Join the Volunteer Center
The Pepperdine Volunteer Center is always seeking students who are passionate about justice and service. The PVC offers a unique avenue for students to share their passion across Pepperdine.
If you are interested in working the PVC next year, we invite you to complete the application below. We are hiring for Jumpstart, Weekly Service, Marketing and Awareness, Project Serve, Service Leaders, and College Connection. If you are interested in applying for the Special Events Director, please apply through Handshake. Students with Federal Work-Study or Pepperdine Work Program are preferred. If you are not sure whether you have FWS or PWP, please contact your Financial Assistance counselor.
Please explore the job descriptions below to help discern which role is right for you.
Student Positions 2017-2018
Weekly Service Intern
The Weekly Service Intern (WSI) role is essential for helping manage the weekly service opportunities that go out each week. The WSI will focus primarily on the following job responsibilities:
- Oversee and support all of the Weekly Service Coordinators with guidance from the Assistant Director of the PVC. The WSI is responsible for training, weekly accountability meetings, encouragement and individual support for the coordinators.
- Additionally, they will provide initial and ongoing training for student Service Leaders for all programs, including van training and service leadership training.
- In collaboration with PVC student staff and other groups on campus, these students will help implement programs for the Week of Hunger and Homelessness and the Week of Peace, Hope and Justice.
- Help select, train, and manage Service Leaders.
- Lead weekly service programs when needed.
Both positions should expect to work 450 hours over the school year which includes above tasks, and additional office tasks as assigned.
Weekly Service Coordinators
Education & Literacy Coordinator (2 positions)
The Education & Literacy Coordinators (ELCs) will coordinate weekly service opportunities for the Pepperdine campus by continuing partnerships with local nonprofits. The ELCs recruit student Service Leaders and volunteers, advertise and manage opportunities, and raise awareness of education and literacy issues facing our local communities. ELCs provide leadership to volunteers in developing their understanding of social justice issues. ELCs should expect to work 300 hours over the school year, which includes the above tasks and additional office tasks. This position often requires evening and weekend time commitments. Each ELC will have a special emphasis:
- Juvenile Probation Camps Specialist: This ELC will maintain a positive relationship with LA County Probation and LACOE officials, primarily those located at Camp Miller and Camp Gonzales. The ELC will recruit students and walk them through the process of gaining clearance for the camps. This ELC will focus on understanding the detention system in LA and in the US. Volunteer opportunities are a minimum semester commitment.
- Tutoring Specialist: This ELC will focus on best practices in tutoring and mentoring in order to prepare student volunteers to tutor children and adults. Program partners will include the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, School on Wheels Downtown Learning Center, and Malibu public schools. This ELC will also work with other coordinators who mentor and tutor.
Hunger & Homelessness Coordinator (2 positions)
The Hunger & Homelessness Coordinators (HHCs) will coordinate weekly service opportunities for the Pepperdine campus by continuing partnerships with local nonprofits. The HHCs recruit student Service Leaders and volunteers, advertise and manage opportunities, and raise awareness of hunger and homelessness issues facing our local communities. HHCs provide leadership to volunteers in developing their understanding of social justice issues. HHCs should expect to work 300 hours over the school year, which includes the above tasks and additional office tasks. This position often requires evening and weekend time commitments. Each HHC will have a special emphasis:
- Skid Row Specialist: This HHC will partner with nonprofits located in Skid Row, including Union Rescue Mission, Midnight Mission, and Dream Center.
- Ventura County Specialist: This HHC will partner with nonprofits located in Ventura County, including The Kingdom Center, Food Share, and Habitat for Humanity.
Environmental Justice Coordinator (1 position)
The Environmental Justice Coordinator (EJC) will coordinate weekly service opportunities for the Pepperdine campus by continuing partnerships with local nonprofits, such as Santa Monica Mountains Restoration Trust, Heal the Bay, and Pepperdine's Green Team. The EJC recruits student Service Leaders and volunteers, advertises and manages opportunities, and raises awareness of environmental issues facing our local communities. EJC provides leadership to volunteers in developing their understanding of social justice issues. EJC should expect to work 300 hours over the school year, which includes the above tasks and additional office tasks. This position often requires evening and weekend time commitments.
