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The UC San Diego Basic Needs team has opportunities for hiring for the 2022-23 academic year.


Marketing & Communications Interns


The Basic Needs Center is hiring for Marketing & Communications Interns! Join the team and be apart of an amazing community🍇

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🍓Application Deadline: May 26th @ 11:59pm

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Food Security Programs Assistant

Position Overview:
Under the supervision of the Food Security Programs Coordinator, the Food Security Programs Assistant will assist in all aspects of Basic Needs through program support, outreach, intake of information and referral services. Responsibilities include programmatic and administrative support to the portfolio of food security programs, including but not limited to the Triton Food Pantry, Food Recovery Network, and other supplemental nutrition assistance programs. The Food Security Programs Assistant participates in the campus community in the planning, coordinating, implementing, and assessing existing food security programs and developing new initiatives designed to identify and meet the needs of under-resourced and high-need students.

Using professional student services theories and concepts, performs a limited range of duties and responsibilities within a Student Life program. Works independently to provide information and interpretation of clearly defined policies, procedures and regulations. Receives direction regarding more complex issues and / or program(s). Identifies individual student needs for programs and services and advises on appropriate programs and resources.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education & experience, with progressive student affairs professional experience and/or direction community involvement with student-initiated services.
  • Knowledge of services and resources available to food insecure students, and experience developing partnerships and cultivating collaborative working relationships with internal and external constituencies including state, location, and national organizations focused on serviced food insecure students
  • Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. Ability to advise students in program development, budget management, and student/professional staff hiring, development, supervision and evaluation. Experience in counseling and crisis intervention particularly with low income and food insecure students.
  • Knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs. Proven skill in using computer-based application including spreadsheets, word processing, and electronic mail.
  • Understanding of University rules and regulations. Ability to interpret UC system-wide and UC San Diego policies and procedures relating to student organizations.
  • Interpersonal skills. Ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with diverse student and community populations, both orally and in writing. Ability to effectively facilitate group discussion.
  • Skills in service orientation, active listening, critical thinking. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize in a fluid environment with shifting priorities. Ability to develop and implement both short term and long-term goals, and coordinate, collaborate and manage large scale projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Abilities in problem identification, reasoning. Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems. Abilities in project management, problem identification and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, verbal communication, written communication and organization skills. Ability to prioritize, organize, and coordinate functions and activities while handling multiple assignments simultaneously.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Mandated Reporter: This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and requires immediate reporting of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of anyone under the age of 18. It is the responsibility of the Mandated Reporter to ensure that they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and University policy and to complete and submit the required reports to the UC San Diego Police Department without delay.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
Hours Per Week: 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday. 
$53,000 - $56,000 / Year, Hourly Equivalent: $18.15 - $40.85
Filing Deadline: 03/24/2023 
Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance.

CalFresh Program Outreach Assistant / STDT 3

Position Overview:
Under the direction of the Food Security Programs Coordinator and the CalFresh Program Coordinator, CalFresh Outreach Assistants will provide UCSD students with application assistance for the CalFresh program through supporting assessment of CalFresh eligibility, reviewing application requirements, facilitating document submission, and acting as a liaison between student applicants and the County of San Diego. In addition to direct service CalFresh application support, Outreach Assistants also and perform community outreach to the UC San Diego student population to promote CalFresh awareness. The CalFresh Outreach Assistant will be responsible for supporting CalFresh program needs, outreach, and developing CalFresh program materials aligned with community best practices to share among campus partners. Such materials will be procured through research and consultation with CalFresh community partners both on and off campus. The CalFresh Outreach Assistant also assists with compiling CalFresh application information presentation, and supports CalFresh application workshops and super clinics.
  • Become fully knowledgeable of the CalFresh Program regulations, eligibility requirements, and application process.
  • Conduct direct service outreach to undergraduate and graduate student populations facing challenges with food security.
  • Assist eligible students with the CalFresh application process information. Maintain regular correspondence with County of San Diego Human Services Specialists on behalf of student CalFresh applications. Serve as liaison between students and the CalFresh Coordinator for follow-up and communication as needed. Update ongoing CalFresh program tracking and metric systems.
  • Attend countywide and regional CalFresh Task Force meetings as needed.
  • Weekly meeting to discuss CalFresh program activities with the CalFresh Coordinator.
  • Participate as a member of the Basic Needs Committee
  • Maintain knowledge of students' rights/responsibilities and established rules of confidentiality and student privacy and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Must complete required training in: safety, food handling and FERPA
  • Passion for college hunger relief, social justice, and interest in public benefits assistance, public health, or social work.
  • Must have excellent customer service and communication skills, including both written and verbal, and the ability to establish rapport. 
  • A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both clients and employees. 
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate. 
  • Professional demeanor with an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving. 
  • Interpersonal skills, ability to interact with diverse student populations, including individuals from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, and dependable. 
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to develop evidence-based and nutrition resources aligned with best practices. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) 
  • Ability to develop working relationships with campus partners. 
  • Ability to work independently with frequent interruptions and changing priorities. 
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 12 hours each week for the 2022-2023 Academic year
  • **Must pay UC San Diego student services fees each quarter (must have paid Spring 2023 or be Fall 2022 new or readmit to work Summer 2023** 
Hours Per Week: 12-15 hrs, The starting rate for this position will be $16.90/hr.
Desired Start Date: 04/03/2023 

