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Events Coordinator 3

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Events Coordinator 3
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

Extended Education at Western Washington University expands and diversifies Western’s offerings throughout Puget Sound, the state of Washington, and globally to provide learning options for the contemporary student.

Extended Education connects learners of all ages to the Western Experience through collaboration with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off campus.

Extended Education supports 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.

For more information on Extended Education, please visit our website.

About the Position

As our Events Coordinator 3, you will work independently with general supervision to plan, develop, create, implement, direct, coordinate and assess Extended Education programs of varying size, length and scope. Position oversees day-to-day operations of the programs she/he is responsible for and supports and resolves problems within area of delegated authority.  Program areas of responsibility may include but are not limited to: Youth Academic Enrichment Programs, International Youth and Adult Groups, Summer Session, and Conference groups. Position may require travel to off site locations and venues. 

Position Responsibilities: This position is responsible for management of the entire conference cycle for all Extended Education contracted conferences and events.

Event and Conference Administration

  • Project management lead for Extended Ed contracted conference and events
  • Serve as on-site team leader and point of contact for Extended Education contracted conferences and events
  • Plan, arrange, and coordinate facility and logistics for on-and off-site conferences, seminars, and workshops – including complex single-day conferences, multi-day conferences, and multi-week conferences
  • Assign space and monitor facility use to assure conformity with University/Venue policies
  • Maintain and establish professional communication with clients to assess and support their needs for conference/event
  • Prepare and manage event contracts including venue, catering, speaker, accommodation, etc.
  • Manage all aspects of hotel and room block coordination and/or university housing for conference
  • Handle conference inquiries and draft conference contract proposals
  • Advise event organizers, contractors and other stakeholders on program/conference logistics and decisions
  • Ensure that room set ups are prepared as specified by conference client including AV equipment
  • Arrange all aspects including reservations, transportation, and parking for site and venue tours
  • Arrange meeting spaces, custodial services, audio visual needs, on- and off-campus lodging, transport requests, ADA compliance, parking, and food services for conference participants
  • Establish and implement event timelines as necessary to meet the needs of clients and service providers
  • Attend meetings with service providers and submit appropriate forms or service requests
  • Manage the logistics of registration set-up, rosters/nametags, and troubleshooting registration issues in collaboration with Extended Education Student and Course Services unit
  • Provide on-site event logistic management including: facility set-up, directional signage, A/V set-up, monitoring campus services, event check-in, customer service/troubleshooting
  • Work with Extended Education’s Marketing unit on conference program, publicity materials, press releases, and emails
  • Oversee and monitor compliance with university regulations, policies, and emergency procedures
  • Develop systems and procedures for the effective running of Conference Services
  • Liaison with Senior Director on establishing and maintaining campus and community partnerships that provide support and/or services for Conference Services
  • Establish and manage conference abstract submissions using the appropriate software to monitor submission timelines of call for sessions, call for abstracts, reviewing process and finalization of conference program and schedule
  • Generate regular abstract and session reports from conference abstract management system
  • Organize conference review process for sessions and abstracts, including online review forms and tracking reviewer assignments, when contracted with conference client to manage abstract submissions
  • Drive university vehicle or arrange transport for event supplies
  • Perform other duties as required

Budget Management

  • Prepare comprehensive and working budgets that outlines the recommended registration fees, sponsorship goals, track unpaid invoices and all conference expenses
  • Discuss budget estimates with conference client
  • Negotiate, prepare, and manage all event related subcontracts for conference client
  • Review, confirm for accuracy all conference service providers invoices to EE Finance unit for payment
  • Negotiate services, costs, contract deliverables, and other fiscal transactions with conference client and route for final approval through contract administration
  • Monitor and reconcile conference operations budgets
  • Develop and provide finalized budget report to conference client
  • Coordinate with Extended Education’s Finance unit for the initiation of invoicing, payments, service contracts, and other fiscal and administrative duties


  • Supervise and train student and project employees
  • Schedule and assign tasks to student and project employees
  • Schedule and hold team meetings
  • Direct meeting with student and project employees to discuss debrief after each conference to establish lessons learned and best practices


  • Create reports summarizing evaluation of conference(s) objective and outcomes
  • Answer phone calls and responds to emails in a professional manner
  • Create and maintain calendars and schedules for conferences and events
  • Create documents, spreadsheets, presentation materials etc. as requested
  • Monitor and enter data, which includes pulling reports from various university systems such as: Millennium, Banner, Terradotta, Xenagrade, EMS/25Live, iModules, TEM etc.
  • Organize shared drive folders, saves and labels documentation and files for easy search and retrieval
  • Place Copy Services request, order supplies and maintain inventory of project supplies
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of three years of experience planning and directing events or programs for large groups
  • Ability to collaboratively strategize, plan, direct and lead large meeting and event activities
  • Experience serving as an event manager and leader of event staff
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, coordinating and completing an event production schedule, including meeting simultaneous deadlines and multi-tasking priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and all members of the campus community
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with occasional evening and weekend assignments
  • Valid driver's license and/or ability to arrange transportation to various conference venues
  • Ability to lift tables, chairs, and other equipment up to 30 pounds
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge and experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience with corporate and academic conferences
  • Proficiency with enterprise-wide database and collaboration software (Smartsheet, Qualtrics)
Salary New hires typically start at $3592/month including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit BUD and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with the Public School Employees of WWU.
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 Position closes 11/07/2018

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).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“The Clery Act”). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western’s campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 496177
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Applications close: Pacific Standard Time

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