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Graduate Student Big Blue Pantry Assistant

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Job Title Graduate Student Big Blue Pantry Assistant
Requisition Number DU10251
Department Name 1B300: Health and Wellness
Work Location Lexington, KY
Salary Range $600 Bi-weekly
Type of Position Student
Position Time Status Part-Time
Required Education
● Requires enrollment in a master’s level program, preferably in social work or education.
○ Candidates with master’s degrees must be currently enrolled in a
graduate program at the University of Kentucky.
○ Candidates with bachelor’s or master’s degrees, if considered, will
be considered for a Graduate Assistantship reporting to The Big
Blue Pantry Program Coordinator.
● All candidates will have a demonstrable history in humanitarian or social services work which advocates and preserves the dignity of vulnerable populations.
Required Related Experience
All candidates will, at least, have a demonstrable history in humanitarian or social services work which advocates and preserves the dignity of vulnerable populations.
Required License/Registration/Certification
Physical Requirements
Sitting for long periods of time, walking
8am – 5pm Mon.-Fri. (20 hours per week)
Job Summary
The GSBBPA will be responsible for providing graduate/professional student & postdoctoral scholar case management for UK students who frequently utilize pantry services, assisting in educational outreach for the Big Blue Pantry to academic units and community partners, basic needs program and institutional research, and assist in the daily operations of the pantry, as needed.
The position is envisioned as a Graduate Assistantship for a student in either social work or education and will report to the Big Blue Pantry Program Coordinator.
The GSBBBPA serves four primary roles:
(1) Assisting in on-campus advocacy for the Big Blue Pantry, under the leadership of the Big Blue Pantry Program Coordinator, tasked with raising awareness of the program and the needs it aims to address among the campus community.
(2) Managing the Swipe Ahead program and ensuring compliance in student applications.
(3) As a liaison to TRACS (Triage, Referral, and Crisis Support) assisting students who are continual pantry visitors to assess greater needs and/or extenuating circumstances.
(4) As a researcher tasked with compiling data-driven reports related to pantry visits, statistics related to UK’s Basic Needs Program, and best practices for pantry operations, under advisement of the Big Blue Pantry Program Coordinator.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
  • Extremely well-organized with excellent follow-through ability. Effectively manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Experience in counseling, advising or teaching of students/adults about basic needs issues.
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and to interface effectively with students, faculty and university administrators.
  • Ability to embrace and drive change and to organize and manage multiple priorities, programs, and projects, both independently and in a team.
  • Ability to organize and execute a research program in some area related to basic needs.
  • Ability to summarize, create, or interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Must demonstrate effective oral and written communication, program planning, presentation, and computer skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population of team members and constituents.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with academic units.
  • Has basic knowledge of life and culture in academia and graduate education.
  • Service-oriented approach.
  • Careful attention to detail.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience
Requires a bachelor’s degree, preferably in social work or education. Current enrollment in a graduate program at UK (social work or education).
Deadline to Apply 08/15/2023
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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