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Thee Open Positions at Gonzaga with CCASL (Americorps)

CCASL will be hiring THREE Americorps positions for the 2013-2014 school year. One of these positions will support the Campus Kitchens Project. Two of these positions will support our Mentoring Programs. Please note: you DO NOT have to be currently accepted into Americorps to apply for these positions! Contact the CCASL office for job full job descriptions.


Washington Service Corps: Campus Kitchens Project

1 position

To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and three professional references (name, e-mail, phone) to Chris Wheatley at

Applications Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Final due date is June 28th at 5pm PDT.

Start Date: September 1, 2013


The Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University utilizes leftover food from on-campus dining facilities,  in conjunction with food grown from the Ruellen-Day Community Garden, and local restaurant and grocery store donations to provide meals to low-income seniors, after school programs, and homeless shelters in the Spokane community.  The Campus Kitchen has a two part mission, in that we work to eliminate waste and hunger, but we also strive to provide leadership development opportunities for young people.  The Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga works in partnership with Gonzaga’s Center for Community Action and Service Learning.

This position would help to coordinate the Campus Kitchen Community Dinner and the Pioneer Victory House Dinner, which is served at a transitional living facility for homeless veterans.  They would also be responsible for coordinating our gardening efforts in the Ruellen-Day Community Garden which provides fresh organic produce to go into our meals.  During the school year the Campus Kitchen provides between 3,000 and 4,000 meals every month to some of Spokane’s most vulnerable citizens. In addition, this person would help recruit local veterans to serve at the project sites.


Washington Retention Project: Mentoring Program Coordinators

2 positions

To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and three professional references (name, e-mail, phone) to Bailley Wootton at

Applications Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Final due date is June 14th at 5pm PDT.

Start Date: August 1, 2013


CCASL is hiring two AmeriCorps Retention Project Coordinators to support the mentoring programs (contingent upon government funding). AmeriCorps members will coordinate the mentoring programs using service-learning as a strategy to address college access and success for local elementary and middle school youth. The two positions, Middle School Mentoring Specialist and Campus Kids Mentoring Specialist, will be supervised by the Mentoring Programs Coordinator and will be an integral part of CCASL and the Gonzaga community. Job descriptions for these positions are attached. The positions are considered full-time and run from August 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 (members are encouraged to apply for a second term if interested).

For more information about the AmeriCorps Retention Project, please click here.


Thanks everyone!

Bailley Wootton and Chris Wheatley

JVC Northwest Open House Feb 12 at 7 pm

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Spokane Open House

Curious about life as a Jesuit Volunteer in the Northwest? Join current Spokane Jesuit Volunteers at their Open House for refreshments, hear their stories of service, and learn about life as a Jesuit Volunteer. Anyone interested in JVC Northwest is welcome to attend!

Hosted by Spokane Jesuit Volunteers
1010 E Mission, Spokane 99202
Tues. Feb. 12, 7-8:30pm

Please RSVP to Christie: or 503-335-8202

JOB ALERT! Service Positions in Spokane (PT and FT)

Attention GU Students and Recent Grads!  There are several openings in Spokane working in community service, both part-time and full-time. If you enjoy working with children, there’s a part-time job for you! If you want to work with the homeless, there’s jobs for you too!  Check out this website for a full listing:

These positions CLOSE SOON, so hurry!

Visitation Monitors – PT
This job posting is open until Saturday, August 25th 2012

The Spokane Corps has openings for part-time (up to 29 hours/week) Visitation Monitors in our Nurturing Center Visitation Program. Must be 21 years of age and have one year experience working with children. Varied shifts available. If interested, please submit a resume, letter of interest stating how you meet the minimum qualifications, and three references to Human Resources.  $9.50 per hour.

Stepping Stones Case Manager – Part Time
This job posting is open until Monday, August 13th 2012

The Salvation Army Spokane Corps has an opening for a part time case manager in our Stepping Stones transitional housing facility (29 hours/week including weekend shifts). To apply, please send a resume, letter of interest stating your experience and how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position(s), and three references to or fax to (509) 325-6828. Starting wage $11.00/hour.

Maintenance & Repair Coordinator – full time
This job posting is open until Wednesday, August 15th 2012

The Spokane Corps has an opening for a Maintenance & Repair Coordinator. This is a full time (40+) salaried position with full benefit package. (regular hours M-F 8 AM-5:30PM) This position requires the employee to be responsible for the supervision and coordination of the custodial and facility maintenance aspects relating to the Corps Community Center, Administration, Transitional Housing Family Resource Center & Quarters for the Spokane City Administration. Requires knowledge of basic plumbing, carpentry, painting, plastering, vehicle & machinery servicing, and minor electrical repairs as the employee is required to handle all related repairs that are routine in nature.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume/application and three references to Cathi Holje, Human Resources Manager via email ( or fax to 509-325-6828.

