Graduate Student Employment Opportunity

Event Date: 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:15pm to Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 12:00pm

Event Contact: 

Joanne Nowak, Academic Coordinator, UCSB Blum Center (

The Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development is a Center for campus-wide scholarly discussion, student engagement, and public programming that examines the mutually reinforcing relationship between rising levels of structural inequality and the corrosion of democracy in the United States and globally. Our work focuses on how deepening socio-economic inequality has weakened democratic capacities and commitments, and how democracy can be mobilized to address these trends.

The Blum Center is recruiting a Graduate Student Assistant to work together with our staff, as well as two undergraduate students, to advance thinking and engagement on poverty, inequality and democracy. The selected student will gain research and writing skills focused on issues of poverty, inequality and democracy, as well as facilitation, project management, team building and public speaking experience. Join us!

Main Duties May Include the Following:

- Assist in the implementation of UCSB Blum Center programming and events on campus through assisting with logistics, outreach, note-taking and event set-up and take down

-Take a leadership role in helping create a Blum Center podcast focused on youth perspectives on poverty, inequality and democracy, including researching episodes, writing episodes, potentially co-hosting, and promotion

- Assist with the implementation and promotion of the new Minor in Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice, with which the Blum Center is affiliated

- Implement a signature project focused on poverty and inequality during Blum Poverty Action Day events in Spring 2020

- Assist and lead student discussion groups on related themes

- Assist the Blum Center in building partnerships with relevant campus clubs at UCSB and across the UC system

- Support efforts to foster a Blum Student community at UCSB and UC-wide

- Assist with updating and enhancing the UCSB Blum Center website, and Blum Network Medium Account

- Assist in the creation of marketing/information materials, such as a Blum newsletter


- A registered UCSB graduate student in good academic standing in residence for the academic year

- Able to work 5-10 hours per week throughout the academic year

Students from all majors and disciplines are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter (no longer than one page for the cover letter), including the following:

·      Any relevant work or volunteer experience;

·      Your interests in these issues and the student assistant position; and

·      Your thoughts on the unique contributions youth can make towards advancing current debates, and efforts to address, poverty and inequality.  

*** Where to send your application materials? Apply for this job position via Handshake with either the a) job number - 3052954; b) the job title - UCSB Blum Center Graduate Student Assistant; or c) employer - UCSB Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development.

For questions, please contact: Joanne Nowak, Academic Coordinator, UCSB Blum Center (

** Note: this position is open to both work-study and non work-study students.

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 17th at 12PM PST.