OIE: SPARQ! Educator (S9657C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities


The Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) will launch a new LGBTQ+ Initiative during the 2015-2016 Academic Year called SPARQ! SPARQ! stands for “Strengthening Perspectives of Allyship and Representations of the Queer Community.”  SPARQ! will incorporate peer support, discussion, events, and education to integrate the Queer Community into the Bates campus narrative. Reporting to the Program Coordinator and working within the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE), the SPARQ! Educator will play an essential student leadership role to promote and support education, discussion, and visibility around Queer culture. The SPARQ! Educator will work closely with the Program Coordinator on three components of the SPARQ! Program: (1)Events, (2) Allyship –including Active Allies workshops , Alphabet Soup Discussions, and Mixers, and (3) Resources.

How To Apply:

Please apply by March 27, 2015. (Do not apply via the link below.) Please click here for application materials.  Students who are currently abroad may apply and should indicate availability to interview via phone/Skype on Eastern Standard Time. Application review will begin immediately.

The Basics

Department: Intercultural Education
Supervisor: Lexie Mucci
Office Location: 56 Campus Ave, Chase Hall
Email: amucci@bates.edu
Pay Grade: C
Hours: 5-7
Workers: 1

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


SPARQ! Peers must be rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior student who have demonstrated personal and academic growth over their time at Bates. GPA will be considered as part of a holistic selection process.

Students who identify as queer are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. For the purpose of this position, queer includes individuals who self-identify as Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans* (including transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, etc.), Gay, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and Pansexual. This position is a full-year commitment. Those going aboard are encouraged to apply next year.

Required Experience:

-Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and intra/intergroup relations

-Knowledge or background in queer theory, terminology, and language

-Facilitated trainings, discussions, workshops, or events

-Ability to work with students, faculty, and staff members

-Organizing and promoting campus programs and event

-Creativity and professional etiquette

Preferred Experience:

-Mediation/Bystander Training

-Organizing and promoting campus programs and events

-Previous student leadership experience


The educator will report to Lexie Mucci and work closely with: Student and Professional Staff of the Office of Intercultural Education.


Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

-Attending a robust training during both short term and before the start of Fall Semester

-Flexible weekday and weekend Hours

-Develop, organize, market, promote, and co-facilitate SPARQ! Active Allies programs including, but not limited to: Active Allies Workshops, Alphabet Soup Discussions, & SPARQ! Mixers)

-Organize, market, promote, and execute SPARQ! events including, but not limited to: retreats, photo campaigns, panels, movie nights, etc.

-Develop and maintain online resources and campus policies related to queer and questioning students

-Serve as a visible SPARQ! representative online and at various campus functions

-Attend regular meeting with Program Coordinator and/or SPARQ! Peers Maintain required documentation and assessment materials for trainings, workshops, and events

-Participate in general SPARQ! and OIE work such as- programing, research, attending programs, marketing, social media and promotion

-Serve as a liaison to the OIE- update the OIE of all current campus and student needs, trends, and concerns related to Queer diversity

-Assist Program Coordinator with other duties as needed