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AS Student Advocacy & Identity Resource Center Assistant (Work Study) 2018-2019

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Student Leadership

Position Title AS Student Advocacy & Identity Resource Center Assistant (Work Study) 2018-2019
About the Department

The purpose of the five centers of the Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers Programs (SAIRC) is to provide information, advocacy, activities, and peer education. The SAIRC strives to empower and support all members of WWU’s diverse community. The SAIRC also provides the opportunity for WWU students to gain valuable work and life experience.  The SAIRC also provides a safe space for all people, social programming and promotes community pride.

About the Position

The successful candidate will be a vital component of the Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers.  Working closely with the Coordinator of the SAIRC, the SAIRC Assistant will assist in the day to day function of the center, provide support for the advocacy of students, the community needs, and engage in certain aspects of the programmatic efforts of the SAIRC. 

Terms of Position

Position begins after a qualified student is interviewed, selected and submits their employment paper work to the AS Personnel Office. The term of position will generally begin at the start of Fall quarter and end the Friday of Dead Week the following Spring quarter. Position holder should not work any hours during finals week of each quarter unless an exception to this condition is granted by the Coordinator for Equity and Identity Centers. Position may begin later in the year or at any point in which a position becomes vacant. Position works an average of 10 hours a week.

Required Qualifications
  • Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • Must receive Work Study Award from Financial Aid.
  • Ability to complete the entire term of the position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Basic knowledge of word processing, social networking sites and e-mail
  • Working knowledge of social justice, equity, and diversity related resources in the Associated Students, WWU and Bellingham.
  • Flexibility, interpersonal communication skills, problem solving ability, organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work with people of diverse opinions.
  • Ability to work independently and follow direction.
  • Work well in a collaborative environment.
  • An interest and/or understanding of administrative tasks (i.e. copy machines, evaluation, goal setting, Microsoft Word)
  • Ability to provide confidential assistance and create a safe space for clients
  • Customer service skills or experience.
  • Work flexible hours, some evening work may be requested.
  • Self-motivated to seek out information regarding personnel, structural and procedural questions.
  • Knowledge of underrepresented identity’s community concerns and issues.
AS Employment Responsibilities
  • Serve the membership of the Associated Students in a professional and ethical manner by:
    • Being familiar with and upholding the AS Charter, all WWU policies, and all AS policies including the Employment Policy, Code of Conduct, and Program Standards.
    • Being knowledgeable of the AS organization and its general operations.
  • Ensure the continuity and legacy of this position by:
    • Working with supervisor and Personnel Director to revise and update position job description.
Position Responsibilities
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other SAIRC team members.
  • Behave in a manner that communicates the SAIRC philosophy which includes providing unbiased, non-judgmental information to students.
  • Participate in SAIRC events (such as VU Late Night, Red Square Info Fair, etc.).
  • Participate in office-tracking systems in order to assess client use, frequently asked questions/concerns, etc. 
  • Attend a weekly meeting with the position supervisor.
  • Establish and maintain 8-10 office hours per week
  • Participate in event planning including but not limited to taking notes at meetings, contacting potential co-sponsors or speakers, assisting on the event date as well as assisting with evaluating the event and data entry.
  • Assist in event promotion including but not limited to distribution of publicity materials, organizing word of mouth, assisting with social network site messages, tabling and e-mailing.
  • Assist in clerical duties including but not limited to maintaining the library, refilling brochures, organizing the office and answering messages.
  •  Assist clients as needed in the absence of Coordinator:
  • Actively listen to client questions and concerns
  • Utilize office resource to assist clients
  • Familiarize yourself with local agencies and resources
  • Refer clients to other organizations
  • Research client questions/concerns as applicable
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Assist with research including but not limited to identifying possible resources for referral and suggesting new additions to the library in fall.
  • Support the SAIRC Coordinator with program and events, as needed.
  • Involvement with SAIRC outreach and committees as available.
  • Assist in implementing accessibility improvement measures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Follow all AS Policies and By-laws.
Academic Emphasis All majors are encouraged to apply. Please upload work study award
Wage This position will receive a Peer Advisor 1 wage, which is set at minimum wage per hour. The position holder will receive a financial award as directed by the work study award letter. The weekly hours and work will be determined by the amount awarded, the need of the office, and the direction of the supervisor.
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. In your cover letter please also specifically address the following questions: 

1. Why are you interested in working for the Associated Students? 
2. Why are you interested in working in this position? 
3. What specific skills, knowledge, and/or experience (paid and volunteer) do you have that would help you be successful in this position? 
4. Will you be available for all mandatory AS Staff Development events (this will not conflict with school)? 
5. What is your schedule of availability for a job interview? 
Closing Date Notes Application open until October 19th.

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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