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About the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program

The Buckley Public Service Scholars Program (BPSS) at the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) provides a framework for Carolina undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through service. BPSS challenges participants to expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences, and build their capacity to help effect change. While completing the program components, participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

Launched in 2003, BPSS has connected students with similar interests and provided special opportunities for leadership development and community engagement. Since the program’s inception, more than 8,000 students have participated, contributing 2.3 million hours of service. Currently about 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as participants.


About the position

The lead graduate assistant for BPSS will work with CCPS staff on program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The lead graduate assistant will have the following responsibilities:

  • Facilitate orientation sessions for new participants with support of undergraduate student leader
  • Assist in the selection, training, and hiring process for 10 BPSS graduate assistants who offer skills trainings and respond to graduate senior reflections
  • Organize graduate student panels on “Public service and graduate school” for program participants
  • Organize annual graduate and professional student networking event for CCPS
  • Coordinate the senior reflection review process for graduating seniors
  • Assist in assessment and evaluation of BPSS program components
  • Monitor and respond to student e-mails about the program
  • Review senior portfolios to confirm that they have met program requirements; follow-up with seniors, as needed
  • Assist with special opportunities offered by the program (e.g. graduation in May), as needed
  • Provide supplemental support and publicity for other CCPS programs

Enrollment in a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate or professional program and an interest in service-learning and civic engagement are required. Experience with nonprofit organizations, familiarity with group facilitation, program evaluation and student leadership development is preferred. The individual must enjoy working in a collaborative environment with undergraduate students, other graduate students, and professional staff. Excellent writing, computer, and organizational skills are required. Experience working with diverse communities is preferred. Applicants must be able to work some weeknight evenings. The position will be remote until restrictions are lifted.

The lead graduate assistant position will begin in August 2020 and end in April 2021 and be compensated with a stipend of $16,000. Applicants should expect to commit approximately 18 hours per week to this position for 32 weeks.


To apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Kate Palmer at by June 29, 2020.

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