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Triton Community Programming Leaders

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The Triton Community Programming Leaders (TCPLs) are a dynamic team of students who are recruited, selected, and hired to work with the Office of Parent & Family Programs. The TCPLs serve a key role in the facilitation of ongoing programmatic efforts by Parent & Family Programs.

Parent & Family Programs provides programs and services to families of undergraduate students.  The office views the relationship with UC San Diego students' parents and families as a partnership - a partnership created to help students be successful at UC San Diego. Our motto is “when parents are informed, students benefit”. 


We inform and provide services to parents and families in the following ways:

  •  Help families of newly admitted undergraduate students become acquainted with UC San Diego. Address questions students, parents and families have during Triton Day, Triton Welcome Events, and International Parent and Family Orientation.
  •  Invite families to spend time on campus with their UC San Diego student, learn more about campus life and have fun with annual events, such as Homecoming/Family Weekend and Siblings Day.
  •  Engage with families virtually year-round through the Triton Family Web Series programming.
  •  Communicate with families via the Parents’ Helpline, email blasts and social media, and through publications like the website, Triton Family Connection E-Newsletter, Parent Guide, and Triton Transition Calendar.

Position Responsibilities

Assist with programs and services, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Serve as an ambassador for Parent & Family Programs and represent UC San Diego.
  • Work major events supported by Parent & Family Programs (i.e., check-in parents and students during events, provide directions, answer questions, set up and break down events, facilitate activities, etc.)
  • Engage actively with parents and families and provide overall support during events.
  • Assist the Assistant Director with event planning and logistics (i.e., stuff packets, put together table decorations, prepare directional signs, carry materials to event locations, etc.)
  • Provide support to staff for other parent and family programs.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource to parents and students.
  • Assist with advertising, recruiting and selecting of TCPLs.
  • Utilize social media to engage participants during events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Leadership Team

In addition to the Director and the Assistant Director, TCPLs are joined by:

  • Student Assistant: An undergraduate student who helps with the overall function of the office and assists the Assistant Director and the Director.
  • Returning TCPLs: These students  serve as leaders and mentors to TCPLs, share their experience working with the Office of Parent & Family Programs, facilitates activities, and offers suggestions to build team work and morale.

Compensation and Benefits

TCPLs receive a financial compensation of $15.55/hour. Pay is received after hours worked, though students will not be working every week of the year. Most hours will come around each major event, such as International Parent and Family Orientation in September, Homecoming Family Weekend in October, Siblings Day in Spring, and Triton Days in April and May. This schedule means the job is easy to fit into a student workload with predictable busy periods. Student leaders gain valuable leadership, team-building, and organizational skills while giving back to the University; represent UC San Diego to thousands of parents and family members; and receive letters of recommendation for future opportunities.

Application Process and Timeline

To apply for the 2022-2023 TCPL position, please complete the form below and attached your resume to the form. Applications will close on Wednesday, April 20th at 12pm noon. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at


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