Health & Wellness Coordinator (2 positions)
The Health & Wellness Coordinators (HWCs) will coordinate weekly service opportunities for the Pepperdine campus by continuing partnerships with local nonprofits. The HWCs recruit student Service Leaders and volunteers, advertise and manage opportunities, and raise awareness of health issues facing our local communities. HWCs provide leadership to volunteers in developing their understanding of social justice issues. HWCs should expect to work 300 hours over the school year, which includes the above tasks and additional office tasks. This position often requires evening and weekend time commitments. Each HWC will have a special emphasis:
- Youth Specialist: This HWC will partner with nonprofits that interact with youth, typically junior and high school age. This includes partnerships with the Malibu Boys & Girls Club, Hand in Hand through our Transitions Program and continuing to pilot our Equine Therapy Program.
- Adult Specialist: This HWC will partner with nonprofits supporting elderly care and adults with special needs. This includes partnerships with WISE and Healthy Aging throughout Senior Connection Program and multiple partners in Thousand Oaks, CA, that support young adults with special needs.
Jumpstart Team Leader
Team Leaders develop a high-quality program at a designated pre-school site through team recruitment, site organization, training and modeling, and the necessary administrative tasks of the site, including record keeping and reporting. Jumpstart Corps member experience strongly preferred.
Jumpstart Program Assistant
Assist with Jumpstart administrative duties including but not limited to maintaining and organizing student files, materials management, and fulfilling requests by the Jumpstart's regional office. Jumpstart Corps member experience preferred.
Jumpstart Community Ambassador
Further enhance the services provided by Jumpstart by designing and implementing resources for Jumpstart families and preschools and assisting Jumpstart teams with family involvement efforts. Conduct research through surveys and meetings to obtain preschool and family feedback and provide one additional resource or service to Jumpstart's preschool partners. Must be conversant in Spanish. Jumpstart Corps member experience preferred.
Jumpstart Program Intern
Support the daily management of a 501(c)3 on campus, Jumpstart for Young Children. Gain valuable experience working in the non-profit field while assisting employee recruitment and hiring, staff development, grant management, and employee morale.
Jumpstart experience preferred. Strong interest in non-profit management and early childhood education required.
Project Serve Coordinator
The Project Serve Coordinators (PSC) organize Pepperdine's spring break service trips, which entails site coordination, Team Leader (PSTL) selection and training, team member selection, setting budgets, leading fundraising initiatives, and other duties as assigned. Each PSC will have a special emphasis:
- Events & Recruitment: This PSC will plan and execute all special events, including the Site Catalog Web Release, Site Revelation, PS Team Leader Service Day, Spring Break Sendoff, and PS fundraisers. In addition this PSC will create a recruitment plan for recruiting PSTLs and team members.
- Education and Data: This PSC will plan and execute PSTL club convo opportunities, Project Serve large group trainings, and assist as a teacher assistant for the PSTL class. In addition, this PSC will assist the PVC Assistant Director and Administrative Assistant in the collection, entry, and management of PS databases.
Both coordinators are expected to support each other in all of the tasks above. In addition, PSCs may be asked to lead a Project Serve team if needed.
Special Events Director
The Special Events Director (SED) will design and implement one-time service opportunities including Step Forward Day, Red Cross Blood Drive, Senior Prom, and other opportunities. This position will be expected to begin work in May 2016, to prepare for Step Forward Day (SFD). The SED works closely with the MAC to build a vision for SFD 2016. In addition, the SED will lead the four members of the SFD team through the summer until the week after SFD.
In collaboration with other groups on campus, the SED will support all programs for the Week of Hunger and Homelessness and the Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice.
The SED position will begin in May 2016 and continue through April 2017.
Step Forward Day Team Internships
Step Forward Day Team recruitment will begin after March 11. Four positions will exist with the primary purpose of working with the Special Events Director to plan and execute Step Forward Day. These positions are ideal for students who want great experience, internship credit, and want be on campus for summer classes. Positions to be selected will be:
- Community Liaison: Coordinates communication and paperwork with nonprofit partners for SFD. Day of SFD, manages On-Call Team in PVC office to manage any issues regarding sites.
- Pepperdine Liaison: Disseminates communication to various Pepperdine groups for SFD, develops and executes SFD workshops for group leaders, and creates reflection plans for each group. Day of SFD, manages Check-in Team to facilitate all volunteer check-ins and communicates closely with Walk-in Tent Team.