HFCA Coordinator – Full Time exempt
This job posting is open until Wednesday, August 15th 2012

The Spokane Corps is accepting applications for a full time exempt HFCA(Homeless Families Coordinated Assessment)Coordinator position. This position is responsible for all administrative, program management and personnel functions along with day to day operation of the HFCA Program.
To apply: Please forward resume, letter of interest stating how you meet the minimum qualifications, and three references to or fax to (509)325-6828.

HFCA Assessment Specialist – Full Time
This job posting is open until Wednesday, August 15th 2012

The Spokane Corps is accepting applications for a full time HFCA(Homeless Families Coordinated Assessment)Assessment Specialist – (two positions available). This position conducts the assessments and placements for HFCA and works closely as a team with TSA housing and shelter program staff. This position is responsible for knowing and updating the shelter and housing beds status, assessing participants for services and diversion, and providing case management and direct services to eligible families.
To apply, please send resume, letter of interest stating how you meet the minimum qualifications, and three references to or fax to (509)325-6828.


A Peace Corps Recruiter Discusses Success…

The Career Center recently recived this blog article submission from employer partner: Peace Corps, discussing defining success.  Interested in learning more about Peace Corp post-Gonzaga?  Join the Peace Corps at any of the following events on Sept. 16-17th:

Info Table
Thursday, September 16
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crosby Hall

Info Session
Thursday, September 16
3-4:30 p.m.

Crosby Hall: Road to Utopia

Gonzaga Servicefest
Friday, September 17
10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Cataldo Hall

Gonzaga Post Graduate Service Fair
Friday September 17
12-1 p.m.
5-6:30 p.m.

Cataldo Hall

It’s not surprising Gonzaga students make excellent Peace Corps volunteers.

Zags understand the value of service and cross-cultural exchange. Plus, they develop their natural talents into useful technical skills through rigorous coursework.

Success as a Peace Corps volunteer comes in many forms. We value concrete development outcomes like new wells, improved school curriculums and increased crop yields, but success is also sharing your stories with your host community, learning a new language, and adapting and thriving in a different culture. Being a Peace Corps volunteer is a challenging job where volunteers often learn as much as they teach, develop technical skills, and expand their perspectives of the world. Gonzaga alumni make a difference in their Peace Corps assignments, but they also prepare themselves for successful careers when they return to the U.S.

As a Peace Corps Recruiter, I see this in the many students who apply for Peace Corps service every year. But I also saw it in the field when I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia where I had the opportunity to work with Gonzaga alumni. They were teaching farmers sustainable agriculture skills, educating deaf children, and working to give Zambians the skills they needed to improve their own lives. When I returned to the U.S., I jumped at the chance to work with Peace Corps applicants from Gonzaga because I knew of their caliber having witnessed alumni in action as Peace Corps volunteers.

Currently, 19 Gonzaga alumni are serving in the Peace Corps, ranking the university No. 7 in the country among universities its size. Since 1961, 273 Gonzaga alumni have served in the Peace Corps. Washington also has a strong

Peace Corps legacy – historically, it’s the third-highest producing state of Peace Corps volunteers.

The newest bunch of Zags to go overseas includes the university’s first student in the Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program, which combines graduate school with Peace Corps service. Megan McCann will depart for Nicaragua in August for a 27-month education assignment.

McCann, who is earning her master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), will be an English teacher and high school teacher trainer in the Central American country. She’ll also be fulfilling requirements for her Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language.

While the Peace Corps serves in many sector areas, education is the largest, with approximately one-third of Peace Corps assignments falling into this category. It’s also the area experiencing the most growth with more countries requesting English teachers from the Peace Corps. We’re always looking for dedicated, globally-minded students to fill thousands of volunteer positions.

Gonzaga students who are interested in challenging themselves and continuing the Gonzaga tradition of Peace Corps service can contact me any time to learn more about the many life-defining opportunities available.

Elly Slakie

Regional Recruiter

Peace Corps Volunteer, Zambia 05-07

1601 5th Ave. Suite 605

Seattle, WA 98101


Service & Networking: A Perfect Combination

Does the idea of meeting alumni make you nervous? Do you worry about saying the right thing, or making the “perfect” impression?  How about meeting alumni in a fun way while helping a deserving non-profit?

If this sounds like a great solution, mark your calendars for August 14th as the Seattle Alumni Chapter has extended an invitation to current students as well as recent graduates for a service project.  This is a great opportunity to meet members of the Seattle Alumni Chapter, or what we would call networking.  (See, networking doesn’t have to happen in a business suit!)

The event will be at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle from 10-2 pm, in conjunction to EarthCorps.

To RSVP,  go here.

Space is limited, sign up today!