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Assistant Director for Student Representation & Governance

Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services, Executive/Director/Management

Position Title Assistant Director for Student Representation & Governance
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Dean of Students Administrative Unit and the Viking Union Organization support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position The Viking Union (VU) at Western Washington University is looking for a Student Affairs professional who will advise and support the representation, governance, and civic engagement work of our students as well as contribute to a diverse and dynamic environment. In this position, you would draw upon familiarity with systems of student governance and programming that supports building equity and justice in order to enhance the success of our students. You will be part of our VU leadership team, helping to guide our organization within the larger University environment. Students are at the core of our mission, and this position helps to support their leadership in representation, governance, and advocacy. You will be working with smart, ambitious students and staff as both your employees and your clients. You will examine new ideas and provide thoughtful critique. This position provides administrative oversight, strategic planning, and support to a comprehensive and diverse offering of programs, services, and activities that enhance the WWU student experience, support retention, and offer engagement through co-curricular learning and involvement opportunities. 

Scope of meaningful work:

  • Administrative Leadership around representation and governance, personnel management and student development programs.
  • Participate in departmental strategic planning
  • Collaborate on projects with colleagues across departments and offices
  • Work with, supervise, and mentor students and professional staff
  • Develop, propose, and manage budgets
  • Engage in professional development around issues of inclusion and equity

This position will be working with:

  • Associated Students (AS) Executive Board, AS Senate and AS Representation and Engagement Program (approximately 50+ students and 25+ volunteers).
  • Supervises the Equity & Identity Resource Centers Coordinator (professional staff) and indirectly supervise 10+ student staff who manage the Equity & Identity Resource Centers (which include the Queer Resource Center, Disability Outreach Center, Womxn’s Identity Resource Center, Social Issues Resource Center, Legal information Center, and Veterans Community Coordinator).
  • Supervises the Associated Students Board Program Coordinator (full-time classified staff member) and indirectly supervise 7+ student staff reporting to Program Coordinator. 
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, education, sociology, leadership studies, or another related field that is relevant to the work PLUS 3 years of relevant work experience post-degree attainment
    - OR –
    Master’s degree in student affairs administration, education, management, public administration, political science, or another related field that is relevant to the work PLUS at least 1 year of relevant work experience post-degree attainment. 
  • Experience effectively advising students and/or young adult leaders of programs, clubs or organizations to support personal and professional development as well as leadership in decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with and support a diverse student body and staff as well as possess a strong commitment to creating an inclusive environment for staff and students, the delivery of programs that support the diversity objectives of the campus community, and the development of cultural competency skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience in developing and presenting training programs for student leaders and/or employees
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising personnel.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in strategic assessment of programs, services, and/or student learning outcomes
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, including written and interpersonal.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration, Education, Management, Psychology, or another field of study that supports the work assigned
  • Demonstrated experience in producing and supporting student leadership programs or student governance in higher education
  • Knowledge of student leadership and student development theories and their applications in practice
  • One or more years of professional work experience in an organization, or on a program, specifically designed to meet the needs of an underserved, underrepresented, and/or marginalized population
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current research, trends and issues in college student activities
  • Experience using technology and software in support of student activities and services
  • Ability to communicate in a second language beyond English
Salary $52,776 - $58,000 dependent on experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins July 26, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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