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Eliza Rockefeller '17

Eliza Rockefeller
Assistant for Multi-Faith Programs

Major: Religion Major and Studio Art Minor

Hometown: New York City, NY

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Officer Descriptions

Applicants to the CCESP have the opportunity to hold a leadership role within the team.  These positions require extra time commitment and responsibility than that of the other participants on the CCESP.  It is not required to have participated in the CCESP to apply to these positions—in fact, students new to the CCESP are very much encouraged to apply!

The officer positions are recruited prior to the general application pool

To apply for any of the Officer positions, including the Student Director, please complete the Officer and Participant Application for CCESP 2014 (available mid-February, 2014). Below please find the officer descriptions for each position, and download here.  In your application, you may designate up to three ranked preferences for officer positions. Please write the full name of the position in your application so it is clear for which positions you are applying.  Officer position descriptions can be found below.

Students who are new to the CCESP:
If you are new to the program, apply to an officer position and are not accepted for a position, your application will be added into the general pool of applicants. You will then be considered for a participant position on the CCESP. In the participant pool, all students will be judged on the merits of their general application, regardless of whether they applied for an officer position.

Students who have participated in the CCESP:
We only consider program veterans for officer positions—i.e. you may not participate in the CCESP again as a participant. Program veterans who are not accepted for an officer position will not have their application considered further.  Students should also be aware that if you have participated in the Dominican Republic ASB, you are highly encouraged to apply for an officer position.

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Position Descriptions

Student Director

The CCESP Nicaragua Student Director is a 12-hour a week paid position (will be up to 17 hours some weeks fall term). Preferred availability is14X, 14F (mandatory), 15S. 14X, 15W/15S being more flexible for the right candidate. The Student Director is supervised by the Program Manager for Service Trips. The Student Director is responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of a service learning trip to Nicaragua in December 2014 for a twenty nine-person team of undergraduates, medical students, and faculty. The Student Director also supervises a group of five undergraduate student officers. The CCESP program is a faculty/staff/student collaborative leadership and decision-making model that amplifies student leadership roles.

The Student Director must work collaboratively to coordinate with Tucker staff, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and external NGO partners. The Student Director oversees the application process and selection of the next year's team, and helps facilitate transition between undergraduate student officers, and is responsible for establishing goals for the future development of the program. The Student Director is also required to attend weekly Tucker Foundation student employee meetings.

Previous involvement in Nicaragua CCESP is not required for this position, but is preferred -- applicants who have previous experience with other service-learning programs are welcome to apply. The Student Director must be dedicated and passionate about this CCESP trip and highly organized and detail-oriented. She or he must be able to be both a leader and part of a team. The Student Director should not have substantial additional extracurricular commitments during the fall term 2014. The Student Director will be asked to contribute to the interviewing and team selection process in the spring 2014 for their trip in December, and for the next year's trip in 2015.

The Student Director is expected to be available to support/mentor the next year's Student Director to ensure the smooth transfer of accumulated knowledge and wisdom.

Seminar Officer

The Seminar Officer positions (two positions) fulfill the educational aspect of the CCESP mission. The CCESP is a service-learning experience and it is the role of the seminar officers to ensure the quality of the learning component of the program. This position works closely with the Student Director and Program Manager for Service Trips to ensure the development and sound transmission of the CCESP learning outcomes.

During the summer months and early weeks in September prior to the beginning of the fall term the seminar schedule need to be finalized, and the seminar officers need to begin accumulating resources for the seminars. Generally, this position requires 4 to 8 hours of work per week; however, the term is frontloaded with setting up the seminar series.

On the ground in Nicaragua the Seminar Officers need to organize the daily reflections and lead two reflections of their own at the beginning and end of the trip. They also need to coordinate with our local community partner staff, Bridges to Community, in order to incorporate Bridges' activities into the trip schedule.

These positions require strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail, as well as a strong commitment to helping people make meaning of and enrich their trip experiences!

