mission at both Wesleyan and in Middletown.

We are looking for someone who is organized and who is committed to the mission of Shining Hope for Communities. Preferably someone who is currently a member of the student organization, and therefore has a deep interest and knowledge of both the non-profit organization and its Wesleyan chapter.

SHOFCO-Wesleyan Coordination (70%):

  • Help lead weekly meetings
  • Recruiting
  • Planning/organizing fundraising and awareness events
  • SBC requests and transactions
  • Maintaining an inventory of SWEP products
  • Keeping track of all money fundraised
  • Maintaining contact with the New York City office

Office Work and Working with Other Coordinators (30%):

  • Maintaining a few office hours per week assisting volunteers and answering phones
  • Collaborating and Assisting Coordinators
  • Monthly OCS office meetings


WesGilead–Due Date Feb. 12

Hours: about 2 hours per week (not including time spent with buddy as a participating member of the program, too)

The program coordinator will be responsible for working with their co-coordinator to keep the WGA an active organization. As a very independent program, it is key that the coordinators check in regularly with their members to keep everyone on top of their duties. The coordinator will help organize and run brief check-in meetings with students in WGA, resolve any problems between students and buddies, plan our monthly socials with Patty at Gilead Community Services, send out coordinating emails to the group, help set new members up with appropriate paperwork and buddies, run info sessions to recruit more members, and potentially even be the financial contact/help the financial contact collect receipts and deal with any financial issues that may arise. Both program coordinators are expected to simultaneously be active members of the group, meeting up with their own buddies regularly, too.

We are looking for innovative and well-organized people who will keep our members accountable for meeting with their buddies while feeling like they have the support and network they need be successful participants in WGA. It is preferable that the coordinator has experience in the program him/herself. Schedule is flexible.


Organize check-in meetings with members (40%)

  • Plan monthly socials/special events with buddies
  • Send out check-in/reminder emails
  • Assist with SBC requests and transactions

Maintain Contact with Gilead Community Services (40%)

  • Help new members with paperwork
  • Plan Gilead orientations with Gilead Staff
  • Maintain contact with our faculty advisor

On Campus Advocacy (20%)

  • Recruit new members
  • Organize info sessions

WesReads/WesMath-Due Date Feb.12

Hours: about 5 hours per week

The program coordinator will serve as a liaison between the contacts at the elementary schools, Farm Hill and Macdonough, and the Wesleyan tutors. He or she will help recruit volunteers each semester, lead training sessions for interested tutors, be responsible for sending out weekly email updates on schedules, create a Midsemester Report and Midsemester Survey, arrange transportation to and from schools for tutors and organize materials for the tutors.
We are looking for organized and committed individuals who are able to manage various responsibilities.

Logistics (60%)

  • Emailing tutors weekly updates about scheduling changes
  • Photocopying/ organizing various tutoring materials for the Math, Reading and Writing program at the different schools
  • Setting up and attending meetings with the various contacts at the elementary schools we work with
  • Organizing van schedules
  • Addressing any questions or concerns from either volunteers or the school
  • Creating the Mid-semester Report and the Mid-semester Survey, reviewing the results, and implementing any necessary changes


On Campus (25%)

  • Recruitment of volunteers at the Student Group Fair and the Community Engagement fair
  • Holding training sessions/ information sessions for interested volunteers (both new and old)
  • Attending biweekly student staff meetings at the Office of Community Service

Curriculum Development (15%)

  • Evaluating existing curricula and discussion with school administrators and tutors about effectiveness
  • Proposing revisions to current curricula, and contributing to and supervising their implementation
  • Meeting with Project Managers to discuss curriculum development, set deadlines, and edit any revisions

Jelisa Adair

I am the Civic Engagement Fellow for 2013-2014. While a student at Wesleyan I double majored in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a joint thesis during my senior year. I am interested in issues of social justice, mental health, media, and global welfare.