The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

CMP Graduate Assistant – Westside Leadership Institute

CMP Graduate Assistant – Westside Leadership Institute

Purpose Statement

As the Westside Leadership Institute (WLI) celebrates 15 years of success building leadership skills among residents on Salt Lake City’s westside, the collaborating organizations behind it seek to increase the institute’s wrap-around services by expanding the institute’s length and breadth into a year-long leadership pathway. The new design will better guide and support leaders and their fledgling projects as they launch, grow, and thrive.


The Westside Leadership Institute is currently offering two concurrent classes in English and in Spanish during the spring semester in an effort to begin aligning the curriculum and student experience for all students. The original 12-week program will be updated and re-launched in spring 2020 as the “Westside Leadership Institute Foundations” course. Several community members have also come forward with interest in adding a Tongan language class. This new structure combined with summer workshops, and a brand new “Westside Leadership Institute Startup” course during the fall semester increases the sustainability of projects from the course and within the community. Students will become a cohort of community leaders on the same trajectory, coordinated with the annual cycle of outreach and grant seeking, guided and supported by experts.


The job of the Graduate Assistant will be working 10 hours per week to implement the direction of the WLI Foundations” course and supporting resident leaders. The GA is responsible for scheduling own hours around upcoming events in advance. The work hours will be flexible with occasional evenings and weekends.


Essential Functions

  • Strengthening ties to external and internal community by coordinating workshops for engagement with WLI alumni 2 times per semester.
  • Attending community outreach events to recruit for the incoming WLI Foundations cohort from different stakeholder groups.
  • Conduct a major research project to facilitate the updating of the current “Road to Community” curriculum.
  • Twice a semester, the GA will administer the pre and post assessment/survey, as well as focus groups for evaluation. This survey will measure participants’ knowledge, ability, and multicultural responsive services.
  • Analyze the findings in collaboration with CMP faculty advisor and WLI Steering Committee.


Job Requirements:  Minimum Qualifications

  • Skills: preparing and maintaining accurate records; computer & internet literacy; event planning; organizational skills.
  • Knowledge: understanding of the diverse communities on the west side of Salt Lake City and knowledge of barriers and opportunities related to community leadership; experience with local government preferred.
  • Abilities: schedule activities and/or meetings; collate data; and use basic, job-related equipment; convening partners and facilitating collaboration; communicating with persons of varied backgrounds; maintaining confidentiality; ongoing learning; and adapting to changing priorities.
  • Bilingual Spanish strongly preferred.


For more information about this position:


Stacy Anne Harwood, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor

Dept. of City & Metropolitan Planning

University of Utah

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