Common Application

Urban Initiative

Urban Initiative acts as a hub for community engagement at Westmont by introducing students to the realities of inner-city life and mobilizing our community in thoughtful response. Urban Initiative also hosts both campus events and urban experiential opportunities - in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Francisco - to promote discussion and understanding of complex issues that plague the inner-city, such as racism and poverty.

UI MISSION: Urban Initiative (UI) is dedicated to developing a Christ-centered heart for urban service & ministry at Westmont by raising awareness about urban issues and mobilizing our community in response.

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Director [1] (Approximately 8-10 hrs/wk)

  • Provide student oversight for the UI program as a whole
  • Responsible for providing the vision and spiritual direction of UI
  • Attend and oversee weekly core team meetings
  • Delegate tasks to and provide student oversight and accountability for the rest of the core team in all matters related to the UI program
  • Communicate regularly with our ministry & service partners in various urban centers (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, etc)
  • Spearhead the planning and delegate the implementation of the various Spring Break immersion experiences (SBIC trips) as well as the weekend immersion experiences throughout the year
  • Participate in recruiting, interviewing, selecting, and placement of SBIC trip participants
  • Spearhead and coordinate orientation opportunities for both SBIC trip participants and weekend immersion participants
  • Spearhead and/or delegate the planning and facilitation of events and activities throughout the year, both on and off campus, that assist in educating the Westmont student body about urban issues and opportunities. Such events and activities may include service projects in Santa Barbara, urban awareness activities and experiences, relevant book/movie discussion groups, etc
  • Attend all required fundraising efforts
  • Meet with the UI staff director on a regular basis for input, accountability and encouragement
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by UI staff director
  • Pray that our urban ministry and service partnerships will bring honor and glory to God!
  • This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of Campus Life for Ministry and Outreach (UI staff director).

Business Manager [1] (Approximately 7-8 hrs/wk)

  • Responsible for the financial aspect of the student organization via account management and funding development.
  • Account Management: Propose the organizational budget for the year, maintain accurate financial reports, and submit check requests as needed.
  • Fund Development: Spearhead fundraising vision and strategize its implementation in collaboration with the UI staff director.
  • Meet with UI staff director to discuss financial budgeting, account management, and receipting of funds raised.
  • Attend all core team meetings, training, and fundraising events.
  • Actively plan and participate in SBIC orientation and training - communicating all pertinent support raising information to UI SBIC teams.
  • Assist in planning both the Spring Break and year-round weekend immersion experiences.
  • Actively participate in the Spring Break immersion experience - location to be determined by need.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the UI staff director.
  • Pray that the ministry and partnerships will bring honor and glory to God around the globe!
  • This position reports directly to the UI student director and UI staff director.

Education and Outreach Coordinator[1] (Approximately 7-8 hrs/wk)

  • This position serves a key function in helping the campus to think critically about urban issues throughout the school year and matching students with volunteer opportunities in the Santa Barbara area.
  • Responsible for event logistics and activities, both on- and off-campus, that assist in educating the Westmont student body and UI participants about urban issues and opportunities.
  • Train and support Res Hall Council Santa Barbara Outreach Coordinators (SBOC) through providing resources and meeting monthly
  • Assist, if needed, the Publicity Manager in developing marketing strategies for and coordinate implementation of any activities, either on or off campus, related to each UI program
  • Work alongside UI-sponsored teams and partners to both determine particular event needs and reserve event services (tables, chairs, trash cans, etc.) and multimedia to accommodate.
  • Meet monthly with the UI staff director to discuss upcoming programming strategies.
  • Attend all core team meetings, training, and fundraising events.
  • Actively plan and participate in SBIC team orientation and training.
  • Pray that the program and partnerships will bring honor and glory to God in both our cities and campus.
  • This position reports directly to the UI student Director and Assistant Director of Campus Life for Ministry and Outreach.

Local Teams Coordinator [1] (Approximately 7-8 hrs/wk)

  • This position is responsible for spearheading the current year support plan for UI local teams and team leaders.
  • Work closely with both the UI staff director and UI Director – including regular meetings throughout the year – to discuss all UI local activities and brainstorm ideas for effective support.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the current year support plan by the UI core team.
  • Meet regularly with the UI staff director for support and encouragement.
  • Host group events for Team Leaders to support them and keep them accountable.
  • Support Team Leaders in preparation for the Community Picnic and Cupcakes and Clubs
  • Attend all core team meetings, training, and fundraising events.
  • Actively plan and participate in SBIC team orientation and training.
  • Pray that the ministry and partnerships will bring honor and glory to God!!
  • This position reports directly to the UI Student Director and Assistant Director of Campus Life for Ministry and Outreach.

Publicity and Travel Coordinator [1] (Approximately 7-8 hrs/wk)

  • This position directly responsible for communicating all things related to the UI program AND is responsible for planning and student oversight of all transportation in connection with Urban Initiative.
  • Develop marketing strategies for and coordinate implementation of those strategies.
  • Work alongside UI-sponsored ministries and partners to highlight their ongoing efforts and opportunities to get involved.
  • Work closely with both the UI staff director – including regular meetings throughout the year – to discuss all UI activities and trips in order to ensure that all proper protocols and preparations are in place related to the transportation role.
  • Support local teams by putting in team-specific Westmont fleet reservation requests through your UI staff director throughout the year.
  • Arrange the necessary materials in each vehicle’s “car pack” to ensure that the needed documents, equipment, and money are in place to accommodate travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
  • Meet regularly with the UI staff director to discuss upcoming publicity and  transportation needs.
  • Attend all core team meetings, training, and fundraising events.
  • Actively plan and participate in SBIC team orientation and training - communicating all pertinent support raising information to UI SBIC teams.
  • In communication with partners and under direction of Student and Staff Directors, prepare for and co-lead one of the SBIC trips.
  • Pray that the ministry and partnerships will bring honor and glory to God!
  • This position reports directly to the UI Student Director and Assistant Director of Campus Life for Ministry and Outreach.