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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington facilitates nationally significant, locally relevant social policy research by connecting scholars, policymakers, and practitioners; magnifying the reach of new knowledge; and fostering the next generation of anti-poverty scholars. WCPC is headquartered in the UW School of Social Work and serves faculty affiliates and students across multiple UW departments and schools.
RESPONSIBILITIES: We are looking for a bright, competent and self-motivated Program Coordinator to support activities at the West Coast Poverty Center. This role requires attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines, efficient organizational skills, and the ability to switch gears nimbly between tasks and projects. Writing and verbal communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will possess the ability to complete tasks and projects with little guidance, react with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround, and take effective action when necessary. This is a temporary hourly position with 20 hours per week guaranteed. Work hours are flexible, but the coordinator needs to be available for Center events. Regular events take place mid-day on many Mondays and starting at 8:30 (staffing starting at 7:45) approximately 2-3 weekdays per month.
Maintain the WCPC website including regularly updating news and events
Manage WCPC events (bi-weekly seminars; an annual Poverty Summit; quarterly Roundtables; and others on an ad hoc basis) including all logistics (room reservations, flights, food, parking, scheduling, set-up/break-down, securing and using technology etc.) for the events and communication pre, during, and post event with the speaker
Manage day-to-day operations of WCPC office including answering emails and assisting with daily tasks; maintain an orderly workspace and stock area for center materials
Manage WCPC Roundtables including invitations, reminders, room rental, set-up, break-down, and communication with guests and speaker
Work with faculty director and research director to prepare WCPC communications materials, including developing content and adhering to design standards
Manage various email lists and prepare and send out mass communications (via Convio, Cvent or email)
Provide office administration support; reception, mail/courier services, food orders for meetings and related support
Support program development and affiliates' research activities though other tasks as needed
High school graduation or equivalent
Minimum of 1 year experience working in a professional office environment, preferably in a support or service-oriented role (can also be met by a combination of office work and service-oriented work in another setting)
Competence with basic office software (Word, Excel) and formatting content for web or email dissemination
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated success in prioritizing and organizing multiple projects and tasks
Self-motivated, proactive, and capable of working on own initiative with limited supervision
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Interest in poverty, social policy, and anti-poverty practice
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.