Basic Needs - Food Recovery Network Driver / STDT 4

Job Description
UC San Diego Basic Needs Department is offering the unique opportunity for students to
engage in campus and community food recovery to increase access to affordable food sources
and support food security resources. The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a service that
supports the reduction of food waste and increases food security for students and community
members in need. FRN recovers food that would have otherwise gone to waste from on- and
off-campus food donors, such as the HDH Dining Halls, grocery stores, and community farmers’
markets, and distributes this recovered food to students and San Diego community members
who are facing challenges with food security.
FRN Drivers will report to the Food Security Programs Coordinator and serve three main roles:
recover food from UCSD and community partners, transport food following food safety
protocols, and distribute recovered food through on campus distributions and community drop
offs. FRN Drivers are required to learn and administer all services, policies, and procedures
relevant to their duties within Student Affairs and Basic Needs initiatives. At all times, the FRN
Drivers will be representing UCSD and Basic Needs as a community ambassador.
FRN Food Transportation Driver responsibilities include:
  • Conduct direct food recovery by rescuing food from UCSD and community partners
  • Maintain food safety standards at all times, including properly taking and recording food temperatures, filling food trays, weighing food, packing in coolers, and cleaning equipment.
  • Maintain a variety of records, including but not limited to: time of arrival and departure at each stop, amount of food recovered and delivered, mileage, vehicle safety checks, gas usage, etc.
  • Drive and operate commercial vehicle over a scheduled route, ensure safe transportation of UC San Diego students and FRN materials to and from various locations throughout San Diego County 
  • Care and maintenance of vehicles driven during their shift, including but not limited to, maintaining required fuel levels and inspecting vehicle throughout shift to monitor vehicle maintenance and needs for repairs.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the rules and regulations involved in the safe and efficient operation of automotive equipment.
  • Remain current and eligible to drive by all requirements set forth by the California DMV, UC San Diego and CSI-CS.
  • Reaching out to community and campus partners to build relationships, create routes, and expand the reach of the program.
  • Conduct campus outreach through tabling events or collaborative meetings with campus partners
  • Attend a weekly team meeting as part of weekly availability
  • Other duties as specified.
Hours Per Week: 10 hrs/wk min.
Pay rate & Classification
Starting salary $18.26, STDT 4
  • Ability to lift and carry items and crates, weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Punctuality and responsibility required.
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to complete tasks and projects.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to addressing food security issues.
  • Strong communication skills and keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service (in person, by phone, or by email) in order to provide the best service possible.
  • Ability to learn and uphold/enforce policy and manage conflict in a professional manner.
  • Ability to problem solve effectively.
  • Experience and involvement with at least one student service organization or food recovery program is strongly encouraged.
  • **Must pay UCSD Student Services Fees for each quarter working**
Special Conditions of Employment:
  • Available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week with a commitment to work all during the entire academic year( '23-'24), with opportunities to start work in Summer 2023.
  • Possess a valid class C (regular) California driver's license.
  • Have a minimum of two years of safe, U.S. licensed driving experience — no more than one point on relevant DMV record and no license suspensions or revocations, verified by DMV.

How to Apply:

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