Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
The Campus and Community Engagement Unit reflects Cornell's commitment to creating a cohesive student experience with a strong focus on student learning, development, engagement, and leadership. The unit is comprised of New Student Programs (including the Carol Tatkon Center), Sorority and Fraternity Life, the Public Service Center, and Campus Activities. Together we are dedicated to helping students make the most of their Cornell experience, by helping to enrich the experience outside of the classroom. Together with colleagues from across campus, we are devoted to building a community and creating co-curricular opportunities where the intrinsic value and worth of the individual is affirmed; community standards and values are upheld; and students have the opportunity to learn grow and apply their learning in myriad ways.
The Public Service Center (PSC) was founded in 1991 by President Emeritus Frank H. T. Rhodes to expand faculty and student community engagement in outreach. Today more than 7000 students participate in programs of the PSC each year. Our mission is to empower students through campus and community collaborations to create a more just and equitable world. We do this through 30 student organizations focused on community engagement spanning a wide variety of social issues; administering the community work study program; supporting service-learning course; and administering two Upward Bound grants and one NYS Science and Technology Entry Program grant.
The Community Work Study Program enables Cornell Federal Work Study (FWS) students to be employed by eligible nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities primarily in the local region and throughout the U.S, and ensures that Cornell University complies with a Department of Education mandate to use at least 7% of FWS allocation to employ students in community service jobs. Under supervision of the Associate Director, the Program Assistant serves as the primary contact for employers and student employees involved in the Community Work Study Program; on average this program places over 300 students in jobs with around 50 different eligible employers. A crucial component of this position is to maintain and nurture longstanding relationships with local off-campus employers, multiple university departments, members of the faculty and staff, and Cornell students. You assist with reporting and compiling program records to ensure compliance, maintain postings for student jobs in the program, and oversee administrative details of each student's employment opportunity. The program benefits Cornell students by providing an off-campus engagement experience and a real-world work experience.
Key Success Factors:
Excellent organization skills, including the ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities.
Ability to provide consistent, professional and courteous service in a fast-paced office setting.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and desire to represent the Public Service Center to both internal and external partners.
Ability to work with minimal supervision, and the drive take initiative and address needs pro-actively.
Associate's degree, with at least 2 years of experience.
Knowledge of Student Employment and Financial Aid processes.
Able to handle confidential information appropriately.
Proficient computer skills (word processing, database, Power Point, spreadsheets).
Experience working in a higher-education environment, and enjoy working with college-aged students.
Knowledge of Federal Work Study program and policies
Knowledge of Ithaca and Tompkins County, specifically the non-profit community.
Previous use of WorkDay and PeopleSoft
Please note: There is no visa sponsorship available for this position.
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