- Chief of Operations: Manages all contact and requests for outside vendors, creates all set-up diagrams and requests, works with SED on design of SFD Afterparty and Volunteer Fair. Prepares materials for morning and afterparty setup. Day of SFD, directs transition after morning check-in to Alumni Park and manages shifts for student staff.
- Database Extraordinaire: Manages registration system for group leaders and individuals, creates transportation matrix matching transit with teams and sites. Day of SFD, along with PVC Director, leads Transportation Team.
SFD Team positions will begin in May and last until September 17, 2016. Students selected for the positions will be responsible for registering for internship courses and securing housing during the summer.
Service-Learning Advocate (2 positions available)
Students will be trained in effective practices for Service-Learning and will be prepared to assist and partner with faculty members engaged in Service-Learning. Service-Learning Advocates are responsible for maintaining good communication between the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, the professors and students of the classes to which they are assigned, and the community agencies that their classes utilize. Advocates are assigned to multiple classes, and must be able to manage completing priorities. Further, all Advocates must submit a semester-end Quantitative Report for each class and the class reflections. Service-Learning Advocates are selected based on their commitment to service and scholarship, and play a key role in promoting the ethic of service at Seaver College.
Advocates will be peer mentors and faculty assistants in developing students' commitment to social justice through academic Service-Learning.
As a part of the PVC staff, coordinators will attend monthly PVC meetings, monthly work group meetings, work in the PVC a minimum of 5 hours per week plus any additional hours volunteering with partner agencies, attend PVC retreats and training workshops, and report monthly on program and volunteer hours.
Marketing and Awareness
Marketing and Awareness Coordinator
Raising awareness on Pepperdine's campus is a challenge for all organizations. Successfully raising awareness of justice issues and events requires a specialized skill set and dedication to teaching others about how to invite others to participate in the great work of the PVC.
The Marketing and Awareness Coordinator (MAC) will bring her or his knowledge of social media marketing, experience promoting events, graphic design skills, and willingness to support others in promoting PVC opportunities to the campus. In addition, the MAC works closely with the Special Events Director to assist in creating and executing a vision for Step Forward Day in the summer and PVC recruitment in the spring.
The MAC position will begin in May 2016 and continue through April 2017.
Service Leaders and College Connection Leaders
Each week, the Pepperdine Volunteer Center sends out students to up to 20 service opportunities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Each service opportunity needs a leader to be a friendly face who meets students, drives a Pepperdine vehicle, acts as a liaison with the organization being served, and engages the volunteers in reflection. From start to finish, Service Leaders represent the passion and heart that drives students to step out into the community and advocate for community development and social justice.
This position is ideal for students who are seeking a leadership position but are able to dedicate no more than 10 hours a month. Service Leaders must be eligible for a work-study award.
College Connection Leaders
CCLs work closely with students in a local under-served high school to support students looking toward college. As a CCL you will serve as a mentor and guide high school students in what is required to fulfill high school graduation requirements, as well as what is needed to be eligible for post secondary education – ranging from trade school to private universities. This position is ideal for students who are seeking a leadership position and have a strong passion for addressing social justice issues. You can apply as a part of your PVC application or separately using the link for College Connection below.
Student Affairs Intern
Student Affairs Interns (SAI) work in meaningful, experiential learning roles within various departments of Student Affairs for nine months (normally from August 1 to May 10) and not exceed an average of 20 hours per week. To allow SAIs to have the best opportunity for success and to make sure they are maintaining healthy, balanced lives, we recommend that all commitments outside the SAI position should not exceed 10 hours per week (including curricular and co-curricular commitments). All SAIs must have a personal faith in Jesus Christ, be actively involved in a local church, and demonstrate support for the Christian mission of the University.
Student Affairs Interns at Pepperdine University will be provided an opportunity to work outside of the classroom with various functional groups of the University. The SAIs will gain a thorough understanding of their assigned department and the Student Affairs division. The SAIs are responsible for assisting with the creation of a meaningful University experience here at Pepperdine. Additionally SAIs will have access to mentors and be allowed the opportunity to work on variety of projects that can launch a candidate towards full time work in student affairs or ministry. The positions are viewed as campus ministers and educators with a developmental and customer service philosophy. Successful SAIs are committed to helping Pepperdine University students bridge their academic and interpersonal worlds so that they are leading lives of Purpose, Service, and Leadership.
Volunteer Center SAI
More information will be provided after March 1.