Community Programs Assistant Job Description


Applications for the 2020/2021 CPA Positions are now open!

  • Applications Available: Monday, November 18, 2019 9:00AM
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:59PM
  • Required Steps for a Complete Application: common application for RA/NA and PA/CA positions, resume, and two references (learn more about references at one of the info sessions)
  • Required Info sessions: Unless you are a student-staff member reapplying for your position, you must attend one info session in order for your application to be considered. We strongly encourage you to attend an info session prior to beginning your application. 

Community Programs Assistants are part of the College Nine and College Ten Programs & Activities Team and work under the general supervision of the College Programs Coordinator. The Programs & Activities staff plans and produces community-wide programming at College Nine and College Ten (College Nights, Dances, etc.). CPAs will work collaboratively with other college units, staff at other colleges, departments, and student organizations. The Programs & Activities team are also primarily responsible for campus-wide programs at College Nine and College Ten, including Welcome Week and the College Nine and College Ten Commencement Ceremonies.



  • Must be a regularly enrolled, full-time registered UCSC student, willing to hold the position for the full academic year
  • Must be willing to commit to all responsibilities and functions of the position
  • Must have or be willing to acquire knowledge of the College theme
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
  • Effective communication skills in order to successfully approach people, work with others in a team, and resolve problems
  • Must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA from the time of application throughout employment
  • Must be in good student conduct standing from the time of application throughout


  • Affiliation with College
  • Demonstrated interest in student leadership, community-building, mentorship or skills development
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use web and computer graphics software to create flyers, brochures, and other desktop publications (i.e. InDesign, Photoshop, Canva, etc.)
  • Work Study program participation/funding


  • PA/CAs are tentatively paid at $13.50 per hour and may receive additional funding for training and development within the position
  • Tentative dates of employment are September 8th, 2020 – June 20, 2021
  • PA/CA appointments are for one academic year only. PAs wishing to remain on staff will need to re-apply during the student staff selection process for the following year.
  • PA/CAs are expected to work approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year. This includes office hours, meetings and administrative work, scheduled work at various events and activities, and other duties as assigned.
  • Additional hours may be requested, pending funding availability, and will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • Staff may be required to work more hours during peak times of the year, such as during fall training or commencement.


  • Fall training is required and is from September 8th 2020 to move-in.
  • Commencement is June 11th through June 13th 2021.


  • Trainings & Meetings
    • Attend all required staff trainings
    • Attend staff meetings during the academic year
    • Attend one-on-one meetings with supervisor
    • Program Implementation
    • Implement, and evaluate programming that addresses the college’s theme and learning goals
    • Participate in the set-up and tear-down of events and programs
    • Assist with campus-wide events such as Move-In, Welcome Week, Commencement, etc.
  • Community Involvement
    • Facilitate programs with intentional learning outcomes that explore social justice themes including the dynamics of power and privilege, gender, cultural diversity, sexual orientation, ability, class, etc.
    • Regularly collect feedback on activities
    • Effectively interact with diverse populations
    • Implement, and evaluate collaborative programs with campus partners
    • Uphold and role model UCSC’s Principles of Community
  • Administrative Responsibilities
    • Maintain regular communication with supervisor and regularly check UCSC email
    • Create, distribute, and remove outreach materials for events and programs
    • Must adhere to applicable campus policies
  • Other duties as assigned by the College Programs professional staff