The University of Kentucky (UK) is committed to strengthening our student experience and creating a community of belonging for everyone. To further our efforts, the University is hiring a Basic Needs Program Coordinator who will be responsible for evaluating, expanding and improving resource delivery and communication to the University community regarding basic student needs (defined as financial, food, and housing).
The Basic Needs Program Coordinator will assist in setting the vision for UK's basic needs response initiatives and lead in development of the strategic plans for the program. The Program Coordinator will manage the day-to-day operations of the Basic Needs Hub located within the Community of Concern, conduct student needs assessment, analyze trends, and evaluate effectiveness of basic needs services and operations through tracking interactions and outcomes.
An essential part of this role will be to serve as the leader and primary resource for student support by providing guidance and actionable options for students seeking basic needs services via a case management process. The Coordinator will raise awareness of and advocate for basic needs issues on-campus by developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with campus partners (e.g. Community of Concern, Financial Wellness, UK Counseling Center, etc.), as well as community partners. Additional responsibilities will include but not be limited to: developing communication plans and materials to market the Basic Needs Center and available university resources; conduct training’s and attend events to increase student body awareness of the center; and participate on University committees dedicated to enhancement of student life.
Knowledge of and experience in basic needs advocacy and intervention; understanding and experience with best-practice intervention strategies; crisis response and management skills; strong interpersonal and empathy skills; organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work well with others; effective public speaking skills; ability to find and make connections with campus and community resources.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Student Affairs, Case Management, Counseling, or related field.
Driver’s license preferred.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.