NWS_Civic Action Specialist
Job Details
Forest Grove Campus - Forest Grove, OR

Program Overview

The McCall Center’s Civic Action Team includes all students and staff involved with the center, including Civic Action Specialists, McCall Fellows, and club leaders. Civic Action Team Specialists (CATS) are the student face and workforce for all MCCE programs. The primary purpose of the CATS program in the McCall Center for Civic Engagement is to give students the opportunity to serve the Pacific community and beyond in a way that connects academics and personal interests with civic engagement. CATS combine their passions, skills, and personal responsibilities by working together on civic engagement projects both on campus and throughout the community.

Civic Action Team Specialists focus on professional and personal development, preparing themselves for lives as active citizens both in their professions and in their communities. Students in this program will demonstrate and continue to develop the strong characteristics that work together to create exemplary citizens, such as:

  • live with integrity and act with intention
  • actively integrate knowledge, skill, identity, and action
  • cultivate harmony and understanding in a diverse world
  • seek justice for themselves and others
  • promote sustainable practices
  • lead through example

Some aspects of CATS program are based on the Iowa GROW® program at the University of Iowa. Through regular meetings with their supervisor, students can connect their student employment experiences to their academics and career goals.

PROGRAM Highlights

  • Belonging to a positive team, cultivated through weekly staff meetings, committee meetings, periodic individual supervisor meetings, and bi-annual team retreats
  • Opportunities to practice leadership skills, public speaking, marketing/outreach, research, and organization
  • Working with student clubs, other centers, teams, residence halls, and other groups
  • Ongoing training and support to work with a diverse group of peers with different social backgrounds and political perspectives
  • Networking and direction connections with faculty and community partners
  • Professional development through support attending conferences and workshops
  • A sense of community and civic self-efficacy that comes with collective action toward the common good.

Duties & responsibilities

CATS work on MCCE programs (including GIVE projects, Give & Go, Pacific Votes, etc.), develop their own civic engagement initiatives based on their personal passions and interests, and support each other’s efforts as a team.  Each Civic Action Specialist works at three levels within the MCCE: responsibilities, passions, and competencies. 


All CATS take responsibility to complete tasks on a daily and weekly basis that must be done in order to advance the work of the team and general operations of the MCCE, such as:

  • Program coordination
  • Promotion, marketing, and outreach for MCCE-related events
  • Event planning
  • Information research and data management
  • Public speaking in front of student and community groups
  • Maintaining social media sites and other platforms for conveying information
  • Assisting students, faculty, and staff with CE experiences
  • Communicating directly with students, faculty, and community partners
  • Making copies and supporting other routine office operations of the MCCE
  • Additional duties as assigned


CATS identify the issues that most energize them, personally and academically, and can choose to focus their civic engagement initiatives around these issues.  Examples include:

  • youth and education
  • health and well-being
  • sustainability and environment
  • human and animal rights
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion / social justice
  • international affairs, immigration, refugees

CATS can connect their academic and personal passions to existing MCCE programs (such as GIVE projects, Give & Go, and Pacific Votes), create partnerships with existing campus and community groups or organizations, and develop new initiatives and solutions to involve others.


CATS contribute existing skills and work to develop competency in each of the following areas:

  • Leadership development
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Event management
  • Meaningful interpersonal relationships, interdependence, and collaboration
  • Social responsibility
  • Effective communication
  • Multicultural competency
  • Intellectual growth
  • Clarified values
  • Enhanced self esteem
  • Realistic self-appraisal
  • Healthy behavior and satisfying lifestyles
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Personal, educational and career goals

CATS apply these competencies to their own passions and share them with others in the team to support MCCE efforts as a whole. It is not required for every CATS to demonstrate all competencies upon hire; rather thee MCCE welcomes a variety of complementary areas of competence and supports the development of new competencies through MCCE work. 

Expectations of the position

  • 7-8-hour a week commitment: 5-6 hours (negotiable) paid student employment (work study and non-work study available) in the McCall Center for Civic Engagement + 1-2 hours voluntary community engagement (service, activism, advocacy, etc.)
  • Attendance at weekly staff meetings, Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.
  • Attendance at committee meetings (organized based on student schedules), staff retreat(s), and staff gatherings  
  • Lead or co-lead at least one GIVE (Get Involved Via Engagement) project per semester
  • Actively participate in at least one student club or organization (e.g. ACE Board, ECA Core)
  • Act as a liaison with faculty teaching CE courses and with community partners
  • At least one individual meeting with supervisor(s) each semester to discuss MCCE work, professional development, and academic connections
  • Work as scheduled and maintain strong communication with supervisor regarding variations and necessary absences
  • Submit time cards accurately, completely, and on time
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA

Additional Information

  • Semester and year-long positions are available, depending upon schedule.
  • Work study and non-work study paid positions available, contingent upon budget.
  • For-credit options (such as internship or independent civic engagement project credit) are available in lieu of paid employment.
  • Opportunities for professional development (e.g. conferences, trainings, workshops, etc.) are based on budget.

Contact Stephanie Stokamer at stok@pacificu.edu for more information. 


Required Qualifications

  • Interest in civic engagement (e.g. service, advocacy, raising awareness, political involvement in elections/campaigns, activism, community-based research),
  • Demonstrated commitment to CE through past volunteering, coursework, student government, or other activities
  • Good oral and written communication skills, with the ability to listen well
  • Ability to work as a team member and take direction from others
  • Interest in working with diverse student groups and community partners
  • Willingness to engage in civil discussion around controversial issues in our democracy, support a nonpartisan approach to promoting civic engagement, and actively participate in personal and team efforts to make our own communities more sustainable, equitable, and just
  • Familiarity with MS Office software.

Desired Qualifications

  • Professional demeanor and communications
  • Interest in generating excitement in others for civic engagement, social change, etc.
  • Friendly personality
  • Time management skills
  • Inclination to take initiative and follow through on projects
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about promotion of civic engagement through campus-wide educational activities.
  • Willingness to help the center be a nonpartisan and inclusive resource for students

WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal Office Environment