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Program Coordinator


Center for Education in Small Urban Communities


Graduate Assistantship



Description, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities is seeking a 50% Graduate Assistant to help coordinate several community engagement programs. The majority of time will be spent helping to implement the SOAR after-school program. The SOAR (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources) program serves Latina/o emergent bilingual students in grades 3 through 5, providing support in reading, homework completion, and enrichment activities. University undergrads serve as volunteer tutors and are paired with one student each semester to provide one-on-one help and mentorship to the child.

This is 20-hr/week position, in-person, for both the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.  As the student coordinator, the candidate will report to Dr. Victor H. Perez. This is a 9-month appointment and may be renewed on a yearly basis based on performance.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and supervise 120-150 university undergrads to serve as volunteer tutors 
  • Collaborate with course instructors, cultural houses, RSOs and others during the recruitment process
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate university undergrads registered in volunteer/service-based courses 
  • Collaborate with Champaign Unit 4 and International Prep Academy staff and teachers to manage the logistics of the program
  • Supervise and monitor the children participating in the program
  • Assist with the Youth Literature Festival and other activities as needed

Minimum requirements:

  • Full time graduate student (preferably in one of the following fields: education, social work, speech and hearing science, human development and family studies, or library science).
  • Bilingual in English / Spanish is preferred but not required

Note: This position requires the candidate to be available in-person on Wednesdays and Thursdays from approximately 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the program takes place.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


50% Appointment and rate is determined by the University of Illinois

Application Procedure

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates must submit a cover letter and CV/resume to Dr. Victor H. Perez via email at

Contact Info

Contact Name

Dr. Victor Perez

Contact Email

Contact Phone


Contact Address

1310 S. Sixth Street, Room 358 Champaign, IL 61820

Start Date

Monday, August 15, 2022