The Seminar Officers are expected to be available to support/mentor the next year's Seminar Officer's to ensure the smooth transfer of accumulated knowledge and wisdom.


  • Plan your seminar topics in the spring/summer terms, so that you can begin contacting professors and other speakers about this engagement well in advance of the seminar date.
  • Remember that the seminar time is the majority of the time participants will spend together prior to going on the trip. Please, remember that seminars are about bringing the group together to focus on the learning experience, and engaging them in more dynamic, interactive ways than listening to a two-hour lecture.  There is an emphasis on reflection and team building as well as content.
  • The position of seminar officer requires a great deal of communication with many stakeholders including participants, professors and fellow officers. Develop a system or strategy with your fellow seminar officer as to how and when this communication will occur in order to avoid leaving out or losing touch with these individuals.

Community Development Officer

The Community Development (CD) Officer leads the CD team while in-country. In collaboration with Bridges to Community Staff, the CD Officer acts as the on-site coordinator, and organizes and relays information to the group about projects and worksites. Pre-trip, the CD officer is responsible for collaborating with the Student Director on possible projects and/or collaboration with URACCAN, the region's university, and the CD Officer manages and oversees the exchange at the university. The CD officer is responsible for ordering team supplies, assembling a packing list, and organizing first aid materials. The CD officer also assists with the educational seminars during the fall term and supports the other leaders in their roles, such as assisting with the team and Spanish retreats.

The CD Officer is expected to be available to support/mentor the next year's CD Officer to ensure the smooth transfer of accumulated knowledge and wisdom.

Public Health Officer

The Public Health (PH) Officer is responsible for designing and managing the Public Health workshops, which the Community Health Team conducts in-country. The PH Officer determines and delegates the preparation and presentation of the workshops to CH Team members, and manages their preparation and quality.

The PH officer is also responsible for planning, organizing and executing "Clinic Activities" on health topics to teach patients and children in the waiting area of the clinic. Additionally, the PH Officer is responsible for preparing and educating the groups on topics of their own health and wellness before and during the stay in Nicaragua.

In-country, the student is responsible for organizing and executing the workshops each day. This student works closely with the Clinical Health Officer and an advising medical professional.  The PH Officer is responsible for collaborating with the Student Director and Clinical Health Officer for the purchase of public health supplies as well as soliciting donations of medical supplies from community partners.

The Public Health Officer is expected to be available to support/mentor the next year's Public Health Officer to ensure the smooth transfer of accumulated knowledge and wisdom.

The position necessitates strong leadership, attention to detail, ability to work in a team, organize and motivate a group and a passion for community health, and requires about 6-8 hours per week in the fall term and 2-3 hours per week in the winter. (Spanish Fluency is required)

Clinical Health Officer

The Clinical Health (CH) Officer is responsible for working with the Medical Director on the planning and execution of the clinic.

The job involves close collaboration with the Medical Director in planning the medication formulary and supply needs, as well as devising an "in country" plan for the organization of the clinic.  Pre-trip, the CH Officer is responsible for the procurement and inventory of all medical supplies, coordinating with Bridges to get medications ordered in Nicaragua.

The CH Officer will designate and work with 2-3 trip participants to carry-out the following tasks: organizing training sessions during the fall for undergrads in basic clinical skills (blood pressure, interviewing skills, medical Spanish) and determining how the clinic will function (making intake sheets, determining undergraduate roles, planning the pharmacy).

In-country, the CH Officer works with the Medical Director to coordinate and organize the daily activities of the clinic and is responsible for troubleshooting issues or emergencies that arise, in collaboration with Bridges Staff and the Medical Director.

The CH Officer is expected to be available to support/mentor the next year's CH Officer to ensure the smooth transfer of accumulated knowledge and wisdom.

This position requires strong leadership skills, someone who is detail oriented and excited about clinical health work (medical experience a plus but not required), and about 6-8 hours per week in the fall term and 2-3 hours per week in the winter.

Last Updated: 2/5/14